Here is the last tutorial in the WordPress Editor series.  In this tutorial I go over the special features that are available in the Post Editor.  When deciding either to use a Page or a Post, look at the nature of the content.  If this is content that won’t change such as your About Me page, or your Privacy Policy, these are things that are better provided in the Pages.  For other content, Post are a better choice.  Posts can be categorized, and can be searched via their tags. This tutorial will look at these features.

 Show Notes

The demo site that was used for this training can be found at  http://HOAdemosite.siterubix.com

Timestamps

00:11     Introduction
00:35     Blogroll
01:02     Static Page
01:24     Accessing the Post Menu
01:40     Deleting a Post
01:49     Adding a new post
02:03    Categories
03:27    Tags

Video Text

In the last tutorial we went over how to format your pages. I showed you briefly how to add formatting to your page, and how to break up the content to make it more readable for your customers. In this tutorial I would like to look at the post editor. Functionally, it is very much the same as the page editor, but posts are handled in a slightly different manner inside WordPress.

Initially WordPress was designed as a blogging platform. In its default state WordPress provides a running blog roll on the homepage. The blog roll displays your most recent post at the top of the list. These are done in what is called reverse chronological order. This means your most recent post is always added to the top. This blog roll can display the full posts or an excerpt of the post, essentially an abbreviated version of the post. There is a checkbox in the settings that controls what is displayed.
If you would like your website to appear more like a standard website, you can create a static page for the homepage. You can then make this page an introduction to your site without worrying that it will change over time. The static page is defined in the settings>>reading menu item. I will go over this when I discuss the settings menu.
To get into the post menu, I just hover over posts and with the pop-up window, I can click on all posts or I can click on posts in the menu. This brings up a listing of posts that I currently have in my site. With this demonstration site, the only post I have is called “hello world”.

I’m going to start by deleting this post. To do this I hover over the title and click trash on the pop-up menu. Now I need to enter a new post. I can click add new next to the word posts at the top of the page, I can click add new in the left side menu, or I can go to the top menu bar hover over +new and click post. I will add titles for a few posts so that you can see how they display.

When you have a few posts, segmenting them into their own categories is a good way your site organized. You’ll notice, directly under the “add new” button for posts, there is a categories link. Clicking on this link opens the categories page for you will enter additional categories into your listing. You will see uncategorized as the initial category. This is the default. Enter a new category name into the name field and hit enter or click on the blue add new category box at the bottom of the page. The slug will be entered automatically, so there is no need to add the slug.

You can categorize your posts in the editor or in the quick editor. Additionally, you can add new categories in the editor as well. In the editor in the right-hand column will see a categories section and that will list all of the categories that you created. You can check and uncheck boxes here to select the category or categories that you wish to include the post. Under the list of categories is a add new categories link. Click on that and type your new category into the box that opens.

You can also select categories in the quick edit. From the post listing hover over the post you wish to edit, and click quick edit. In the center of the page you will see the categories. Check or uncheck the ones you wish to have selected and update in the lower right-hand corner when done.

Tags are similar categories and are another way to organize your posts. I find categories to be more convenient. The main difference is that in the quick editor, you will enter tags in the box and separated them with commas. Depending on the theme settings, tags may also be displayed at the end of your post. Adding tags can help your post to be ranked for certain terms.

In the next tutorial I will discuss the settings menu. The settings need to be correctly set up to provide the functionality you would like to have in your site.

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