1. Click the ‘Posts’ tab.
2. Click the ‘Add New’ sub-tab.
3. Start filling in the blanks: enter your post title in the upper field, and enter your post body content in the main post editing box below it.
4. Select a category and make other selections from the sections below the post
5. When you are ready, click Publish.
Descriptions of Post Fields
1. Title/Headline Box
The title of your post. You can use any phrases, words or characters. Avoid using the same title twice as that will cause problems. You can use commas, apostrophes, quotes, hyphens/dashes and other typical symbols in the post like “My Site – Here’s Lookin’ at You, Kid”. WordPress will then clean it up to generate a user-friendly and URL-valid name of the post (also called the “post slug”) to compose the permalink for the post.
Permalink stands for “permanent link”. That means a post URL that does not expose the post ID which could be subject to a change, but it rather contains a user-friendly post name derived from the post title which could also change, although not recommended, but in a more controllable way. This post name (also referred to as “post slug” or just “slug”) can be edited, using the “Edit” button. The permalink is automatically generated based on the title you set to the post and is shown below the title field. Punctuation such as commas, quotes, apostrophes, and invalid URL characters are removed and spaces are substituted with dashes to separate each word. If your title is “My Site – Title”, it will be cleaned up to create the slug “my-site-title”. You can manually change this.
3. Body Copy Box
4. Preview button
Allows you to view the post before officially publishing it.
Contains buttons that control the state of your post. The main states are Published, Pending Review and Draft. A Published status means the post has been published live on your blog for all to see. Pending Review means the draft is waiting for review by an editor prior to publication. Draft means the post has not been published and remains a draft for you. If you select a specific publish status and click the update post or “Publish” button, that status is applied to the post. For example, to save a post in the Pending Review status, select Pending Review from the Publish Status drop-down box, and click Save As Pending. (You will see all posts organized by status by going to Administration Panels > Posts > Edit). To schedule a post for publication on a future time or date, click “Edit” in the Publish area next to the words “Publish immediately”. You can also change the publish date to a date in the past to back-date posts. Change the settings to the desired time and date. You must also hit the “Publish” button when you have completed the post to publish at the desired time and date.
Visibility – This determines how your post appears to the world. Public posts will be visible by all website visitors once published. Password Protected posts are published to all, but visitors must know the password to view the post content. Private posts are visible only to you (and to other editors or admins within your site)
Allows you to save your post as a draft / pending review rather than immediately publishing it. To return to your drafts later, visit Posts – Edit in the menu bar, then select your post from the list.
Password Protect This Post
To password protect a post, click Edit next to Visibility in the Publish area to the top right, then click Password Protected, click Ok, and enter a password. Then click OK. Note – Editor and Admin users can see password protected or private posts in the edit view without knowing the password.
Publishes your post on the site. You can edit the time when the post is published by clicking the Edit link above the “Publish” button and specifying the time you want the post to be published. By default, at the time the post is first auto-saved, that will be the date and time of the post within the database.
The general topic the post can be classified in. Readers can browse specific categories to see all posts in the category. To add a new sub category to “Product Review”, click the “+Add New Category” link in this section. Input the name and select the “Parent Category” as “Product Review” You can manage your categories by going to Administration Panels > Posts > Categories.
Visual Versus Text Editor
When writing your post, you have the option of using the Visual or Text mode of the editor. The visual mode lets you see your post as is, while the Text mode shows you the code and replaces the WYSIWYG editor buttons with quicktags. These quicktags are explained as follows.
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.