So, you built a website in WordPress now what? If your company has a blog, then it’s time to add blog posts. In this article, I’m going to share a quick overview of how to add a blog post in WordPress.
First, let’s start with the basics. To begin, you must log in to your WordPress account. After you log in, you’ll end up on your dashboard. Your dashboard will look something like the below image.
Now that you’re in the Dashboard, you’ll see a menu on the left. On that menu, you’ll see many options, one of which will be “posts.” When you click on that menu item, a window will open that allows you to select: All posts, add new, categories, and tags.
Now that you know what you’ll see, I’m going to walk you through the four(4) WordPress blog post section options. Let’s start with the All Posts section.
Post Section- All Posts
The first option you have under Posts is the All Posts section. The first thing you’ll find on this page, are all your previously written blog posts. Then, if you look at the top left of the screen, you’ll also see that you can add a new blog post from this page. This page gives you a lot of quick insight into your blog posts:
- Tags you’ve used to identify keywords
- Modified or published date
Unfortunately, you cannot use this page to make edits to the article itself. However, you can use this page to make quick edits to post information. You can make edits to:
- Post date
- Access password or privacy setting
- Discussion options
So if you’re not trying to make any quick edits to an existing post, then you’ll need to create a new one. You can do that in the next section called Add New.
Post Section- Add New
Once you click on the Add New section it opens up an editor. The editor page’s purpose is self-explanatory. You use the editor to add a new blog post. There are 3 sections that you’ll really need to understand. Going forward, I will refer to the 3 sections as the publisher, the settings, and the add ons. Next, I’ll explain each of the 3 sections and their purpose.
Add New Post Section 1- The Publisher
The first section of the blog post page is the publisher. This section is the area where you add your blog content including the title. WordPress recently updated its publisher to allow you to create blocks of content. If you’re a long-time WordPress user, you know the publisher section basically only allowed you to do simple things in a word processor manner. Meaning you would be able to do the basic things you’d do in Microsoft Word (e.g. add text, format the text, add an image, position the image, add links).
Now, WordPress allows you to create blocks that give you more freedom to create a special look on your blog posts. There are a bunch of blocks you can add, but I’ll explain the main ones below.
- Elements- these are the main things you’ll want to add to your blog post. The elements are the type of content that tells your blog post story.
- Heading- your title
- Paragraph- where you put the meat of your content
- List- self-explanatory, but you can do them as bulleted or numbered
- Single image
- Cover image
- Gallery of images
- Quote- where you can quote someone and put the byline
- Audio- embed an MP3 file
- File- a place to upload a file for people to view
- Video- where you can embed a video (this will make your website move slowly because these files are typically large). I suggest you embed a video using Vimeo and Youtube
- Widgets- Any of the widgets you have on your website can be used
- Forms- you can add any contact form
- Social Media timelines- Twitter, Facebook, Instagram
- Music- Soundcloud and Spotify
- Video- Youtube, Vimeo, Hulu
- Formatting- These blocks allow you to customize how things will look.
- Code- add custom code or the code from any widget or form you want to add
- Custom HTML
- Pullquote- those fun sections where you say something in a paragraph, and you highlight it in the middle of your post.
- Verse- an indented section of content that you can use if you’re explaining something in more depth, sharing a few passages from a book, or lyrics from a song.
- Layout- These blocks allow you to layout your blog post page in a certain way to make it easier to read.
- Button- a clickable button that you can hyperlink to another page or purchase something
- Columns- separate a section into 1-6 columns
- Media + text- where you can have an image or video on one side and text explaining it on the other
- Read more- Add the read more line if you want to only show a snippet of your content. People will click “read more” to see the rest of the content
- Page break
- Separator- add a line to separate the page and break the reader’s eye
- Spacer- customize the amount of space between elements
Add New Post Section 2- The Settings
The second section of the blog post page you need to know about is the settings. I lovingly refer to this section as such, because you can literally set everything that goes public here. The settings area is broken down into 8 sections that I will briefly explain below.
- Status + visibility- where you publish the post and make it public, private or requires a password
- Permalink- where you can view the link that will be used once the post is published
- Categories- you can create blog post categories to make it easier for readers to find the content they want.
- Tags- these are the keywords you used in your post.
- Featured image- this is the image that is used to represent the blog post on the blog post page. If you are using a theme that uses the featured image as the header image, then it will show there as well.
- Excerpt- This is the quick overview text that will show on the blog post page. Make it good, so people will want to read the post.
- Discussion- where you will select if you want to allow people to comment or react to your blog post
- Page Setting- this is where you’ll select the page layout template and layout you want to use if your theme has more than one.
Add New Post Section 3- The Add-Ons
The third and final section of the blog post page is the add-on section. You’ll only have things there if you’ve added a plugin that gives you quick access from the blog post page. For example, I have the option to add my customer review plugin where people can leave reviews on certain posts or pages. I also have a pop-up plugin where I can have popups come out on certain pages or posts.
Post Section- Categories
I mentioned earlier that you can add categories to group your content. This is the page where you can manage all your categories, create new categories, and see how many posts are in those categories. To learn more about the importance of categories, visit this ThemeGrill article.
Post Section- Tags
Similar to the Categories page, the Tags page allows you to see all the different tags you’ve added in one place. Every once in awhile I’ll spell a tag wrong and I’ll see it here. You can also see how many times you’ve used each tag. To learn more about the importance of tags, visit this ThemeGrill article.
In conclusion, if your website is finally designed and you’ve taken over ownership, it’s now your responsibility or the responsibility of your blog writer to add blog posts to your WordPress website. So, when comes to blog posts, there are a few options to look at to accomplish your goal for the day. Whether you’re trying to look at an old post, create a new post or organize your posts, you must go to the Post section of your WordPress Dashboard. Hopefully, this guide helped you understand how to get to the post section and all the capabilities it holds. If you need more help understanding what’s in the WordPress Dashboard, visit the WordPress support page.
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