In part 5 of our Free WordPress Video Tutorial series, learn how to add new posts and pages to your WordPress website. In this video, we will be learning what the difference is between a WordPress Post and a WordPress Page. While the differences may seem arbitrary, we will be looking at exactly when to use a wordpress post and wordpress page. Additionally, we will learn how to add a new wordpress post and wordpress page. We will learn how to customize a wordpress post and how to change the fonts on wordpress. With different post types and customizations that can be made, we will be sure you understand exactly how to change each of these options on your own wordpress theme. Specifically we will be learning how to:
1. Add a WordPress post and WordPress page
2. Change font to bold in WordPress
3. Change font to italic in WordPress
4. Change font size and heading in WordPress
5. Underline font in WordPress
6. Add quotes in WordPress
7. Justify text in WordPress
In the previous lesson we learned about wordpress themes and we actually got to install our wordpress theme onto our test website. So let’s take a look at what we have right now. As you can see it’s very simple. There is not any content tool except the hello world post.
So just a quick overview of what we are going to be learning in this lesson is, the first thing, we are going to just go over a tour of what are post vs. pages. And we are actually going to create one. Then we are going to look at what’s the difference between category versus tags. We are also going to be looking at some of the more useful features of a post or a page that some of us may forget. And the final things is, we are going to be actually editing a post and a page.
So the first thing we are going to be doing is actually getting you a tour of post versus page and then we are going to create one. And it may seem somewhat arbitrary as to, well post and page, they can all do the same things. You can have comments on a post or page. You can have sidebars. So what’s really the difference?
So the thing for this is really just to be consistent. Where a post is things like blog entry, something that is time sensitive, whereas a page is something that’s static. So it’s something that probably doesn’t change very much like a contact page, an about page or a home page. But the real important part is this.
A post appears in your RSS feeds. So your RSS feed is something that people can subscribe to. And we will show you actually how to create that RSS feed in the future. But it will give updates to all your readers if they want to subscribe to your blog.
So the website looks something like this. And it says wpforalltv dot com. And it’s very simple. It’s very bare right now. And all we see is just the hello world post. But now want to want add additional post. We want to add more content to it. So how exactly do we go about doing that?
So we are going to go into our backend of wordpress and it should look something like this. And since we are adding a post like we are adding a new blog entry, we are just going to go into posts. And as you can see, this displays all the posts that I have already created. And we have. Currently all we have is the hello world post.
So if we want to add a new post, we just go into add new. So in this next page, this is where we are actually going to enter in all your content. And yours should be blank initially but I actually what I had it and copied and pasted some things right there. So the first thing appears, 10 tips for scoring a great deal on cruises. That’s where you would have entered in your title.
So I wanted my title to be that because we are making a travel blog. And down here, we actually enter in all your content. All this stuff right here is the content to your website. I just copied some arbitrary text here, but you can make it specific to whatever your blog post is about.
So what we are going to do now is simply just publish it. I am going to publish it just to show you because all we have right here is our basic information, we have our title and we have our content. We don’t really need anything else. The extra stuff is additional. But I will go ahead and show you that right after this.
That’s what I want to show you, what does it look like. So we are just going to click publish. We published that right there and now it’s going to be live. It’s going to actually be live on our website. So we go over to our website and what we are going to do is simply click refresh
And when we click refresh, we are going to see our block post here and this is actually our blog page so underneath this, we will also see our hello world post. So it actually shows all the different posts.
So if we click on it, we can see that. Now we will actually see our blog post by itself, underneath will be nothing except leaving a reply and if you wanted to add any additional things in the future, we can add those here.
So this is an individual blog post on 10 tips for scoring a great deal on cruises. So now that we have created our post and we know how to actually create the content to it, what does all this other stuff mean?
So I am just going to go down the line, kind of explaining what each of these are. And the first being right here is that, you notice that before it said publish, now it says update. And the reason for that is, even though we have published our post, w can still make changes to it. So for example, say we want to put the word test there, we could click update and it would actually update our post and we can see test in there.
And let’s go ahead and check that. And when we click refresh we see that test is actually right here. So we see that the update odes work and we kind of can tell how that would work.
