The purpose of using a content management system is to make creating articles and web pages easier. WordPress is one such system and one of the most popular platforms on the Internet. Thanks to things like installing themes and plugins, almost anyone can create professional-looking WordPress post and pages.
Managing a WordPress site is relatively straightforward. You don’t need any programming knowledge to create an amazing website. Because WordPress is so user-friendly, most of the elements are easy to understand.
In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to create these WordPress posts and pages and the difference between the two.
Note: A new block editor was introduced in WordPress 5. This tutorial uses the previous WYSIWYG editor.
Creating a WordPress Post
A post is the bread-and-butter of the WordPress website. It’s the method in which you will create most of your content. Think of posts as articles.
From the WordPress dashboard, go to Posts and click, “Add New.”
In the “Add New Post” screen, you’ll see the WordPress editor. It’s from here that you will create your piece of content. First, you will give your post a title.
The system will automatically build the permalink for you, which is the URL of where your post will be located on the Internet.
Then, write the content related to the title and topic.
Now, you have two ways you can save your article: Save Draft and Publish. Click “Save Draft” to save your work without showing it on the website. This gives you a chance to come back to the article at a later time to finish writing before it goes live.
When you’re ready to show your post to the world, click the “Publish” button on the right side of the screen. WordPress will then do the rest of the work to make sure your article is posted on the website.
Once you get the hang of the system, it doesn’t hurt to learn the hierarchy of WordPress categories. It can help you keep the content organized and easy to find.
Creating WordPress Pages
Pages are a bit different than posts. While the post is something that helps drive the content of your website, pages are more static. For example, the Contact Us, About and FAQs are pieces of content that don’t move or change. They remain stationary and usually part of the navigation menu.
In the left column of WordPress, go to Pages and click, “Add New.”
Like the post, give the page a new title. For this example, I am going to make a quick “About” page.
Add in your content for the new page. Since this is “About,” I would want to add information about my website, company or even myself. It all depends on the purpose of the site.
Pages can also be saved as drafts just like posts. This can be useful if you need time to perfect it before allowing everyone to read the material. Once you’re ready to go live, click the “Publish” button to add the page to your site.
When you feel comfortable creating elements in WordPress, you may want to design custom menus. This lets you rearrange your navigation menu and customize its appearance.
That’s the basics of creating pages and posts in WordPress. These are the two default methods for creating content in the system. However, more advanced options, plugins, and tools give you access to custom post types to accentuate your site even further.
Start Building Your Site
Writing content and publishing are probably two of the easiest things to do in WordPress. Before you know it, you’ll be adding SEO tools like Yoast and finding new themes that work better for your site. But attracting guests begins with creating good content. Keep publishing and give people a reason to visit your website.
What kind of tools do you look forward to using in WordPress? How often do you share your posts or pages on social media to attract visitors?