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WordPress - Managing Your Posts

Guide to Creating and Managing a Post

When it comes to creating a website with WordPress, there are 2 options in creating content for the site. If you need to create static or informational content that will not change, you will want to use a 'page'. If you need to create dynamic or blog content, you will use a 'post'. It is important to create the content within the correct structure as there are specific functions associated with a page or post.

When using a post to create content, a post can dynamically connect to one another and allow the reader to search through the various posts and post categories created. The posts are what make up a blog. Essentially a blog in an online diary or journal of information. It usually is displayed in chronological order with the most recent entry appearing first. A blog can be used like an online journal or structured like a repositary of articles. Posts can even configured like a recipe box.

In this article, we will go over how to:

Add a New Post

  1. Log into the WordPress Dashboard.
  2. Hover over Posts in the left-hand side menu and click Add New in the sub-menu.
    WordPress selecting new post in dashboard screenshot
  3. On the new post, click the '+' button in the top left-hand corner of the screen. A drop-menu menu of blocks will appear.
  4. By default, you will be presented with the Most Used block options. You can select one of these, use the search bar to quickly located another block, or scroll down to reveal other block categories.
  5. If you opt to scroll down, click on the block category title to expand and reveal the blocks within that category.
  6. Click on a block to add it to your new post.
  7. Select the block on the post to begin adding content to it.
  8. When a block is selected, an individual block menu will appear. You can use the block menu to format that block's settings.
  9. To the right of the post's content, there is a column containing tabs for Document and Block.
  10. Select the Block tab.
  11. Click on a block within the content area to have the Block tab show additional settings for it. The tab will provide further options to edit and stylize the block such as font size, font color, post formatting, and even a featured background image pending the block type.

    Location for WordPress Block and Document.

Manage Your Posts

Now that you have created a post, let us go over some of the features you can use to manage and customize them even further. These options are located under the Posts tab on the left-hand side menu in the WordPress dashboard. You can either hover your mouse over Posts to see these options in a sub-menu or click on Posts to see them listed directly under Posts.

WordPress Dashboard view of sub-menu items under Posts

  • All Posts - This will show you all of the posts created on the WordPress website. It provides a quick outline and lists each post title, author, a category it has been assigned to, tags, comments, and date it was published or last modified. You can customize what items are displayed for a post by clicking the Screen Options in the upper right-hand corner.
  • Categories - The Categories option allows you to categorize your posts as you see fit. You can choose the name of your category, customize how the URL looks, and even create parent categories. To clarify on parent categories, you can have the main category of Houses and sub-categories underneath that (referred to as child categories) such as Cabins, Apartments, Mobile Homes, etc. A post can be assigned to multiple categories, as well. For example, you might have an apartment that is also a cabin which you could assigned to both categories. Categories are a broad way of structuring one's posts and making it easier for viewers to find the content that ther are looking to read.
  • Tags - Tags are used on posts to focus in on a specific topic, unlike categories which could have an extensive range of topics and items. An example would be you have a category for Movies. You could then tag a post with 'Drama' and 'Academy Award Winning' as tags to further outline the contents of the post.