Managing WordPress
news posts

This video user guide explains how to add, edit and remove WordPress
news or blog posts, and how to manage categories and tags.

Video user guide for managing WordPress news posts.

1. How to add a new blog post

You can add, edit or remove a blog post or news article via the Posts section.

To add a new WordPress blog post, click Add New.

A quick tip: Instead of referencing this video each time you add a new blog post, there’s an easier way to know what to do. Before you start, simply open up an existing post, in edit mode, in a new tab. This way, you can compare your empty post with one that you know looks perfect, to make sure you’ve filled in all required fields.

Your post will require these elements:

  • Title
  • URL (which WordPress automatically generates based on your title)
  • Body content (which is where you add your text, links and imagery)
  • Category
  • Featured image
  • Optional tag

So let’s get started. First, enter a Title for your post. Then, enter your article text and use the text editor to format your page with predetermined heading sizes, links and images.

If you’re ever working on a post and you see code or it looks odd, you’re probably using the Text view, instead of the Visual view. Simply click on the Visual tab and you’ll be back in business. The Text view displays the HTML associated with your content.

2. How to add a link to your post

You can add a link by clicking on the Link icon. When adding a link to an external website, always set it to open in a new tab. You do this by highlighting the text, clicking the link icon, entering the URL, clicking the cog, and ticking Open link in a new tab.

If you want to link to a page on your website, simply highlight the text, choose the Link icon and start typing your page name. WordPress will list your options, simply choose the page you want to link to.

3. How to add an image to your post

You can add an image by clicking on the Add Media button. From here you can select an image you’ve already uploaded to your website, or you can upload a new one by clicking the Upload Files tab. Once you’ve chosen your image, you can set the alignment, add an optional link and reduce the image size if needed.

It’s important to note that images should be resized and optimised before being uploaded to WordPress. Unnecessarily large images will negatively impact your user experience, page load time and Google visibility.

A quick tip: Image dimensions are important. If you’re unsure which image size to use, check the dimensions of an image on your existing blog page. Simply click on the image and check the dimensions in the top right corner.

4. How to add a Category or Tag

You can add your post to a category – these play an important role in SEO or your visibility in Google, so make sure these are planned and implemented accordingly. The same applies for tags. Reach out if we can help. But, assuming these are already setup, simply tick the appropriate category and search for the appropriate tag.

5. How to add a Featured image

Now we can add a Featured Image. This is the image that your news landing page, or homepage, will display. Depending on how your website has been built, this image may appear at the top of your news article too. To load an image, click Set featured image and choose an existing image, or upload a new one.

6. How to Save, Preview or Publish your post

You can click Save Draft, Preview your page and Publish when ready to go live.

7. How to edit an existing blog post

To edit an existing post, navigate to it via the PostsAll Posts section and click Edit. Apply your changes and click Update when you’re ready to go live.

Note: You can’t save a draft, for a post that is already live. So when editing live posts, you’ll need to apply your change and publish in one go. It’s only unpublished posts that let you save a draft.

While we’re in the Posts section, you can add, delete or edit Categories and/or Tags via the left-hand side Posts menu.

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