New to WordPress and confused about how to add a new post or page?
Today, we’ll go through the process of adding a new post or page in WordPress.
First make sure you are logged in
Before we start, I should mention that you need to be logged into WordPress to create pages or posts. To login, either do so how you normally would or go to your site url and add /wp-login.php to the end of your domain.
Your account must also have permission to create pages and posts, which every account above subscriber level should have.
Posts vs. Pages
We also perhaps should overview the difference between pages and posts.
In WordPress, posts show on your blog. There usually are page or pages that show posts in some type of order, like in a blog or magazine layout. Posts typically can be set to show author and publishing date. You can add categories and tags to posts to help sort them. Posts also are kept in archives and can be displayed and sorted through several widgets with WordPress. Posts can have different post formats, including standard, aside, and gallery. Many WordPress themes have additional post formatting for things like video or audio and more.
Pages are very similar to posts, but they are static, don’t appear on blog pages, and don’t have the sorting capabilities. You can allow comments on both pages and posts in WordPress.
For more on Posts vs Pages in WordPress, check out this article on wordpress.com.
Let’s move on to adding a new page or post in WordPress.
Add New Page or Post
There are a few ways to get started adding a new page or post.
If you are on your site with the top bar showing, you can hover over the new button and then click either post or page.
If you are on the dashboard, hover over either posts or pages and then click add new.
Write a title
You then are taken to the editor for your new post or page.
The first thing you will likely want to do is write some type of title.
You should have your site set to use post format as the permalinks, so your title will also appear in your permalink. If you didn’t do this, just go to settings > permalinks > and switch to post format.
Using the WYSIWYG
First off, what is WYSIWYG?
WYSIWYG is an acronym for What You See Is What You Get.
The WordPress editor is a WYSIWYG when you are using the visual tab, which can be found at the top right of the editor area. There also is the text tab, which when clicked shows the on page formatting or code rather than a visual representation of your actual post or page.
Toolbar Toggle (aka Hide/Show Kitchen Sink)
If this is your first time using the WordPress editor, one of the first things you should do is turn on the toolbar toggle so that your top toolbar is two levels high rather than just one. This is done by simply clicking the toolbar toggle, which formerly was known as “Hide/Show Kitchen Sink.”
The toolbar includes basic editing tools that you would expect, such as the ability to bold, italics, strikethrough, add an unordered list, add a numbered list, add a quote, add a horizontal line, left align, center align, right align, underline, justify, change font color, decrease or increase indent, undo and redo.
On the top row, third from the right, you’ll notice a dashed line with boxes on the top and bottom. This is the read more line which you can place in your post.
To do so, click in your post where you want the line to go. Next, go to the toolbar and click the button for “Insert Read More tag.”
A line will appear in your post. This line is the cutoff after which the content below the line will not show on your blog page where all of your posts are displayed. Instead, users will see a read more link that they need to click in order that they might go to and view the entire post.
Headings and Paragraphs
When writing your post or article, you’ll want to use headings. Besides making your article easy to scan and giving you clear sections, headings are also great for SEO. You can learn more about that in this post.
To write a heading, just click in the WYSIWYG editor and then go up to the dropdown at the top left of the editor and choose the heading you want to use. You can also go back to paragraph formatting. You likely want every post to be a combination of H1, H2, and H3 headings.
Adding images in WordPress
To add an image, click in the editor where you want the image to go. Next, go to the top of the editor and click “Add Media.”
You then get a popup and can either select an image already in your media folder, or you can add a new image.
After picking an image, there are several options you can select from.
- Image Title – the name of your image
- Alt Title – this tells search engines what your image is about
- Description – a larger description of the image that can help users or search
- Alignment – Can be left, center, right, or none.
- Link to – You can have your image link to the media file, a page on your site that just shows the image, nothing, or some other url.
- Size – Choose how large you want the image to be.
Next, just hit the button for “insert into post” that is located in the bottom right. Your image will now show in your post.
To edit the image already in your post, click on it, then click the edit button from the top right of the image.
You can also delete the image by clicking on the image in your post, then clicking delete.
Add your post to a category
When writing a post in WordPress, you’ll want to add it to a category. This is great for SEO, but also helps to organize your posts.
After writing your post, just look at the right side of the editor screen and you’ll see the category section. Either pick a category you’ve already made or hit the “add new category” link to add a new one.
Pretty easy, right?
If you don’t pick a category, the default will be “uncategorized.” That is, unless your site has been modified to have a different default.
Tag your post
Tagging posts is similar to categories. Again, this can be great for SEO.
Just like categories, you can add tags on the right side of the editor screen.
You can either hit the “choose from the most used tags” link and choose on of your previously used tags or you can write new tags, separated by commas, in the blank form and then click add.
I’d recommend trying to use the same tags over just so they show up the same and you don’t end up with similar but different duplicates. For instance, you wouldn’t want to have “wordpress,” “WordPress,” WordPress,” and “Word Press” as your tags. Just use the same one over and over.
Save as draft
A lot of use probably write our drafts in the WordPress editor. This is just easier than trying to write in something else, then move it over and reformat it. You can just format your article the way you want ahead of time.
I also like to keep dozens of drafts going on my site. When I get a good idea, I quickly write an article title and maybe an outline. Then I go back later and add to it.
It is a good idea to regularly save your drafts as you work on them, just in case you get disconnected from the web and can’t save, or some other issue happens.
To save a draft, from the editor page go to the top right corner. There you will see the “publish” box. At the top left of that box is a white button that says “save as draft.” Click that and your done. The page reloads and gives a success message.
To actually publish your post, use that same publish box, but hit the button at the bottom right that says publish.
Instead of using publish, I’d recommend scheduling your posts out in advance.
To be successful with content marketing, it really is best to post every day or on a set schedule. You also want to time your posts so your users know they will be up at a certain time. For instance, I have been trying to post every work day at 11:00 AM central time.
To schedule a post, go to that publish box at the top right again.
One of the lines in that box shows a calendar and says “publish immediately” at first. Click edit besides that line and you can change when your post will be published.
The button at the bottom right then changes to schedule instead of publish.
Hit schedule and your post will be scheduled.
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