Some of you just want to get stuck in and start writing
So let’s take a look at how you can get pen to paper, so to speak, and get your word out!
Posts are where you will be able to get creative and write your content. the posts section of your editor is where you will create, publish and manage your new or existing posts.
Pages are what will be pulled up on your blog. They are the backbone of your website. The pages section is like above where you can create, publish and manage each page such as a homepage, contact page or list of posts page.
How to create a post
This is a core skill to blogging and so simple
- On the left hand side of your page, that’s the dashboard, click on “posts” and then “add new”
- Write your post, come up with a catchy title, add a few images and featured image to liven in up
- Press publish on the top right of the screen
Here is a look at the typical post page and the basics you need to get the first post out.
You can publish immediately or if you want to schedule a post for a certain time or date, you can use the “status & visibility” option on the right bar.
Click on “Immediately” and you will be able to select a date an time. Hit “publish” and the post will be scheduled for your appointed time.
How to create pages
As you can see, creating a page is the exact same format at a post. Do the same things and you’ll have a page.
Before you get started on creating any posts or pages, let’s start off with creating a few “test” pages and posts.
Next up will be choosing a theme for your blog. You’ll want to be able to see what the theme looks like and it is hard to do without having pages and posts. Try this:
- Create an about page
- Create a contact page (including an email to best reach you)
- Now, create a page named “blog.”
- Create a page named “home.” Write a couple paragraphs explaining what your blog is.
Now on to menus!
Create a menu
Go to the dashboard again, hover over “Appearance” and click on “Menus”
You should see the following:
As you can see the list of pages I have created on my blog, I simply pick out what ones I want to include in the menu and click “Add to Menu” in the lower left of the screen.
You can also add single posts to the menu as well by selecting them from the posts tab on the lower left of the screen and adding them similarly to the pages.
If you wish to re-order the menu, you can pick a page or post that you added and simply drag it to the required position. This can be done in the “Menu Structure” area on the screen.
You can select where to show each menu from the “Manage Locations” tab on the upper left of the screen.
Create the Homepage you want!
There are 2 options for your blog’s home page:
- Your blogroll (all your posts starting with most recent)
- A static page (a page that you can create from scratch)
Remember, you have created you “dummy page to get yourself set up provisionally. We have a “Home” page and “Blog” page.
On the Dashboard, hover over “Settings” and click “Reading” and you will see this;
Select “A Static Page” option and assign your “home” and “blog” pages to the Homepage and Posts page, respectively. As you can see here, I have a titles homepage but no posts page, that is because I have created separate page for each category of posts but I will go through this more later.
OK, we have the site up and running and next up is making it look goooooood!
I am Steve, the author and owner of Fire-ish, where I try to share my story and help people towards Financial Independence with small tips and tricks that add up. Follow me on Twitter at @fire_ish and on Pinterest. I am trying to grow my readership so if you enjoyed this post, please share it!
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