In this tutorial, I am going to teach you one of the most basic things to do with WordPress: adding posts and pages. Those who are new to WordPress should definitely learn how to do this. It’s very simple and easy.
Let’s get started!
Creating a Post
Log in to your WordPress admin panel (Dashboard) and go to the Posts menu. Click on Add New.
From the post editor, you can start creating your first post. This is where you’ll actually write the content of your post. The first box is where you’ll enter your post’s title.
If you have pretty permalinks for each of your posts, make sure to edit the permalink that’s provided by WordPress (by default). Editing the permalink is easy, as it’s found immediately below your post title. Ideally, the post title should also be the URL slug.
Add some content. On the right side of the box, you’ll see two tabs. These are two different modes of editing posts: Visual and Text.
The Visual tab brings up the visual “What You See Is What You Get” (WYSIWYG) editor. It shows a formatting toolbar with plenty of options for formatting your posts. It’s similar to that of Microsoft Word or any other word processin software, so most of the icons here should look familiar.
On the other hand, the Text tab displays a plain-text HTML version of the post editor. This is used for editing the HTML code of your post.
For most people, the Visual editor is the simplest way to write posts.
Once you’re done entering your content, it’s time to publish it. Doing so will bring your post to your actual website.
On the right column of your screen, you will see the Publish section. Here, you can choose to publish your post immediately or save it as a draft so you can publish it later.
Clicking on the Preview button allows you to get a preview of how your post will look once it’s published. The Status shows whether your post has already been published, saved as a draft, or if it’s pending for review or scheduled to be published later on.
Once you’re all set, simply click on the Publish button.
[Publish Screenshot is same as the one for Creating a Page Publish screenshot]
If you like to change your post editor’s screen options, just click the Screen Options tab found on the upper-right corner of the screen. Expand this to reveal all the options that you want to see on your post editor screen. You can also drag or drop the order of the boxes to customize how you want them arranged on the page.
Creating a Page
Creating a WordPress page is almost the same as creating a post. What you need to remember here is that pages are meant for static content.
From your WordPress Dashboard, find the Pages menu. From there, click on Add New.
Add the name of your page (i.e. Home, Contact Us, About Us, etc.).
Again, if you have set up pretty permalinks for your individual pages, don’t forget to edit it. It’s found immediately below your page title. Just like in your post, the title of the page should also be the URL slug.
Add some content.
If you want to see how your page will look once it’s published, you can simply click on the Preview button found on the right side of the screen, under the Publish section.
Under Page Attributes, you can apply a parent page and template to your new page. On the Parent section, you can arrange pages into hierarchies. For instance, you could create a new page with additional pages (sub-pages) under it. You can do this multiple times as there are no limits to the number of levels you can nest pages.
If your WordPress theme comes with custom page templates, you can apply a template to this new page on the Template section.
Below the Template section is the Order box. This lets you order your page numerically. In most cases, pages are ordered alphabetically, but you can choose your own order simply by entering a number in this field.
The Publish section of the page is similar to that of writing posts. Once you’re ready to publish your content, you can choose to publish it immediately, save it as a draft, or schedule the page to be published later on.
To make your posts and pages more SEO-friendly, consider installing WordPress SEO plugins like WordPress SEO by Yoast. Doing so allows you to add more important details to your content that will help you rank higher in search engines. With WordPress SEO by Yoast, you can add focus keyword(s), SEO title, meta description, and other important stuff. You can find this right below the post editor. Trust me, this plugin can do wonders!
So, that’s it! Now, you can go to your actual website to check out your newly created post and page. That was easy, right? Let me know if you have questions by dropping them on the Questions box below.
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