Creating Content

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Posts vs. Pages

There are two main types of content that you can create in WordPress: Posts and Pages. The main differences between these two content types are summarized below:

Posts

  • Timely content
  • Organized with categories and tags

Pages

  • Static content
  • Organized with hierarchy and menus

Posts

Posts are meant to contain timely content. Posts are date-stamped when published, and by default are shown in reverse chronological order on the home page of a WordPress site. You can also create a Rich Site Summary (RSS) feed from posts, which also shows the posts in reverse chronological order. The typical use for a post is a news article or blog post that is published regularly. You can organize posts by assigning categories and tags that make it easier to search for them. By default, posts include a comment field where readers can comment on what they have read. In WolfWare WordPress, you have the option of disabling comments in the WordPress settings in WolfWare.

Consider using posts for information that you want to give students on a schedule or as needed:

  • Course announcements, reminders, or updates
  • Weekly assignments or discussion topics
  • Lesson summaries or reviews

How to create a post

There are several ways to create a new post:

  • On the Navigation Menu, click on “Posts“, then “Add new.”
  • On the Admin Toolbar, click on “New“, then “Post”
  • On the Dashboard screen, use the “Quick Draft” box to enter text. This saves the post in “draft” status for you to review and publish at a later time.
  • On the Edit Post screen (when editing a Post), click on the “Add New” button at the top

Pages

Pages are meant to contain static content and are not date-stamped. Pages can be organized in a hierarchy, with sub-pages organized under parent pages. The items listed in navigational menus are typically pages.

Consider using pages for information that you want students to always easily access in a main menu:

  • Course information and policies
  • Course topics outline and schedule
  • Instructor information

How to create a page

Similar to posts, new pages can be created from the Navigation Menu or the Admin Toolbar. There is no option on the Dashboard for creating pages.

  • On the Navigation Menu, click on “Pages” then “Add new.”
  • On the Admin Toolbar, click on “New” then “Page”
  • On the Edit Page screen (when editing a Page), click on the “Add New” button at the top

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Editing Posts and Pages

The editing screen for Posts and Pages is similar. At the top is the title field. Below that is the permalink, which will be the URL of the published post or page. The “Edit” button at the end of the permalink allows you to change the last part of the URL, also known as the “slug.” The slug defaults to the title, with dashes between each word. If you have a really long title, you can use the “Edit” button to shorten it in the URL.

The visual editor has tool icons that should be familiar to most people who have used software such as Word or Google Docs for creating documents. You can hover over each of the icons to see what it does. If you would like to view or edit the HTML code for the content, click on the “Text” tab at the top right corner.

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Screenshot of visual editor

The “Add Media” button allows you to insert an image, video, or audio file from your Media Library. You can also directly upload media to the Media Library when you use this button.

The “Add Post Element” button is a feature that allows you to insert specially formatted text elements that are consistent with other official NC State websites. Post Elements can be used in both posts and pages.

Depending on which plugins you have enabled on your site, you may see additional buttons or icons in the editor.

Page options

When you are editing a page, the “Page Attributes” box is shown to the right of the editing area. If you want the page to be a sub-page nested under a different parent page, you can select the parent page in the “Parent” drop-down menu. You can choose a layout for the page that is different from the default settings by selecting an option in the “Template” drop-down menu.

Screenshot of Page Attributes settings box

Post options

There are different boxes that are available when editing posts. The “Categories” box allows you to add or select one or more categories for your post. In the “Tags” box, you can enter one or more tags (separated by commas) that apply to that post. The “Post Attributes” box allows you to change the default layout by selecting an option in the “Template” drop-down menu.

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Save, View, and Publish

Use the options in the “Publish” box at the top right of the editing screen to preview, save, and publish your posts and pages.

Publish settings
Save a draft, preview, or publish using the functions in the Publish box

Click the “Save Draft” button regularly while you are writing to ensure that you don’t lose your content.

Click the “Preview” button to preview what your post or page will look like to viewers. This opens a new tab in your browser. It’s a good idea to move this preview tab into a separate window and having it visible alongside the window in which you are editing so that you don’t have to keep switching between tabs.

Click the “Publish” button to make your post or page visible on your public-facing website.

If you want to delete the post or page, click on the “Move to Trash” link.

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Add a navigation menu

WolfWare WordPress allows one main navigation menu. There are two main ways to access the menu settings to add a menu.

  • In the Admin Interface
  1. In the navigation menu, hover over or click on “Appearance.” A sub-menu will become visible.
  2. Click on “Menus” in the sub-menu.
  • While viewing the site
  1. In the Admin Toolbar, hover over the site name next to the dashboard icon to show a drop-down list.
  2. Click on “Menus” in the list.

This will open the Menu editing interface with the “Edit Menus” tab active.

Create a new menu

Under “Menu structure” click on the Create menu button at the top right corner of the box.

Add a page to the menu

  1. Under “Add menu items” go to the Pages section (if it is not already expanded, you can click on “Pages” to expand it).
  2. Find the page you want to add to the menu. By default, only the most recently published pages are shown when “Most Recent” is selected. If you do not see your page there, click on “View All” to see a list of all the pages. Alternatively, click on “Search” if you know some or all of the page title.
  3. Click in the checkbox next to the page title to select it.
  4. Click the Add to Menu button. The page will appear at the bottom of the list in the “Menu structure” section (to the right of “Add menu items”)

Change the order of items in the menu

  1. To change the order in which pages are shown, you can drag them to different positions in the list.
  2. To have an item appear as a sub-item, drag it slightly to the right so that it is indented underneath the top-level item.

Save the menu

  1. Below the list of menu items is the “Menu Settings” section. Next to “Display location” click on the box next to “Primary” to select it. This is the only option for displaying the menu on the site.
  2. Click on the Save Menu button.

 

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