Wordpress Pages and Posts - what's the difference?

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  • 1. WordpressPostsand PagesPagesPagesIntroduction Towww.rosemariegant.com
  • 2. They are the two ways Wordpress allows you to create page likecontent for your website.-You can create a Page or-You can create a PostSo, what’s the difference and when should you use which?www.rosemariegant.com
  • 3. Posts- flexible content that can be- tagged- categorizied- grouped on a page- can be listed by date order- can be found in things such asArchives, Recent Posts etc.- you CAN display posts on a pagePages- static information e.g. an Aboutpage- cannot be tagged- cannot be given categories- can be displayed in the sidebar- you CANNOT put pages on apostBoth pages and posts can display text and imagesBoth can havecomments added to themwww.rosemariegant.com
  • 4. Why do I need to know this?While you can, of course, change information around from pagesto posts and vice versa, it is a bit of a pain.Much better to decide in advance what sort of information youare going to put on your site and where it should go.This isn’t usually too difficult. Let’s look at an example...www.rosemariegant.com
  • 5. On your site you will probably have a page About you andsome news items.Your About details are likely to be fairly static in content - whyyou started your business, your philosophy in life whatever.- ABOUT should be a PAGENews items: keep your site fresh with regular news contentand search engines will love you. "Wendys Widgets sell 10,000blobs this week", "Chuffys Pups take on 4 new dog walkers".You get the drift.Short items that attract attentionNEWS items are POSTS - and preferably grouped togetherto display on a News Page.www.rosemariegant.com
  • 6. So go through the planned content of your site and just map outwhich content will be posts and which will be pages.Got a news item that covers two different areas of the business?Make it into two posts. You may want to put it in differentcategories later on. (See the Tags and Categories section).Now we’ve got an idea of which is which, let’s create some!Plan firstwww.rosemariegant.com
  • 7. - are you going to write directly in to Wordpress or in a texteditor first?- are you writing a page or a post?- keywords: buzz on over to our basic SEO course modules if youdont know what I mean here but make sure you have some ofyour keywords and phrases in your text- got a nice image to go with your text? - you might want to getthat organised now (see our tutorial on images in Wordpress)Ready? OK.Before you start...www.rosemariegant.com
  • 8. There are several places you can click to create a new page or post:Select to create a page or postFrom the Dashboard: Or if you are in your postspage already:www.rosemariegant.com
  • 9. - So choose Posts / Add New or Pages / Add New- enter your title *check: does it contain one of your keywords, i.e.if someone searches "unripe oranges" will your post on unripeoranges show up?- type or copy and paste* your text into the main box on thescreen.- on the right hand side press "save draft".(*if youre pasting, read a couple of slides further on first)www.rosemariegant.com
  • 10. Format your textSo all the main content and title are there. Time to make itpresentable.Heres a guide to what all those buttons do:Adding your media -images, video, audio,attaching filesVisual is WYSIWYGor “normal” view,HTML is codeTop row part 1:BoldItalicStrikeoutBullet pointNumbered bullet pointsQuotesTop row part 2:Left alignCentredRight alignHyperlinkUnlinkMoreTop row part 3:Spell checkerFull screen modeKitchen sink (revealsthe second row ofbuttons)www.rosemariegant.com
  • 11. More buttonsBottom row part 1:Style (paragraph, headingsetc.)UnderlineJustify text (spread it outso it is straight on bothsides)Bottom row part 2:Text colourPasting from a text editorPasting from WordRemove any formattingBottom row part 3:Insert a symbolMove inset text backInset textUndoRedoHelpwww.rosemariegant.com
  • 12. The More buttonThe More button creates abreak in your post or page.More useful in posts, thiscreates the break when youlist a lot of posts on onepage.(See Right)Top: the full postMiddle: the more tagBottom: the post in a list ofposts showing just theexcerpt.in a list of posts showing justthe excerpt.www.rosemariegant.com
  • 13. Pasting textIt can be useful to draft your text in a text editor or in somethinglike Microsoft Word.However when you try to copy and paste the text intoWordpress you may find it looks odd.That’s because these other text editors often add extra code orcharacters that they require but Wordpress doesn’t.Therefore the two paste buttons should be used when copyingtext from other programs.www.rosemariegant.com
  • 14. The Style button(or Why cant I choose my own font and font sizes?)sizes?)The familiar bold and bullet point buttons etc. fool you into thinking this is wordprocessing. Its not.You are still creating a webpage here which has to be read by all manner ofcomputers and browsers potentially all over the world.So things have to be standardised.The options you see available in terms of heading styles etc. are what is availablefrom the style sheet of your template that you are using.Want a new style?You will have to edit your style sheet.(Can we recommend, that since we are at the basic level here, you just stick with what you have fornow?!)www.rosemariegant.com
  • 15. The great thing about Wordpress is you get to see exactly howyour page is going to look on the web without anyone elsehaving to see it.How?Create a new page or post and "save draft".DONT click on publish, but simply click the PREVIEW button.Hey presto - you are viewing your page as it will look in your website, but you are theonly one who can see it.Providing you dont press Publish, then this page remains private to you.This is a great way to test all the styles and headings available to you in your theme.Why not create a draft page that you can keep to refer to in future?Try it outwww.rosemariegant.com
  • 16. This isnt a full SEO (search engine optimization) guide but a few tips never go amiss:- make sure your content includes your keywords and phrases- have some outbound links to other websites if possible- illustrate your post with an image- and dont forget to give the image an appropriately keyword filled alt tag- break up the text so its easy to read, using headings, bullet points etc.- can you link to any other posts on your own site so people keep reading?- and last but by no means least, have you proof-read it - even better cansomeone else proof-read it for you?Check your page contentDon’t miss the fullDon’t miss the full blogblog postposttipstips card on the website!card on the website!www.rosemariegant.com
  • 17. Where is this post going to appear on your website?Will it just go under your "News"?Does it need some tags?Do you need to tag it with anything so that it appears on your front pageheader for a while, for example?See our tutorial on cats and tags for further advice.Where is this post going to appear on your site?www.rosemariegant.com
  • 18. So you have a great blog post that looks fab, reads well and contains all your keywords.PUBLISH! No,WAIT a minute - is this a good time?Think about the chain of events that you hope will happenwhen you publish your post.Will your twitter followers be online now?Are you Facebook Fans about?Does your post relate to something that is time sensitive?Work out a good time and schedule your post by clicking on the schedule button over tothe right.Dont just click publish randomly. Make the most of the work you have put in.Schedule or publish now?www.rosemariegant.com