Adding and Editing Posts
Now it is time to start adding some content to your site and we will start with Adding and Editing Posts.
In the Dashboard on the left is the main navigation menu with links to all of the administrative screens in WordPress. One of the menu items is Posts. If you hover over Posts you will find sub-menus for All Posts with a list of all your posts, Add New where you can add a new post, Categories where you can create some categories for your posts, and Tags where you can create tags, if you choose to use them.
When you are logged in you can also Edit posts by navigating to a specific Post and selecting Edit from the Tool Bar above.
Posts – All Posts, shows you a list of all of your post titles, authors, categories and tags, whether there are any comments and the date.
If you hover over a title, you find another menu of options. It allows you to go to the actual post edit screen to edit the post, Quick Edit, gives you several options to edit right there on the fly. You can change the title the slug (which is the internet title without capital letters and no spaces). You can edit the date of the post which comes in handy if you want to change the order a post appears on your blog. You can also change the author, the category and the Post status, changing from Draft mode to Published, for example. When you are finished editing be sure to hit Update.
We are now going to select Add a New Post and give making a new post with the post editor a try.
Now, if you’ve ever used a text editor like Microsoft Word, you’ll be right at home with the Post Editor in WordPress. The buttons across the top of the Edit pane allow you to easily format text by simply highlighting a word or phrase and then clicking the buttons to apply the formatting to the selected text. You can also easily insert bulleted or numbered lists by clicking the button for the type of list you wish to create and then adding list items one at a time hitting the Return key to create each new list item. You can highlight and draw attention to special items like quotes by using the Block Quote button or you can insert a horizontal line to break up large sections of text. And of course, you can align text to the left, center, or right.
Creating links is as easy as highlighting a word or a phrase and then clicking the Insert Link button. Enter: the URL where you want users to be taken when they click this link, a title which will provide a pop-up description when a user hovers there mouse over the link, and then choose whether you want this link to open in a new window or tab. Now, you can use this method to create a link to any website, but you can also easily link to your own existing content by simply choosing a page or post from the list at the bottom of the window.
When you’re finished, click Add Link and this text will now function as a link. To remove a link, highlight or click anywhere within the link-anchored text and then click the Remove Link button. If you’re creating a lengthy article, you might want to display just the first paragraph or two on your main blog page with a link that folks can click to continue reading the remainder of the article on its own page. Just click your mouse where you’d like the excerpt to end then click the More button. Any content below this divider will not appear on the front page of your blog, but it will appear when folks click through to the full view of that article.
Clicking the Toolbar Toggle button reveals a second row of additional formatting buttons including paragraph and heading styles, as well as underline, forced justified text, and text colors. If you’re copying and pasting content from another program, like a word processor or another website, you can enable plain text mode, then when you paste content into the Editor, WordPress will automatically clean and reformat your content before inserting it into the Editor. You can disable this feature at any time. You can also remove formatting from selected texts, insert custom symbols or characters, indent text, and most importantly, undo and redo your most recent edits. And last, you want to check out the list of keyboard shortcuts you can use to speed up your editing.
In the top right-hand corner of the Edit window, there are two tabs labeled Visual and Text. The Visual mode is the rich text or preview format in which we’ve been working. But, if we select the Text mode then we enter the Code Editor. You can see that WordPress has been automatically inserting HTML code called tags to apply styles to our text in a format understood by web browsers. Switching to Text mode replaces the Editor buttons across the top with Quick Tags. The easiest way to format text in this mode is to highlight a word or phrase and then click the button representing the formatting you’d like to apply. Notice that WordPress automatically wraps the selected text with the appropriate opening and closing HTML Tags. Everything inside these tags will have that particular style applied to it. You can toggle back to the Visual mode at any time.
Just like the Dashboard, you can completely customize the Post Creation panel or any of the panels in the administration area. You can minimize the meta boxes, click and drag them to new locations, or use the Screen Options tab to temporarily hide boxes that you rarely use. This allows you to completely customize the panel with just the functions that work best for you.
When you are ready to write a blog post, you type your Title in the Title box. It is best that you choose a formatting such as all caps or Capitalization and stick to that formatting so the posts look nice on your post archive pages.
Your website headline styles are available in the box that says Paragraph. Your website has certain styles associated with each of the items in the dropdown menu from Heading 1-6 and a preformatted style. It is best to save H1 level styling for the website title, H2s are typically for Post titles. H3s and below can be used as headings in the post but use them in outline form with the smaller numbers signifying higher order than the larger numbers.
Start writing your post content in the box below. Remember to help make your content readable with the liberal use of Headlines and Sub-headlines and by making very short paragraphs. It helps readers scan using ordered and unordered lists as well.
We’ll go over adding images in another video.
Once your post is completed, You can assign the post it to a category or create a category on the fly, You can tag it if you are using tags. When ready you can save the post it as a Draft and preview it in Draft Mode. Or, you can Publish it immediately. If you’d like to schedule it to publish at a future date, select the word Edit next to the publish immediately, and schedule it.
Now, the Post Editor is also used when creating or editing pages. So, once you’ve familiarized yourself with the buttons and options in the Editor toolbar, you’ll be ready to create and manage your content anywhere in WordPress. Now that you have a good understanding of the Editor, it’s time to start creating some content for our site. So, in the next video, we’ll create our first post.