WordPress Tutorial #8

Content is what visitors to your site are looking for.

Just as visitors to your home don’t check out how the foundation was poured or the framing, visitors to your website don’t generally care about those elements either.

As long as your navigation works and the site is visually pleasing, they’ll focus on the content.

That’s as it should be.

Fortunately the steps to add content to your WordPress site are similar, whether your content is words, images, video or audio — or any combination.

In this article we’ll walk through the basics of how to add a post to WordPress if you’re using the Classic Editor. Later on we’ll get into some of the finer details.

As always, you start at the WordPress Dashboard.

#1. Select Posts/Add New

Notice the Posts item on the left-hand side of the dashboard. Underneath you’ll see All Posts, Add New, Categories and Tags.

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If you click on All Posts, you’ll see an index. To help your visitors search for information on your site, you’ll use Categories and Tags. But for now, let’s just focus on the Add New link.

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#2. Select the Visual Editor

Once you’ve clicked “Add Post,” you see a page that looks like this:

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Or maybe it looks like this:

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Unless you’re comfortable with HTML, make sure the first option, the Visual editor is selected.

The Visual Editor is WYSIWYG — “what you see is what you get.” When you add bold or italic, or when you drop in an image, it shows you what your site visitors will see.

#3. Type the Title

Type the title of your post into the top section where it says “Enter Title Here.” You can change it later, so it’s okay to put in something general for right now.

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Notice that after you move your cursor out of the Title area, a web address called a Permalink pops up. I wanted to point it out. Even though we aren’t going to do anything with it now, it’ll come up later.

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#4. Add your article into the Editor

There are two ways to do this.

  • Type it in directly, of course. If you do, remember to save early and often!
  • Copy and paste from a Word document or other word processing or text editing program program

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If you are pasting from a Word or similar document switch over to the Text Editor first. Word and other word processing programs add lots of code that can cause problems.

When you use the text editor, all those pieces of code are automatically stripped out. That’s why it’s better to paste into the text editor, then switch back to the Visual Editor.

#5. Save Your Work

To the right of the editor you’ll see several menus. Different themes sometimes put them in different order, but generally they’ll look like this:

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To expand each one, click in the upper right corner. Here’s where you save your work in progress.

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#6. Add Styles, Links, Etc.

Once your article or post is in the editor, you can add bold or italics, create numbered or bulleted lists and add links. You can also insert images, audio or video. We’ll get into all those details in another post.

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