Wordpress

A guide to creating websites

WordPress in 30 minutes

Creating and editing pages and posts is the main way of adding content to your website. The process is very similar for both – this page shows you how.

Editing pages and posts

Remember Posts are chunks of information, like diary entries, which accumulate sequentially on a single page whereas Pages are separate units. In theory you can have any number of posts or pages. Posts are automatically organised for you, as are pages to some extent, but you’ll need to understand the menu navigation system before you can manage access to a large number of pages. When you click on the Dashboard link to either of these you’ll first see a list of already existing Pages or Posts.

Below is a view of the Page list – the Post list would appear much the same.

page-list

When you mouse over one of the titles the options ‘Edit | Quick Edit | Trash | View’ appear. Edit gives you full access to the content of your page – ie the Title and Body, plus a few other things. Quick edit just allows you to set things that affect your page/post – more on this later.

As well as editing existing Pages/Posts there are links in the side menu to Add New. The Add New Page screenshot below shows how this looks. This is the same as editing an existing entry, except the Title and Body would already be filled. Just insert your cursor and start typing/editing. Before leaving this screen you need to either Save Draft or Publish using the buttons on the right. Only Publish makes your text visible on the public face of your website.

new-page

Use the formatting bar to change the format when entering/editing Body text. The icon circled in red below, known as the kitchen sink activates a second row of controls for more formatting possibilities.

formatting

These controls only allow limited control over text, not freedom to do absolutely anything. This is generally good because it imposes a uniform style on your pages.

The way your text appears when published may be quite different – it depends on what theme you have installed. If you don’t like the way text looks when published you may need to select a different Theme or have some customization done to your Theme. You shouldn’t need to make radical changes as you enter text.

For odd occasions when you might want to do something differently you can click the Text tab. This puts you in HTML editing mode – not recommended unless you understand HTML.