Accessible blog posts on a WordPress site are fundamental to rounding out a user’s needs.
You can find blog options in the sidebar of WordPress when clicking on ‘posts.’ Blogs can be categorized and tagged using the pillar blogging method. (link to blog by Alicia)
On the sidebar, you can access the ‘post’ section and click on ‘all posts.’ Here you will see a list of all posts, whether drafted or published. You may click ‘published’ to access the posts that are live on a website. There are options for each post to be put under a category, as well as given tags. These categories and tags are designed to create a more user-friendly website that allows readers to find information that they are searching for with ease.
Categories and Tags
By adding categories, the blog posts can be easily organized into the pillar blogging method. The tags of a post operate similarly to SEO keywords in that they group posts together based on specific content, allowing users to find other relevant information within the website. Categories are used a wider range of ideas, while tags operate on a smaller scope basis.
For example, tags for this blog post could appear as:
WordPress, Blog, Post, WordPress Blogs, How To
Users would then be able to click on these tags and find similar content based on the tag.
Creating New Blog Posts
If you are creating a new post from scratch, go to the sidebar and click ‘add new’ found under the ‘posts’ section. This will create a new and blank post to design completely. Here, you can input copy and design the format of the post as well as put the new post under a category and give it tags to make it more accessible.
Cloning Blog Posts
If a post is formatted in a specific way with spacers, text blocks, and unique graphics, and you would like to recreate this specific formatting for a new post, you may easily do so by cloning the blog post. The clone option can be found under the title of a blog post. After cloning, you may edit the post by inserting the new copy and graphics, making sure not to edit the original. This way, there are less clicks between you and your desired post outcome.
Updating, Previewing, and Publishing
An important aspect is to update the post. The update button can be found in the upper right corner. If a blog post is already live, then these updates will be active as soon as the server allows, which is often immediately. If a post is not live yet, then the draft will be re-saved after every update. An unpublished blog can be found both in the ‘all’ and the ‘drafts’ section under ‘all posts.’
A nice feature on WordPress is the ‘preview’ button. This allows you to see how your blog post will look to a reader once it is published. To keep working efficiently, it is ideal to keep one tab of the preview open while you edit, and check to see how your edits and updates are performing on the preview page. Once you’ve finalized your post, you may hit ‘publish’ to see it live!