Posts are the entries that display in reverse chronological order on your home page. In contrast to pages, posts usually have comments fields beneath them and are included in your site’s RSS feed.
Descriptions of Post Fields
The title of your post. You can use any phrases, words or characters. Avoid using the same title twice as that will cause problems. You can use commas, apostrophes, quotes, hypens/dashes, and other typical symbols in the post.
Post Editing Area
The blank box where you enter your writing, links, links to images, and any information you want to display on your site. You can use either the Visual or the Text view to compose your posts. Most times you will use ‘Visual’, as ’Text’ is generally used to implement ‘code’ into the post.
Allows you to view the post before officially publishing it.
Contains buttons that control the state of your post. The main states are Published, Pending Review, and Draft.
(inside Publish box) Status – A Published status means the post has been published on your blog for all to see. Pending Review means the draft is waiting for review by an editor prior to publication. Draft means the post has not been published and remains a draft for you.
(inside Publish box) Visibility – This determines how your post appears to the world. Public posts will be visible by all website visitors once published. Password Protected posts are published to all, but visitors must know the password to view the post content. You will have to set the password after selecting ‘Password protected’. Private posts are visible only to you (and to other editors or admins within your site).
(inside Publish box) Save Draft
Allows you to save your post as a draft/pending review rather than immediately publishing it. To return to your drafts later, visit Posts – Edit in the menu bar, then select your post from the list.
(inside Publish box) Publish
Publishes your post on the site.
Refers to micro-categories for your blog. Posts with similar tags are linked together when a user clicks one of the tags. Tags are also useful when users search the site for specific keywords.
The general topic the post can be classified in under your account.
Options to enable interactivity and notification of your posts. This section hosts two check boxes: Allow Comments on this post and Allow trackbacks and pingbacks on this post. If Allowing Comments is unchecked, no one can post comments to this particular post. If Allowing Pings is unchecked, no one can post pingbacks or trackbacks to this particular post.
Password Protect Your Post
To password protect a post, click Edit next to Visibility in the Publish area to the top right, then click Password Protected, click Ok, and enter a password. Then click OK. Note – Editor and Admin users can see password protected or private posts in the edit view without knowing the password.
QUICK STEPS TO WRITE A POST:
- Log in to your WordPress Administration Panel (Dashboard).
- Click the ‘Posts’ tab.
- Click the ‘Add New’.
- Start filling in the blanks: enter your post title in the upper field, and enter your post body content in the main post editing box below it.
- As needed, add media using the button above,, make any other adjustments.
- Select a category. THE IS THE MOST OFTEN MISSED STEP. Hitting publish without a selecting a category literally publishes the post to edit cue and a place called ‘news’ which doesn’t actually exist on the public site, but it will not go anywhere you expected (Class page, club page, school news page, etc.).
- When you are ready, click Publish.