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Blog Posts: Create, Edit & Manage Blog Updates

WordPress has several types of web pages:

  • Posts: Dated content entries that typically show the date published, author, and category. 
  • Archive Pages: Automatically generated pages that collect Posts.
    For example, by default, the home page of your site displays an archive of your blog posts with the most recent post at the top. Similarly, category pages archive all posts assigned to a category. Visitors can click the title of a post, or a "read more..." link to open just that post. 
  • Pages: Simple web pages, sometimes called "static pages," that are NOT compiled on Blog Pages but can be linked to from your site navigation. Pages do not include time stamps or author bylines, but can allow comments. Pages are not included in RSS "feeds."
  • Plugins may add additional page types. (e.g., calendar event pages).

To help visitors find your content, posts can be organized into Categories, tagged with Tags, and included in an RSS or Atom feed for your site. Posts typically include a comment field at the bottom, though you have the option to restrict or disallow comments.

Note: New blogs start out with a sample Hello World post that you should edit or delete.

Write a Post

  1. Log in to your blog and on the Dashboard toolbar click Posts, then Add New. The Add New Post screen opens.
  2. On the Add New Post screen:
    • In the field at the top of the screen, enter a title for your post.
      Note: Use a descriptive title, since it will appear on your blog site and RSS feed.
    • In the large field at the center of the screen, enter the content for your post.
    • In the Categories box at right, in the Categories panel select a category or click Add New Category. For more information about categories, see Blog Posts: Organize Posts into Categories.
  3. To save your post as a draft, click Save Draft (at right). You can continue editing or return later. See Edit Posts below for more on how to return to publish your post later.
  4. To preview your post without publishing, click Preview (at right). A preview of your post will open in a new window or tab in your Web browser, displaying the look of your current theme. Close the window to return to the Add New Post screen.
  5. To save and publish your draft, click Publish (at right). This will make your post available on your blog. A confirmation message appears at the top of the screen.
  6. To view your post:
    • To view a published post on a single page, in the Post updated confirmation bar, or in the Admin bar (at top) click View Post.
    • To view your blog page, on the admin bar (at top) click your blog's title, then click Visit Site.

Edit a Post

To edit a published post or re-open a draft:

  1. On the Dashboard toolbar, click Posts. The Posts screen will open.
  2. To filter which posts are listed, click All posts, Published posts, or Drafts. You can also filter which posts are listed by selecting from the Date and Category drop-downs, then clicking Filter.
  3. In the list of posts, click the post Title or move your mouse over the title and click Edit (below the title). The Edit Post screen will open.
  4. Make your changes to the post, then click Save Draft or Update (at right). A confirmation message appears at the top of the screen.

Note: Provided you have logged in, when viewing a full article, you can also click Edit in the Admin bar (at top) to edit a post. Depending on your theme, you may also find an Edit link on your blog page. 

Use Quick Edit

The Quick Edit option lets you change the settings for posts, but does not let you edit the post content (i.e., text or media).

  1. On the Dashboard toolbar, click Posts. The Posts screen will open.
  2. In the list of posts, move your mouse over a post title and click Quick Edit (below the title).  The Quick Edit options for the post will open.
  3. Useful Quick Edit options include:
    - Title
    - Date of post
    - Categories
    - Tags
    - Allow comments
    - Status (e.g., Draft or Published)
    - Make post sticky (stay at top of blog page)
  4. Click Update to save your changes.