Short Version:

  1. Add a Title
  2. Add Content
  3. Post

Making a New Post, the long version

Note: Images may differ from your screen. This is due to differences in individual Admin Color Scheme , (set in your profile page), browser and monitor size, and different devices used.

Once logged in, go to top tool bar and mouse over the  + New. link.  Then click Post.

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There are also links available from the Dashboard (Admin) Side.  One on the top tool bar, and one when you mouse over Posts on the Dashboard side menu (on the left).


 

helpHelp & Customizing the page

On the New Post page, as well as all other admin pages, you will find a help tab  on the top right of the page, under your howdy message.  WordPress has built in help all throughout their platform.  There is plenty of documentation available.

WordPress is big on rearranging the furniture.  Next to the help tab, at the top of the New Post page, you will also see a ‘Screen Options’ tab.  This allows you to choose which features will be shown when you open up new post pages.  You can always change it around.

In the same customizing fashion, you can also close, and open the various features, or drag and drop them to rearrange the page how you want it.  This will only affect your personal view, so please feel free to set it up however you like.  Except the title and text Area, all other boxes on the page can be moved.


 

Title

Create a descriptive title to describe what your post is about.  Please use words, not numbers or other symbols in your title, as numbers and symbols sometimes make the permalinks act funny.  This is only true for the first word in the title.

Once a post (or draft) is saved, a permalink will be created.  These are set up to be ‘pretty’, that is, the links reflect the title, instead of the post number, which is represented in the ‘Shortlink’.


 

Permalink

Permalink is WordPress speak for permanent web address.  It’s the link to your post on the internet.   Usually, there is no need to edit the permalink.  However, if you change your title, make a point to change the permalink so your post never gets lost in the shuffle.  Permalinks are usually all lower case letters, with a dash between words.  no-spaces-allowed. Avoid numbers (at the beginning of the link), and symbols.


 

Add Media

You can place an image, video, or other media into the post by using the Add Media button above the text tool bars.

Once clicked you will be directed to upload an image from your computer, link to another image on the web, or select from the pictures already in the media folder.

Once uploaded, you can edit the image; choose a caption, dispay size (thumbnail, medium, full or custom) and insert it into the post.  It will be added wherever your cursor is located inside the text box.  Like everything else in the text box, you can drag and drop it to the desired location.   Click the image for editing options at any time. On the visual tab, to resize an image, just click, and drag the edges of the image and let go at the desired size.  For more information on adding media, see the How to Upload to the Media Library page.


 

Styling Content in the Text Box

The text box is where you place all the content of your post.

It can be worked on in either the visual tab:

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or on the text tab.  Depending on your preference.  Direct HTML can be dropped into the text side, or you can use the easy buttons.

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The text boxes used around the network tend to have lots of ‘bells and whistles’.  Mouse over buttons you are unsure of for an explanation.  Usually, to apply a style, highlight your text, and click the desired style selection.


Your posts can be as short or as long as you like.  Post a quick link, or a long story, it’s up to you.   If your are making a long post, consider putting a Read More tag in after a paragraph or so.  This will only affect how the post appears on the front page of the site.

Read More

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 ( In the text tab, it looks like this:      <!–more– > ) 


Excerpt

An excerpt is a summary of your post.  WordPress will look for an excerpt in places in shows your post (feeds, front page, etc) and will display that if anything has been inputted in the excerpt field.  You can add images, and text to the excerpt.  The excerpt input box is usually located below the text box, but can be opened, closed, dragged around and hidden from view.  Check the screen options tab at the top of the page to make sure it’s checked for your post pages.


Trackbacks and Pingbacks

Trackbacks are the way blogs automatically talk to each other, and send notice (in the comment sections of posts) that they have been mentioned elsewhere on the web.

The private sites on the network would discourage communication outside  of the network.  In other words, not usually used here.  If you’d like to read up on them, here is one of WordPress’s write ups:: trackbacks and pingbacks


 

Custom Fields

One of the many bells and whistles that I don’t usually use.  To read up this feature, click here.


 

Discussion

To allow comments or not to allow comments.  That is the question.  See above regarding trackbacks and pingbacks. You probably want to allow comments to encourage discussion.   Then again, maybe you.


 

Category

Each post in WordPress is filed under one or more Categories. This aids in navigation and allows posts to be grouped with others of similar content.

Each Category may be assigned to a Category Parent, allowing you to set up a hierarchy within the Category structure. In creating Categories, recognize that each Category Name must be unique. Thus, even if two Categories have two different Parents, they must still have different names.

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Choose an existing category, create a new one, or ignore them altogether.  On the Photo’s page, we are presently using location as the category.  We are open to other ideas.  The Kitchen and Recipes page has types of dishes as the categories (more or less).  The Family site … we’ll see as we go.

Tags

Every post in WordPress can be filed under one or more Tags. This aids in navigation and allows posts and to be grouped with others of similar content.

Unlike Categories, Tags have no hierarchy so there is no Parent->Child relationship like that of Categories.

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Tags are optional but do help in searching for content later, and pulling up similar posts.  If a post features, or mentions people, adding their names as tags is a good practice.

To input tags, just add each one, separated by a comma.  On the Family Photo’s site, we are using tags as individuals.  On the Kitchen and Recipe Site, we have begun to organize tags as ingredients used in each recipe.  Otherwise, it’s a free for all.  Use as few or as many as you see fit.


 

Featured Image

A featured image is the image that shows up on the front page, on feeds and in the archives.  It can be associated with a post, yet not show up in the actual post.   Look to right side of the Add New Post page and locate the Featured Image section and click set featured image link.  If you don’t select a featured image, the first image in a post will be selected to show up in areas where a featured image usually is.  This means, generally, you don’t have to worry about adding one, but may choose to.


 

Post Display Options

The main sites on the network are set up with a Two Column setting as default.   You can change this for your post (when viewed as a single page).  Usually it is unnecessary, but there are some types of posts that look better in a  one column, or full width view.  Galleries for example, look better in this view.  Sometimes there are menus, or bits of information on the third sidebar (this is not the case on the main sites in the network right now) that add extra or appropriate information to the post.


 

Publish

You can set the terms of publishing your post in the Publish box. For Status, Visibility, and Publish (immediately), click on the Edit link to reveal more options. Visibility includes options for password-protecting a post or making it stay at the top of your blog indefinitely (sticky). Publish (immediately) allows you to set a future or past date and time, so you can schedule a post to be published in the future or backdate a post.

via the help tab in new post page

Revisions are auto saved and stored.  This is handy if you need to go back, but also adds unnecessary clutter.  We’ve added the ability to get rid of old ones.  You can delete them one at a time, or purge them all at once.  Or, just leave them there and don’t worry about it.