For an in depth look into the differences between posts and pages and how to use each, please check here.
How To Create a Post or Page
The first thing you need to do is log in to your site. This will take you straight to the dashboard area, which looks like this:
Point your mouse cursor on the +New button as shown above, and choose either Post or Page, depending on which one you want to create.
This will open up an Edit Screen as shown below. Please note that this screen is virtually the same for both Posts and Pages, except for the Page Attributes and Post Tags and Categories which will be covered later in this tutorial.
Here is a brief description of what each numbered feature does:
- Title: Where you put your post/page name.
- Body: Where you write your actual content or article.
- Text Editor: This is where you control how the wording in your content will appear. You have options for colors, bold, italics, inserting links, bullets, aligning text and so on. Point your mouse cursor at each icon and it will show you what it does. 3a Toggles to show more editing options, and 3b brings up a page with keyboard shortcuts for faster editing.
- Add Media: Used to add an image into your post or page either from your computer, or media library.
- Add Form: Insert a “Gravity Form” into your page or post to collect user data. More detail on that here.
- Visual: This is the default editing mode. No need to change anything here.
- Text: This is where you work with HTML code on your site. Ignore this unless you have specific instructions to go there. From time to time we will show you how to copy and paste code into this area. But rest assured, you don’t need to know about HTML to work your blog.
- Page Builder: Use this only if you want to create custom landing pages for your offers.
- Edit: Click to change the wording of your link. Appears after the post/page has been published. This controls the link to this page or post that the world will see.
- View Page/Post: See exactly how your page/post appears to your audience when they visit your website. Click on this to see how your page will look live online.
- Mobile Page Template: Controls how the Page will look on mobile devices. You can leave it as is.
- Save Draft: Use this if you are not yet ready to display your content on the site but would like to save it for later instead.
- Preview: See what your post/page will look like on your site when you publish it. This is handy to see before you actually do publish the page or post live online.
- Status: Drafts are saved automatically while you are creating the post/page. You also have the option to mark your content as Pending Review, which is just a reminder to yourself to check and edit the post/page later on.
- Visibility: Public means everyone who visits your website can see the post/page. Click edit to either protect your content with a password, or make it private and only visible to you (when you’re logged in). Posts have an extra option to stick to the front page.
- Publish Immediately: Leave as is to publish the post/page as soon as you finish creating it, or click edit to schedule it forward or backdate it.
- Publish: Display your finished post/ page live on your blog. This button changes to Update when your post goes live.
- Move to Trash: Delete post/ page
- Page Attributes: Controls how the page appears in the menu or let’s you select default page templates. Unless shown in one of our other tutorials, it is best to leave this as is. This area only appears on pages, not posts.
- Featured Image: The image you upload here will be the one that shows up in previews of your post/page both on your website and when you share it to other sites like Facebook or Twitter. It is good to always select a featured image.
- Snippet Editor: This controls how your posts appear in search engine results, as well as other websites where you may share the link to your content.
- Focus Keyword: The word(s) that you want search engines like Google to identify your post by. This is basically the most important word(s) in your content, the one(s) that you want users to find you by when they do a search on a particular topic.
- Advanced: This controls whether or not you want your content to show up in search engine results. We recommend that you leave the default settings intact.
- Sharing: Gives you options to edit the way your content appears on social media (Facebook) if you want the preview over there to appear different than what is actually on the site.
- After you publish your post/page, an option to view it will show up right next to the +New button mentioned above, and in several other places as shown below.
- Clicking on the Get Shortlink button generates a shorter version of the post/page URL that you can use for sharing to websites like Twitter that limit the amount of characters.
- It also displays an Edit Post/Page pencil icon when you’re in the viewing mode that you can use to make changes to your content after it has been published.