So you’ve got your WordPress site all set up and you’re ready to start developing content. Luckily with WordPress this is easy! Just log into your site and go to the tab marked “Posts” on the left hand side of the Dashboard. Click the button that says “Add New” at the top of the page (or click the title of the Post you’d like to edit). Follow the same steps to add a page, except go to the tab marked “Pages”. In a later post, I will go over how to add pages to the menu!
This page gives you a number of options for creating your post. Let’s go through each one:
In this section you type out your title and a permalink will be auto generated for you (the URL people will type into their browsers to see this post). For the most part this section is straight forward, however if you change your title after the first time you type it, the permalink won’t change. This is so you don’t end up with broken links if you want to change a title. However, if it’s your first time posting it you might want to change the title and the permalink. To do this simply hit the edit button and you can change the link text. Just remember not to use spaces in the permalink!
This section is where you’ll be spending the majority of your time when you are updating blogs/posts. WordPress comes with a pretty nifty area to edit your posts that almost resembles a word processor. You can do familiar things like change the text to bold or change the text color and you can even add photos with the Add Media button at the top of the page. Don’t be fooled though, this is not a full fledged word processor and the way text is displayed is dictated by how your developer set up your theme. When ever you make changes, be sure to hit “Preview” before hitting “Publish”/”Update”. This will show you what the post will look like before you go live with it.
For the right sidebar, let’s work our way from the bottom to the top. The Featured Image is one of the most important sections on this edit page. This will set the featured image that will display on your blog’s listing page and on the blog post itself. Think of this as the face of your post. Pick an image that is enticing and represents what you are writing about, and be sure you have the right to use the image! Some themes will crop your image if it is the wrong aspect ratio. Be sure to confirm that your featured image looks correct by hitting “Preview”.
Tags and categories give you the opportunity to organize your posts. They can be displayed on your blog’s sidebar via widgets (look out for help on widgets in a later post!) Using tags or categories will allow your users to filter posts based on what they are looking for, or find similar posts to the one they are already reading. So whats the difference between the two? Think of categories as broad categorization (e.g. Web Design, Logo Design, Typography, etc.) and tags as more specific (e.g. theEMPLOYEEapp, Out of this World, Helvetica, etc.)
This section is where you will complete your post. The blue button that says “Publish” (it will say “Update” if you are editing an already published post) is what will make your post visible on your site. Before we hit that button, lets go through the other parts of this section.
Remember when I kept saying to preview your post? Well here’s where you do it! When you hit the “Preview” button, a new tab will open with a preview of what the post will look like after it’s published. Be sure to do this be fore hitting “Publish” to confirm everything looks great! Use the “Save Draft” button before you navigate away from this page or else you’ll lose all of your progress. The information below these two buttons lets you know the current status of your post. Whether it is posted or not, if you need a password to access it, how many times it has been revised, and you can even set the post to publish at a later time automatically!