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Building a Website with Wordpress: Adding content

This guide walks you through how to build a website using WordPress. It covers web hosting, installing WordPress, installing themes and plugins, and using the in-browser editor to adjust the theme (header image, colors, fonts, etc.).

Should I make a page or a post?

If you're not sure whether to make a page or a post, here's a quick comparison:

Pages are pretty much what they sound like: basic, standalone web pages. If you're in doubt, it might make sense to default to a page for your content. Another way to think about it is: if you plan to use WordPress like a regular website, mostly you should be making pages.

Posts are like blog posts -- since WordPress started out as a blogging platform, posts are one of the main elements of a WordPress site. If you want to publish new content periodically and have the newest stuff show up first on your website, consider making posts.

Posts also have categories, which allows you to sort them by type for users (or lets your site's users search for more like whatever they're reading). You can even create menu links to post categories, which can really come in handy. Ultimately, if you think you're going to use WordPress like a blog, mostly you should be making pages.

Adding a page

To make a new WordPress page:

  1. Click on "Pages" in the left-side menu
  2. Click "Add New" at the top
  3. Add a title and start typing 
  4. Click "Preview" to see how it looks
  5. If you know you won't finish it all at once, click "Save Draft" so you can come back to your work later
  6. When you're ready, click "Publish"
  7. That's it! You're done!

Adding a post

To make a new WordPress post:

  1. Click on "Posts" in the left-side menu
  2. Click "Add New" at the top
  3. Add a title and start typing 
  4. You can choose a format for your post on the right side of the page; if you're unsure, leave the default option in place
  5. Give your post a category -- that gives you more control over how posts display later
  6. Click "Preview" to see how it looks
  7. If you know you won't finish it all at once, click "Save Draft" so you can come back to your work later
  8. When you're ready, click "Publish"
  9. That's it! You're done!
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