Posts are what make your blog a blog — they’re servings of content that are listed in reverse chronological order on your blog’s front page.
Posts – WordPress Support Documentation
Example: “Did you write enough posts for the WordPress Newspaper site? You need to write five more posts by midnight.”
According to WordPress.com’s Support article on posts, posts are the essential content which make WordPress a blog. A post can be anything: an announcement of a new content series, a photograph of a special moment, a quote once buried but now on display, or even just a solitary link followed by a description.
While posts are important, Pages are just as important. In fact, the two are closely related, since both posts and Pages are author-created content. However, the intent of posts and Pages can be easily confused. In “Post vs. Page” on WordPress.com’s Support page, posts and Pages are described with differences duly noted. One important distinction that separates the two is that posts are, well, posted by date and are considered timely content. In contrast, Pages are not published by dates and content on a Page created in 2009 can easily remain the same in 2014 without any edits. Basically, Pages are static while posts are not.
In order to write and publish a post, the posts Screen is used to handle any action related to future, present, and past posts. In the WordPress.org Codex, the Posts Screen is given a thorough tour, from the main Table of Posts interface to the Bulk Edit features. The Posts Screen allows authors to manage their posts and edit them as they wish, whether they want to change one post or a batch of posts.
When an author wants to add a new post, all they need to do is go to “Add New” in the Posts Screen and proceed to the next window. The image below is what an author can expect to see before beginning their work.
In this interface, a post can be easily written and published without a second thought. However, it is best practice to always think before publishing. This is called editing. The WordPress Codex section on “Writing Posts” describes each post field in detail, such as the Permalink field and the Publish Box field. There is even a compiled list of advice about publishing the post, such as practice accessibility and use HTML.
More Information on WordPress Posts
For more information about posts with regards to WordPress, here are some helpful links below:
- Posts – Support – WordPress.com | en.support.wordpress.com
- Post vs. Page – Support – WordPress.com | en.support.wordpress.com
- Posts Screen – WordPress Codex | codex.wordpress.org
- Writing Posts – WordPress Codex | codex.wordpress.org
Below are also a few links to related ClarkWP WordPress Magazine articles on Posts and WordPress:
- How to Publish Future Posts – ClarkWP Magazine
- Differences Between Pages and Posts on WordPress – ClarkWP Magazine
- Using Sticky Posts in WordPress – ClarkWP Magazine