Step 9: Adding Posts to Your Website


OK, I confess – I made this a separate page just so I could write a really short lesson on how to build a website. There is nothing new about adding posts that you haven’t already learned, except that you now click on the Posts tab in the sidebar, and then create your post exactly like you created a page in the last lesson.

Edit the Default Post

You already have one post on your site, because your WordPress installation comes with one. If you’re using posts on your website you need to either delete it and write a new one, or just edit the one that’s there. To edit it, click on the Posts tab, then the Posts link, and mouse over the title of the default post to see the edit button.

You want to change the title, of course, and fill in something really interesting and thoughtful in the text box. Add images if you want, just like you did when you made a page in the last lesson. When you’re done, be sure to fill in the All in One SEO title and description for the search engines. If you have chosen to have a website that is built like a standard blog, your latest posts will show up on the home page. If you use a static home page, like the one we built in the last lesson, your latest posts will show up in the Recent Posts widget on your sidebar.

I put several posts on my test site which show up in the sidebar, I added a text widget, and I still have that static home page. The home page now looks like this:

Posts and Text in the Website Sidebar

Posts and Text in the Website Sidebar

If you really just want a small website and you don’t want to write new posts every week or so, just delete the Hello World post and don’t put the Recent Posts widget on your sidebar. You can put a Text widget on there instead, perhaps using it to tell people a bit more about yourself. If you want, you can use the Links widget, to show people your favorite websites. Or not.

Comments

If you edited the Hello World post instead of deleting it, there will be a comment below the post on your website. The comment is added during the installation, so you can see what they look like. It’s a silly comment, and you want to delete it. Go to the Comments tab in the Dashboard sidebar. You’ll see the bogus comment on the Comments screen. Hit the Trash link, and it’s gone.

Deleting a Comment on Your Website

Deleting a Comment on Your Website

In a previous lesson I suggested that you require all incoming comments to be approved by you. That way, you don’t discover later that someone has written something on your site that doesn’t belong there.

If you approve all comments, your website will send you an email when somebody writes a comment on a page or post. You can read the comment in the email, and then click one of the links to either approve the comment, send it to trash, or label it spam. Clicking on a link will take you to your website (you’ll need the username and password for your login screen) and you’ll be asked if you really wanted to do what you just told it to do. Click the appropriate response. Hopefully, you’ll get lots of good comments.

You can answer the comments right on the Comments screen.

On the other hand, you may not want any comments at all. In order to keep the comment box off your site, just uncheck the radio buttons under the Discussion heading each time you write a page or post. If you do that, make sure you make it easy for people to reach you some other way, preferably using information you provide in your Contact page.

And now, after these 9 easy lessons, you have a website. I put up my test site in less than an hour, starting with the purchase of the domain name. It then took me three days to write all these lessons telling you which buttons I pushed. You will soon discover that most of the time you spend building a website will involve finding or creating cool images for your posts, or playing around with the different available templates. The actual building of a website will take far less time than you’ve already spent reading these instructions.

But now what? You have a new website, but will anyone find it? Nope. Not one person will ever know it’s there, unless you do a bit more work. I suspect that thousands of new websites are built every day, and the vast majority of them die a long, lingering death with nobody ever finding them. In the next lesson I’ll give you a few pointers for preventing that from happening to you.

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