Looking for a WordPress users guide? There’s the WordPress Quick Start Guide, which seems to cover a lot, but then again too, not the kind of illustrated how-to info you’re really looking for. You may be looking for something that covers all the essentials, plus some advanced functions to help get you up and blogging. Something that can be used as a reference tool. And something that goes a little deeper to help configure and optimize content.
This WordPress Users Guide Includes:
- How to create and publish content pages and blog posts
- How to insert and set the target and title for hyperlinks
- Creating and formatting headings and subheadings
- Uploading, inserting and aligning images, plus adjusting the vertical and horizontal spaces around them
- How to link to videos and embed videos from YouTube using the HTML view of the editor
- How to paste MS Word text into the visual content editor
- How to use and configure the Permalink feature
- Creating and using Categories and Posts Tags
What the Guide Doesn’t Cover
The WordPress Users Guide does not walk you through how to add or customize a theme (design) for a WordPress self-hosted blog. Neither does it show you how to configure any of the admin settings, add content to the widgets or how to add and configure plug-ins for added functionality. These are the technical, set-up, design and layout activities clients pay me to do for them.
Essential Plug-ins and Optimization Features
The guide does list the essential plug-ins I typically include and configure in a WordPress build. These include:
- Add to Any and Tweetmeme social media and sharing plug-ins
- Disqus for commenting
- Print Post – Print Page button to neatly print the main content and links without the sidebars
- Akismet for anti-spam
- Feedburner set up for RSS Syndication and Email Subscription
- Google Analytics for web analytics
- Sitemap – a plug-in that auto-generates on a page all of your sites pages and posts links
- Scribe – a plug-in and subscription service that makes SEO copywriting and blog optimization simple
If your site does include the Scribe SEO plug in, you’ll find this guide helpful as it does provide a step-by-step process of how to optimize your blog posts for the search engines utilizing this plug-in.
The WordPress Users Guide was written and illustrated using WordPress version 3.0 and Headway Theme version 1.6.6. I am also a user and big believer in the Headway Theme and the Scribe SEO plug-in. If you’re interested in these for your WordPress CMS, I’d appreciate it if you’d click on these affiliate links to check them out and purchase them.
Finally, if you don’t yet have a content marketing platform like the WordPress CMS and you’re interested to find out more, I invite you to contact me. I do specialize in helping clients establish a solid content marketing plan, how to incorporate that into social media with a focus on lead generation. And, I set up, optimize and do all the technical work needed to get you up and blogging – and promotion of your content.
If becoming a content publisher and blogger is still pretty new to you, I suggest you start with this: How to set up a successful blog.
Now, go ahead and download my free WordPress Users Guide. No name, email or registration required to download. Just click that link and download it.
And, please share your comments and feedback on the guide to help me improve it in the comments below.