Creating a New Blog Post
Log in to your WordPress dashboard.
On the left-hand side, hover over ‘Posts’ and click ‘Add New’. This will take you to the post-editor screen.
Adding a Title and Content
The Gutenberg WordPress editor offers a block-based approach to content creation, making it easy to build and format your post with various elements, such as text, images, and multimedia.
- Enter a title for your post in the ‘Add title’ field at the top of the Gutenberg editor.
- To add content, click below the title field or press the Enter key. This will create a new block. You can start typing or pasting text directly, or click the ‘+’ icon to explore and choose from a variety of content blocks, including paragraphs, headings, images, galleries, and more.
- To format your text, simply highlight it and use the toolbar that appears above the text. You can change the font size, style, and alignment, and add links or other formatting options.
- To insert images or other media, use the ‘+’ icon to add an ‘Image,’ ‘Gallery,’ or ‘Media & Text’ block. You can upload media files from your computer, choose from your media library, or insert them from a URL.
- To rearrange or edit your blocks, click on the block you want to modify. You can move it up or down using the arrows that appear in the block toolbar, or drag and drop it to a new position. You can also click on the three-dot menu for additional options, such as duplicating or removing the block.
With the Gutenberg WordPress editor, creating and organising your content is intuitive and flexible, allowing you to design posts that are both engaging and visually appealing.
Adding a Featured Image
Featured images not only make your posts more visually appealing and easily recognisable but also serve as the default image when your content is shared on social media platforms. A well-chosen featured image can encourage more engagement and clicks on your shared content. Additionally, adding ALT text and optimising images ensures better accessibility and faster loading times.
- Find the ‘Featured Image’ box on the right-hand side of the post editor.
- Click ‘Set featured image’.
- Upload an image or choose one from your media library. Consider using an image that is relevant to your content and visually appealing for both your website visitors and social media audiences.
- Click ‘Set featured image’ again.
When adding images, it’s essential to optimise them for accessibility and performance:
Adding ALT Text
ALT text provides a textual alternative to images for users who cannot see them, such as visually impaired users using screen readers. It also helps with search engine optimisation.
- Click on the image in your post editor.
- In the image settings panel on the right-hand side, locate the ‘Alt Text’ field.
- Add a brief, descriptive text that explains the content or purpose of the image.
Optimising images ensures faster loading times and better overall website performance.
- Before uploading an image, use image editing tools or online services to compress and resize images to appropriate dimensions, without sacrificing quality.
- Save images in the right format, such as JPEG for photographs or PNG for illustrations with transparent backgrounds.
For more information on adding and optimising images, check out our comprehensive article on adding images to your WordPress posts.
By setting a featured image, you’re ensuring that your content looks great both on your website and when shared across various social media platforms. This can help increase the reach and engagement of your blog posts, ultimately driving more traffic to your site.
Using Categories and Tags
Organise your blog by using categories and tags. Categories help you group related posts, while tags let you add specific keywords to your post.
To add categories, look for the ‘Categories’ box on the right-hand side. Select an existing category or click ‘Add New Category’.
To add tags, locate the ‘Tags’ box below the categories box. Type in your tags separated by commas and press Enter.
Publishing or Scheduling Your Post
When you’ve finished editing your post, you have several options to choose from. You can save it as a draft, preview it, publish it immediately, or schedule it for a future date and time.
- Save as Draft: If you’re not ready to publish your post yet, you can save it as a draft. Simply click ‘Save Draft’ in the top right corner of the post editor, and your content will be saved for later editing.
- Preview: To see how your post will look on your website before publishing, click the ‘Preview’ button in the top right corner. This will open a new browser tab with a preview of your post.
- Publish Immediately: If you want to publish your post right away, click the blue ‘Publish’ button at the top right corner of the page.
- Schedule a Post: If you’d like to schedule your post for a future date and time, follow these steps:
- Locate the ‘Publish’ box in the top right corner of the post editor.
- Click the blue text next to ‘Publish Immediately.’
- A date and time picker will appear. Select the desired date and time when you want your post to be published.
- Click ‘OK’ to set the schedule.
- The blue ‘Publish’ button will change to say ‘Schedule.’ Click the ‘Schedule’ button to save your post with the selected date and time.
Your post will automatically be published on your website at the scheduled date and time, allowing you to plan your content ahead of time and keep a consistent publishing schedule.
Managing Your Blog Posts
Go to ‘Posts’ and click ‘All Posts’ in your dashboard.
Here, you can view, edit, delete, and even bulk edit your posts.
To perform bulk actions, select the posts you want to edit, choose the action from the ‘Bulk Actions’ dropdown, and click ‘Apply’.
Congratulations! You now know how to create, edit, and manage blog posts in WordPress. With this newfound knowledge, you’ll be able to keep your website’s content fresh, engaging, and relevant for your audience. Remember, practice makes perfect, so don’t be afraid to experiment with your blog posts to find the style and voice that resonate best with your target audience.
If you have any questions or need further assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out to our support team. We’re always here to help!