How to Access Your Editing Website in WordPress
Most people think that they need a separate website to host their content since most content management systems (CMS) like WordPress don’t provide templates for writing blogs. But that’s not true! You can actually create an editing website for just about anyone using the right plugins and templates.
In this article, you’ll learn how to easily build a WordPress-based editing website for your business or brand. You’ll discover how to access the content you already created on your main site in an independent, stand-alone blog that you can manage from the convenience of your phone.
Make An Editable Copy Of Your Main Site
The very first step is to make a copy of your main site. You can do this using the same tools you use to back up your database. Choose the “Export” button on your WordPress Dashboard, and you’ll see a menu of options. Choose “Create a new empty document” (this is a safe choice) and click “Continue”.
Now, you’ll need to install the WordPress importer tool from One Big Organization (formerly CNET Networks). If you use a different tool to back up your database, you’ll need to get the corresponding WordPress plugin to install on your local server.
On The Import Tool, Select “Database”
You’ll now need to select “Database” from the WordPress importer tool. This will bring you to a new screen where you can choose which of your sites to import. You can choose to import the entire site (this is the recommended choice), or just the posts and pages that you want to keep (if you’re short on space, it’s best to choose this option to avoid wasting any local storage).
When you’ve finished selecting the content you want to keep from your main site, click “Continue.”
On The Import Tool, Select “Yes” For Automatically Adding Categories And Tags
On the next page, you’ll see a list of categories and tags for your content. These are the categories and tags that will appear in the Blogger dashboard when you publish your content. For each piece of content, you can set a category and a few tags. When you select “Yes” for automatically adding categories and tags, the tool will suggest categories and tags that pertain to the content you’re importing.
For example, if you’re importing a list of restaurants’ menus, you might want to set the category for “menu,” and the tags could include “restaurant,” “food,” and “menus.” When you’re done picking your categories and tags, click “Continue.”
On The Import Tool, Select “Create Categories And Tags As You Go”
On the next page, you’ll see a list of categories and tags that the tool’s algorithm has determined pertain to your content. It’s a good idea to browse through these categories and tags as you create new content. This will allow you to easily find the right category and tags when you’re entering new content later on.
For example, if you’re writing a blog post about fashion, and you decide that you want to categorize it with “Fashion” and “Accessories,” you can click on “Fashion” in the list of suggested categories, or you can click on “Accessories” in the list and set the category to “Fashion.” You can do this for every post you create.
After You’ve Imported All Your Content, Review It In The Dashboard
Once you’ve imported all your content, you’ll see a list of posts in the left-hand side menu of your WordPress Dashboard. These posts have now been copied to your local server, and you can edit them using the same tools you used to create your content. When you’re happy with your post, click “Publish” to post it to your blog or website.
To further customize your blog or website, you can use the WordPress Dashboard to manage the following features:
- Post formats
- Comment moderation
- Custom links
- 404 page
- Contact form
- Tiny MUX theme (for those who prefer a minimalist look)
- WPBakery Team (for those who want to give the site a corporate appearance)
If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to get started creating a professional-looking blog or website, try using WordPress.com or one of the many premium WordPress hosting providers out there for $2.95/mo (or less). You can’t beat the convenience of having a blog or website host that you can access from anywhere at any time. It’s especially convenient if you’re on the go a lot (for example, if you work remotely).
But if you have a bit of experience, you can also use WordPress to build a more customized blog or website with features like these:
- SEO-friendly URLs
- Responsive Design
- Custom Post Formats
- Free Custom Backgrounds
- Free Website Icon
- Free Header Photos
- E-commerce (sell something online)
For those who prefer to build their blog or website from the ground up, WordPress offers a more advanced option called “Single-site Multisite.” If you’re looking for more information, here’s a link to the WordPress documentation on single-site multisite: https://developer.wordpress.com/advanced-topics/multisite-pro/.