At the heart of a blog are its posted entries. These can range from journal-style writing exercises to political commentary to jazz appreciation. The blog’s concept and style are entirely up to the author(s). Once you have your great idea, it’s time to post!
Please note: A new post/page editor called Gutenberg was recently introduced. For now, our instructions will include references to both the “Gutenberg” editor and the “Classic” editor.
For more information, please see Announcing a new way of authoring posts: Gutenberg.
Posts vs. pages
Posts are timely entries that generally display in reverse-chronological order in the blog. Most of the content of a blog is generally added as a post, and people who subscribe to your blog will get updates on new posts (but not pages).
To create a new post, click the Posts heading in the left-hand menu of the dashboard and click the Add New link.
Pages are used to display static content about the site, such as details about the concept behind the blog, the authors, etc.
To create a new page, click the Pages heading in the left-hand menu of the dashboard and click the Add New link.
The elements of the “Gutenberg” post/page editor
We’re slowly switching over our website content to include Gutenberg-specific instructions. Until then…
The elements of the “Classic” post/page editor
These instructions will only be useful if you have activated the “Classic Editor” plugin. Otherwise, please see the instructions related to the default editor, “Gutenberg”.
Type the title of your post/page into the top field.
In the larger box in the middle, type your entry. Notice that there are two tabs attached to the top of this box: Visual gives you editing features similar to ones you might find in your favourite word processing program; and Text allows you to type or paste in HTML code for more advanced formatting. Most of us will use the Visual tab.
Excerpt (post only)
The Excerpt feature allows you to specify a smaller piece of text that will be displayed on the main page of your blog, instead of showing the whole post. This can be useful if your entry is really long, or if you would prefer to show portions of more entries on your main page. This feature is optional – simply leave it blank if you don’t wish to use it. (This is only available for posts, not pages)
Tags & categories (post only)
On the right-hand side, you will see sections for adding Tags and/or Categories. We will address these in more detail on another page, but here is where you would type in any tags (a.k.a. keywords) and/or select any categories that may apply to the contents of this post. (This is only available for posts, not pages)
Discussions (to enable commenting)
Scroll down to the Discussion section. If you do not wish to have people leave comments on this post/page, please uncheck the box for the option “Allow comments”.
Scroll all the way back to the top, and look at the Publish section in the upper right-hand corner. Here, you can choose to save your post/page as a Draft if you aren’t yet ready to publish it, as well as Preview it to see how it might look once published. You can also set a date in the future for your post to be published, by clicking Edit next to“Publish Immediately” and selecting a publish date.
If you are happy with your post and would simply like to publish it, click the Publish button.
If you wish to add images or multimedia to your post, please see the section on Adding Images and Multimedia.