Basic Adding a Post

Basic Adding a Post to Your WordPress Site

This video should start you off with adding a post to your WordPress Site.  It is very basic, it’s about 8 minutes long and it will get you started.  If you have questions, use the comments option below or contact me.

Have fun.

Video Transcript

  • I am just going to show you how to add a post
    to a WordPress Site.
  • It will be very basic.  I can’t cover everything,
  • but it should be enough to get you started.
  • You have logged in and you will come to your dashboard.
  • It may look a bit different to mine
  • but essentially the structure will be the same
  • Look for this item in the menu, Posts and just go to Add New
  • That is what we want to do, add a new post.
  • Here is your post editing screen
  • And up here you have the Title
  • And this is the pane or window that you will type your text into for the post itself.
  • So the first thing we want to do is add a title
  • And now moving to the actual post itself
  • Let’s add a sub title
  • Now, the sub title I am going to change the format of
  • and make it a Heading Two.
  • I keep it as a Heading Two because once the post is published
  • This main title will become the Heading One.
  • And if you think about it, this sub title has a relationship to that main title.
  • So that is a Heading One and this is our Heading Two
  • And now I will add some text
  • It is in my clip board
  • When we have some text it might be time
  • to add another sub heading.
  • and then usually a bit more text.
  • And before we go any further
  • Let’s just make that subheading correctly formatted by making it a Header Two.
  • So we click on that line, go to this drop-down
  • and make it a Heading Two.
  • You should be quite careful about formatting text too much
  • Because each time you use one of these buttons
  • It will add code to the page.
  • I will show you what I mean by that
  • and this is where you can use the text version of the editor.
  • This helps you review the underlying code of the page
  • And one thing to tell you straight away is that I don’t need that
  • And-n-b-s-p there which is a piece of code that adds a non-breaking space.
  • But here is some that is important, this h2 and closing h2
  • They are the HTML tags that make the line into the Heading Two.
  • Let’s go back the visual editor and you can see
  • we have our paragraphs of text and a couple of headings.
  • If you wanted to make some of this text bold
  • or italic, you just highlight it
  • and then you click the b for bold or i for italic
  • There, you can see that.  And this is where you do need to be a little cautious
  • about using these features too much
  • If I just show you that what that has done is to add these
  • “strong” tags in to the post.
  • you can see the more you use it, the more code it adds in and
  • that can make the page a bit heavier.
  • Here’s another thing to show you that is quite neat, and that is how to make a list.
  • Just type in your individual lines of the list.
  • Initially WordPress will treat them as paragraphs
  • But if we highlight them,
  • Taking care to select from the beginning to the end
  • And then go to this button here.  This is an unordered list
  • and that formats your text using more code
  • to make them into the list.
  • If you use that one it adds bullets and
  • if you use this one, an ordered list, it numbers them for you automatically.
  • All good stuff.
  • Now when it comes to publishing the post
  • the first thing to say is that it is wise to save as a draft in the first place.
  • You can always go back in and publish it later
  • and when you have saved your draft post
  • you can preview.
  • Now I always right click and open the link in a new tab.
  • That way, up here, I can swap between the post that I am
  • editing and review the post here.
  • So there it is.  There’s our list and our paragraphs of text.
  • and our two headings
  • And there is the post title and you can see what I mean about relationship.
  • The main title is Heading One and these are Heading Twos because
  • they are subheadings of the main title.
  • Back to the post and this is really important.
  • Every time you make an edit you must save the draft.
  • If you leave a page
  • before saving the draft, you may lose your changes.
  • We can finish this off here
  • and add one more sub heading, “The End.”
  • And save the draft
  • Now this is why I keep the two tabs open
  • It is quick to move between the edit screen and preview
  • Our recent change won’t be seen until we refresh the page.
  • We need the browser to load the page again to add the detail that we added.
  • There is our edit added here.
  • So remember, “Save Draft,” is our friend,
  • “Preview” the post is our friend.
  • Whereas “Publish” your post is a friend but
  • but it comes with strings.
  • Once you publish, you don’t really want to keep going back to make changes.
  • You can edit after publishing but you want to
  • be sure that it is really what you want before you put it live on the site.
  • So that is it really
  • I have shown you how to use some of the editing features
  • I have shown you how to add a paragraph and how to add a sub title.
  • We have looked at how to use the text editor
  • although, mostly you will probably use the visual editor.
  • We have seen how to save your draft and any further edits.
  • We looked at how to preview the post and a bit later on,
  • how to publish just by clicking the Publish button.
  • If you now go back to the left hand column here
  • and look at the main menu
  • After we have saved our draft we can go back to All Posts
  • and you can see a list of posts
  • including this one that we have just added.
  • If you want to come back to this in the future and add some more to your draft post.
  • You find this and click Edit,
  • and that takes you back to where you were and off you go.
  • If you add some changes then you
  • feel confident that it is ready then go ahead and publish
  • There are other things that you can do here
  • but this has just been to get you started on adding a post
  • to your WordPress site. I hope it helps.

 

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