Creating a Post

So what’s a post and how do you create one? I’m glad you asked…

Posts are entries that display in reverse order on your home page. Posts usually have comments fields beneath them and are included in your site’s RSS feed <–the summary section thing on your account dashboard labeled “Activity” and it looks like this:

 

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But how do you create a post? Great question. Do these things:

1. Log in to your WordPress Administration Panel (Dashboard).

2. Click the ‘Posts‘ tab.

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3. Click the ‘Add New‘ sub-tab.

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4. Start filling in the blanks: enter your post title in the upper field, and enter your post body content text in the main post editing box below it. Please also click on the “read more” button. When you do that a grey dotted line icon will appear, and you can drag the icon to different spots in your post. Place the “read more” icon somewhere within the first few lines of your post. This will make our homepage more user-friendly and easier to navigate.

5. Select the appropriate format for your post. Is it a standard, text-driven post? Then you probably want to select “Standard” under the right-hand format menu. Did you include a video? If so, you probably want to select “video.” Are you posting a quick note or thought for others? Perhaps you’ll select “status” or “aside” for the format of that post. Lots of pics? “Gallery” will probably be the most appropriate format choice, then. Check out difference between format types here.

6. Make sure to preview your post (using the “preview” button) to make sure it appears how you want. You can save the post as a draft and come back to it by clicking “Save Draft,” or you can publish it by clicking the “Publish” button. Once a post is published it goes live immediately. BUT BEFORE YOU PUBLISH, THERE’S ONE LAST TASK…

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7. Select a category or two (or three, or four…) within which the content on your post falls. This helps with content organization and navigation. Please also select (by typing them in) appropriate tags to describe in more detail the content in your post. But what’s the difference between categories and tags?

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Such wonderful questions. Here’s the deal. Categories and tags constitute the content organizational system of WordPress. Once upon a time, WordPress only used categories, but then there were so many categories that they introduced tags to differentiate large scale organization (categories) from more detailed description (tags). Which is to say: Tags are similar to categories, but they are generally used to describe your post in more detail.

For example:

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In the example above, the post is included on a food blog and offers readers a yummy brownie recipe. The contributor used “Baking” and “Dessert” as categories, and used “chocolate”, “brownies,” and “walnuts” as tags.

Here’s another example: my blog post about last year’s VMAs. I used the category “media,” and the tags “Miley Cyrus,” “Robyn Thicke,” “music,” “consent,” “pop culture,” and “twerking.” If you’re posting a concept analysis post, you’ll probably want to make sure to include your concept as a tag.

So have fun with categories and tags, and don’t worry about messing up. We’re creating our own systems of understanding as we go, so let’s see what happens…

AND THAT’S IT!

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