Pages vs Posts
A WordPress web site consists mainly of two types of articles:
Pages are “static”, timeless articles, such as the About page or the Contacts.
Posts are entries which relate to a particular time. They are the “web log” which is presented in reverse chronological order (Latest first).
Sometimes, custom posts are set up. These are particular types of posts, such as for events, which are presented in a special way.
Adding and Editing
Posts and pages are added and edited using a text editor, which is similar to a word processor. Different text editors may be installed. The most common is TinyMCE.
TinyMCE has two modes:
Text is for editing html. It looks like this.
Copy / Paste
The most common way WordPress users make a mess of their post is by using the wrong option for pasting text.
If you are pasting plain text (from a .txt file) or pasting from one part of your post to another, simply use the usual right-click Paste (or ctrl_v). This makes no change to your text.
When you are typing a post, pressing the Enter key starts a new paragraph. The system automatically inserts a space between paragraphs like this.
If you want to start a new line with no gap
hold down the Shift key while you press Enter.
The “Formats” drop-down menu allows you to select from a set of text formats predefined in the blog’s template. Use Headings for headings and sub-headings within your post. The H5 heading format is suitable for lists of references at the end of a post. Use the Blocks / Blockquote format for highlighting large blocks of quoted text.
To insert a link from some text in your post, highlight the text and click the ”Link” button. (The “Link” button is greyed out until some text has been selected.)
Then just insert the URL of the link in the box in the pop-up window and click the Enter (back arrow) symbol.
- upload an image from your computer by clicking the “Upload Files” tab at the top of the pop-up window, browsing to the image that you want and clicking on “Open”. This will upload your image and return you to the “Image Properties” screen with the details of the image filled in.
- Select an image that has previously been uploaded by clicking the “Media Library” tab.
“Read more” Links
“Read more” Links
To break your post so that only the first part is displayed with a “read more” link to the rest, simply position your cursor where you want the break and click the “Insert More Tag” button.
By default, all posts are initially assigned to the “uncateorized” category – as such, they will not be visible on the web site. The post must be assigned to its category (by clicking the appropriate box) to be seen on the web site.