Join Joseph Lowery for an in-depth discussion in this video Editing blog posts, part of Dreamweaver CC and WordPress 3.8 Essential Training.
Nobody's perfect, and almost every blog post entered needs to be modified at one point or another. Luckily, editing a WordPress post is just as easy as creating one. If you're logged in, you can actually enter into editing mode right from the blog itself. Right near the top of the page, you'll see an admin bar with the WordPress symbol over on the left-hand side. Towards the middle you'll see a link marked Edit Post. Click that and you'll be taken back to the WordPress administrative interface in edit mode for that post.
Now the admin bar that we saw only shows up when you're logged in. Standard site visitors won't see it. So, let's go ahead and make a couple changes. I'm going to go, let's scroll down just a little bit. And, let's add in another paragraph break right before an addition, and let's highlight some of the words here. This time, I'm going to use the italic option. I'll select an optimist conference. And then press I for italic. Now if you look down at the path, you'll see p equals m which if you've been coding for a while, you may recognize as the syntactically correct option for italics that was implemented in HTML four.
And sure enough, if I go to my Text/Code tab, I've got an em tag here. And that's kind of one of the things that happens with WordPress. It's a constantly evolving standard, so at this point, the way it works is if you select text, and let me do another one, like 500 here, And then choose either bold or italics, let me do both. I'll do bold and I'll do italics. Now, if I go to the Text tab, you'll see both M and Strong are being applied.
So the WordPress editor is using HTML four standards in this case, when you apply it, which is still correct in HTML five, but HTML five also allows for B and I, bold and italic tags, which are now being used when you paste from Word. Though it's a little complex, but it just speaks to the way that the web standards are constantly evolving, and WordPress is trying to stay on top of them. Now, because I've made some changes, my publish button has changed to update, and I'll go head and click that.
And once again after it's been updated I get to view my post. We'll do that just to verify that the changes have been put into place. Everything looks good I've got my extra paragraph tag and my extra styling. Now let's head back, this time I'm going to go right to the dashboard. If I go over to Rue Academy you'll see a number of options including dashboard. Now, in the dashboard in the at a glance section right up top you'll see that I have 2 posts listed here I click on that and then I see all the posts that I currently have so if I roll over the posts I was working on Roux Academy Art Conference I can click that.
And quickly go to editing the post. Let me hit Back. Or, I can go to the Edit option here. Either way, we'll end up in the editor. Now, let's head back so I can show you a couple of other features. Again, I'm going to hover over my post. And you see that I have the Quick Edit. If I choose that option, It doesn't open up the whole post. Rather, it allows you to handle the meta information, such as the title, the slug and also setting up the various categories as well as any sort of tags that you like. Alright I'll click Cancel cause there are no changes that I want to make now.
Now inevitably there are times when you want to remove posts. You can do that also from this screen by going to the Trash option that you see when you roll over a post. So I'll roll over Hello World, which is one of the default posts, and choose Trash. Notice that WordPress does not offer you a chance to confirm it. It just immediately deletes it. However, you do have the option to undo that action, should you so choose, as you can see by the link up here. Now if you decide, not to Undo the trashing of your posts at this time, you can still get to it later.
Let me just click on dashboard so I'll exit this screen, and as you can see, I just have the one post now. So, let's go back to my post list, and now up top you can see that there are several options, there's all, just for my one post. Publish, again, one post. And now I have a Trash with one post. Click on that, there's my Hello World, which if I roll over. I can either Restore or Delete Permanently. Before long, you'll find that editing WordPress posts will quickly become second nature to both you and your clients.
- Setting up WordPress locally
- Establishing your Dreamweaver CC site
- Adding and editing posts and pages
- Customizing WordPress themes
- Building responsive layouts
- Extending WordPress editable pages
- Using and styling WordPress plugins
- Integrating jQuery functionality
- Publishing your WordPress site with Dreamweaver
- Personalizing and enhancing WordPress
Skill Level Intermediate
Author update on April 4, 2014:
WordPress 3.8.2 is now available from wordpress.org. The update focuses on security issues and should not impact this course in any way. A much bigger release, 3.9, is currently a release candidate and will likely go live later in April. I'm currently evaluating what impact v3.9 will have on this course.