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(WP) Posts

Dynamic, dated and sortable into categories and tags, posts are the regular updates that appear in reverse chronological order.

A picture of the All Posts page, with various important elements circled.With posts, you can make periodic updates to your website to disseminate the latest class information, research findings or other current data.
You can manage all your posts at once in basic ways by clicking All Posts (circled in red in the image above–click image for full view). From there, you can:

  • Perform many actions at once (orange circles)
  • View the number of posts and filter by their public or private status (yellow circle)
  • See quick information about each post at once (green circle)
  • See a snippet of the post under its title (blue circle)
  • Check whether it is published or waiting to be published–if waiting, a date in the future will be displayed (purple circle)

When editing a post, we highly recommend you avoid pasting from Word. Word layers on a lot of code and stuff you can’t see in the document as you write it that will most likely ruin the way it looks when put into WordPress.

How to organize all the wonderful posts you’ve created? Sometimes your readers may want to go back to a post to reference it, but it can be very hard if you are making a post or day or more and the post is days or weeks back. You can use categories and tags to make it easier to find posts by drawing relationships between them.

Categories and tags are very similar:Example of a tag cloud on a blog with a dark theme.

  • You can create as many as you want of each
  • More than one category or tag can be applied to a post

But also different:

  • Categories can have a hierarchy
  • Categories are more descriptive and provide an overview of topics: Edublogs compares them to book chapters
  • Tags are more like keywords or a book index: they provide a fast way to find a lot of information
  • Tags can be placed into a ‘tag cloud’ on your sidebar (they’re a type of Widget) which is programmed to list all tags, and then directly associate the font size of a tag with the number of posts that use the tag–it’s a fast, visual representation of the topics you reference most. To the right, an example of a tag cloud.