Adding Posts and Pages

We’ll now take a look at how you add posts and pages to your WordPress website. In WordPress, you’re able to add different types of content to your site as either a post or a page, depending on what goal you have in mind.

Posts are periodical pieces of content such as blog posts, news articles, reviews, opinion pieces, etc. Posts typically have an author name, date of publication and have the option to allow for comments/discussion.

Pages are for static content on your site which doesn’t necessarily change very often. Examples of pages include your home page, about page or contact page.

The following video explains how to add posts and pages to your WordPress site. You can also read through the post for a written version of this tutorial.

Adding Posts

In your WordPress dashboard, you’ll see several options on the left-hand menu including “Posts”.

To add a new post, hover of “Posts” and click Add New

You’ll now be taken to the post/page editor, where you can write your posts and add images, videos, audio and more. We’ll have a full tutorial on the editor in a later post.

You can compose your entire post here in the editor, but you might find that it’s better to use a word processor and then cut and paste directly into the editor. This will help with spelling, grammar, saving your work, etc.

Feel free to click Save Draft to save your work as you go along. You can also select Preview to see what your post will look like once it’s live on the web.

Before your post is published live, WordPress will ask you if you’re ready to publish. Before you publish, you’ll want to make sure that your post has a title and that your content is ready. You will also probably want to set a featured image. Featured images are used for blog posts, but you can also set featured images for pages.

You need to click on the ‘Set Featured Image’ area, and this will bring up the WordPress media uploader popup. From here, you can upload an image from your computer or use an existing image from your media library. Once you select the image, simply click on the ‘Set Featured Image’ button.

WordPress will now show a preview of the featured image in the right column. However, the actual featured image will look different depending on your WordPress theme.

In the same menu area, you can change things like the visibility of your posts, post date (which can be set to a past, present or future date), and whether you want to add any tags to your post to help keep in organised on your site.

When you’re ready to publish it live on the web, click Publish on the top right of the page.

Once your post is live on the web, you’ll see this success message:

Adding Pages

The process for adding pages is almost exactly the same. From your WordPress dashboard, hover over the Pages item in the menu and click Add New.

You’ll then be taken to the editor, and just like before with our posts, you can edit the title and add text, images and other media to your page.

Just like before, you can Preview your page, and when you’re ready to publish your page, you click Publish on the top right of the page.

Your page is now live on the web. If you look in the URL of your browser, you can see the link visitors will use to access your page. This is based on your page title and can be left as is or you can edit it by selecting Permalinks on the menu on right side of the page and entering a new value.

If you’d like to make your new page the homepage of your website (rather than a list of your most recent blog posts), you can change this in the WordPress settings.

*This guide was derived from the Coventry.Domains support documentation with permission of the Coventry.Domains team.