Posts are the heart of a WordPress.com blog. When logged in to your account, there are several ways to create a new post. In this movie, Carrie shows you how you can create a new post, or go back and edit an existing post. She also shows you where to find your existing posts and how to search for posts.
- [Voiceover] Now that you have an idea of how to use the post screen, let's put that new knowledge to the test and create a post together. As I showed you earlier, you can create a new blog post by clicking this Add button from within your WordPress admin. Also, no matter where you are on wordpress.com, you can use the toolbar along the top of your screen to create a new post. I reckon you never know when inspiration will strike, so WordPress makes it really easy to get to that new post screen. So here we are. I'll start by titling my post.
Have you ever heard the phrase, save early and save often? Before I go any further, I'm gonna click that Save button. If you've ever written a document and accidentally lost it because you didn't save, you'll be paranoid like me, and feel compelled to save your post over and over. But I have good news for you. WordPress.com auto-saves your post all the time, like you can write a new sentence and within a matter of seconds, WordPress will save it. It turns out I don't have to be paranoid about saving after all. Now, what's actually happening when WordPress saves a post? Saving is different from publishing.
You can save posts all day long, but until you publish a post, nobody but you can see it. When you have a post that's saved, but not yet published, that's called a draft, and let me show you where you can find a list of all posts you have in draft mode. Here on the post screen, you can either follow this post link, or click this link called Drafts, and it'll actually show you the current number of drafts that you have. From there, you could either view a draft, or just trash it. When you trash something in WordPress, you always get a second chance to change your mind, or in this case, restore the post.
I really do want to trash this, so I'll click Cancel. Let me show you some other options you have available from this All Posts list. If you're looking at drafts, you can see a preview with the post title, the post excerpt, and the date that it was last modified. You can also go directly into edit mode for a post, preview what it will look like with your theme, publish it, or trash it. If we look at our published articles, we can see the options vary slightly. We still have the post title and excerpt, the ability to edit our post, view it or trash it, but there's more.
Instead of the last modified date, you'll see the date that the post was published. You can also view the stats for an individual post, how many total views it's had, or check out the comments. It's a handy way to quickly overview some post details without actually clicking through to the edit screen. Now, talking about page views and stats, when you first start writing, you may have little to no views, but don't get discouraged. Keep writing, nobody gets a million views the first night they publish a post. One more thing I'd like to highlight before moving on is that even once a post is published, you can still go back and edit it.
Maybe you find a typo you need to fix, or you remember a detail left out of your post. You can go back at any time and edit an already published post.
- Creating a WordPress.com account
- Updating your profile
- Importing content
- Publishing posts
- Applying categories and tags to posts
- Inserting images, videos, and other media
- Creating a new page
- Customizing your site with themes and widgets
- Managing users, notifications, and comments
- Using WordPress.com apps
- The limits of WordPress.com and the benefits of self-hosting