Nobody wants to visit a website that has no content on it! So let’s make sure we learn how to put something interesting there for your visitors to see and comment on.
First of all, there are two ways you can add content in WordPress:
We already talked about this a bit in the previous tutorials, but just to recap, the difference between posts and pages is that posts are chronologically organized, dynamic structures and usually there are a couple of posts per page that visitors are able to comment on. That’s one of the reasons why they are frequently used on blogs (almost always actually).
On the other hand, pages are static and most of the time, commenting feature is disabled (although not necessarily). They’re used when you want to make a typical information-based website (posting articles on each page separately), and you don’t really need a blog.
Needless to say, you can always combine pages & posts. People do that all the time. They keep their articles linked together from the homepage and then they have a separate blog area.
In this tutorial, we are going to go through each of these a bit just to show you what your WordPress site is capable of. We’re also going to learn how to insert images & videos!
1. How To Create And Publish Posts on your Blog
To start with, log in to your WP dashboard and click on »Posts«.
You will notice that you already have a sample post created entitled »Hello World!«. Feel free to delete this post by clicking the »Trash« link beneath it.
Now, you have to understand that all the posts that you will create here will be organized into »Categories«. You can choose which post goes under which category, but in order to be able to do that, we must first configure them, so let’s go ahead and do that.
If you click »edit« on the default category (Uncategorized), you will be able to change its name and modify its options. You can also add more categories of your own choice.
Now, whenever you write a new post, you can decide which category it goes into, depending on how you chose to organize them. This makes posts a lot easier to group and manage.
Now, let’s go back to posts and click on »Add New«:
Insert the title of your post and then put your content in the body part. WordPress uses a WSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) text editor, so if you’re ever worked with MS Word or a similar application, you should have no problem editing your content with WP.
If you want to add an image, or a video, just click the Upload/Insert media link:
Once you’re done with that, select a category on your right and insert tags (keywords you want people to find this post by – separate them with commas) and hit »Publish«.
Your new post will go live immediately and you can access it via its URL:
2. How To Create And Publish Pages in WP
To add a new page, simply click on »Pages« menu in your WP dashboard:
Again, you can delete the Sample Page, however, recall that when we were initially setting up WordPress, we set »Sample Page« as our static homepage.
If we delete it, and make a new one, we’ll have to go through that process again. That’s why I recommend you simply edit it and change the name to »Home« instead.
To do that, just click the »Edit« link beneath the page title. The rest of the process is exactly the same as with the Posts (enter title, content & hit publish).
Note: If you want to preview how your page looks like, before you choose to update (or publish), you can click on the »Preview Changes« button:
That’s it, we’ve covered pretty much everything you need to know to be able to successfully add new posts and pages to your WP website. There’s no big science behind it, and all it takes is a couple of minutes to figure out how it all works.
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial, see you in the next one!