Creating Blog Posts On The Go
For this first tutorial, I’ll be showing you how to add a post to your WordPress blog using the mobile dashboard. I’m using an iPad, but it should look pretty much the same on any mobile device in any mobile browser (Chrome, Firefox, etc.) We’ll go through it step by step with plenty of screenshots. Look for the green arrows and boxes to follow along. Hopefully, I’ll have some videos coming soon.
Step 1: WordPress Dashboard
This is the WordPress Dashboard – it’s where you arrive after you’ve logged in as an admin. Here, you’re going to want to tap the menu button in the upper left corner (three horizontal lines). That will pop out the WordPress toolbar/menu sidebar where all the links to your editing tools will be.
Step 2: Post Editor
Once the black sidebar is revealed, look for “Posts”. If you tap on this, a submenu will drop down with the options: “All Posts,” “Add New,” “Categories,” and “Tags.” Here, you will tap “Add New” (you could tap All Posts, but this saves a step).
Step 3: Composing
Now you should be on a screen that looks a lot like old school word editors. There will be a field for a Title, a field for you to type in your written Content, and a bar of text editing tools like Bold, Italic, etc. There will also be a Media button that you can click to add an image or video to your post content.
One thing to remember here is tags: There is a field that says “Paragraph” in the text editing tool bar at the top of the Content section. If you click that it gives you different Heading options. If you are splitting a blog post into paragraphs that have their own headings, you will want to make the first one a Heading 2. Your post should be structured similarly to one of those outlines you used to have to write for English in that you’ll want headings and subheadings – any main paragraphs will us Heading 2 on their headings & any supporting paragraphs will use Heading 3 on their headings, etc. (For example, “Step 3” above this paragraph is a Heading 2).
Fill that out, and we’ll move on to Step 4.
Step 4: Final Details
You’ve got the content added, and that’s really the main part of creating a blog post. So, you’ve got the heavy lifting out of the way. Now, it’s time for a few of the technical details before we publish.
You’ll need to scroll down the page to set these up:
Featured Image – This is the image that appears first for your blog post & gets added to any blog cards you may have on other pages (like the big W image I have at the top of this post – you can see how it pulls into the card on my Blog page. You don’t need to include this image in the contact field because it will already appear on your blog. Tapping Featured Image will take you to your Media Library where all your current images are stored – if you don’t want to use one of those, just tap the Upload option & upload a new one from your device.
Category – This setting keeps your blog posts organized so that visitors can easily read up on the topics that interest them instead of having to wade through all the posts. You can choose an existing or add a new category here in the post editor.
Tags – This can also help visitors find what they want to read, and can help search engines.
Step 5: Publish
Now you can publish! Scroll back up to the section below the Content & you’ll see a box with a gray “Save Draft” button and a blue “Publish” button. Unless you’re saving it to continue writing later, you can go ahead and tap that blue “Publish” button.