Writing and Editing Posts and Pages

Differences between Posts and Pages

WordPress has two different content types: Posts and Pages.

Posts

Posts are blog content listed in reverse chronological order on your blog page. By default they will be listed on your home page. Optionally, you can create a blog page to display your posts.

Posts are meant to be timely, like a news article. Older posts are archived based on the month and year they were published.

  • Posts can be organized through Categories and Tags.
  • Posts can be syndicated through RSS feeds.
  • Posts encourage conversation through the built-in comment feature.
  • Posts generally display the name of the author and the publish date depending on the theme.

Pages

Pages are static content like an About page, a Privacy Policy, a contact page, etc. Pages are living documents that are meant to be edited and updated.

  • Pages generally do not include comments.
  • Pages are hierarchical by nature. You can have parent and child pages to organize your content.
  • Pages can be displayed using custom page templates. This will be dependent on the theme.
  • Pages are not included in RSS feeds.

 

Writing a New Post or Page

Classic Editor
  1. In the Admin Bar, click on + New > Post or New > Page
    New > Post Menu
  2. ...or go to Posts > Add New  or Pages > Add New in the left Toolbox
    Posts > Add New Menu
  3. Either method will bring up the Add New Post/Post screen where you will write your post/page.
  4. Type in a Title for your Post or Page
    Title – The first field is the Title of your post. By default, this will also be included in the Web address (Permalink). After you have saved a draft, you can change this by clicking the Edit button below the title.
  5. Type or paste your content in the Post Editing Area.
    Post Editing Area – The large text area is where you will write the Body of your post. WordPress includes a visual editor and an HTML/Text editor if you prefer to hand code.  (Only basic HTML is allowed, no scripting.) If the right side of the editing area is covered by panels, you will need to widen your browser window and/or collapse the panels.

    • New Features in WordPress 4
      • The visual editor now expands to fit your content
      • A fixed toolbar in the editor when you scroll
      • Embeddable content previews right in the visual editor
  6. You can Preview or Publish your Post or Page by clicking on the Preview or Publish buttons in the Publish pane.
    Publish Pane

Adding Options to the Post

When editing a Post or Page, there are many more options available than those you see by default. Depending on your site's needs, you may or may not ever need access to these "power features," but it's worth familiarizing yourself anyway. Look for the Screen Options tab at the upper right corner of the screen:

Post Screen Options tab

A panel will drop down, similar to this one:

Screen Options

Hint: Click the Screen Options tab again to collapse this view.

Options in the Post Editor

  • Add Media – WordPress allows you to add media to your post, like images, audio or video files.  The feature is located directly above the editing area.
  • Excerpt – A short summary of your post. Some themes take advantage of excerpts in archive lists.
  • Discussion – You may decide whether to allow people to comment on the post you’re currently writing.  The default is the global setting located in Settings > Discussion.
  • Publish – This is where you can save, preview, set the status, set the visibility and schedule the publishing of the post.  Click Publish when you are ready to post.
  • Categories – This is where you can assign posts to Categories. Readers can browse specific categories to see all posts in a category. To add a new category, click the + Add New Category link in this panel. You can also manage your categories by going to the Admin Panel and selecting Post  > Categories.
  • Tags – This is where you can add Tags to your post. Tags are essentially micro-categories for your blog. Posts with similar tags are linked together when a user clicks one of the tags. Tags have to be enabled with the right code in your theme for them to appear in your post.
Block Editor (Gutenberg)

Editing a Post or Page

Making changes to a published Post or Page is easy.

  1. Login to your website or blog.
  2. Navigate to the Post or Page you want to edit.
  3. Click the Edit Page (or Post) link in the Admin toolbar at the top.
    Edit Page
    Many themes also have an Edit link somewhere on the page when logged in.
  4. Make your changes
  5. Click Update

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