Getting Published With WordPress

In this WordPress tutorial, you’ll learn everything you need to know about publishing in WordPress. Remember, with WordPress you can publish pages and posts. What’s the difference? They’re very similar.

You can think of pages as static items, like an “About Me,” “Team,” “Contact Us,” or “Testimonials” page. Conversely, posts are more like log entries, dated, indexed and appearing in reverse chronological order—blog posts, basically. Whether your site will be mostly made up of static pages or blog posts is totally up to you. But the process for creating pages and posts is the same.

Create a Post

WordPress started out as a blogging platform, and this holds true in the post format. A post is a dated log entry that will appear in your site’s index. Depending on your content strategy, you might post once daily, every week, or at whatever interval is appropriate for your readers. You can also notify people of new posts if they subscribe to your blog.

  1. Log into your WordPress Dashboard
  2. Click the plus sign (+ New) in the toolbar
  3. Select Post in the dropdown menu
  4. Fill in a title for your post
  5. Start writing your body content

Add Images to a Post

What’s a post without images? Just text. Images have the power to communicate thoughts and feelings immediately. Often, this can be difficult to achieve through text alone. That’s why WordPress makes it super easy to add images to a post. All you need to do is add an image block.

  1. Click Add Block beneath a block or between two blocks
  2. Select Image
  3. Click Upload to select an image from your computer
  4. Select your image

That’s it! The image from your computer will be automatically uploaded into your WordPress media library.

Add Category and Tag As Needed

It’s considered a best practice to categorize and tag your posts to help your visitors find relevant content. Likewise, this helps search engines like Google and Bing find and analyze your site so you can appear in search results.

To add categories and tags, follow these steps:

  1. Make sure you’re under the Document tab instead of Block
  2. Scroll down to select or create a new Category
  3. Add tags as necessary under the Tag tab

It can be difficult determining what deserves to be a category and what should be designated as a tag.

Note: pages have no category or tag hierarchies.

How to Customize WordPress Posts

You have a lot of room to get creative with your WordPress posts beyond just italics, bold, and centered text. Within the WordPress editor, you have all kinds of content blocks that you can mix and match, copy, or delete. To scroll through your available blocks, click the Add Block button anytime while editing a page or post.

Pro Tip: use the search field to quickly find a specific block.

Notice, you can add not only text blocks but all live media blocks like audio and video.

Tips On How to Customize Your WordPress Theme

As mentioned above, pages and posts display differently on your site. This is controlled by your WordPress theme. Most themes are freely downloadable and you can try out as many as you want. All of them will display content a little differently.

To find out how you can customize your theme, you’ll just need to access the WordPress Customizer page.

  1. Log into your WordPress Dashboard
  2. Under Appearance click Customize

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Christopher Maiorana Content Writer II

Christopher Maiorana joined the InMotion community team in 2015 and regularly dispenses tips and tricks in the Support Center, Community Q&A, and the InMotion Hosting Blog.

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