Wordpress Content

Wordpress Content

There are two basic types of content Posts and Pages that you can create in Wordpress.  When creating posts or pages Wordpress uses that author information.   You can update your Author profile under the Users tab in the menu.

Users can be updated here as well as new users added.   Users profiles can be changed with different color scheme for the Wordpress dashboard, keyboard shortcuts and toolbar settings.   Users can also change their author details, including bio info and display name. If you want to add additional users to your website dashboard you can add them here.

Difference between Posts and Pages.

Posting content is made easy with Wordpress, you can add it as you would typing into a text editor or copy and paste it in directly into the editor. Wordpress also provides publishing options where you can set when you want your content published.

Pages - static web pages within your site, like an about me page, contact page and so on.  They are designed to be linked from the menu and do not have the same linking that is created with Posts.  This is for static content and not meant for green content, so anything that does not change and something that you want to link to from within the website.

Create a new page by clicking Pages in the menu.  The display area presents a listing of all the current pages.

Creating a New Page

  1. Click the Add New link in the menu.  
  2. Enter a title for the page
  3. Update the Permalink if you need to have a specific URL
  4. Use the WYSIWYG editor to add your content
  5. Select when you want to publish your content
  6. Select where it appears in the menu
  7. Select image to represent page
  8. Hit Publish when ready

Edit, delete and update as needed.  

More help on Pages - https://codex.wordpress.org/Pages

Posts - where the blog content comes in.  Typically a post gets shown on the top of the list within the front page of the website.  Posts can get sorted via categories, post date and so on.  Posts also go into your RSS feed.  This is where most users spend the bulk of their time within the dashboard.   Creating fresh content easily is what Wordpress is all about.

You can create new posts easily by clicking the Posts option in the side menu.   You can also view and edit existing posts here.  You can add media as needed and more. Preview your content to see what it will look like, if you are not happy you can edit and adjust as needed.

More help on posts - https://codex.wordpress.org/Writing_Posts

Creating a new Post

  1. Select add new post
  2. Enter a title for the post
  3. Use the WYSIWYG editor to add your content
  4. Select when you want to publish your content
  5. Select format of post
  6. Select a category
  7. Add some tags to represent content
  8. Add an image
  9. Hit Publish when ready

You can always at any time edit, update and delete content.

Categories - used to group content of related posts together.  This can be used by visitors that want to see related category content.  You can add new categories during the post creation process or you can click the side menu link categories to add them as well.  Once you create a category you will see it presented to you in the dropdown on other posts as well.  Generally sites have 7-10 categories for their content.   Readers can browse those categories to see posts grouped within.
Tags - Used to group content together helps sort and organise content to represent a user.  Both tags and categories become very important as your website grows with more content and there needs to be ways to help users find content easier.  Many use this for SEO as well to create search friendly keyword tags for website optimization.  Posts with similar tags are linked together.

WYSIWYG editor - is an acronym for "what you see is what you get".  WYSIWYG editor is a textarea input box in which content can be edited in a form closely resembling its appearance when displayed on a website.  The WYSIWYG editor allows the user to enter and add content as they would from any text editor, online and directly into Wordpress.  

At the top there is some typically styling for content, you can also add hyperlinks and click to get more advanced editing options.   If you switch from visual to text mode you have the option to enter content as HTML formated.  This gives you more presentation options that you may have with just the visual editor option.

b - <strong></strong> HTML tag for strong emphasis of text (i.e. bold).

i - <em></em> HTML tag for emphasis of text (i.e. italicize).

b-quote - <blockquote></blockquote> HTML tag to distinguish quoted or cited text.

del - <del></del> HTML tag to label text considered deleted from a post. Most browsers display as striked through text.

link - <a href="http://example.com"></a> HTML tag to create a hyperlink.

ins - <ins></ins> HTML tag to label text considered inserted into a post. Most browsers display as underlined text.

ul - <ul></ul> HTML tag will insert an unordered list, or wrap the selected text in same. An unordered list will typically be a bulleted list of items.

ol - <ol></ol> HTML tag will insert a numbered list, or wrap the selected text in same. Each item in an ordered list is typically numbered.

li - <li></li> HTML tag will insert or make the selected text a list item. Used in conjunction with the ul or ol tag.

code - <code></code> HTML tag for preformatted styling of text. Generally sets text in a monospaced font, such as Courier.

more - <!--more--> WordPress tag that breaks a post into "teaser" and content sections. Type a few paragraphs, insert this tag, then compose the rest of your post. On your blog's home page you'll see only those first paragraphs with a hyperlink ((more...)), which when followed displays the rest of the post's content.

page - <!--nextpage--> WordPress tag similar to the more tag, except it can be used any number of times in a post, and each insert will "break" and paginate the post at that location. Hyperlinks to the paginated sections of the post are then generated in combination with the wp_link_pages() or link_pages() template tag.

lookup - Opens a JavaScript dialogue box that prompts for a word to search for through the online dictionary at answers.com. You can use this to check spelling on individual words.

Close Tags - Closes any open HTML tags left open--but pay attention to the closing tags.

RSS feeds - output of new posts from Wordpress in a Syndication type format.   Readers can access the feed url with contain the latest output from the site.  Essentially it makes content more easy to share content to other resources.  There are many readers used in a number of ways.  Typically I like to connect my feeds to twitter or facebook so that followers can get latest information instantly.  

http://[YOUR DOMAIN]/feed/

http://[YOUR DOMAIN]/feed/rss/

http://[YOUR DOMAIN]/feed/rss2/

http://[YOUR DOMAIN]/feed/rdf/

http://[YOUR DOMAIN]/feed/atom/

Some resources to connect RSS to social accounts

  • http://twitterfeed.com/
  • https://twibble.io/
  • https://ifttt.com/
  • https://dlvr.it/

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