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How To Use WordPress Posts + Pages (step by step)

This is part of the Beginner’s Guide To WordPress Series.

No matter the size or scope of your website – WordPress can be a powerful content management system, which just means that…it helps you manage all the content on your site whether it’s a blog, web page, portfolio, photo gallery, product page, forum, or anything else you can imagine.

By default, WordPress comes with 2 content types – posts and pages. Here are the differences, how to use them, and how to create and delete them.

Posts

Basically, Posts are what makes up a blog. They are web pages – but always posted in reverse chronological order, and tagged with data such as categories and tags so that you can sort them later.

Adding A New Post

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To create a new post, navigate to Posts in the sidebar and select Add New. It will take you to the post editor, where you most likely will be spending much of your time. Start by entering a name for the post in the title box. Underneath that, you’ll find the text editor, where you can write all of your content or paste it in from another document.

When you are happy with your text, you can click Preview in the Publish Box to the right to see what your post will look like. If there is still something you want to add or you just want to take a break, click Save Draft. This will save what you currently have, and allows you to come back to this post at a later time. Clicking Publish will officially release your post to the public for people to see.

WordPress Adding Post
WordPress Adding New Post

WordPress provides you with many different modules and post-editing options to customize your content, but we will go over those in this post.

Trashing a Post

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To delete a post or a page, simply place the item in the Trash. There are several ways to do this. First, if you’re working inside of a post or a page, you can quickly click the Move to Trash button located in the publish module.

If you’re just looking to delete one post from the posts page, place your cursor over the post or page. Click on the Trash link that appears in the list of action options beneath the title.

You can also Bulk Select and Trash by going to Posts, then Bulk Selecting all posts or pages and selecting the Move to Trash option in the drop-down menu near the top of the page.

WordPress Delete Post

No worries if you accidentally delete the wrong post! At the top of the dashboard, you’ll immediately be given the option to undo the move. Items placed in the trash will be permanently deleted in 30 days or you can permanently delete the item immediately by going to the Trash section, hovering over the item, and selecting delete permanently.

Posts, media, pages, and comments each have unique trash folders to assist in protecting you from accidentally permanently deleting an item. If trying to restore an item, make sure to visit the proper trash folder.

WordPress Undo Post Deletion

Restoring a Post

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The trash feature removes items without permanently deleting them. If you’ve placed a post or a page in the trash and would like to restore, view or permanently delete the post or page from the dashboard, select Posts or Pages and then click the Trash link. Here, you will find a list of all the items you have placed in the trash within the last 30 days. Items left in the trash will be permanently deleted in 30 days. Hovering your mouse over on item placed in the trash will give you the option to delete the item permanently, like never to be seen again or restore the item back to the posts or pages section of your dashboard for immediate use.

Here, you will find a list of all the items you have placed in the trash within the last 30 days. Items left in the trash will be permanently deleted in 30 days. Hovering your mouse over on item placed in the trash will give you the option to delete the item permanently (like, never to be seen again) or restore the item back to the posts or pages section of your dashboard for immediate use.

WordPress Restore Post

Pages

Pages are what you typically think of as web-pages. They are typically meant to be static, and not related chronologically to other pages. A good example would be an About page on a typical website.

Adding New Pages

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To create a page, click on or hover over the Pages button in the sidebar of your dashboard, and then click Add New. This tutorial just explores the title, the text editor, and the publish module. You can find more detailed information on page elements here.

To start off your page, create a title for your new page and then press tab on your keyboard or click in the text editor with your mouse to jump down to the text editor. This is where you will add the content that you want to be displayed in the body of your page. When you are satisfied with the content of your page, you can click preview on the right sidebar to preview the layout of your new page, click save

When you are satisfied with the content of your page, you can click Preview on the right sidebar to preview the layout of your new page, click Save Draft for later review and revisions, or click Publish and your content will go live on your site for immediate use.

WordPress Adding Page

Trashing a Page

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To delete a post or a page, simply place the item in the trash. When working inside of a post or a page you can quickly click the Move to Trash button located in the publish module on the right side.

You can also move a post or a page to the trash by going to Posts and selecting All Posts or Pages and selecting All Pages and then placing your cursor over the post or the page. Click on the Trash link that appears in the list of action options beneath the title.

At the top of the Dashboard, you will be given the option to immediately undo the move. Items placed in the trash will be permanently deleted in 30 days or you can permanently delete the item immediately by going to the Trash section, hovering over the item, and selecting Delete Permanently.

Posts, media, pages, and comments each have unique trash folders to assist in protecting you from accidentally permanently deleting an item. If trying to restore an item, make sure to visit the proper trash folder.

Restoring a Page

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The Trash feature removes items without permanently deleting them. If you have placed a post or a page in the Trash and would like to restore, view, or permanently delete the post or page, have no fear!

From the Dashboard, select Posts or Pages, and then click the Trash link near the top. Here, you will find a list of all the items you have placed in the Trash within the last 30 days. Items left in the Trash will be permanently deleted in 30 days.

Hovering your mouse over an item placed in the Trash will give you the option to delete the item permanently (never to be seen again) or restore the item back to the Posts or Pages section of your Dashboard for immediate use.

Next Steps

Now that you’ve got a better grasp on pages and posts, you’re ready to start thinking about categories and tags. They may not seem like a big deal, but being on target with these guys will help optimize your site for search engines and even make your site more reader-friendly!

Check out the rest of this series here:

  1. How To Use The WordPress Dashboard + Initial Settings
  2. How To Use WordPress Posts + Pages
  3. Introduction To Categories And Tags
  4. How To Use The WordPress Visual Editor
  5. How To Work With The WordPress Media Library
  6. How To Work With Images in WordPress
  7. Troubleshooting Image Placement In WordPress Visual Editor
  8. How To Work With Menus In WordPress
  9. How To Work With Widgets In WordPress
  10. Introduction To WordPress Themes
  11. Introduction To WordPress Plugins
  12. How To Keep WordPress Updated Trouble-free
  13. Choosing & Installing Essential WordPress Plugins
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