The following describes the basic WordPress method of adding Posts or Pages. This has limited ability to format your content – but is easy to manage and may be all you need.
We tend to install the theme Divi on most sites. This gives the option of using a more sophisticated method of creating complex layouts and special effects – but is more difficult to use. Posts can be created with either method but once you click the Use Divi Builder button you cannot reliably return to the simple WordPress method on a particular post or page, so make this decision before you start an individual post and stick with it. If you want to use Divi, skip to the next section.
Quite often we create pages with Divi, but use the basic WordPress layout for Posts as these generally only involve a small amount of text and images. Also the blog is the most likely place where the site will be frequently updated so keeping this simple has benefits.
The following describes using basic WordPress – see separate post Creating Posts or Pages using Divi
In the black Dashboard menu when clicking either Pages or Posts you’ll find that Add New appears. The Add New Post screenshot below shows how this looks. This is the same as editing an existing entry, except the Title and Body are empty. Just insert your cursor and start typing. Before leaving this screen you need to either Save Draft, Publish or Update using the buttons on the right (not shown. Only Publish makes your text visible on the public face of your website.
Use the formatting bar to change the format when entering/editing Body text. 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 functions are pretty much self explanatory.
Each Post or Page must have a title which should be entered where indicated. Don’t make this more than a few words. You can always add a sub-title in the text area. The large open space is where you should enter your text. You can compose it here or copy and paste from another place such as a Word document.
The way your text appears when published may be quite different from the editing view – 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 any radical changes as you enter text.
Images or links to documents can be added using the Add Media button found below the Title field. Position your cursor to where you want the insert to be, before clicking the button. Once clicked, the Add Media button takes you to the Media Library where you can select an already uploaded media item, or you can follow the Upload tab to add a new item. Once uploaded to the Media Library an item can be used in multiple places in Pages or Posts. It’s a waste of storage space to add a media item more than once. If you have to make changes and reupload an item, remember to delete the older versions. You can only add images of type .jpg, .gif or .png or documents of type .pdf.
If you delete an image that is in use somewhere on your site, it will disappear and be replaced by a blank space or broken link icon.
For odd occasions when you might want to do something differently you can click the Text tab. This puts you in HTML editing mode – but not recommended unless you understand HTML.
Before you finish you may want to select a Category. The place where you do this is generally to the right of the text area, as shown on the screenshot above. One reason you may want to use categories is to group your posts together, and a useful Widget can present all your categories in the sidebar enabling direct navigation to all the posts about a particular category. Another really useful way that Categories may be used is to create more than one blog page. If your website featured posts about People, Places and Things, these could all be displayed on separate pages, rather than bundled together.