In this step we’ll add a blog Post to your site. This will help us going forward when we start to stylize your post pages. You’ll have some content with which to see the results of your changes. From the WordPress Dashboard, click on “Posts” then click “All Posts”.
From the Posts page you will see a list of all your posts. If you haven’t written any posts yet, you’ll likely see the “Hello World” post that is there by default when you first install WordPress. Let’s go ahead and delete this post. Place your cursor (mouse) over the title of the post (Hello World). Below the post title you’ll see a menu pop-up with a link “Trash”. Click this link and the Hello World post will be gone.
Now let’s add our own post. At the top of the page next to the “Posts” title you’ll see a small button labeled “Add New”. Click this button.
You will now be on the Add New Post screen. There is a lot going on here so I’ve labeled some items and I’ll list them out below the picture.
- Post Title – This is the title of your post that site visitors will see on your site.
- Post Text – this is the primary test in your post. This is what you want your site visitors to read.
- Visual – For most of your posts you will want to edit in “Visual” mode. Click this tab if it is not already displayed by default.
- Categories – Remember the category we created in Step 13? They will show up here. If you don’t select a category WordPress will automatically place your post in the “Uncategorized” category. You probably don’t want this. If you don’t have the right categories for your site you may want to go back to Step 13 and enter the necessary categories. Once you have the right category in this list, click the checkbox next to it. Remember in Step 14 that we can use categories to build our navigation menu. When a visitor clicks on the navigation menu item (a category) they will be taken to a page where they will only see posts in that category.
- Tags – In Step 19 we added a “Tag Cloud” widget to the sidebar. This is where the tags come from. Tags are another way to help your site visitors to find new content. For our Ford Mustang example from a few steps ago, you might have a category of “Mustang”. In this category you write about all different kinds of Mustangs. Maybe you write about Shelby Mustangs. You don’t want to create a whole new category of Shelby so you create a Tag and call it “Shelby”. Now every article your write on Shelby Mustangs you tag this way. Your site visitor can click on this tag and find all your Shelby posts. It’s just another way to help your readers find more content and stay engaged with your site. Not everyone uses tags so you’ll need to decide if these are right for you.
- Preview – you can click this button any time during your edit session and you will see what your post will look like live on your site. However, no one else will be able to see your post. This way you can edit and revise and preview the final product before turning it loose on the world.
- Publish – when your masterpiece post is finished and ready for the world, click “Publish”. Now go view your site and you will see your first post.
I have captured the basics of writing posts in this step. But, before continuing with our steps, I highly recommend you take a few minutes and read the WordPress Codex for writing posts.