This is the continuation of the post I started about creating a blog. In this post, I am going to share about creating your first post and getting you started on running your blog. If you haven’t read the first part, click here.
To create a new blog post on WordPress, you click on the add new blog post button and you are directed to a new page. There is the title and content field and the three main buttons at the top right hand corner on this page which I am going to explain more about.
Preview: The preview button is used to preview post contents that have been written and to know how it will be seen or look like on the blog when published.
Post Settings: The post settings button has the following drop down options:
- Status: The status option helps to know the following; if the post has been scheduled to be published or it is already published, the amount of revisions made on the post, if the post is going to be stuck to be the front page, if the post is public, etc.
- Categories and Tags: Categories provide a helpful way to group related posts together, and to quickly tell readers what a post is about. Categories also make it easier for people to find your content. The categories are to be created by the blogger. Examples of categories are life, style, food, career, etc. Tags are words and phrases that are attached to a particular post. When this particular words/phases are searched on search engines, your blog post will pop up, but it might not be on the first page depending on your ranking *this is another story entirely*. Categories are similar to, but broader than, tags.
- Featured Image: The featured image is a unique image attached to each blog post.
- Sharing: The sharing option is for sharing your post on social media platforms immediately it has been published on WordPress. Social media have been and will always be a great platform to share posts automatically, and it also helps increase post views.
- Post Format: Contents in a post can be published in different formats.The formats were designed with particular kinds of content in mind. The most popular is the standard format, others are aside, audio, chat, gallery, image, link, quote, status, video.
- Slug: The slug is the portion of the URL that refers to that specific page. Generally, slugs tend to be very similar to the original title. You don’t necessarily have to create it yourself, it is automatically created once you type in your blog title.
- Excerpt: Excerpts are optional hand-crafted summaries of your content. They can be used to shorten your blog posts so that only part of the entry — usually the introduction or a summary of the post — is displayed, instead of the entire entry. Using excerpts is completely optional.
- Location: This is your present location as it is. It is optional for you to link this to your post.
- Discussion: This option is to moderate discussions on each post. If you would allow comments, ping backs and track backs or not.
- Copy Post: This option is to pick a post and the title, content, tags and categories will be automatically copied.
- Move to Trash: This option is to move the post to trash if you want to delete the post.
Publish: This is the final button where you chose to publish the post right away or schedule the post to be published later.
DISCLAIMER: This post is written based on my experience running a blog on WordPress.com. It is not a sponsored post for WordPress.com.
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