When you set up a website-blog with WordPress, you can make it look like most anything you want.
In the last post we started with a blank slate and ended with a functional WordPress website-blog.
Now we’ll cover the basics of WordPress
WordPress is a Content Management System or CMS for short.
WordPress was established to feature content.
Feature Content When You Set Up a Website-Blog for a Ministry
When people visit a website-blog they are looking for information to answer an important question.
The featured content in WordPress is called a post.
Content can be in the form of words (an article), video, images or audio. Theses forms can be used singularly or in combination.
The purpose is to candy a message.
We’re disciples, so our message revolves around Jesus.
We can post articles about scripture and add a recorded message.
We could add a video of an interview or of a worship song.
The best format is the one readers like the best.
WordPress maintains a data base of our posts. We continue to add posts whenever we see fit. But consistency is critical. And the more quality content the better.
When we access our website-blog we notice that our posts are listed in chronological order by the date the post was published, with the latest post first.
The Home Page in WordPress
This is our blog and it is the default home page of our website.
We can also create pages such as an About Us page. Pages are singular sets of content that are static – they don’t change that often. In addition, websites typically have a Contact Us page and an About Us page.
The pages are typically listed horizontally at the top of the website. This is called the menu.
The blog does not have to be the home page. We can create a special page that we can use to summarize the information we provide on our website.
I choose to have my blog as my home page. WordPress.org has a special home page. What to use? Whichever option give readers the easiest way to find the information they want. The questions becomes how can you best guide readers to find solutions.
Look at the websites you regularly visit to see if you can tell the layout of the homepage. Not to confuse you but there is a way to have a hybrid home page by adding additional content to a blog page.
Let me know your thoughts.
Think about what information your readers want and need.
Put yourself in their shoes. If you were one of them what would you want?
This is how you begin to set up a website-blog with WordPress.
An please let me know if you have questions. I will update this and future posts as a result of these questions.