Step 1. Log In

Step 2. Click on “Posts” in the Sidebar

  • This is the WordPress Dashboard
    • On the left side, you’ll see the sidebar
      • Click on the word “Posts” in the sidebar, with the pushpin icon

Step 3. Click “Add New”

  • This page lists out all of the posts in the site.
    • You’ll only be able to access or edit the posts you’ve written.
    • The other posts will be un-editable.
  • To the right of the word “Posts,” click “Add New”

Step 4. Enter Your Post Title

  • At the top of the page, you’ll see a space to “Enter title here”
  • You can type in your post’s title now, or save that for later.
  • This part is fun! Try to come up with a title that will both describe what you’re writing about, and catch people’s attention.

Step 5. Start Writing Your Content!

  • This big white box is where you’ll be writing your content!
  • At the top of the white box, there’s a line of icons that allow you to format your text
    • Press B for bold
    • Press I for italic
    • Etc.

Step 6. Add Photos / Media!

  • Adding photos to your posts makes them more engaging, and increases their search ranking in Google!
  • Once you click “Add Media,” you’ll be taken to a screen that says “Drop Files Anywhere To Download.”
    • You can either drag and drop your images onto this screen, or click “select files” to choose images from your computer.
      • Please only use photos that you have the permission/rights to use! 
        • You are welcome to search for images on Shutterstock. If you find one that you like, I can download it for you.

— How To Edit Your Images

  • Here, you’ll see the information about your photo
    • Under the date, you’ll find:
      • The file size
        • It’s ideal to keep this number under 200kb (preferably around 50-100kb)
          • Smaller file sizes help the page to load more quickly, which makes Google more likely to show your page and people more likely to read it!
          • To decrease the file size of an image, click “Edit Image” in blue
      • The image size
        • Try to aim for 500px or less
        • Depending on how big you want the image to be, you may want to go larger than 500px
      • Edit Image
        • Use “Edit Image” to crop, rotate, or change the file size of the image.
        • If you make the image dimensions smaller by using “Scale Image,” it will decrease the file size.
      • Delete Permanently
        • If you’d like to delete the image you uploaded, click “Delete Permanently”

— Adding Information To Your Images

  • URL
    • You won’t be able to change the URL of your photo
  • Title
    • Google uses the title information to determine what images to show in Google Images. So, set an accurate title to get your image to show up!
  • Caption
    • If you’d like some explanatory text to show up under your photo, add it here!
  • Alt Text
    • Alt text is REALLY important. This is the text that shows up if your image doesn’t load, or if someone is blind and using a screen reader. Google puts a lot of emphasis on alt tags. It wants to see that your alt tags match your content– that the images you’re using match what you’re talking about.
    • Example: if you’re talking about growing up with vestibular migraine and include a picture of yourself, you could use the Alt Tag Text: “(Your Name) Growing Up With Vestibular Migraine”
  • Description
    • To be honest, I don’t know what this does. You can leave this blank.

— Adjust How The Image Displays In Your Post

  • Alignment
    • This determines if your picture will be to the left, right, or center of your text. You can adjust this again later once you put the image in your post.
  • Link To
    • This determines what happens when someone clicks your image
    • None: Nothing will happen when they click your image
    • Media File: they’re taken to a page that shows only your image
    • Custom URL: you can send your reader to a different URL/link when they click your image
  • Size
    • Determine how big the image will be in the page.
  • When you’re all done, click “Insert Into Post”

Step 7. Set Your Post Category

  • To make sure that your post shows up in My Migraine Blog,
    • Click the checkboxes:
      • “My Migraine Blog” &
      • “Share Your Story”

Step 8. Tag Your Post!

  • Tag your post with keywords so that your audience knows what topics you’re discussing!
    • Examples of tags are:
      • Vestibular migraine
      • Symptoms
      • Treatment
      • Diet
      • Travel, etc.

Step 9. Set Your Featured Image

  • This is the image that will show up when people share your post on social media! Pick a picture that will catch people’s attention, and tell them what your post is about.
    • You can find an image you like on Shutterstock, and then send me the link. I’ll download it for you!

Step 10. Save Your Post

  • At any point in this process, you can click “Save Draft” to save your post. After you save, when you close the screen, your post will stay right where you left it!

Step 11. Submit Your Post For Review

  • When you’re all done and ready to publish, press “Submit for Review”
  • I’ll check to make sure that everything looks ready to go, and then I’ll publish your post!
    • Once you publish a couple of posts, I can upgrade your account permissions to give you the ability to publish your own posts!