Welcome to the Chapter 6 of our Ultimate WordPress Guide on Creating a WordPress website.
So you have a beautiful themed WordPress site ready for you, so what is the next step? Writing the first post, of course. Well, although this seems like such an easy task, I have often seen people not utilizing all of the main features made available to them. Some people even find all of the function on the interface difficult to work with. While we have dealt with another niche of beginners WordPress guide, today we are dealing with the most basics of writing a post on WordPress detailing each feature on the Add New post screen.
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Although this is not a step by step guide, this post will feature the introduction of each and every feature that you can use to add a new post to your WordPress site. You can go through each one to get the details of how and why each one can be used. To get to the page to add a new post login with your WordPress credentials. You will be redirected to the Dashboard. Click on the Posts options on the side, then on add new. You will now see a screen to add a new post with the following features.
Title and Content Boxes
One of the first thing that you will notice once you enter the page is the title and content boxes. On the sides, you will notice a visual and text editor option from where you can switch to each one. But we recommend not switching to the text editor as this might mess up your content.
On the top you will see the text area, this is where you can add the post’s title. You will also see the URL area where most of the time, WordPress auto-generates the URL for you. But if you want to edit the URL you can by clicking on the edit button right next to you.
The wide space under it is the area where you can write your new post. There are formatting options on the toolbar above the text pace which can easily use. As you keep writing, WordPress normally automatically saves your progress so that you don’t lose your work.
In addition, to speed up the process, several keyboard shortcuts are available. On the footer of the editor, you can view your word count.
Adding Images or Media
To add media files to your posts you can click on the Add Media that is placed between the title and the content field. After clicking on it, the media uploader will appear in front of your screen.
You can choose an existing image on your WordPress or you can upload a new one. This is entirely up to you. To upload, simply choose the image from your files or drag it to the uploader. You also have access to basic tools to edit, flip, rotate, or even crop your images before adding it to your post.
Publishing and Saving Draft
After completing your post, you have the option to either save it in the draft or to publish it right away. You can view the post setting on the right-hand side of the content editor. There you will see meta boxes labelled Save Draft, Publish, and Preview.
The Save Draft button allows you to save your current unfinished work in the draft. The Preview button alongside it shows you the live preview of your post. This is used to view how your post will look after it is published.
Status shows you the current status of your post whether it is still in the draft or if you have already published it. If you expand the options further you will see that you can password protect it or even stick it to the front page.
Categories and Tags
You can sort out all of your posts into specific categories and tags using the options in the meta boxes on the right-hand-side column. These not only help you organize each of your posts with ease but also boosts the SEO of your posts.
You can use any images that you want to feature on your post using the featured image thumbnails on the box below the categories and tags.
Most of these options are hidden for a more clean and efficient content editing. You can expand the screen option to show editing options. Most of the options are already checked by default, you can change this anytime. Here you can edit the features like Excerpts, Trackbacks, Custom Fields as well as slugs and Author options.
Options With Plugins
While adding a plugin, you will notice that most of them add their own settings panel that you can customize and use to your benefit. You can find tutorials along with it most of the time that guides you through the process of using it.
Now that you have the basic idea of how each of the features works, you will no doubt easily be able to add a new post to your WordPress. Hope this article helped you out!
Thanks for reading the chapter 6 of our ultimate WordPress guide on creating a WordPress site.