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A typical WordPress website uses posts and pages to display content – if you’re confused by the two, read In WordPress, What is the Difference Between a Post and a Page?
There are three ways to create a new WordPress post:
1. When the Posts area of the left side menu is closed, move your mouse over the word Posts until the sub-menu appears. When you see the sub-menu, click on Add New.
2. When the Posts area of the left side menu is open, click on Add New.
3. If it’s enabled for your user, hover over +New in the admin bar at the top of the screen, then choose Post from the drop-down menu.
Once you have created your first post, on the page you should see the blank writing panel, which looks like this.
Now it’s time to start adding some content and get it ready for publication. The process is fairly long-winded…
Write the title of your post where it says Enter title here. When you click in the space provided, the cursor appears and the Enter title here text disappears, leaving you with a blank area.
Give your new post a title. Don’t worry about changing your mind later because you can change the title of a post at any time. Even after it’s published.
By default, the post title becomes the title tag of the page. It also appears in search results and around your site if you use widgets or plugins to display links in sidebars, the footer sections or at the bottom of your posts.
As you can see, the permalink (URL) in the image above is almost exactly the same as the title. I use Yoast’s SEO plugin and that removes certain ‘stop’ words from the URL – a, it, and, of, off, the, here etc – which is why the permalink and title are slightly different.
The permalink is the URL of the post, WordPress adds hyphens to separate words (as shown above).
To make further changes to the permalink, click on the Edit button and change it to something more suitable. Once done, click on OK.
Never do this to established posts getting traffic unless you set up an automatic redirect otherwise you will lose all traffic to the posts.
Adding Content to Your New WordPress Post
In the top right-hand corner of the writing area there are two tabs – Visual and Text. These options let you switch between writing in Visual or Text mode.
Most people prefer writing in the Visual Editor as it’s easier to use and better represents how the page will look when published (especially if you’re using images).
The Text Editor displays some of the HTML code (such as header tags, hyperlinks and formatting). It’s very confusing if you don’t know HTML.
Let’s look at each of them. First, here’s how this page looks in the Visual Editor.
And here’s how the same content looks in the Text Editor.
Try them both to see which works best for you. If you don’t know HTML, stick to the Visual Editor but try learning some HTML code. It’s not that difficult and it will come in handy over time.
To start writing…just click your mouse in the top left-hand corner of the writing panel – a cursor should appear – and away you go.
At this stage, don’t worry about formatting or images, just write a few paragraphs so you get a feel for the process.
Within WordPress there is an autosave function which saves drafts every few minutes. You can see the notice in the bottom right-hand corner of the writing panel.
When you have written a few paragraphs, hit the Save Draft button on the right of the screen, then hit the Preview button next to it to see how you post looks on the internet.
Bear in mind – your post isn’t published yet so only you can see it.
If you haven’t used any formatting or added any images, your post won’t look too appealing right now.
After taking a peek, hit the Edit Post link at the top of the screen (in the Admin bar, if you have it activated) to come back to the editing page.
Congratulations! You’ve just created and previewed your very first WordPress post!
How does it feel? Hopefully, you’re feeling good and a little less nervous about using WordPress.
So that’s the first stage of creating a post in WordPress. There’s still a little more work to do, such as adding images, assigning the post to a category, adding tags and doing some basic SEO on the site. For now though, just save your post as a draft or if you really want to, hit Publish and unleash it on the internet!