The next being categories and tags. And this is something I rather want to explain. So what’s the difference between a category and a tag? And although it may seem somewhat arbitrary, kind of like a post versus page, it’s good to be consistent from the beginning. And to put very simply, categories are very broad groupings versus tags are more detailed, specific to that blog post.
So a category would be something like that you would put in a menu item like themes or reviews or videos, very broad groupings of things versus tags, more specific to the individual blog post. So for example, if you are writing a blog post about a certain theme. Right, you can say, theme review or theme forest or April 2013 themes, something that’s more specific to that individual blog post.
So now when we have a kind of basic understanding of what the basic difference between a category and a tag is, let’s see what we put here. So the first thing we are going to do is uncheck on categories because the main thing is that we just don’t want to uncategorise. We want to actually categorise it in something, anything really that’s relevant.
So for us, since it’s our first one, we are going to put something like cruise deals. And we are just going to click add new category. And the one thing that you can see is that, you can have parent categories and you can have sub categories. So if you wanted a category under cruise deals, it could go there as well.
And for tags, you can put something like carnival or top 10 or you have been saving money on cruises. So something even more specific or more relevant to this individual blog post.
So the next thing that I want to talk about is the featured images and that is this one right here. So if want to actually add a picture, you are just going to click set featured image. So you will actually have two options of uploading a file or selecting from your media library, but since we have any pictures uploaded already, there is nothing going to be in our media library.
So we are just going to click on upload files. And you can always select files or just drag and drop. And I have this picture save don my desktop, a bird looking out on to cruise ship. I took this picture a while ago. So after your image has successfully uploaded, you are going to see a couple of things on the right which is your title, your caption and text and description.
And this is great for s.e.o or search engine optimization. And it’s what allows Google to index your website better. And I will describe what each of these four things are. I have actually entered them in already, but initially they will be blank.
So the first thing is your title. And the title is really important because it describes the image as well as describing the blog post itself. And so it should be very relevant to what your blog post is and so I put 10 tips for cruises, it’s good to, kind of packing as many keyword that are relevant, actually kind of targeting.
Caption is not so important for this because caption, really all it is, is when you have an image, generally caption shows up under the image and we will see what that looks like more. But for featured images, captions actually don’t show up. So I am going to leave this one blank.
And the next one is alt text and this one is extremely important. it’s kind of like your meta keywords or your keywords that you are trying to target for your individual blog post. And so these are very important because it is really what describes your image but also what describes your blog post. So things like cruise deals or money saving tips for cruises. Those are things that are very targeted, targeted keywords that a lot of people may search on Google and so want to definitely enter those in in your alt text and it will increase the keyword density of your blog post, these keywords.
The final being your description and this should be more in plain English. It’s what actually describes what the image is. But it still should be relevant to the blog post itself. “Learn how to save money and time on your next cruise”. And it’s very short and simple but it’s something that, you know, a human would read.
As you can tell, most of my title, my alt text and my description or more for s.e.o benefit and the reason for that for me is because my intended audience or my intended reader Is somebody who is going to be finding cruise ship deals rather than somebody who is looking for a bird looking at a cruise ship picture. Right?
However the inverse would be true if you are making a website that was more portfolio based or picture based where you are showcasing your pictures. You would want to definitely put descriptions that are relevant to that picture itself. However I my case, I am wanting to showcase the content. So that’s why all these keywords, alt text and the title are really linking back to my content on my blog entry.
So that’s why you may see somewhat of that discrepancy. And so once you have actually filled all this stuff, you are going to click set featured image. And we are going to see that the picture uploaded nicely. And we are going to click update. And when we go back to our website and we refresh it, and so you can tell the image didn’t actually show up on the blog post itself.
Because we mentioned before, featured images don’t show up on the blog itself but they show up on the main page or your blog page as a thumbnail. And in our case, our featured image isn’t just a thumbnail, it’s actually quite a large image and that’s just in your settings of your actual theme.
And that’s all we are going to learn for this lesson. But in the next lesson we are going to actually learn how to add more media. And this is media within the post. We saw how to add featured images, but we will also learn how to add videos and images from say, a secondary website like Flickr and I will tell you why that’s important to do on the next lesson.