Writing Posts in WordPress: So Easy A Caveman Could Do It!

So, you installed your first WordPress site, and you are eager to add your first post. 

I have good news for you.

Crafting posts and pages in WordPress is super easy!

If you have ever used any text editor, or wrote an email message, then you should have no difficulty writing your first post in WordPress.

Writing a Post In WordPress

To add a new post, click on Posts, Add New (1).

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Type the title of your post into the top field (2). You will see the “Permalink” appear right under the title, which you can edit this if you wish. For example:

Permalink: http://buildawebsiteacademy.com/writing-posts-in-wordpress/

Type your text (3) using the buttons to add formatting.

The WordPress editor offers a wide range of styling options, but my advice is to keep it simple. Click on the icon marked with number (4) to reveal more formatting options.  You may want to add:

Headings. Headings are a great way to organize a blog post. Before actually writing a post, you can write down a couple of subtitles for your post. Since Heading 1 is usually reserved for the page title, what you will ever need to structure a blog post is Heading 2 and in some cases Heading 3. You can use them to break down your main topic into subtopics, or maybe a list (yes, a list is more powerful when using headings).  Use subheads every few paragraphs, even in a 300-word post.

Hyperlinks. Link to resources that can be valuable to your readers. I select the Open link in new window option, as I don’t want you to leave my blog. 

Lists. Most readers love lists!  This doesn’t mean you have to make a list out of everything, but if you have “list material”, do use them! Don’t let your cool content fade away between your paragraphs – use bulleted points whenever you can.

Use bold text and italics for emphasis on words and phrases.

Pictures and videos. They make the pages colorful and viewers get to see a little of your part of the world (see description below).

When writing your post, you have the option of using the visual or HTML mode of the editor (5). The visual mode lets you see your post as is, while the HTML mode shows you the code and replaces the WYSIWYG editor buttons with quicktags.

Adding Categories

Categories are the general topics the post can be classified in. Most bloggers have 7-10 categories for their content, each post typically is assigned to one category. Readers can browse specific categories to see all posts in the category. To add a new category, click the Add New Category. You can manage your categories by going to Posts, Categories.

Adding Tags

Tags are to micro-categories for your blog, similar to including index entries for a page. Posts with similar tags are linked together when a user clicks one of the tags. Add new tags to the post by typing the tag into the box and clicking “Add”.

Adding Pictures, Video, and Audio Files

Click on the desired Upload/Insert icon to add a picture, video or audio file.

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Indicate the location of the file (on your computer, or from URL)

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Insert the file into the post.

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Click Insert into Post, and that’s it!

Adding video to your posts can be very powerful, whether it is your own video, or someone else’s video from Youtube or Viddler.
Now, you can use the same method for adding video, but I prefer just to ‘embed’ the video to my posts. This is not as difficult as you may think. Go to Youtube.com, find the video you want to embed and copy the ‘Embed Code’.

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Switch to HTML editor and paste the code into your post. It will look something like this:

<object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" width="425" height="344"
codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0"><param
name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="src"
value="http://www.youtube.com/v/q9b0jzcq0C4&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;" /><param name="allowfullscreen"
value="true" /><embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425" height="344"
src="http://www.youtube.com/v/q9b0jzcq0C4&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;" allowfullscreen="true"
allowscriptaccess="always"></embed></object>

When you are ready with your new page, click Save Draft to save it without posting to your site, or Publish (6).

A Few Practical Tips:

  • Spell Check and Proof Read.  While there are spell check Plugins available, but even those can’t check for everything. Some serious writers will write their posts in a text editor with spell check, check all the spelling and proof it thoroughly before copying and pasting into WordPress.
  • Preview your posts as you edit. You can preview your post as you make your changes. I usually keep two windows open, one for editing, one for viewing the final layout.
  • Toggle Full Screen Mode. To make your editing screen larger, you can use the Full Screen Mode (Alt +Shift +G). 
  • Increase the size of the post box. What I always do, is when I start a new WordPress site, I change the size of the post box to make it larger. It makes writing and editing your posts easier. To do that, go to Settings, Writing. Enter the desired number of lines for your post box (I use “40”), and click on Save Changes.

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There are many things that I did not cover in this post (like optimizing the post for the search engines), but I don’t want to overwhelm you.

Watch this video that will show you how to add a new post and gives some other useful tips, not discussed here.

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