Article deals with adding a blog post (not a page) whilst you are logged in to your website’s back office.
It is possible to set up your WordPress installation to publish a blog post via email but we’ll deal with that in another article.
1. Open the post editing page, which can be done a number of convenient ways and all achieve the same effect.
a) Click +New on top left of the page (whether from the website or from the dashboard), then click Post
b) From the dashboard, click Posts and then Add New
c) Click Add New after clicking Posts in dashboard.
2. Enter your post title and content, ensuring that you select the correct categories, tags and featured images as necessary. Short description of each item is below the graphic.
Add a New Title – add a title that describes your blog post but is not unnecessarily long
Content – enter your blog text, ensuring a few basic principles are kept
- Best practice is to do all your formatting in the blog editor to ensure that formatting across your site and blog are uniform
- If you are copying content from Word document, please ensure that you past plain text into the content box. This can be achieved by rightclick -> Paste as plain text, OR simply ctrl+shift+V
- Alternatively, you can paste your text into Notepad, copy (ctrl+C) it from there and paste it into your blog post. This will ensure that all your formatting will be stripped.
- Images can be added to a post in the same way as in a page. See full explanation.
Excerpt – a short optional description or summary of your blog post. The usage of excerpts depends on how your theme is set up, could be in archive views, search results, as well as RSS feeds.
Discussion – you might have this set up according to your general preferences but might occasionally wish to make an exception. In that case you can (de)select the options as required. Comments are well known; pingbacks and trackbacks relate to content linking across blogs.
Categories – ensure you select the correct categories. Be aware that the categories might be linked internally and to display in various places. Should your website be configured as such, I will always specify categories which need to be selected.
Tags – slightly different from categories, these are to describe your blog posts.
Featured Image – It is a good policy to select featured image and I’ll always give you the desired dimensions.
3. Finally, click Publish.
4. Check your post by clicking one of the very many (it seems!) View Post buttons that appear on top of the page – you can’t really miss them.