How To Upload A Blog in WordPress

how to upload a blog in wordpress

Have you written a blog and are ready to upload it to your website? This step by step GrowSkills guide gives you everything you need to know about how to upload a blog in WordPress.

Upload A Blog In WordPress: Step By Step Guide

From the Dashboard page, select + New then Post

how to upload a blog in wordpress

You will be taken to a page that looks like this:

Classic Editor

classic wordpress editor

Or this:

Guttenburg Editor (if your site looks like this, go to page)

guttenburg editor

NOTE: No two websites look the same, so if your site doesn’t look exactly the same, don’t worry. They function the same.

For Classic Editor

1)Add your blog title to the ‘Add title’ section

classic editor for uploading blogs

This will autoformat it as an H1 tag and the post URL.

2) Copy and paste

Copy and paste the blog into the editor.  

3) Space the content correctly.

Separate the subheadings from the paragraphs.

4) Make the subheadings H2 tags

spacing content in a  blog

(This is very important for SEO)

  • Highlight your subheading
  • Click on Paragraph

On the drop down box, select Heading 2. The size of font may change. That is fine.

changing to an H" when uploading a blog
  • Repeat for all your subheadings.

5) Add a ‘read more’ tag.

adding a read more tag

This will help it format correctly on the front end.

Choose a point, usually one or two paragraphs into the main body of the text, where a Read More tag can be inserted; this denotes the point in the blog post where the introduction snippet shown below the image on the main page will link to the main blog post with a ‘read more’ link.

  • Put the curser at the end of the selected introduction paragraph.
  • Select the ‘Insert Read More Tag’ icon from along the top (two solid lines with a dotted line in-between) and a dotted line will appear. 

6) Add links

If you already added the links in your word document, these will have copied over.

Otherwise, highlight the text you want the link to be attached to, and use the paperclip symbol to add links.

adding a link to a blog

Be sure to link to relevant pages on your website and other websites that are relevant to the blog.  

7) Add images

  • Decide where the image will go within the text (excluding title graphic) and create space for the image to be included by pressing ‘Enter’.
  • Select the ‘Add Media’ button along the top. You will be taken to a separate section.
adding images
  • If the image you wish to use is already in the library, select the image you wish to use by clicking on it.
  • If the image you want is not already in the library, you will need to upload it. Title the image something appropriate to your blog before you upload it. Then drag the file into the media library or select it using the file selector
  • If you wish to provide a caption to the photo, use the ‘Caption’ box to enter this. Ensure it is typed correctly, as this will be visible on the website. It is not always necessary to provide a caption, as your blog content should be discussing the subject of the image anyway.
  • Below this, use the ‘Alt Text’ box to enter the keywords for the post. This is crucial for SEO purposes. You can enter as many keywords as you wish in this box, but ensure they are relevant directly to the subject discussed in the blog.
  • Scrolling down, you can choose the size and alignment of your images.
  • Once all the details have been completed, click ‘Insert Into Post’.
  • Repeat this for each graphic that needs to be inserted into the blog post. A good rule of thumb is one image per 400 ish words.

8) Add a featured image

This is the main title graphic that will be shown on the blog page.

It is ideal if you create a uniform featured image but you don’t have to.

Scroll down until you see this on the right-hand side and click ‘set featured image’. 

featured image

You will be taken to the media library again. Upload the image as before and select.

9) Catagorise the post

You may have categories on your blog. If so, choose the appropriate categories here.

categorising a blog

10) Optimise the blog post.

There is a detailed checklist for optimising a blog post here. We suggest you check it out.

Fill in the meta description box and specify one keyword. This is not to rank for that keyword, but rather to enable your SEO plug in to give you a score and suggestions. The content of the blog, your alt text, image titles, and H tags is what specify the keyword to Google.

11) Check the blog post. 

Scroll back up to the top of the left-hand column to the ‘Publish’ box.

publishing a blog post

Click ‘Preview’ to see what your blog will look like on the front end. Make any formatting changes you need.

  • If the post is to be back- or post-dated, then click ‘Edit’ next to ‘Publish Immediately’ and select the correct date.

12) Click the ‘Publish’ button once all criteria are set correctly.

Congratulations! Your blog is live!