Learn WordPress Series: Creating Posts - Tiffany Zink
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Learn WordPress Series: Creating Posts

Creating Posts in WordPress

Since WordPress originated as a blogging platform for non-coders, the software is fairly simple to use when creating posts and pages.  The processes of creating a post or page is similar too, with minor differences.  In this article, we will look at how to create posts and delete them, create pages and create menus after publishing those pages.  We will also learn how to set your home and posts pages.

I find that watching tutorials is one of the most effective ways to understanding and learning.  So majority of the posts in this series will have videos that relate to the lesson’s objective.

Here is a great video I found on creating a post in WordPress.  This is very informative for beginning WordPress users who have self or managed hosting.  It gives you a lot of other information such as adding and editing an image and how to manage your screen options.  It will also help if you are using WordPress.com but the user interface and functionality will be slightly different.

Creating a Post

Creating and Managing Links

Here is a video showing how to create and manage links.  Links are what makes the world wide web go round.  Without links you wouldn’t be able to navigate anywhere.  Links can be attached to text and images.  If you already know HTML and CSS and have built web pages before, you are well aware of the importance to using links.

Categories and Tags

In WordPress, your posts are organized by categories and tags.  Visitors can search your website’s posts by categories and/or tags. Below is a video that explains categories and tags, as well as, showing you exactly how to create and manage these elements.

Advanced Text Formatting

Formatting your text is an important part of creating posts.  It is very similar to other Word Processing software and fairly simple.  Below is a video to show you the different ways of formatting your text so that you can create hierarchy for your content.  This is also the same for when you create Pages that you will learn in the next Learn WordPress lesson.

Adding Images in WordPress Posts

You can add images in many different ways.  You’ve heard the phrase “Images can say a thousand words”.  That idea alone makes it easy to understand why images would be so important to add to your website’s posts or pages.  Below are two videos, one for adding images to your posts and another for adding an image gallery.  Both are beneficial to understanding how to use images in posts and pages (which you will learn how to create in the next lesson.)

Adding Images

Adding an Image gallery

Featured Images

Featured images are universal for posts and pages.  Below is a video that shows you the importance of featured images, how to add a featured image and also the effects of adding a featured image.

Adding Images from External Sources

You also have the option to add an image from an external source.  All images have a reference link or URL that can be used.  You have to be aware of the legal rights to an image.  Below is a video of how to add an image from an external source but also when it is ok and not ok to use this function.

Comparing and Restoring posts with Revisions

There is a way to compare and restore old revisions of your post.  Below is a short tutorial on how to do so.  It may come in handy if you update your post and decide that you want to return to an older version.

Publishing Your Post

Finally, publishing your post.  This is as easy as hitting the publish button on the top left of your sidebar in the Edit Post screen.  However there are other things that you should be aware of such as, sticky posts and scheduling a post.  Below is a video that will show you how to do this.

The only thing to add is that if you wanted to Trash a post, you can do so on the All Posts screen by clicking Trash under the Post Title or you can click Trash when you are in the Edit Post screen for the post you do not want anymore.  If you accidentally trash a post, you can always access it in the All Posts screen under the “Trash” tab.

Added Features

Want to add some extra features?  You can only do so if you have published a post.  Below is a video to show you how to add More tags and excerpts.

This completes the Creating Posts lesson.  There is a lot of information above but all is beneficial for when you start creating posts.  Many of these functions are similar to when you create Pages, which you will learn in the next post of this series: Learn WordPress.


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