WordPress is so easy to use, right? Riiiight…..we hear you say sarcastically. 😉 No worries, we’ve got you covered. This post will be the first in a new WordPress 101 series specifically addressing some of these so-called “easy” tasks. Since these topics have been written about over and over again, by people far smarter than us, some of this will simply link to other resources we consider fantastic.
How to Write a WordPress Post and What The Fields Mean
WPBeginner has a great write up, with a video, on how to create your first WordPress post, detailing all the fields on the screen and describing what they do—definitly worth a view.
How to Use the (Visual) WordPress Editor—Expanded
WPBeginner further expands on the WordPress Post topic above with their 14 Tips for Mastering the WordPress Visual Editor post. They cover the kitchen sink, shortcuts, line spacing, rearranging the post editor screen, distraction free or full-screen mode, font size, columns, tables, videos, HTML editor, buttons, spelling and grammar, plain text, special characters.
How to Change the WordPress Font Size
Too many fonts and sizes deteriorate a website’s design, so be aware of this and refrain from changing fonts and sizes if you can help it. There are instances however when it might be necessary. First, decide how big a change is it. Perhaps it warrants creating a child theme and updating the font sitewide. Perhaps it’s really a heading, in which case apply the heading style from within the visual editor. Perhaps, however, it truly is a one-off font change needed, like for a disclaimer paragraph. In which case, you will need to ensure that the expanded visual editor plugin, TinyMCE Advance, is installed so that you can use the font sizes from within the visual editor. In my post, WordPress Website DIY, I speak about TinyMCE Advanced as being one of the basic WordPress Plugins needed. WPBeginner has a great post on How to Change the Font Size in WordPress as well as a video with instructions on exactly how to do it.
How to Add WordPress Tables—No HTML Needed
Remarkably, there is no out-of-the-box capability of adding tables in WordPress! It seems kind of basic; you would think that WordPress would have included it, but they haven’t. There are two ways of doing it without HTML knowledge I have found; one with the TablePress plugin and one with the tables function on the expanded visual editor available via the TinyMCE Advance plugin. I speak about both of these plugins in my post, WordPress Website DIY. WPBeginner has a great post on How to Add Tables in WordPress Posts and Pages (No HTML Required) as well as a video with instructions on exactly how to do it.