Posts vs. Pages
Posts are entries listed in reverse chronological order on your blog, which is usually on the home page of your site. Pages are more static and are not listed by date. They are a good way to publish information that doesn’t change much. An About page and a Contact page are probably the most common pages on a web site. There is no limit on the number of Posts or Pages you can have.
Adding a new Post or Page
There are several ways to create a new Post or Page. The most common:
- The Add New submenu in the left dashboard’s Posts or Pages menus
- The New Post/Page menu option the hanging tab menu on the upper right corner of your admin screen
- The Post or Page submenu in Add New menu of the admin bar
The QuickPress module on the Dashboard is another way to create and publish a Post (but not a Page). Advantage: it’s fast. Disadvantage: you can’t format any of the content using this module.
Composing and Editing a Post
The Post Screen is used to create new posts or edit existing posts. (Likewise, the Page Screen. However, in this section of the tutorial, we refer to the Post Screen only.)
The screen is broken down into modules, each with their own purpose. The three most important areas of the Post Screen are the:
- Title of your post (similar to the Subject of an email message)
- Editor (where you add and format content: text, images, video, etc.)
- Publish module (where you save posts, publish them, and preview changes. The module changes depending on the status of your post)
Text in the Editor can be formatted with the editing icons above the pane, just like text in a word processor. Hover over any of the icons to see the tool tip for its usage. Select the word, phrase, or paragraph to be formatted and then click on any of the Editor icons.
A second row of additional Editor icons are available by clicking the Show/Hide Kitchen Sink icon on the far right of the icon bar. Click the Kitchen Sink icon a second time to view the top row only.
Above the Editor bar are four Upload/Insert icons that allow you to add images, video, audio, and other types of media files to your Post. See the Uploading and Inserting Images tutorial for more.
Save, Preview, Publish
The Publish module in the upper right corner has controls for saving, previewing, and publishing your Post. It changes slightly depending on the Status of your post.
While working on your new Post, click the Save Draft button regularly so that you don’t lose your changes. Leaving a post in Draft mode allows you come back to it later for further editing.
Clicking the Preview button opens up a new browser Tab or Window, displaying what your Post will actually look and function like when it’s published. This allows you to test links, click on images, etc. that you may have included.
Additional options are available for changing the Status of a Post (draft, pending review), its Visibility (public, password-protected, private), and its Publish Date (immediately, a date and time in the past or future).
In most cases, when you’re done editing your Post, you’ll click the Publish button which will make it immediately visible on your blog.
Once a Post has been published, the Publish module changes, showing its Status as Published and the date/time of its publishing. The label on the blue button changes from Publish to Update. You can continue to edit the Post after its been published, including removing it from visibility on your blog by changing its Status back to Draft.
Selecting a Post or Page to edit
To navigate to a Post or Page that’s been previously saved as a Draft or Published:
- Select the Posts menu or the Pages menu in the left navigation bar (image above only shows Posts)
- Clicking on the name of the Post or Page from the listing will take you to the Editor where you can continue making changes.
Tutorial by Griff Wigley, Instructor
WordPress for Newbies (next online course begins 16 May, 2011)