Creating Content

Sites@Duke offers two ways to post content – via Posts or Pages.

Posts

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).

Create a Post

  • To create a post, press the + New and Post button in the black toolbar at the top

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  • From here, you can type text, insert pictures, and add video that you want to post to the blog
    • Text is entered as you would in any other program. There are a variety of styling options (e.g. bold, italic, quoted text) available to you in the toolbar
    • In order to add images, you must click the Add Media button and use the uploader that pops up to add your pictures, videos, and music
    • TIP: You can even drag and drop media files from your computer to upload

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  • TIP: don’t use a huge picture, or else it might get cut off when you publish the post
  • You can create a link by highlighting a word or phrase that you want to link, then pressing the Hyperlink button.gettingstarted_08

For more on Posts:

Media Library

  • Your Media Library acts as a repository for all of the files that you have uploaded. From here, you can insert and modify any image, video, or music file that you have uploaded in the previous step
  • You can access the media library most conveniently by clicking to insert media into a post
    • That will open a dialogue box, allowing you to add pictures and other media to your library or choose from the items already there

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  • Once you have pictures in your library, you can insert them into posts or pages
  • You may also access the media library by clicking on the Media dropdown menu on the left-hand side of your screen and choosing Library or Add New

Post Creation Tips

  • While writing your post, remember to Save Draft often to avoid data loss
  • Don’t forget to spell check
  • Remember that multiple posts will be displayed on a single page; anybody with a slower internet connection will appreciate if you avoid unnecessary images and other graphics

Categorizing Posts

  • After you finish, you can tag your post and categorize it. Tagging and categorizing are tools used to organize sites; they make your post easier to find
    • Tags are used to “tag” a post with keywords from the post to make it possible to search for the post using those keywords
    • Categories are broader terms, usually encompassing a group of related posts
    • For example, if your post is your grandmother’s secret brownie recipe, then the tags could be “brownie”, “walnut”, “cinnamon”, “KitchenAid”, while the category would be “baking” or “dessert”

For more: WordPress.com Tags and Categories

Creating and Editing Pages

  • A Page differs from a post in that it is separate from the homepage and is intended to be more permanent
    • Whereas all of your posts will show up on one page, in the order that they were created, each page will be viewed separately
    • If you have a lot of pictures or graphics, placing them in a separate page can help those with slower internet connections

Create a Page

  • To create a page, click on the Pages dropdown menu on the left-hand side of the screen and choose Add New
    • This will bring up a screen very similar to that of a new post
  • You can then edit your page in exactly the same fashion as you would posts

Organizing Pages

  • The easiest way to manage pages is to click on the Pages dropdown menu on the left-hand size of the screen and choose Pages
    • This will bring up a screen showing all of your pages for that Sites@Duke site
    • Hover your mouse over the page you wish to categorize and click Quick Edit
      In the resulting view, you can change such things as the title, author, date, etc. You can also set the page’s Parent
    • If the parent is set, the page will appear below that parent in the hierarchy
    • It is possible to have any number of categories and levels of categorization to your pages

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For more on Pages:

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.

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