Quick Start – Add a New Post

Posts differ from Pages in that they have an inherent structure to them. The most basic example of this is a News or Blog section on your website.

Once logged in, you’ll see the WordPress Tool Bar across the top of the page:

The WordPress Administration Toolbar

Menu items shown will vary depending on the specific features of your website.

To add an new post:

  • Using the Administration Toolbar at the top of the window:
  • Choose New > Post

The Post Editor will open:

From here you’ll add content to the main part of the Post. Please see the Table of Contents for detailed instructions on adding specific types of content.

Add content to the Post as desired

  • Click to add a new “Block” (section) of content

Choose a Category for the Post

You must choose a Category for the Post using the Document and Settings Panel or the Post will default into the “Uncategorized” category.

TIP: Categories are hierarchical meaning you can have Parent and Child Category relationships. This helps group similar content together to allow your users to easily read and navigate your posts. Using the News example, you’d want to make a category called “News” and that category can have Child categories such as “Politics”, “Environment” etc.

On the right side of the screen in the Document and Block Settings palette:

Document and Block Settings Panel
  • Click on the Document heading at the top (if the Block Settings palette is active)
  • Under the Categories heading, choose an appropriate category(s)

The Category you choose will determine how or where the post is accessed on the front end of your website.

For example if the Parent category is called “News”, then you’ll want to ensure that you add the “News” Category to the main menu for your website, if it’s not already there.

TIP: Each Post Category has an optional description that can be added and will show above all the Post in that Category.
To add a description to a Category “page”:
1. Navigate to the Category in the Front or Back end
2. Choose Edit Category, either from the top Administration Toolbar or Dashboard

Optionally, choose Tags for the Post

TIP: Tags are another way to group your posts together allowing your users to see more content about a subject. Using the News example, a post about Politics could be tagged “Federal”, “Provincial” or be tagged with a public figures name.

Your website may not fully utilize the Tag Feature. Please contact us if you have any questions or the Tag area is not functioning as you’d like.

Document and Block Settings Panel
  • Click on the Document heading at the top (if the Block Settings palette is active)
  • Under the Tags heading: Create or choose Tags for the Post.
  • When you start typing in the Tag box, any Tags that have been previously created will show in a dropdown list. Choose a Tag that’s been previously created or continue typing and hit enter to create a new Tag.

Optionally, choose a Featured Image for the Post

Your website may not fully utilize the Featured Image functionality. Please contact us if you have any questions or the Featured Image is not functioning as you’d like.

Document and Block Settings Panel
  • Click on the Document heading at the top (if the Block Settings palette is active)
  • Under the Featured Image heading: Optionally add a Featured Image to the Post. Your website may not fully utilize featured images.

UPDATE or PUBLISH the Page or Post when done. or

See the full list of WordPress Instructions here