Be a Pro at Posts and Pages

John Flottmeyer
November 18, 2010 0 Comment

Now that you are logged into the dashboard. You’re ready to edit your posts or pages add new ones.

Wait… Pages?… Posts?…, what’s the difference?
I want to add content but where should I put it? There are no hard or fast rules for what should be placed on which content type it’s really up to how you want to organize it. In general, pages are more permanent parts of your site. For instance, About or Contact would do well as pages; they would only be linked to from one area. Posts would be more blog based, for instance, fire cooked pizza, a fuzzy puppy, etc. They might be listed under several categories, like things that make me smile, things that I love, what i’d be writing about if i wasn’t writing about WordPress, etc.

1. Editing Posts / Pages

Go to either Pages or Posts and you will see a list of your content. If you don’t have any yet, skip to step 2 – from this list menu of your posts/pages let me show you a few neat things that you may not otherwise notice.

A. Quick Edit – When hovering over your post title on this list, you’ll notice a few options pop up. Sometimes you may not want to change the content but want to quickly update some of the other information. This is what Quick Edit can do for you. You can update the title, the published date, the slug*, add a password to protect it, assign it to a category (post only), choose the parent**(pages only), choose the author (if there are more than one), allow whether or not you can have comments or pings for the post, and the status of the post (Published, Draft, or Unpublished).
B. Filter Posts Pages – if you have a lot of posts and pages you can use the options above the list sorting by date or category.
C. Search- Also in the upper right there is also the option to search by so if you know that there is the word “fuzzy” in all the titles of the posts you are looking for you can search for all posts with that word in the title.
D. Customize View – Just a reminder really, like the last post about the dashboard. You can control what you see on the page by clicking on and off the items showing. You can also control how many entries show up on a page. So, say you don’t want to page through 3 pagesto view all your posts you could set the 20 Posts to be 60 Posts.

2. Add New

Click here to create a new entry. Now you’ll be taken to the editor to create your content.

a. title – The post or page title goes here.
b. the permalink – This is the address bar listing for your new entry – If you are using pretty permalinks this would be a word or phrase to match the page title but you can update this as well.
c. the tools – Here are the tools that you can use to edit the content in your blog. You’ll notice that above the grey bar, there are some icons and some tabs. The icons will tell you what they are as you hover over them. You can insert images, add video, add audio, and add media (pdfs, etc.) To the right are some tabs; you can click html to edit the html of your document or visual, which is the default, where you can edit it as it would appear on the page.
d. your content – Type in what you’d like to appear here.
e. publish settings – The status of the post/page, the visibility of it and when it was or will be published. This is a great, much overlooked feature. Say you have a newsletter that you want to go live, or a series of them, you can set them all up ahead of time and then just set them to publish on their allotted days.
f. extra details – On posts there will be the option to add to categories, while with pages there will be the option to choose a page parent**, assign a template to the page or choose the page order. (You can set up custom templates if you want specific displays to appear for specific pages.)
g. tags – Think of these as your keywords – how will people be searching for your article or page.

Coming up next week. Thanks WordPress! – a nifty iphone app.

* If you have pretty permalinks set up – you can update this to change how the address appears in the browser, so for the example the address would appear as
**With pages the can exist as a tree so for instance if you have “contact us” and want to have the page “directions” be associated under contact use you can update the parent of directions to be contact us.

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