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WordPress – Publishing A Post

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In this video I’m going to show you how to publish a post.

To start, click on Posts on the left menu.

Adding a new post can be done from the left admin menu, the top toolbar, and at the top of the admin area.  All three buttons do the same thing.  They will take you to the editor.

Click on Add New.

In this video I have checked all the options under Screen Options so that I can show you all of them.

I go into more detail of the Screen Options in the Post & Page Screen Options video.

Start by entering the title of your Post in the top box.  If you can, avoid using the same title twice, as it will start adding numbers at the end of the URL name. You can use commas, apostrophes, quotes, dashes and other typical symbols in the title.

The content area is where you will write your post.  This is where you add your writing, links, images, and any information you want to display on your post. You can use either the Visual or the Text view to compose your posts – highlighted above in green.  For more information on the formatting items, watch the Visual Editor Menu video.  I go through each of the buttons and how you use them.  This area is highlighted above in yellow.

As you write, it will automatically save a draft of your post.  This auto-save is stored in the database temporarily.  This process ensures that you do not lose your content due to internet connection or hardware failure.

In the footer area of the content box, it will show you the word count for your post, the last time a draft was auto saved, and when the post was last edited. This is highlighted in blue.

You can use the Excerpt box to add a short summary or excerpt for your post.  This is optional.  If you do not add something here, WordPress will take the first 55 words of your content and use it as the summary.

If your site is set to show the summary on the main blog page or on the archive pages, this is the excerpt it will show.

Trackbacks give bloggers the ability to communicate between websites. It’s almost like one person saying to another “This is something you may be interested in”.  If you link to other WordPress blogs, they’ll be notified automatically using pingbacks when you publish a new post.   For those blogs that don’t recognize pingbacks, you can send a trackback to the blog by entering the website address in this box, separating each one by a space.  The trackback feature is misused by spammers so much that many site owners disable them under the Settings menu.

This is an optional setting.  To learn more about it, watch the Discussion Settings video.

 

WordPress has the ability to allow you to assign custom fields to a post. They allow users to make their blog more personable as well as completely custom by extending their posts even more than before.  Some examples of custom fields could be:  Custom Thumbnails, Status Updates, Advanced Links, Titles and Subtitles, Author Information, Weather Statuses, Custom Times and Dates, and much more.  For more information, check out the Custom Fields video.

While comments are a great way to engage your audience, sometimes you may not want to have comments on a specific post or page.  The Discussion settings are turned on by default for new posts or pages.  The first option allows you to enable or disable comments for that particular post.  The second determines if your blog will send pings and trackbacks to other blogs.

You can also turn off all comments and ping backs for all posts and pages under the Discussion Settings.  You can learn more about them in the Discussion Settings video.

WordPress will automatically generate a permalink for your posts and pages.  A permalink is the post or pages URL.  If you would like to change the permalink, you’d change the slug.  The slug is nothing more than a few words, which you choose, to describe a post. These words then appear as part of the URL (or Permalink) directing visitors to that content.  If you used any commas, apostrophes, dashes, symbols, etc. in the title, WordPress will then clean it up to generate a user friendly URL name of the post.  You can also change the slug at the top of the page, under the title, where it says Permalink.  Click on Edit to change it.

You can learn more about permalinks in the Permalinks Settings video.

WordPress will automatically assign the logged in user as the post author when you create a new post.  However, sometimes you may want to change the author to another user.  If you’d like to change it, select the user that you’d like to be the author.  Please note that you can only change users if you have multiple users on your website that have Author permissions.  To view your list of users, see the Users tab on the left admin menu.  For more information about users, see the Adding Users and Editing Users videos.

The top right box is the Publish box. This is where all the publishing options for your posts are managed.

The Save Draft button stores a draft of the post or page that you are working on. WordPress also auto-saves your posts as you write them.

The Preview button shows a live preview of your post. You can use it to see how your post will look after publishing.

The Status allows you to set a status for your post.  WordPress automatically handles post status for drafts and published posts. Unless you want to change a published post back to a draft, you won’t need to touch this setting.

For the Visibility, click on the Edit link next to it to expand it.

The first option will allow you to make your post sticky on front-page.  Sticky posts are like featured content that are displayed on top of all other posts.   The next option allows you to password protect a post.  The third option is Private. This allows you to privately publish a post on your site. The private posts will be visible to users who have the editing privileges on your site.

If you click on Browse to the right of Revisions, it will take you to a page where you can see all of your revisions.  Here you can restore to a previous version of your content.

Click on Return to Editor to return to your post.

For Publish On, click on the edit link and it will display the time and date options. You can use this option to schedule posts or create back dated posts.  Click the OK button after you’ve selected the date.

Move to trash allows you to delete a post.  Deleted posts will go to trash, and you can restore them if you need to for up to 30 days.

Finally, the publish button makes your post public.  Remember if you scheduled a post, then it will appear on your site on the scheduled date and time.

Post formats are optional.  A number of post formats are available, however not all themes support these formats. These formats include:  Standard, Aside, Gallery, Link, Image, Quote, Status, Video, Audio, Chat.  Standard is the default format.  It can be an article, a blog post, or anything the user want it to be. It can also be any of the other post formats. For example, a standard post can have a gallery or a video.  I use the Standard post style for the majority of my posts.

I will go into more detail of these in the Post Formats video.

Categories help you organize your content in a meaningful and browsable format. Not only does it help your users easily find your content, it can also help boost your site’s SEO.  Generally, bloggers have 7-10 categories for each post.   If you don’t add any categories, it will automatically add the ‘Uncategorized’ category to the post.

To add a new Category, click on “+ Add New Category” link.

Type in your new category name.

Click on Add New Category.

Your new category will appear.  It will automatically add a check mark so that it is selected to be a category for this post.

You can manage your categories by going to left admin menu, Posts, Categories.

I will go into more detail about Categories in the Categories and Tags video.

Your new category will appear.  It will automatically add a check mark so that it is selected to be a category for this post.

You can manage your categories by going to left admin menu, Posts, Categories.

I will go into more detail about Categories in the Categories and Tags video.

Tags are meant to describe specific details of your posts. Think of these as your site’s index words.  You can use tags to micro-categorize your content.  Tags are not hierarchical.  Posts with similar tags are linked together when a user clicks one of the tags.

Categories may cover a broad range of topics, tags are smaller in scope and focused to specific topics. Think of them as keywords used for topics discussed in a particular post.

Tags are optional.  They are not automatically added to a post unless a user adds them unlike categories.  There also is not limit to how many tags you can add.

To add new tags to the post, type in the tag into the box.

Then click on the Add button.

Now my post will have two tags.

Most WordPress themes support featured images or post thumbnails for articles. Simply click on set featured image link, and it will bring up the media uploader popup. You can select an image from your previous uploads or upload a new image from your computer.  The featured images usually show up in most themes main blog page and also the individual blog post pages.

So now that I have all my info added, I’ll click on the Publish button to make this post live on my website.

If I want to view the post, I can click on the View Post button on the top toolbar or click on the Preview Changes button.

To view a list of all my posts, click on All Posts on the left toolbar.

If you want to edit the post, you can click on the title or click on the Edit link below the title.

That’s it for this video.  I’ll see you in the next one.

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Media Settings   (2:19)
Permalinks Settings   (4:37)
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Adding Users   (4:47)
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Pages vs. Posts   (2:47)
Post & Page Screen Options   (8:15)
Visual Editor Menu   (11:44)
Post Formats   (4:18)
Publishing a Post   (11:13)
Publishing a Page   (8:42)
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