What is a Post?

Posts are the heart of blogs. It makes a blog a blog. They are textual entries that appear on the blog in reverse chronological order for the viewer to read. Posts do not appear as a part of the menu as pages do. You can enable the sidebar menu to show the most recent posts on the blog through the "Appearances" tab in the Dashboard.

Create a Post

Now let’s create and publish a post. Go to your Dashboard - “Post” - “Add New”.

Name your post in the single line text box given at the top. For example: “Project for Course A”. You can edit the content of post in the larger textbox in the middle of the screen. After editing the content of your blog, click the blue “Publish” button. More information on the Publish Box is below.

For more information on content, click here.

"Read More" Button

This button is useful to truncate the post as seen from the main page. First, select the place in your post that you'd like the link to appear in the text editor. Make sure that your cursor is blinking on its own line before you insert the "read more". Above the editing box, find and click the icon of two pages being divided by a dashed line. A dashed line should be inserted into your post, dividing the visible content at the top (the "preview") from the content at the bottom.

Readers of your blog post will need to click on a "read more" button to read the rest of the post. If you preview your post, this line will not be there but it will appear on the blog as long as the dashed line appears in the editing box.

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Comments

Initially the ability to comment on a post is enabled. To change this, it must be changed for each post individually.

When you are on the editing screen, go to the top right corner of the screen. Under your name, click the button that says "Screen Options". In that menu that drops down, check the box next to Discussion.

Under the text box for the page a new Discussion box will appear. There are two options to choose. The top box needs to be unchecked to disable comments on that post.

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Publish Box Options

When the content of the post is ready, there are several different options of sections and buttons to take into consideration before publishing.

Each one of the three buttons in the Publish Box has an important use. "Save Draft" will save the content but not yet post to the blog. "Preview" will let you see what the post will look like on your blog before it is published/saved. "Publish" will publish your post.

 

Status

The "Status" option controls the state of your post. The main states are Published, Pending Review and Draft.

Published means that it is available for viewing on the blog site.

Pending Review means that the post must first be reviewed by an editor or user of higher status before it can be published. This is usually exclusive to contributors who cannot publish posts without being reviewed first.

Draft means that the post is still in progress and can't be seen on the site.

 

Visibility

The "Visibility" option has many indicates who within your blog privacy limits can view your post.

Public and "Sticky" Posts

 "Public" makes your post is visible to everyone within the limits defined by your blog's privacy. 

The sticky post checkbox under this option allows you to keep this post "stuck" at the top of your blog. Every other post will appear under the post with this designation even if it was posted more recently. You can use sticky posts for announcements or other important information. The post will not move down the blog until this is unchecked.

Private

This option means that only you and site administrators can view your post. Be aware that your post is not hidden from your blog administrators.

Password Protected

This option allows you to create a password that all viewers of your blog must enter before they can access that specific post. Again, this operates within the bounds of your overall privacy level.

 

Publish

The "Publish" option gives the user the ability to choose when the post is published.

To schedule a time and date to publish the post, click "edit". Change the settings to your desired time and date. If the post has already been published you can also backdate when it was published. You must press the "Publish" button when you have completed the post to publish at the determined time.

Categories vs. Tags

Categories

Categories are a helpful organizational tool for both creators and readers. Categories are usually very general groupings of topics and give the reader a broad idea of what the post is about. Each post can have more than one category. Creating categories can also help you can manage your menu and side menu. Organizing your posts into those different categories will allow users to read posts that are linked to each category when clicking on each category. Categories can be added into your menu and appear as tabs on your site.

Tags

Tagging is a more specific version of using categories. It gives the reader an even more precise idea of what the post will be about. For example, if the category of the post was fairy tales then the tag could be 'Beauty and the Beast' or 'Little Red Riding Hood'. Each post can have more than one tag. Tags cannot be added to the menu as a tab, but they can be added to the sidebar menu with certain themes.

Categories and tags only organize posts, not pages.

Both are assigned when editing a post.

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Create a Category

There are two ways to create a Category.

One way is through “Post” - “Categories” on the Dashboard. You can create the categories of your posts here. Give it a name under the "Add New Category" section of the screen. Giving the category a "parent" or description is not necessary. While categories have a hierarchy structure, this is mostly used for organizing menus. If a post is assigned to a child category, it is not automatically added to the parent as well. Click the “Add New Category” button when you are finished with that one category.

It will not allow you to assign a category to a post from this screen. This will allow the category to show up when editing a post to be assigned then. This is a great way to create all of the categories that you want to use before making the posts. All of the categories created on this screen will be shown in a list to the right of the "Add New Category" section of the page once it has been made. Child categories will appear in the list with a dash before the name.

Descriptions of categories can only be created and shown on this screen.

Another way to create a category is when editing a post. Before publishing or updating a post, there should be a category menu beside the text box. Here is where you can assign categories. There is a button at the bottom of that menu to a new category. Once you enter a new category there, it is available to all other posts. Once you create a category this way, it will be assigned to that post. The category that is created can also be assigned as a child to a parent as it is made. Categories that have already been created will be shown in a list to be checked off. Checking off a category will assign it to that post.

Create a Tag

There are two ways to create a Tag.

One way is through “Post” - “Tags” on the Dashboard. You can only create the tags of your posts here, not assign. Give it a name under the "Add New Tag" section of the screen. Click the “Add New Tag” button when you are finished with that one tag. The tags will show up on the list beside it. Unfortunately, when editing a post, you will not see a tag you made this way in the Tags box. Tags must be used before showing up in the "Choose from the most used tags" drop box.

Another way is when editing a post. Before publishing or updating a post, there should be a tag menu beside the text box. Here is where you can assign tags. There is a text line at the top to add a new tag. Once you enter a new tag there, it is available to all other posts. To choose from previously used tags, click the link at the bottom of the menu to get a drop down menu of the previous tags. This will not show unused tags. This is also the only way to assign a tag to a post. When the tag is assigned, it will appear under the "Separate tags with commas" line with a small 'x' next to it. Clicking this 'x' will delete the tag from the post. All of the tags assigned will appear in a line next to each other. 

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Making Category Menu Tabs

Go to “Appearance" - "Menu” on the left bar of your Dashboard. Make sure that you are editing the main menu of the site. Reveal the “Categories” section of the box to the left of the Menu Structure. Check the box of the category you want on the menu and “Add to Menu”. Once you've added all of the categories you want to the menu, don't forget to save. When you go back to your blog site, the category should be on the menu. When you click that tab, you should go to a list of all the posts with that category.

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