Working With WordPress Posts

You’ve made it through Working with Pages and are now ready for WordPress Posts. I think you’ll find that this part will be easy. Working with posts is pretty much the same as working with pages; with a couple differences to take into consideration. These differences are: categories and tags.

To start off, you can click on Posts in the main navigation menu and you will see a list of your posts similar to the Page view. You will also find the Quick Edit link with the appropriate variations to the options reflecting Categories and Tags. And of course, clicking the title of the post or the Edit link will take you to the Edit Post view.

Categories

Wordpress Posts: A look at the categories viewInstead of grouping your content using a hierarchy of parent pages you group blog posts together by using categories. The categories make it very easy to group your content and give your visitors some conformity in navigating the content on your website.

You can set one or more categories (oh ya, you can have more than one) for a single post. On the right you will see a section for Categories. All you do there is check next to the categories that you would like to associate with the post. If a new category is needed, just click on the “+ Add New Category” link located at the bottom of the section and you will be able to type in a name for the new category and even set a parent category.

There is also a Categories section of the administrative panel to work more with categories. The link to this is found under Posts in the main navigational menu.

Tags

Wordpress Posts: A look at the tag viewIt seems that at this point the word tag has been thrown around quite a bit and though good folks are familiar with the word, they lack the knowledge of how to put it into practice. First of all, tags are by no means required. You can post all day long and not have to worry about adding a single tag and your visitors will be able to still use the site. However, there are some benefits to taking some extra time to add a few important words or phrases to the tag section of your post

If you look at categories as a means of broadly classifying your content, you can look at tags as a way to zero in on specific and important keywords that are contained inside the content itself. Tags can be referenced as micro-categories. For example; a website may have a category named “Fast Food” that contains a numerous amount of posts. One post may be or even contain key phrases such as “McDonald’s” or “french fries”. “McDonald’s” and “french fries” would be good words to add as tags. This will allow internal and external sites have an inside look into what is important about the content of a particular post. Depending on your layout, you may even have a tag menu or tag cloud incorporated into the site navigation, allowing your visitors to jump straight to popular or important topics in your site.

Adding the tag itself is a piece of cake. You type in the word and click the Add button. If you want to add multiple tags at once all you need is a comma between each tag. Once a tag is added you will see the tag under the “Add New Tag” field with an (x) next to it. Of course clicking the (x) icon will remove the tag. There is also a helpful link “Choose from the most used tags”, which will show you the tags that have been used throughout the website. Simply select the tag you wish to associate with the current post you are working on, and it will be added to your list.

Here is a good article on the importance of tags and gets past the basic introduction and more into using tags for search engine optimization.

Moving On from Wordpress Posts

Now that you have one more skillset, WordPress Posts, under your belt we’ll take you to the final article in our Getting Started series for WordPress. We’ll get into the basics of working with images, so that you can add a little pizazz to the black and white text on your pages and posts.

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