Learn to use WordPress

 

The Difference Between Pages and Posts

 

learn to use wordpressA post is like an article or an entry to your blog. Posts are what you will use when you update your blog. By default a blog is normally formatted so that your latest post will be at the top of the home page. You can however change this in your settings and we’ll cover more on that later.

Pages on the other hand normally show up at the top of the site an example would be pages like “Home, About, Contact, Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Posts will be inserted in your main theme area when you add new content. Pages are inserted in your navigation bar as you create them. The navigation bar may be at the top of your page or it may be located just below the header graphic of your site.

With pages, you can also have hierarchy levels. For example you might have a page you created called “Resources” and you want to put two pages underneath that page. One might be “reports” and the other might be “software”.

When creating a page, first log into your WordPress admin panel. Then click on “pages”, then “add new”. Type up your page. Then before you go to publish it, on the right hand side right below the publish buttons you’ll see “attributes”.

You’ll notice it says, by default “main page no parent”. If you have created previous pages, you can change your current page to be under another page. That way you have multiple “levels” so to speak.

And what’s cool about the navigation menus in most themes, is they usually have those cool “drop down menus” so if you hovered over the resources link, it would show a drop down menu of both reports, and software. Cool stuff!

Auto-scheduling Posts

First, let’s create a post real quick. To do this just click on “posts”. While we’re there, let’s delete the default “hello world” post. Just click “delete”, and it’s gone. Now click “add new” on the left hand menu below “posts”.

Write up your post. Then on the right hand side you can click publish and it should show up when you go to your site.

Let’s say you have 10 or 12 posts and you don’t want to publish them at once. That’s cool. You can schedule when a post gets published real easy. Just above the “publish” button is something that says “Publish immediately edit”, with the edit showing up as a link you can click.

Click that “edit” link, and then pick the time and date you want to publish that post.

Widgets

Widgets are things you will put on the sidebar, header, footer and even sometimes inside your posts. These could be things like banners for affiliate offers, Google AdSense, Links, Archives, and Comments etc.

Widgets are very easy to put on your blog. In your WordPress admin panel, just click on “appearance”, then click on “widgets”.

See the widget that says “links”? Just drag and drop it into your sidebar on the right side of the window. Name the widget and press “save”. Ta-da, you’re done.

Now, the problem with using the links widget is that it starts out with the default links that come with WordPress when you first install it. That’s no good. Let’s fix that.

In your admin panel, click on the tab that says “links” on the left hand side.

Then delete all those default links, and add in your own.

There are other real quick widgets you might want to consider adding – like the “pages” widget, the “recent comments” widget, the “search” widget and one of our favorites: the “text” widget.

The text widget you can use for anything. ANY html you would use on a normal site would work here. So if you have an email capture form generated by an auto responder provider like

AWeber, you can just copy that html code and past it in your text widget.

Again, to activate any widget, just drag and drop it into the sidebar.

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