One of the best features of the WordPress content management system is how quickly and easily you can add a new blog post. WordPress was originally designed for blogging, before being adapted into the multifunctional website design tool it is today.
What is a Blog Post?
Most websites have at least one page that provides regularly updated information for visitors. This page would normally be referred to as the â€˜blog homepageâ€™, or â€˜blog feedâ€™. This could be in the form of news, an events diary, useful articles, or any other routinely added content. A â€˜postâ€™ would be one instance of that content being added to the website via a new page.
How to Add a New post
- Log in to WordPress via your admin URL (usually www.yourwebsite.com/wp-login.php).
- In the â€˜dashboardâ€™, there is a grey bar that runs across the top of the page. Hover over â€˜+ Newâ€™ and select â€˜Postâ€™.
- This takes you to the post editor page.
Posting Text Content
- Add a title in the horizontal field under the â€˜Add a new Postâ€™ text.
- Now add your main text content in the large field below. Most new WordPress users would choose the â€˜Visualâ€™ view on the top right corner. This will allow you to edit your text in the same way as you would in an email or Microsoft Word document. If you are familiar with HTML coding you can choose the other view option, which allows you to add tags into your content.
- In order to make sure that you have all of the text editing controls available, find the button called â€˜Show/Hide Kitchen Sinkâ€™ in the middle of the top bar and select â€˜Showâ€™. This will add the extra text formatting options such as underline and text colour.
- You can preview your post at any time by selecting â€˜previewâ€™ on the right hand side of the page. This will open a new window and show you exactly how your post would look if it was published at that time.
Adding Excerpts to a Post
- An excerpt is the small paragraph of text that will display when your blog post appears in a feed, or a featured area on the homepage.
- If you do nothing, WordPress will automatically use the first section of your post as an excerpt. However, if you want to control the text that is used in an excerpt, there are two ways to do this.
- Option one â€“ simply add the text that you want in the â€˜Excerptâ€™ field on the blog editor page.
- Option two â€“ add the â€˜Moreâ€™ tag into your main text content by placing your cursor in the correct place and clicking the â€˜Insert Moreâ€™ button from the menu above the content box. This will mean that any text before the ‘more’ tag will be pulled into any featured excerpts.
Adding Images or Video to a Post
- There are two main types of image associated with a post, a â€˜featured imageâ€™ and a standard â€˜in-textâ€™ image inserted in the content.
- A featured image is the small thumbnail image that will appear alongside an excerpt when your blog post appears in a feed, or a featured area on the homepage. To add one, click on â€˜Set Featured Imageâ€™ on the bottom right corner of the blog editor page. This will allow you to select an image from your computer or WordPress media library.
- To insert an image or video into your main blog post content, click on the â€˜Upload/Insertâ€™ link on the top left corner of the text editor. This will allow you to insert an image or video from your computer or WordPress media library directly into your post content.
Adding Categories to a Post
- Categories are a useful way of grouping your blog posts into subject areas e.g. â€˜newsâ€™ or â€˜web designâ€™.
- To add a category to a post, tick a box in the â€˜Categoriesâ€™ section on the right side of the page.
- You can add a new category by clicking the â€˜Add New Categoryâ€™ link at the bottom of the box.
Adding Tags to a Post
- Tags can be added to a post in order to help visitors to find it via a website search.
- To add a tag, enter a relevant keyword into the â€˜Tagsâ€™ box on the bottom right corner of the page and click â€˜Addâ€™.
Publishing a Post
When you are happy with all elements of your post, click â€˜Publishâ€™ and your post will be added to your website.