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Working with a Post

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To add a post to your WordPress, you will first need to login to your site. Visit http://example.com/wp-admin/, making sure to replace the example.com with your domain name.

Once you are logged into the administrative dashboard, hover your mouse cursor over Posts on the navigation on the left side. A fly-out menu will appear with four (4) options: All Posts, Add New, Categories and Tags. Click Add New to add a new post.

Depending on how your WordPress site is setup, there may be more or less options then the ones listed below, but we will focus on the standard options on the add new post page.

Typically, the content here is displayed in two columns, but can be displayed in a single column if set through Screen Options in the top right corner of the page.

Post Title

This is the first option on the page and what you enter here will, by default, become the post address. That is dependent upon the permalink settings for your WordPress site.

Post Link

The post link will appear below the post title, once a post title has been entered. Clicking this will allow you to change the post link, if desired.

Post Content

This is the area where you will enter the post content. Above the content area are formatting options. There are some basic options built into WordPress, with the ability to have others added by certain plugins.

Above the content option bar are two tabs: Visual and Text. These tabs do what they say they do. Visual shows you how the content will appear in a What You See Is What You Get format, while the text tab shows you the HTML code of the content.

Also above the options is an option to Add Media items such as images, music and pdf files.

At the bottom of the content area is a word counter, which displays the number of words in the content area.

Categories

The post category will show a list of all categories by default, with the option to show most used as well. Below the list of categories is an option to add a new category, directly from the post itself.

Discussion

The discussion section presents you with two options: “Allow comments” and “Allow trackbacks and pingbacks in this page”. Unchecking an option disables it on that particular page. To disable site wide, take a look at the Settings section.

Publish

The publish section provides you with quite a few options. The first two are “Save Draft” and “Preview”. The save draft will save the current page as a draft, while preview will open a preview of the content with the sites' theme wrapped around it, either in a new tab or window, depending on how your web browser is setup.

Status by default, is set to draft. Clicking the Edit link to the right of it allows you to choose “Draft” or “Pending Review”. If you change the option, make sure to click OK to set the change.

Visibility, by default, is set to Public. Clicking the Edit link to the right of it allows you to choose “Public”, “Password protected”, or “Private. If you change the option, make sure to click OK to set the change.

Publish, by default is set to immediately. Clicking the Edit link to the right of it allows you to choose a date and/or time to publishing the page. You can create the page and set it to have it published at a date and time of your choosing in the future. If you change the option, make sure to click OK to set the change.

Move to Trash, while not useful during the creation of a page, is there in case you decide to get rid of the page you are created.

Publish allows for you to publish the page you are working on or publish changes you have made to an existing page.

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