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In this article we are going to understand about creating your first post in WordPress.
At the heart of any website is content. Content is the primary reason web sites gain traffic and probably one of the key reasons you decided to use WordPress for your web site. WordPress makes managing content a breeze and is easily controllable by beginners and experts alike.
In this post we will cover all aspects of creating content in WordPress. Content is one of the most important parts of your web site so it’s crucial to understand how to manage your content in WordPress.
Posts are content entries that typically display in reverse chronological order on your web site. These are generally considered to be blog posts like the one you are reading right now, but can be used for a variety of reasons including news, events, business data, and much more.
All posts are saved with a date and time stamp making the content dated material. Posts are also categorized and can be tagged to help filter posts by either category or tag.
Steps for creating your first post:
- The first step in creating your first post is to click the Add New link under the Posts SubPanel. Creating a post couldn’t be easier; the only actual required fields are either the post content or title. The first box on the Add New Post screen is the title of your post. Go ahead and fill in a title of “My First Post”.
This is one of the most important parts of your post because it describes what your post is about. It is also heavily used for search engine optimization. If you have permalinks enabled the title is also used in your post permalink or URL depending on the permalink structure set.
If you leave a post title blank, the permalink will be the post ID. The current post’s permalink is displayed below the post title after the initial save.
- The next step in creating a post is writing your post content. The post content box, located directly below the tile, is where your post content is entered. You can use either the Visual or HTML editor to create your post.
To switch between the two just click the tab for which editor you would like to view. The visual editor features many word-processor-like buttons across the top of the content editor.
Most of these options are standard formatting for word processing programs such as Microsoft Word. For example, clicking the B icon make the text bold you have selected or are about to write. Go ahead and enter in whatever content you like for your example post.
- You can also add images or media to your post. Images are a great way to give your post visual appeal. Let’s add an image to your post, click the Add Image icon located next to the Upload/Insert text.
The media overlay window appears using a lightbox effect called Thickbox. The Thickbox effect is a web site popup that “dims” the rest of the web site, putting focus on the popup. From here you can add new images, select images that have already been added to the post, and select image from your computer.
If you are using the Flash up-loader, which is the default up-loader, you can select multiple images to upload in one shot. WordPress processes and uploads each image automatically.
- After you have uploaded an image, you need to insert that image into your post content. Click the Insert into Post button and your image is inserted into your post. If you are using the visual editor, the image appears in your post content.
You can select the image to adjust alignment and image settings or delete the image from your post. If you are using the HTML editor, the HTML IMG tag appears linking to your newly uploaded image.
- Next you’ll want to select the appropriate category for your post. Categories help group similar posts making it easy for your readers to find additional posts under the same topic.
You set the category in the Category meta box located in the right-hand column directly below the Publish box, and you can select multiple categories for a single post.
If you want to add a new category, click the + Add New Category link at the bottom of the Category box and fill in your new category name. You can also view the Most Used categories by clicking the tab with the same name. In your example post, create a new category called “Examples” and assign the new post to that category.
- You can also add tags to your post. Tags are keywords that describe what your post is about. They should be short and sweet, generally no more than two words per tag. The tag meta box is located directly under the Category box by default.
Add tags to your post by entering a set of tag keywords separated by comma. You can easily remove tags by clicking the small X next to each tag. Removing a tag will only remove that tag from your post, not your entire tag collection.
As you type in a tag WordPress automatically searches for tags using the same letters, and will prompt you with them, making it quicker to find tags you have already used on previous posts. Go ahead and add a few tags to your example post now.
- Once your are satisfied with your post, you’ll want to Publish it. To publish your example post, just click the Publish button. Your example post is now published and view-able on your web site.
The Publish meta box also contains buttons that control the state of your post. It has three states by default: Published, Pending Review, and Draft. Published status indicates that a post is publicly view-able on your web site.
Pending Review status is a post waiting to be reviewed and approved by an Editor or Administrator. Any post submitted by a Contributor is set to Pending Review.
- Draft status is a post that you are currently working on, but hasn’t been published yet. These posts are usually posts you are still working on writing and still need some more additional work.
- You can also modify the post date by clicking the Edit button next to the date/time. To schedule a post to automatically publish at a future date and time, simply enter that date and time and click OK.Once the publish date has been changed , the post Publish button changes to Schedule.
When you click the Schedule button your new post will automatically be scheduled to be published on the date and time you have saved. This is a great feature if you are going on vacation but don’t want a large lapse in fresh content on your web site.
You can also set the post date in the past. This is useful if you have a large gap in your posts and want to fill in the blanks with older posts.
- Finally, you can change the visibility on a post. Public posts are publicly view-able by anyone on your web site. Password-protected posts are published to everyone, but can only be viewed if you know the correct password. Private posts are only view-able by web site Editors and Administrators and not view-able by the public.
- Each of the meta boxes displayed on the post add/edit screen can be dragged and dropped however you links. This ca help you organize these meta boxes based on your usage, moving the boxes higher up that you use more frequently. To drag a meta box, just click the title of the ox and drag to the desired new position on the page.
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