Tutorial: Writing Posts
You’ve installed WordPress, you’ve configured it and chosen a nice new theme. Time to write a post! If you log into the admin area and click on Write, you’ll then get the ‘Create New Post’ page.
Basic posting is simple. Give your post a Title in the Title box. Create your content and put it into the large post area. Select your category on the right (you probably only have ‘Uncategorized’ there at present. We’ll do categories in a moment). And then click the Publish button. If you view the front end of your site you’ll see the new post there as the first post on the front page. Easy eh?!
The Post Area
Unless you’ve turned the rich text editor off (tinyMCE) or clicked on the Code tab, you will see a Windows/Word like toolbar with various buttons to help you compose your post. If you’re comfortable with HTML then I recommend turning this off under your Profile (Users->Your Profile and untick the ‘use visual text editor’ box). If you use the toolbar method then one carriage return creates a new paragraph, if you just want a line break press the shift down whilst hitting the return key. In the code editor you use one return press for a line break and two for a paragraph. You don’t need to enter the HTML for paragraphs or line breaks as this will be applied to your post afterwards. However in code view you can add other code.
The Create Post Screen
So you’ve got the basics of posting. Below explains all the sections briefly. Some are more advanced than others and so I’ll come back to them at a later date. Right, left side first…
- This is your post title. This will appear in the page title and post title/header so make it descriptive but keep it short (ish).
- This is the main content.
- Upload Box
- This is where you can upload a file such as a photo or document. If you upload a photo it will create a thumbnail version too. You can then generate the necessary code to put into the post to access or display the file.
- Optional Excerpt
- An excerpt of your post is automatically created by taking the first X characters from your main post. If you want to override this and create your own short description then you can add that here.
- If you’re referencing another blog or article you can put the link of the reference page in this box and it will attempt to inform the page/site of your post.
- Custom Fields
- Custom fields can allow you to add extra information in, in conjunction with extra code in your templates.
Don’t worry, some of these are pretty advanced and won’t be looked at yet!
The right side, which may differ in order as you can actually just drag each blue box header and drop it into the order you want it. I think I’ve moved mine too much to remember the correct order! (Go on, have a go!!).
- This is where you select which category or categories you want to put the post in. You can also add new categories quickly in this section.
- Here you can select whether to allow comments and pings or not on the individual post.
- Post Password
- Yep you guessed it. This is where you can password protect your post. You simply give the password to people you want to give access to.
- Post Slug
- When you possibly come to use permalinks (I’ll explain this another day) then this is where you can control the slug of your post which is used in the url.
- Post Status
- This allows you to control the status. Draft is unpublished, Private means it’s not displayed publicly (but anyone can still get to it if they know the URL) and Published is self explanatory!
- Post Timestamp
- This allows you to edit the time the post was created. If you leave it unedited then it will display as the time you published the post, however with this handy feature you can set a post to have a date in the past or the future. If in the future, the post won’t display until that time has past.