The Post 101

Creating a New Post

In this WordPress video tutorial we examine how to use WordPress’ “The Post.” The Post is a very commonly used WordPress content type, particularly for websites with a blog. This video teaches the basics of how to create a new post, including using categories, tags, and more.

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Hello and welcome to LifeGuard. In this video we’re going to take a look at the post. If you’re viewing your website while logged in, you’ll notice the Admin bar at the top of your screen. This provides quick access to many common areas of WordPress. In this case, we want to add a new Post. The quickest way to do that is to click ‘Post’ under the ‘Add New’ menu.

You’ll notice in the Sidebar that you can create a new post from within the Dashboard by clicking “add new” under the “Posts” menu.

You’re now presented with a standard WordPress interface and fields that let you create a new post. Posts are at the core of most WordPress sites. Once you understand Posts, you’ll quickly be able to understand other sections of WordPress.

First, we’ll enter a title. Second, we’ll put some content into the body of the post. For a basic post, it’s really as simple as that. We’ll just click publish, and the post is now publicly viewable.

To categorize your posts, you can add a Category using the Categories section on the right. You can either select an existing category or Add a New Category.

To add Tags, use the Post Tags module over here also on the right. Tagging your post is simple: just enter your tag and click Add or press enter on your keyboard. You can also add multiple tags by separating them with a comma.

There’s two ways you can use existing tags. If you start typing the name of a tag that already exists, WordPress will suggest it for you. Either click it, or press the down arrow on your keyboard and then enter. If you want to view a list of commonly used tags, you can click the ‘most used link’.

We talk more in depth about Categories and Tags with some usage examples and explanations of their many benefits in our other video, “Managing Categories & Tags.”

When you’re writing a post, you also have the option to save it as a draft to come back to later. Saving a post as a draft does not publish the post, so you’re the only one who can see it. Once you save your post, that last save is timestamped at the bottom of your compose box. The nice thing is, even if you forget to save a draft, WordPress automatically saves a draft of your post every 2 minutes.