After you have made your blog secret and safe, it’s time to add content to it.
The reason for adding content before picking/ creating a theme and adding plugins, is that you don’t know what kind of design that will suit your site, or which plugins you actually will need before you have any real content.
Site mergingWangenWeb was a special case as I wanted to merge two sites together; “WordPreciousss” and “WP Stuff/ One Woman Show”. Which again meant that I already had a lot of content to take of and add to the site.
The easy part was to import the content from the two sites, using WordPress’ export and import functions. After that was done I needed to delete posts I didn’t need. I just wanted to keep general info and not any news posts. In WordPress 2.5.x this is much easier that it used to be, as I just needed to check the posts I wanted to delete, and press the ‘Delete’ button.
On “WP Stuff” all general info was created as Pages, so all I needed to do was to put these Pages where they belong. But on “WordPreciousss” most info was written as posts, which I now wanted to have as Pages.
I didn’t find any good plugin to do that easily, so I needed to play with phpMyAdmin again.
In the _posts table there’s a field called post_type that tells if a post is an attachment, a post or a page. So to convert a post to a page you simply edit it display “page” instead of “post”.
You should also set your permalink structure to default before doing this.
But this isn’t a thing you should do if you’re not best friends with phpMyAdmin, and there should be a plugin that could do this for you.
If you don’t have many posts that you wanted to convert to page, like I had, it’s better to go to Write -> Page and just copy the content from the post, publish the page and delete the old post.
The About page
After all old content that I wanted to keep was imported and put in the right place, it’s time to write an About page.
All blogs should have one, as it’s useful for anyone who find blog through a link from another site or through search engines.
The About page should have some general info about your site an it should answer at least two things:
- The purpose of the site/ blog
- Who you are
Point two should also include why you can write about the topics you do; if you blog about raising kids, it’s nice to know if you actually have any or if you work with kids on a daily basis.
The true art of writing a good about page is that after it’s done, you should be able to read it in a year and it still makes sense for new readers. I don’t know if mine does, we’ll have to see when we write 2009.
But it is a good thing to drop by your about page from time to time and see if it still fits.
Related reading: Lorelle on WordPress - Who the h*ll are you?
Other info pages
Other general info pages you might consider to add is:
- Contact - Do you want people to contact you on email? Do you have any other options for contacting you?
- Comment Guidelines - What kind of comments to your prefer? Are you strict with staying on topic or not? What kind of comments are held back for moderation? Are there times people should rather contact you on email, use your forums (if this is an option)?
- Copyright note - What can people do with your content? How should they credit your work?
In time of writing some of these pages are on my to do list, and of course there are other general info pages you can add. It all depends on what kind of blog you have; since WangenWeb offers WordPress plugins and themes, I’ve written a page on how to get support for them.
The first post
The first post is also an art to write, and I’ve struggled with it a lot of times, and I have to admit that
The first post is an introduction to your brand new blog, and in a way it’s like the about page, but still different as it doesn’t have to be that general.
What I think the first post should contain is:
- Why you started the blog
- What is your current goal/ purpose for it
So in a way the first post is in addition to the About page, and it might be a good thing to start writing the first post long before you actually open your blog.
You can save it as a draft, and read it through on the day of your grand opening and then publish it. But if you need to have a post as a place holder for your blog, you can set it to private, publish it and just change the time stamp and private settings on the opening day.
Plugins and Themes
When all general content is added, it’s time to start playing with plugins and themes, which will be the next topic in the series.
- Building WangenWeb Part 1: Getting started with WordPress
- Building WangenWeb Part 2: Adding general content