WordPress 101

Creating A Post

Posts versus pages: What’s the difference?
(you will almost always be posting)

Posts are what make your blog a blog — they’re servings of content, similar to journal entries, listed in reverse chronological order. Posts can be as short or as long as you like; some are as brief as Twitter updates, while others are the length of essays.

Pages, on the other hand, are best suited for more timeless content that you want your visitors to be able to easily access, like your About Me or Contact sections.

Create a test post

To get you acquainted with how the post editor works, let’s take a minute to publish a quick test post (you can delete it right after you’re done.)

Log in to your dashboard, and head to Posts > Add New.

First, write a title for the post in the space at the top. Think of your post title as a headline for a news article — the more detailed and captivating it is, the more readers it’s going to attract. Since this is just a test post, keep it short and sweet.

Below the title you’ll see the visual editor, which allows you to easily create, edit, and format the content of your post, similar to the way you would with a word processor.

Type some text in the editor, then highlight different words with your cursor and play around with the various formatting options (you can enable additional options by clicking the Kitchen Sink icon shown below).

Be sure you post to the proper category(ies).

There are several other modules on this screen, such as Categories, you can read up on the various writing and editing features later. Just Be sure you post to the proper category(ies).

You can save posts any time (without sharing them) by hitting the Save Draft button. Then when your test post is finished and ready for the public, click Publish.

That’s it! Now click on View Post and you can see exactly how your post appears to the rest of the world.

Going back to edit posts

If you decide that you’d like to go back and edit or delete a post (whether it’s saved as a draft or already published), go to Posts > All Posts.

Here you’ll see a list of all of your posts. Clicking Edit under the name of a post will take you right back to the editor, where you can make changes. To delete a post, click TrashLearn more about the edit posts screen here.

Enhancing posts with hyperlinks

One of the most commonly used features of the editor is the link button, which you can use to transform text into links to other webpages, without displaying any long, ugly URLs.

So instead of posting

“I found all the answers to my blogging questions at http://en.support.wordpress.com!

you can post something like:

“I found all the answers to my blogging questions in the awesome WordPress.com Support documentation!”

Here’s how to use the link button. For an explanation of how all the buttons work, check out the visual editor support document.

Video: http://wordpress.tv/2009/01/15/writing-and-publishing-a-post/

Be sure you post to the proper category(ies)

More Resources

Editing a post

Linking/Embedding Documents, like PDF, into a post






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Mark Melchiorre
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