Guide to Creating Posts in WordPress and Explaining Its Features – When you create a blog or website with WordPress, the area you will use the most is the Posts or Posts area which you can open via the menu Posts »Add New. For experienced WordPress users, of course this area is very familiar, but for novice WordPress users the Posts area will certainly be an area that is still unfamiliar and a little confusing because there are so many things displayed.
In this article, I will explain in full about how to create a new post in WordPress and a complete explanation of all the features in the Posts area. For a guide to creating pages, I did not explain it because it is almost the same as the post section in WordPress and what distinguishes it is the absence of a Categories section, tags.
This section is the most prominent area you will see when you create a new post in WordPress. This is where what you write will be displayed on your site.
The first part is “Post Title”, in that box you can write the title of your article.
The second part is “Permalink”, here is the form of the URL that will be displayed for the article that you will create. Permalink will create a URL according to the title you created, but you can edit and make the URL as you wish to make it more SEO friendly by clicking the edit button.
The third part is “Add Media”, here is the button to enter the WordPress media library area, you can use the Add Media button to add images or other file types to your posts.
The fourth part is “Visual & Text”, in this section there are two options, namely the visual and text editor area. The visual area will make it easier for you to format the text, while the special text area displays pure writing in html format. For this section you are strongly advised to choose a visual area when writing articles.
The fifth part is the “Toolbar Editor”, this section displays a lot of icons that serve to make it easier to format your text or content, for example to make the writing aligned to the right, center or left alignment and adjust the thickness of the text and much more.
The sixth part is the “Content Editor”, this section is the largest area and this is the area for you to write posts and insert other media such as images or other files.
In the last section is the footer area of the content editor, namely “Word Count”, in that section there is information that shows the number of words of your writing.
As I explained in the section above, there is an “Add Media” button under the title column. You can use this button when you want to add images or other media files to your posts. When you click the button, a pop up window will appear to upload an image, if you already have an image on the WordPress media library then all you have to do is click the “Media Library” tab, in that area you can also upload images or other media by drag and drop. image from your computer to WordPress.
With the WordPress media library, you can also create photo galleries and audio playlists from uploaded files. Apart from that WordPress comes with some basic image editing tools.
The WordPress post editor screen is divided into two columns. The large column on the left contains the post title and content editor. On your right side you have a different area for configuring post settings.
The top meta box in this column is labeled Publish. This is where all the content publishing options for your posts are managed. Here’s the full explanation:
- Save Draft: Button to save the post or page you are working on that is not ready for you to publish. WordPress also automatically saves your posts as you write.
- Preview: Button to display a live preview of your post. You can use it to see how your post will look after publishing.
- Status: Options to set the status for your posts. WordPress automatically handles post status for drafts and published posts. Unless you are using a plugin to add a custom status, you don’t have to worry about this option.
- Visibility: The first option under visibility will let you make your post sticky or stay on top of the front page. Sticky posts in WordPress are like featured content displayed at the very top of all other posts. The second option is to protect posts on WordPress with a password and the last option is private which allows you to publish a post on your WordPress site privately. The private post will be visible to users who have certain privileges or user roles for editing on your site.
- Publish: This section displays the time and date options. You can use this option to schedule posts.
- Move to Trash: Option to delete WordPress posts. Deleted posts remain in the trash or trash, and you can return them within 30 days.
- Publish button: This button functions to publish your content live, but if you schedule your writing then the button will automatically change to “Scheduled”.
Category and Tag
You can group your posts into categories and tags. The Categories and tags box usually appears in the right hand column, under the meta publish box.
Categories and tags help you organize your content to make it more structured but also make it easier for users to find your content, it also improves the SEO on your WordPress site.
Featured Image (Thumbnails Image)
Most of the WordPress themes support featured images or featured images or can also be called thumbnail images for articles. You will find this section usually in the last box in the right hand column of the post edit screen.
Just click on the “Set featured image” link, and it will bring up a media uploader popup just like when you click the Add Media button. You can choose an image that has been previously uploaded or upload a new image from your computer.
By default, some options on the WordPress post editor screen are still hidden, this is to present the user experience when opening the editor screen to make it look cleaner and simpler. This option is not commonly used by beginners. However, you may need it later.
Just click on the “Screen Options” button at the top right corner of the page. This will display a menu with a checkbox next to the option name. There are many options that have not been activated and you do not have to activate these options unless you really need them.
Checking this box adds a meta box below your content editor. You can use this box to add a short summary or excerpt to your post.
In a blog layout, it will usually only display a summary of the overall posts on the front page and archive pages. While full articles are only displayed on one post page.
The Send Trackbacks option lets you notify other blog owners when you’ve linked to their content.
If other blog owners also use WordPress, then you don’t need to send them a trackback. The WordPress site will automatically ping it when you publish the post.
But most of the Trackback feature is abused by spammers so many site owners can simply disable it. I have an article about how to ward off spam trackback in WordPress.
This option will display the user interface for the custom fields below the post editor. You can use it to manually enter additional custom information in your posts.
The discussion feature under the post editor allows you to enable / disable comments, trackbacks and pingbacks for your posts.
WordPress automatically generates the post slug and displays it as the post URL just below the post title. You can edit the URL slug by clicking the edit link below the post title.
You can also enable the slug option from Screen Options and edit the slug of your post there.
WordPress will automatically assign you a post author when you create a post. However, sometimes you may want to indicate another user on your WordPress site as the author. Enabling the author checkbox allows you to display it from the post edit screen.
If you use an SEO plugin like All in One SEO or SEO by Yoast then there will automatically be options for SEO settings under the post editor. Usually there are three empty fields to fill in the article title, article description and keywords. All of these fields will be displayed in the search results.
And that’s a complete explanation of how to create WordPress posts and a complete explanation of the WordPress post editor area and its features. Hopefully this article is useful for you and happy learning. 🙂