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By default WordPress has two type of content – ‘pages’ and ‘posts’. Posts and pages work in a very similar way despite being different types of content. This tutorial goes through posts first. Read about adding pages here.



Create New Post

To create a new post:

This is the absolute minimum action required to publish a post. There is a lot more that you can do with content which is described further on. If you go back to edit this post you can save your changes by clicking ‘Update’ which replaces the ‘Publish’ button.


Adding Images

Adding images is a great way to spice up a post – a picture is worth a thousand words after all. To add an image:

Adding Media Button
Click the ‘add media’ button to add an image to the post
Insert media screen with uploading tab shown
The insert media screen with the upload files tab selected
Wordpress Insert Media screenimage with an image selected
The insert media screen with a picture of myself selected.
Wordpress Adding Images Attachment Details Example
Some typical attachment details when inserting an image

Featured Images

When you create a post you will most likely want to add a ‘Featured Image‘. The reason for this is to make your post more interesting out on the front end. You can see the difference a featured image makes by looking at the screen shot of Boats ‘N’ Bikes Port Pirie below.

Wordpress posts with featured images
The posts on the left have featured images. The posts on the right do not.

To add a featured image:

Wordpress post editing screen with link to add a featured image
The link to add a featured image

Most images will work fine as featured images, but be careful as they will be cropped to suit the shape in the theme.


Videos can be added to the site in two different ways. You can embed videos from a video hosting website like YouTube or Vimeo. Or you can upload them into your website media library. Embedding from a video site is the recommended option and you can read why you should never upload a video to WordPress in this article.

Embedding a video

To embed a video from YouTube into your content:

Embedding a YouTube video into WordPress content
Copy the URL of the YouTube video and paste into the post editing window
Image of a WordPress post with an embedded YouTube video
A post with an embedded YouTube video

Troubleshooting embedded videos.

Sometimes the embed doesn’t work and when you view your post you will just see the text you copied. If this happens do the following:

Removing the html tags sorrounding YouTube link
Remove the tags that have automatically surrounded the YouTube link
YouTube link with html tags removed in WordPress post
The YouTube link with html tags removed.

Uploading a video

To upload a video and place it in your content:

Inserting an uploaded video into a WordPress post
Inserting a video is similar to inserting an image.

Adding Links

Links will give your site more life and are great for Search Engine Optimisation. To add a link:

Adding links in WordPress post editing window.
Adding links in a WordPress post editing window

Managing Posts

To get to the posts management screen use the navigation menu to go to Posts → All Posts. Your screen will look like the image below. From here you can edit, delete and create posts.

 post management screen
The post management screen

Editing Posts

To edit a post:

posts single row
A post in the post management screen

Edit Multiple Posts

To edit multiple posts at once:

Selecting multiple WordPress posts in the post management screen
Selecting multiple posts in the post management screen
WordPress bulk options edit post dropdown
The bulk edit drop down will appear when you’ve clicked ‘Apply’

Note that the bulk post editor can add categories to a post, but it will not remove them.

Deleting posts

To delete a post:

Delete Multiple Posts

To delete multiple posts at once:

Emptying Trash

To delete posts permanently you need to empty the trash folder. To empty the trash folder:

WordPress posts trash folder
Posts trash folder

 What Next?

Now that you can create a post you can learn about additional features on the post editing screen.

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