Posts are the articles you enter on your blog displayed on a reversed chronological order. The latest one will show on top of all other articles having the first one buried deep within your blog. A post normally comes with a comment form at the bottom to allow a visitor to interact with the author or some other readers.
Posting on WordPress is as easy as composing an email. When you first log in to your dashboard, you will find familiar icons that you usually see on any email program. The only difference is that instead of pressing the “send” button when you are done, you will be clicking on “publish”.
However, there’s a lot more in posting than just sending an email. Categories, tags, kitchen sink, and HTML, are just some of the essential features that you need to learn to post an article on WordPress.
By moving forward, you will first learn the steps to publish your first article. And then, we will define the post fields to make sure that you are not missing any important features within your text editor.
Posting an Article
1. Log in to your WordPress Admin panel or your Dashboard by entering your admin URL on your browser. It is your domain/wp-admin. If your domain is bluplanet.com, your admin URL is bluplanet.com/wp-admin. Use the username and the password you previously set up with your blog host.
2. On the left panel, click on Posts.
3. Click on Add New. It will bring up your text editor.
4. Enter the tile of your first post and start writing the body of your article.
5. Add a category and tags (will be explained later).
6. Click on publish when it’s ready for the world to read.
Description of Icons and Other Functions
The icons you will find on your text editor have the same functions as what you have on your email program, except for the kitchen sink. So let me skip all other icons.
1. If you find that you have very few icons as compared to what is shown above, click on the kitchen sink icon to expand your tools.
2. Title – You can write any title but avoid using the same title on other posts as it will create problems. For best practice, create a short but descriptive title. Limit it to 65 characters.
3. Post Editing Area – this is where you create the body of your article where you can insert links, images, videos, and of course, text.
4. Publish Panel
Save Draft – select this button if you are not ready yet to publish your post.
Visibility – If you choose Public, your post will be available for anyone. Password protected post can only be read by someone who has a password to view your post. Private posts are limited to you and some other users or editors you identified as part of your admin team.
Draft – Pending review means that a post is waiting for someone to edit it.
Publish Immediately – will allow you to set a different day and time when you want the post to be published.
5. Categories refer to the general topic that you want a post to be classified in. When users click on one of the categories as listed on the front end of your blog, they will find all posts that belong to the same category. A blog usually has 7-10 categories.
6. Tags – think of tags as an index of a book. All posts with the same tags are linked together so that when a user clicks on a tag, he or she will see all posts that are tagged under one name.