Creating and Editing Posts in WordPress

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How to use WordPress
WordPress is an easy to use content management system that lets you add, delete, or edit content on your website as easy as writing an email.


Basics

To create a post, hover over the "Posts" menu in your Dashboard menu, and click on "Add New" from the flyout menu:

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You can also select it from the "+New" menu in your toolbar by clicking on "Post":

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You will then have a new post editing screen open:

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Enter a title, then click in the text editing area below and start typing. When you are finished, click on "Save Draft" in the "Publish" pane. (Contributors can only save drafts. Authors, editors, and managers can also publish their posts.)

Titles

Once you have clicked "Save Draft" (contributors) or "Publish" (all other user roles), you will then see the permalink for the post.

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Clicking on the "Edit" button will let you edit the permalink, although you will only rarely have a need to do so. Notice that you can only edit the post title portion of the permalink:

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Clicking on the "View Post" button will take you to the actual post if it has been published, or will open a preview in a new window if it is a draft.

The Editing Area

By default, WordPress uses a visual editor that allows you to type and edit text much like you would in any word processor, such as MicrosoftWord or OpenOffice:

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The visual editor has too many options to discuss here. Although it is highly intuitive, you can find more information on the Visual Editor page.

Modules

By default, there are four modules available in the post editing area: Publish, Format, Categories, and Tags.

The Publish Module

Contributors will only be able to save drafts of their posts. When they have finished editing their post, they can click "Submit for Review" so that an editor or manager can publish it.

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All other user roles will be able to publish their drafts:

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Additionally, they will be able to:

  • Toggle the status of a post between "Published", "Draft", or "Pending Review".
  • Make a published post public (available to all visitors and users, Private (available only to logged-in users), or to password protect it.
  • Schedule a post for future publication, or change its publication date to one in the past.

The Format Module

Depending on the theme you are using, you may have two or more post formats available:

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Post formats provide a uniform way of giving several posts a similar appearance. If you are unsure which format to use, just go with the default, "Standard".

The Category Module

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Categories provide a way to group similar posts together. See the Categories in WordPress page for more information.

The Tags Module

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Tags provide a way to indicate the content of posts, even if they are unrelated by category. See the Tags in WordPress page for more information.