Getting excited to create your first post on your website!!! May be you have heard that WordPress is very easy to start with the posts. Of course, it may be easy for WordPress experts but don’t worry with a couple of hands-on experience you too find it easy to handle with WordPress. Now it’s time to start with posts screen. The aim of this WordPress Posts tutorial is to make you understand all pieces of features on the screen.
How to Create or write WordPress Posts ?
To start with posts, login to your admin panel and locate Posts menu on the left side of the WordPress dashboard. Either hover on the posts menu or click on it to appear sub-menu of it. There you can find different options.
Steps to write WordPress Post:
- Login to WordPress Admin panel.
- Locate Posts->Add New in the WordPress dashboard.
- Click on Add New
- Enter all the details of the post like Title, body and other options based on your requirement.
- Publish the post.
Simply following the above steps, you can finish with your first post. But it’s necessary to get an idea on all features of post screen. First things first, We will look at the Posts menu.
Posts menu has submenu with the following options.
- All Posts – It contains the list of all posts such as Drafts, Published, Trash, etc
- Add New – You can create new posts from here.
- Categories – It displays lists of categories in your website. You can do all operations such as add, edit, delete here. To know more read WordPress Categories tutorial.
- Tags – It contains the list of all Tags in your website. For more details, check out WordPress Tag’s lesson.
Write your First Post:
There are multiple ways you can create post which are as follows.
- Posts->Add New
- Posts->All Posts->Add New
- Posts->Open any post->Add New
Now you can see the Post screen as below screenshot.
The first and foremost text box you will see is Title. Enter your post title which should have 35-65 characters.
The next visible section is called as Post Editor. This is the place you have to showcase your creative thoughts in the form of content. Here you can see 2 tabs such as Visual and Text.
Visual Tab brings the WYSIWYG editor. WYSIWYG means “What you can see is what you can get”. The major difference between visual and text tab is the formatting tool bar. Here in Visual tab, you can see a formatting tool bar with numerous formatting options for your content. You can style your content without having HTML Knowledge.
Text Tab brings the plain HTML editor. This version of Editor helps you to edit HTML code of the post. But for newbies, Visual editor is the best option for writing the post.
In the footer of WordPress posts editor, you can see Word count and status of your post. Word count indicates the number of words of your content. Status of your post indicates whether the post is draft state or published and when it was last edited. It has auto save option that means your post will be auto saved time to time without clicking on save button. You can see the status in the footer next to word count.
WordPress allows you to manage media i.e. images, videos easily. You can see the Add Media button on top of Formatting toolbar. You can follow these simple steps to upload any image or media to your post.
- Click on Add Media button.
- Click on Upload Files tab.
- Select the files that you want to upload.
- After uploading, insert them into post.
You have options to create image galleries and audio playlists from the uploaded files. WordPress has some basic image editing tools you may use of. You can edit, flip, crop images in WordPress.
On the right side of the post screen, you will see many sections where you can configure WordPress posts settings. The top most section is called Publish. Here you can manage the publishing options. Just have a look on the meta box.
As in above image, you can see multiple options or features you can apply for the post. Let’s go through all options one by one.
- Save Draft: Save draft helps you to save your post in draft status. Of course WordPress has auto save feature.
- Preview: This option helps you to see live preview of the post. That means it will display how your post looks like on your website after publishing.
- Status: WordPress handles the status of your post automatically. You can see the current status of your post here.
- Visibility: Visibility indicates who can see your post on your website. By default it will be public i.e. anyone on the web can see your post. Here you have multiple options like the public, private, password protected.
- Publish: On clicking Edit link, you will see date and time options to schedule your post to publish. You can change the date and time for the post to the back date as well.
- Move to Trash: For draft or published posts, you will see Move to Trash option which allows you to delete the post. However, you can restore the deleted posts whenever you want up to 30 days.
- Publish: Once you are ready with your post content, you have to click this publish option to make your post visible to the web. If you have selected Scheduled post, then it will appear on your website accordingly.
Associating Categories and Tags:
Remember that writing post content is not enough. You must associate them to appropriate categories and tags for user-friendly content. Categories and Tags meta boxes are available in the right side panel of the post screen. These will help user to go to the right content what they are searching for
By default Uncategorized category will be selected for all posts. Ofcourse, you can create numerous categories and tags. It will display the list of categories which you have created. So simply select the category you want to assign to this post. To know more about the categories, check out WordPress Categories tutorial. Similar to categories, assign the post to Tags. These will help you regarding SEO for your website. Go through #Wordpress Tags if you are unsure about this topic.
Featured Image is nothing but Post thumbnails which will be displayed for your articles in your website. Most of the WordPress themes support this featured images. Featured image will appear in the last section of the right-hand column of the WordPress posts screen. See the below image to get an idea.
You can click Set feature image link to upload the picture for your post. The image should be minimum of 200*200 size for sharing the purpose. So make sure that you upload the appropriate picture.
Screen options will have a list of options which will help you to enable or disable the options on the screen.
As you can see in the above picture, some of the options are already checked. And these will appear on the screen. Not only the meta boxes, you can also select the layout of the screen and additional settings. You can always make changes to your edit post screen by checking the checkboxes beside the options you want. Then those options will be displayed on the screen. Customize in your own way and ease your work. Lets go through the options one by one.
Layout Settings: You can select the layout of the screen here. In layout settings, you can also have Custom Body Class and Custom Post Class options.
Excerpts: Excerpt is like the summary of your WordPress posts. You can enable this option if you want to display excerpt on your website. This will display the summary about your post on your homepage or archives. Full post will be displayed on the post page.
Send Trackbacks: Send Trackbacks is an great option for you to intimate other blog/website owners that you have linked to their content. This feature is useful if another blog is running on the different platform than WordPress. If another blog is also running on WordPress, then no need to worry about Send Trackbacks option as WordPress handles it automatically without your interference. It handles the process by sending a ping to the blog owners whenever you publish the WordPress post which are linked to their content.
The main drawback of Send Trackbacks feature is that it is misusing by spammers, so most of the bloggers now are disabling this feature.
Custom Fields: At times you may be required to add custom information to your WordPress posts. Then this feature will help you greatly and it is very easy process. Just enable this feature in screen options and create custom fields and add custom information to your site. You can use these custom fields across multiple posts or page in your site. The Custom fields will be used to add any extra metadata to your website or blog through your themes.
Discussion: Comments and pingbacks are the most easiest way to communicate with users. But sometimes you don’t want to allow comments or pingbacks on a particular post or page. Then use the feature effectively. You can enable or disable this feature from the screen options and check or uncheck the checkboxes according to your requirement.
Some website owners block this commenting feature as they can’t control spam message. It’s better to learn how to manage the spam comments instead of disabling them.
Slug: Slug is the title which is displayed in the URL.
Generally, WordPress generates the slug automatically based on the post title. In case you want to change this slug, you can enable this option from screen options and change it as your wish. If you have activated Yoast SEO plugin, then the slug will be visible in it. You can change from here either.
Author: WordPress automatically assign the author based on who logged in and created post. But sometimes you may require changing the author to someone else. At that time this option will help you greatly. Simply enable this option and change the author from the dropdown.
WordPress has a great set of built-in tools you can avail of to create your website with posts and content. These will help you to improve your post writing experience. You can use the WordPress plugins to make it ease of writing WordPress posts. Just explore the different features of WordPress and make a great site.