hey im fairly new to D7 and ive noticed that there isn't really a way to create an article without the admin toolbar, but i would like users of my websites to be able to create articles. How would i do this without giving them access to the toolbar?
Go to Admin->People->Permissions, check the permission Article: Create new content for the Authenticated user. Scroll down to the bottom and click Save permissions. Now, there will appaear a link "Add content" in the navigation menu for the Authenticated user.
(There should be no need for you to create this link explicitly.)