Adding Content

Adding Posts

To add a new post, select “Add New” from the Posts menu. Create a title for your post, and add content using the WYSIWYG (what You See is What You Get) editor (The “Visual” tab). Don’t enter content using HTML mode unless you’re comfortable with coding HTML.

When you’ve finished creating your post, you can either save it as a draft or publish it. Once your draft is saved, you can preview it in the browser to see what the formatting will look like.

Organizing Posts

Posts can be organized by category, tag, or both. Categories are lists of related posts, which can be linked to from the menu. For example, you might have a categories called “news” or “events.”


Tags are a more flexible way to organize content, they are basically like keywords that can help people find related posts. You can add as many tags to a post as you like. It helps to think of your blog like a book: the categories are like the table of contents, and the tags are like the index. You want to keep your categories limited to general topic areas to keep things simple, but you can use as many tags as you like to help people find very specific things.

Find out More about Posts from the WordPress Codex

Adding Pages

Adding and managing pages is almost the same as adding and managing posts, but you have fewer options with pages. Pages don’t have categories or tags, but can be organized into sub-pages. For example, your “About” page might have three subpages: general overview, history, and bios.

Depending on your theme, pages may be automatically added to the top-level navigation, or, if your theme uses WordPress 3.0 menus, you can add them yourself and organize them as you wish.

Find out more about Pages from the WordPress Codex

Working with Images

Adding images to posts or pages

To add an image to a post or page, click on the “Add image” icon in the editor. This will open a pop-up window with three options for adding media: From computer, from URL, or from media library.

Once you add an image (by uploading or selecting from a media library), you can customize the way it’s displayed in your post or page. You can decide if you want a caption, set the alternate text, align the image to the left, right, or centre, or select a custom size for the image.

You can also take advantage of WordPress’s new image editing options by selecting “edit image.” This will allow you to crop or resize your image.

When you’re done customizing your image, click “Inserrt into post.”

Adding featured images

A featured image, or thumbnail, is an image associated with a post that is displayed on any page that lists posts, like the home page or a category listing.

Not all themes support featured images, you can tell by going to “Add a Post” and checking to see if there is a “Featured Image” box.

To add a featured image, click on “set featured image” from the Featured Image box. This will bring up a dialog that looks the same as the one for adding an image to a post or page. The only difference here is that instead of clicking
“Insert into post,” you click “Use as featured Image.”

Learn more about Images from the WordPress Codex

Adding Videos

Adding videos to WordPress is mostly the same as adding images. If you’re uploading a video from your computer, the process is exactly the same, except that you click the “Add Video” icon instead of “Add image.”

If you’re linking to a video from another website, like YouTube, the easiest way is to use the embed code provided by the hosting site.

YouTube

If you’re adding a video from YouTube, click the “Share” button beneath the video, then click “Embed” and copy the code. To add this code to your post or page, make sure you’re in the HTML editor mode, and paste the code in where you want your video to display.

Other video hosting services, like MyMedia or Vimeo, can also provide embed codes to add to your post or page. You can usually get the code by clicking on options labelled “share” or “embed.”

More about adding Media

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