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Creating your first WP Post

Updated: January 25, 2021
By: RSH Web Editorial Staff
WordPress Posts

Creating a WordPress Post

Posts are generally news or informational updates about a certain topic. Posts are listed in reverse chronological order and can be tagged, categorized and archived. WordPress Posts usually have comment fields beneath them and are included in your site’s RSS feed

Locate the "Posts" menu on the left side of the WordPress Dashboard. You can either hover or click to expand it to reveal the submenu

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Add New links, Click the Add New Link and you will see the Add New Post page where you can create your first post

The first box is where you’ll want to enter the title of your post. Next is the Post formatting section or post editor. This is where you’ll actually type the content of your post

If you look on the right side of the box, you will see two tabs. There are two modes of editing posts: Visual and Text

The Visual tab will bring up the visual WYSIWYG editor. WYSIWYG means “What You See Is What You Get”
Here you will see a formatting ToolBar with lots of options for formatting your posts. If you’re familiar with Microsoft Word or any other word processing software, most of these icons should look familiar

Click the Text tab, this will reveal a plain text HTML version of the post editor. This version of the post editor is for editing the HTML code of your post. For most of us, the Visual editor is the easiest way to write posts

At the top of the right column on this screen you will see the Publish box. Here, your can save your post as a draft if you’d like to save it for later. If you click the Preview button, you can get a preview of how the post will look once it is published

The Status of the post will show if the post has been published, saved as a draft, if it’s pending review or if it’s been scheduled

The next two links show the visibility of the post. Or what visitors will be able to see with your post. The Publish line shows whether the post will be published immediately or at a later date

The next section are for categories and tags assigned to your WordPress post. We will cover these two topics in more detail later

If you would like to change the screen options for your post editor, just click the screen options tab in the upper right hand corner. Expand this to reveal all the options that can be displayed on the post editor screen

Again from the post editor, you can also drag or drop the order of these boxes to customize how we want them arranged on the page

And remember if you ever need help just click the Help tab in the upper right corner. From here, you will be able to get a reminder for how to customize your post display, tips for adding a post title and using the post editor, inserting media and settings for publishing and discussion

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