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3 – Publishing your content

3 – Publishing your content

After all of the above, we finally get to publishing your content. The WordPress editor is very simple to use. If you know how to use Word (or similar) then you will feel right at home here.

But first, a few words on ‘Pages’ and ‘Posts’. These are the two content type options that you will see in your dashboard. In terms of editing and publishing they are very similar to use. So, what’s the difference between them. In a nutshell…

Pages contain your static content, most often found in the main navigation, like your ‘About’ page, ‘Contact’ page and ‘Services’ page. You will of course update these when you need to, but basically they stay where they are once published. Like furniture.

Pages are organised hierarchically. For example, your ‘Services’ page may have sub pages sitting below it which offer a breakdown of individual services.

Posts are the main vehicle for blog content. They show the date of publication and are listed and archived in chronological order with the most recent as the most visible. You can also organise within categories and with the use of tags.

If your website is a blog, or has a blog section, you will use ‘Posts’ to create regular content to attract and engage your audience.
OK. Moving on to editing.

How to create a ‘Page’ or ‘ Post’

From your Dashboard you can either:

Select ‘Post’ or ‘Page’ from the list that drops down from the ‘+New’ option in the top bar OR click on Page> add new or Post> add new from the left-hand sidebar.

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Editing and publishing a Page – the basics

Working your way from the top to bottom here are 7 points to cover:

1. Enter your page title e.g. About
2. Edit your permalink if it needs trimming down from the title.
3. Enter the text (here we have used some Lorem impsum text, but you get the idea) and format using the option in the tool bar – highlighted in pink – as you would in a regular word processing program like Word.
4. Insert images using the ‘Add Media’ button top left of the editing box.
5. Add a featured image (see bottom right of screen) which, depending on the theme, may appear at the top page and/or as a ‘thumbnail’ in your archives.
6. Choose Page template. Here you can choose from the various layouts (these differ from theme to theme) for example default, full-width with no side-bar, or blog. Try them out and see which ones your prefer.

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Tip!

7. Save, preview, publish. You’ll find these options, circled in red, in the ‘Publish’ box at the top right. This really does what it says on the tin: preview your work before you make it ‘live’, schedule publication, and also revert published content to ‘draft’ status if you want to.

Editing and publishing a Post – the basic differences

The fundamental mechanics of creating, formatting and editing a post are basically the same as for pages from step 1-5.

The main differences are contained in the red box in the second image. Instead of choosing a page template you will choose a Post Format. Play around with the options to see which best suits your site and content.

You then have the option to categorise your post. For example if this is a site about fruit, this post is in the Apple Category.

You can also use tags to highlight specific details of your content e.g. Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Cox etc.

Comments can be enabled/disabled at the bottom of the screen.

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And finally…
For both ‘Pages’ and ‘Posts’ you will also notice – highlighted in blue in the first screen shot –  at the far top right a ‘Screen Options’ drop down. Here you can choose what you have visible on your page or post editing screen and where you would like it. Your choices depend entirely on how you find that you like to work. Some people like to limit their visible options to reduce the number of distractions on screen while working. Others like to have all the options open. You’ll discover what works best for you as you proceed.

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