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Optional Post and Page Functionality

The essentials of creating posts is covered in this tutorial. This tutorial covers some optional WordPress features for working with posts and pages. We specifically discuss pages further in the next tutorial.

Post editing window functions
Additional functionality for enhancing posts

Categories

Categories are used to organise your posts making it easier to navigate your site. They also help with search engine optimisation. While they are technically optional it is highly recommended that you use categories. Categories are only used for posts and not pages.

To choose a category:

WordPress category selection box
Editing screen category box with the ‘WordPress Tutorials’ category ticked

In this box you can also create new categories on the fly. To do so:

Adding new WordPress category in post editing screen
Adding new categories on the fly in the post editing screen.

Category Management

To organise your categories use the navigation menu to go to Posts → Categories to get to the categories management screen. From this screen you can add, edit and delete your site categories.

WordPress categories management screen
The categories management screen

To add a category in this screen:

To delete a category:

WordPress category row with delete and edit buttons
Hover over a category to show the ‘delete’ and ‘edit’ buttons

To delete multiple categories at once:

WordPress category bulk deletion
Deleting more than one category at a time

To edit a category:

Tags

Tags are a secondary way to organise your content in a little more detail than the categories described above. They are entirely optional.

WordPress Tags Module
The tags box from the WordPress editing screen

To add tags to your posts:

WordPress tags box separated by commas
Tags separated by commas

To delete a tag simply click the ‘x’ icon next to that tag.

WordPress deleting tags from post
Once added, tags can be deleted from a post or page

Tag Management

You can organise tags in more detail in the tag management screen. To get there use the navigation menu to navigate to Posts → Tags

WordPress tags management screen
The tags management screen

To add a new tag in the tag management screen:

To delete a tag:

WordPress tag with delete and edit buttons
Hovering over a tag reveals the ‘delete’ and ‘edit’ buttons

To delete multiple tags at once:

WordPress deleting tags in bulk
Deleting tags in bulk

To edit a tag:

Sharing

If we have set up social media sharing with the JetPack plugin installed for you, you will have the option to enable or disable sharing buttons on the page. Simply tick the ‘Show sharing buttons’ to enable or disable sharing buttons for that particular page. Most of the time you will want to show sharing buttons but there are some pages where it would seem a bit silly such as a ‘terms and conditions’ page or a ‘contact’ page.

JetPack sharing buttons toggle
The JetPack sharing buttons toggle

Publishing

The simplest way to publish content is to click the ‘Publish’ button. The ‘Publish’ box has other handy functions if you want some more flexibility though they are entirely optional.

WordPress publish options box
The publishing options box with all options expanded

These functions are:

Post management screen with draft posts
Post management screen with draft posts

Discussion

One of the features of WordPress is that users can leave comments against posts. You can turn this feature on and off on a post by post basis.You can also set the default behaviour by using the navigation menu to go to Settings → Discussion.

For individual posts use the discussion options box shown in the image below to enable or disable comments. You can also enable and disable pingbacks and trackbacks. Trackback is a mechanism that will automatically place a link to your page on another site that has manually linked to your page and vice versa. To find out more about pingbacks and trackbacks visit this WP Beginner article.

WordPress discussion options box
Discussion options box with comments enabled and trackbacks and pingbacks disabled

 

Search Engine Optimisation

The WordPress SEO plugin adds a SEO box to your editing screen. You can optionally use this box to enhance the SEO of your page.

WordPress SEO by Yoast post editing box
The WordPress SEO options box

To enhance the SEO of your page:

WordPress SEO options box in post editing screen
WordPress SEO options box with options filled in

When you’ve saved your content for the first time you can click ‘Page Analysis’ to get some detailed feedback on things you can change to improve your SEO. Under the ‘Advanced’ tab there are more SEO options but these are not covered in this tutorial.

Excerpts

Normally when looking through an archive of posts, WordPress will display a snippet of the post content. Normally this is some text from the start of the post. Optionally you can replace this by writing a handcrafted excerpt. To add an excerpt, write some text in the ‘Excerpt’ text box shown below.

WordPress excerpt box
If you leave the excerpt blank it will default to some text from the start of your post

Slug

The slug is text that forms the web address of the page. Usually this is automatically set to the post title with spaces changed to dashes and capital letters changed to lower case. In addition if the ‘WordPress SEO’ plugin is installed then joining words like ‘and’, ‘the’ and ‘or’ are removed.

So for example, the title of this post is ‘WordPress Tutorials – Optional Post and Page Editing Features’ and the slug has been automatically set to ‘optional-post-page-editing-features’ to help form the address https://phoenixweb.com.au/optional-post-page-editing-features’.

Optionally you can manually set the slug. To manually set the slug simply type it into the ‘Slug’ text box shown below.

slug input box
Manually enter a slug to help form the web address

Author

By default the author is whoever is logged in and creating the post. You can change who the author is by clicking the drop down in the ‘Author’ option box shown below.

Post author drop down
You can select an author other than the person logged in

If this option box isn’t visible in the post/page editing screen it probably needs to be enabled in screen options at the top of the page

What Next?

Learn how to work with pages in our WordPress pages tutorial.

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