WordPress offers two ways to post content – via Posts or Pages.
Posts are what we traditionally think of as “blog posts” – content that will appear in reverse chronological order that allows for commenting from the blog’s readers.
“The Posts are the writings, compositions, discussions, discourses, musings, and, yes, the rantings, of a blog owner and contributors. Posts, in most cases, are the reason a blog exists; without Posts, there is no blog!” – WordPress.com
All WordPress sites default to the main page being a “blog” page that will display your posts, with the most recent post appearing first. Posts can be sorted and organized using “categories” and “tags” (see below).
Creating a Post
Adding Links to a Post
Adding Text Styles to a Post
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Pages are more like traditional webpages. They are “static” – meaning they won’t change unless you edit them. Because of this, Pages are often used to add information that you might want to always be available, such as an “About” page that describes the purpose of the site and/or information about the author(s).
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Categories and tags
It might be useful to think of posts as single “chunks” of information – be it a writing reflection with comments, an image posted alongside an essay, a YouTube video, etc. These chunks can be sorted in various ways, which is where “categories” and “tags” comes in. Each post created in WordPress can be assigned a category and/or tag.
Generally speaking, categories are overall classifications or groupings. Categories can also be used to create hierarchical structures (ex: Music->Jazz->BeBop). Tags, on the other hand, are simply keywords that can be added to posts and later used to group or search posts that may be connected by theme or topic.
- For more: WordPress.com Tags and Categories
Managing and monitoring comments
By allowing comments on blog posts (either from students or from the wider potential audience of the web as a whole), posting becomes a much more interactive experience for content creators. Comments do, however, require monitoring and some management (for example, many comments are simply “spam” – meant for advertising purposes and not necessarily containing any real value).
Making a post or page private
To password-protect a blog post or page, or to make it private to your blog members, click the “Visibility” link in the Publish box and select one of the options.