Therefore, it becomes extremely important for you to create a proper order of instructions that would make the most sense. From here, you can begin creating an outline of your main sections.
In fact, you can use the order of the sections showcased in the Dashboard Menu as an idea and fine-tune it according to what you want to teach your users.
For example, you main sections might include:
- Logging in
- The Dashboard
- Images and Media
- Appearance Features
Well, you can improve this section to make it more simple and sensible. Posts and Pages are quite same, so you can merge these two sections into one. Although making sure to offer solutions on the difference between posts and pages, and also use separate subsections for pages or posts.
However, you can also leave some sections like Users, Tools and Setting, if you want to provide the basics of content publishing and editing for users.
Include Subsections to the Main Sections
You can divide your big and complicated sections into subsections to make the things easier for users. However, some sections will have more subsections than others. For instance, Logging in is quite simple, but still needs few areas to be covered:
- Opening the login page,
- Logging into your account with your username and password,
- Retrieving a forgotten username or password,
- Logging out of your account.
On the other side, the leading section associated with publishing content is going to be your biggest section. It might look like this:
- Posts vs. Pages
- Adding a New Post
- Adding a New Page
- Using the Visual Editor
- Using the Text Editor
- Inserting Images and Media
- Inserting Links
- Formatting Content
- Including Excerpts
- Setting Featured Images
- Adding Categories to Posts
- Adding Tags to Posts
- Customizing Parent Pages and Templates
- Saving Posts and Pages as Drafts
- Submitting Posts and Pages to Pending Review
- Organizing Posts and Pages to Be Published Later
- Previewing Posts and Pages
- Publishing Posts and Pages
- Editing Existing Posts and Pages
- Deleting Posts and Pages
That’s including a lot of subsections, and some of these could be divided to give more information. Thus, it is important for you to keep your main sections and subsections in proper line with the needs of your targeted user.
You can Use a Visual Step-by-Step Procedure
A big part of your instructional manual is going to be screenshots, and you should target to display every chronological step that a new WordPress user would need to view with an objective to seamlessly follow along.