This is the fifth post of my WordPress Complete Tutorial series.
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In the previous tutorials, we’ve set up our blog, changed the theme and get all the settings ready. We are going to do some publishing in WordPress today.
Creating & Editing Category in WordPress
Let’s login to the Admin Panel. Before we go for posts, we need to create a category for our posts. Click Categories under Posts section.
We create a category called, “Testing Category“, it’s a top category, we don’t specify any parent category to it. Most of time we don’t need Description, you can input whatever you want. Click Add New Category.
Now we have two categories, one is the default category, “Uncategorized“, the other is “Testing Category” that we just created.
Move your mouse cursor to the name of the category, it shows four links. The first and second, “Edit” and “Quick Edit” are for editing, you can change the name of the category.
And then comes the “Delete” links to delete the category. You can’t delete default category where you set in Writing Settings. Posts under the category you deleted will be move to default category if they don’t have any other category.
The last link is “View“, you will find all posts under this category when you click on this link.
Post Editing Page in WordPress
We’ve got our category now, let’s publish our first post. Click Add New under Posts section.
This is where we add and edit posts. In the middle of the page is the post editor. You can see the title box and text area for content.
There are three useful sections that help us in editing posts.
- Upload/Insert Media(Red): this is where you upload images and other media for the post. The first icon is for uploading and editing image, we’ll use it all the time.
- Editor Mode(Blue): Visual mode is what you see is what you get style, it shows everything in the post, like images, videos. And HTML mode shows the HTML code, you can make small modification via editing HTML code, for example, changing the border of a image.
- Editor Button(Yellow): this will only show in Visual mode. They are useful functions for editing content, like making bold text.
On the right hand side, you can see a Publish section where you can preview your post, save your post as draft and you can also specify when the post should be published.
Categories section shows all categories you have, you can choose which category this post should be, you can choose more than one category and you can create a new category here as well.
Post Tags section is for adding tags for the post. Tags are keywords of the post, you can insert several tags related to your post, so that readers can find the post via these tags.
On the top right of the page, there is a Screen Option where you can choose what to be showed on this page.
If you theme supports Featured Image, there will be a Featured Image section under Post Tags section, where you can set a thumbnail for the post.
Publish a New Post in WordPress
Let’s try to create a post. Enter whatever you want in the title and text area, and then I will insert a image from my computer, click on Add an Image icon in Upload/Insert Media section, it shows a popup window for adding image.
The first tab is From Computer. You choose a file from your computer and upload to WordPress. The second tab is From URL, means you can insert an online image by provide the URL of the image. Media Library contains files you have already uploaded to WordPress.
Click Select Files to choose an image from computer, upload will automatically start, you see a processing bar showing the percentage of uploading.
When finished, you are able to edit the information of the image.
It’s recommended to enter Title and Alternate Text, because they are useful for SEO(Search Engine Optimization).
Link URL is what to show when readers click on the image. You can choose None that makes no link for the image, File URL is direct link to the image, we usually use this one, it shows the full size of the image. Post URL is the link to the post where the image belongs to.
Size can be changed in Media Setting. We’ve talked about this in the last tutorial.
Remember to click Insert Into Post to insert the image, if you don’t want to insert, click Save All Changes.
Here is the result.
Choose “Testing Category” as category of the post and insert some tags. You can input tags one by one or all together with comma to separate.
Last thing I want to talk about is Permalink right under the Title. This is the link of the post, you can change it by click on the highlighted part. It’s a important element for SEO, you should use some main keywords of the post, skip those meaningless word like “to”, “and”, “an”.
Ok, everything is ready, click Publish. Refresh our blog to see the new post.
You see the new post under the category of “Testing Category” with two tags of “Testing” and “WordPress”
Let’s go back to Admin Panel, click All Posts under Posts section.
You can see all you posts with some basic information. This is where you manage them, you can delete or edit several posts at once via Bulk Actions. You can use Quick Edit to modify basic information of the post, like Tags, Categories. Or you can click on Edit to change a post content.
Editing Post Tags in WordPress
Let’s go back to Admin Panel, I want to talk about post tags.
Click Post Tags under Post section.
This is quite similar with Categories page. You can add or delete tags here. Deleting tags will not cause the posts to be deleted.
In this tutorial, you’ve learn:
- Managing Categories.
- Managing Post Tags.
- Publishing and Managing Posts
You are able to write your blog posts and publish them to the world now. And in the next tut, we’ll learn how to manage Links, Pages and Comments.