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WordPress Help Guide

Uses for pages and posts

Content in a WordPress site can be put in a "post" or a "page." Why two types of places for content? Posts are intended for content that will be sorted by date, commonly in reverse-chronological order so that the newest content is at the top, such as in a blog. WordPress has features that make setting up this sort of system for your content very quick and easy, with your recent blog posts on the front page of your site by default.

Pages are intended for content that is not chronological in nature, such as a Contact page or an About page. Many WordPress sites are set up to use Pages and no Posts at all, and use both a static front page as a place for site viewers to land, and a Menu or Menus to guide viewers to other pages. 

Many sites incorporate both a blog section with posts, and a set of pages linked to from a static front page and a menu. See Appearance and Navigation for more information on the best ways to set up a menu.

When you create your WordPress site, take the time to think about whether you want your content to display chronologically or not, and this will guide you in what mixture of posts and pages you may need, and in particular, whether you should set up a static front page. If you are using WordPress on a shared site as part of a class project, check with assignment instructions or your instructor for instructions on whether you should be putting your content into posts or pages. 

You can learn more about Posts and Pages on the WordPress support page about Pages.

Making a post

  • To start, be sure you're logged in to your WordPress site.
  • Hover over the title of the site in the black menu bar at the top of your screen.
  • Then click on “Dashboard” to visit the Dashboard and add your post.
  • Working in the Dashboard, select "Posts" and then "Add New" from the menu at the left.

Here are a few things you should know about writing your post:

  • You can type, or copy and paste, your work into the new post.
  • You can save drafts and preview the content before publishing. Save liberally!
  • There many Settings options down the right-hand side of the editing window. You can typically switch between Post options (which affect the whole post) and Block options (which affect the piece of the post you are currently writing).
  • Set a featured image for your post, so that it will appear with the image on the posts page! This can be found under the Post options.

If you are working on a course project, your instructor may have a specific Category where they ask you to place your post. Categories control where your post will show up on the final site. Set the correct category by looking in the Settings panel on the right-hand side of the editing window.

  • At the top of the column, make sure the "Post" tab is selected, then look for the "Category" heading.
  • Click on Category to open it
  • Then check the box for the appropriate category.

When you have added any additional needed content to your contribution, click Publish to complete your post. You can always come back to the "All Posts" view in your Dashboard if you need to make changes later.

More on the WordPress Editor 

You may want to become familiar with available blocks

Making a static front page

For many sites on Commons, it is appropriate to switch from a blog-like style (where the posts on the site are displayed on the front page in a chronological order) to a static front page. In order to do this, follow these instructions on Wordpress.org: Creating a Static Front page

Managing categories and tags

Categories and tags are ways WordPress provides for categorizing posts. Categories have a hierarchy: for instance, you could define a parent category Fruits and child categories Apples and Bananas. 

Tags are another way of labeling posts, and you could likewise set up, for example, tags for Fruits, Apples, and Bananas, but tags have no way to indicate that Apples or Bananas are types of Fruits. 

Learn more about categorizing posts with this information from WordPress.org

Learn more about tagging posts with this information from WordPress.org

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