By Anne White
Creating posts with PageBox for WordPress is a quick and easy process. There are a number of different ways to create a functional and attractive post. If you would like to create and customise posts, then follow the information below. For more information on why you might use posts, or whether you should be using pages instead, see our handy “Differences between pages and posts” guide.
There are several ways to create posts within WordPress: you can create an entirely new post, or you can clone an already existing post and edit its content to create a new post without having to start from scratch.
Cloning posts using the “Duplicate Post plugin”, which is included as standard in our PageBox package, allows you to quickly duplicate the structure and content of a post, meaning that you only need to edit the post to make changes, rather than having to create an entirely new post. If you are creating a post that is completely different, it may be more efficient to simply create a new post, rather than deleting all of the rows, columns, and atoms from the existing post. However, if the post you are creating will use parts of the structure or content of the existing post, then duplicating the post will save you time and effort.
There are a few different ways to duplicate a post.
Firstly, to duplicate a post, you will need to have an already existing post within your site. You can find all of your existing posts in the “Posts” tab. The “Posts” tab can be accessed in the navigation bar on the left-hand side of the dashboard. Hovering over the tab will display a menu with multiple options. From here you can view “All Posts”, or simply click on the “Posts” tab.
This tab contains all of the posts that have been created for your site. There is the option to filter these posts near the top of the page. You can display every post that has been created (All), only posts that have been created by your username (Mine), only posts that have been published (Published), only draft posts (Drafts), or posts that have been deleted (bin).
To find a particular post, simply enter its title into the “Search Posts” bar in the top right of the page. Clicking on a post will allow you to edit it. Scrolling over the title of a post will reveal the option to bin the post, view the post as it will look when it is published, clone the post, or copy the post to a new draft.
Clicking on either “Clone” or “New draft” will allow you to duplicate the post. Clicking on “Clone” will create an exact replica of the post as a draft within the posts tab. Simply click on the title of the new post, or the “Edit” option beneath it, to make changes to the duplicated post.
Alternatively, clicking “New draft” will also create an exact replica of the post as a new draft, but will also automatically open the new draft for you, allowing you to immediately make changes to the post. Both will ultimately have the same result of creating an identical new draft of the post that can be edited.
A duplicate of the post can also be created from within the post itself. This can be done from the “Publish” panel at the top-right of the post. Clicking on the “Copy to a new draft” link in the bottom left-hand corner of the panel will create an exact replica of the post as a new draft, and will immediately open it to allow you to make changes to the new post.
As you can see, duplicating posts is as easy as a single click. This will allow you to quickly copy the structure and content of posts, meaning that building multiple, similar posts will take considerably less time. It also allows you to test changes to existing posts, without affecting the original post.
If you do not have any existing posts, or are creating a post with an entirely new structure and content, you can create a new post from scratch. This will create a blank template onto which you can build your new post.
You can add a new post from the top toolbar of the WordPress dashboard by hovering over the “+ New” button and clicking on “Post” in the dropdown menu. This will take you directly to a new post which you can then customise.
Alternatively, you can create a new post from the “Posts” tab in the navigation bar on the left-hand side of the dashboard. Hovering over the tab will display a menu from which you can add a new post by clicking “Add New”.
You can also create a new post from within the “Posts” tab itself, by clicking on the “Add New” button at the top of the page. After creating the post, you will then be able to edit its content.
Once you have created or cloned a post, you can then begin to customise it. You can also edit already created posts at any time in the “Posts” tab.
The title of the post can be added or edited in the field at the top of the post. If you are cloning a post, you should ensure that you change the title so that you are able to easily tell the two posts apart. Once a title has been added, a URL (or permalink) will be created using the title. This will link to your post.
If you have cloned the post, a URL will automatically be created using the original post’s title. Therefore, you will need to change the URL to ensure it is appropriate for your new post. You may also want to change the slug of the URL to make it more SEO friendly. You can do so by pressing the edit button beside the link. This will allow you to change the last section, or slug, of the URL.
If you have created an entirely new post, you will need to choose our Bootstrap dynamic template, and begin adding some of the pre-set modules that our team will have locked down for you. More advanced users may begin adding their own rows, columns, and atoms, as well as pre-set modules, to further customise their post.
If you are editing a cloned post, you will not need to select a template, and can simply begin adding new modules, or editing and deleting the modules already on the post, in order to create a new post from the existing structure and content.
For more information on our dynamic template, controlling rows and columns, or adding atoms and modules, take a look at some of the useful guides we have created to help you become a post building pro.
Creating and managing taxonomy is very important for both SEO and the usability of your site. Taxonomy is a way of grouping posts together to make it easier for your users to find content that they are interested in. There can be a number of different types of taxonomy, however, the two most common taxonomies are categories and tags. Categories are meant to broadly group your posts; therefore, they should generally encompass more generic topics, apply to a large number of posts, and should be limited to only the number necessary for your site. Each post should only have one or two categories assigned to it, to avoid confusing your users. Alternatively, tags act almost as key words for your post and help to further organise posts by narrowing down broader categories and relating posts together. Therefore, tags should be more specific than categories, and there should be more of them on your site, and per post.
For more information on taxonomies, including how to create and manage them, see our “Managing taxonomy” user guide.
You can assign categories, tags, a featured image, and any other taxonomies to your post from the panels on the right-hand side of the page.
In order to assign a category to your post, simply select the checkbox beside the category name from either the “All Categories” or “Most Used” menu. You can add multiple categories to a single post. If multiple categories have been added, a primary category will be assigned. Primary categories are the categories that are deemed the most important. You can change the primary category by clicking on the “Make Primary” link beside any other selected category.
If you no longer want a category to be assigned to your post, you can click on the checkbox again to deselect the category. This will remove the category from your post.
If you choose not to add or select any categories the post will automatically be marked as “Uncategorized”.
In order to assign a tag, you can simply type the name of the tag into the tag field and click add.
This will add this tag to your post. Tags that have been added to your post will be displayed beneath the tag field.
Multiple tags can be added to a post. If you are adding multiple tags in the tag field, you must separate the tags with a comma.
There is also the option to add tags from the “most used tags” link. This will display your most frequently used tags, which you can then click on to add them to your post.
If you no longer want a tag to be assigned to your post, you can remove any tags by clicking on the blue cross icon beside the tag name.
An image can be added to the post from the “Set Featured Image” link. This will add an image that will be displayed when the post is used with certain atoms.
Once you have clicked on the link, it will allow you to add an image either from your “Media Library” or by uploading an image file. In order to upload an image file, either drag and drop the file into the “Upload files” box, or click on “Select Files” and choose a file from there. This will add a file to the “Media Library”.
From the “Media Library” you can simply click on the file that you wish to use.
Once you have selected your image you can enter your own caption and description for the image on the right-hand side. Then click the “Set featured image” button in order to add the image to the post.
Once you have created and added content to your post, you should check over your post to ensure that it is tidy and that there are no irregularities or anything unexpected. This includes ensuring that spacing, formatting, and any images on your post are displaying correctly.
You can preview how your post will look on your site before publishing it, by clicking the “Preview” button in the “Publish” panel in the top right-had corner of your post.
Before publishing a post, you should also check Yoast’s metaboxes for an SEO and readability analysis to ensure that your post is fully optimised for search engine rankings. For a full rundown on ensuring your post is perfect before publishing it, take a look at our “Tips for creating a perfect page” guide.
Once you have created your post and added any content, you may want to save any of the changes you have made, or even publish the post to your site. On the right-hand side, at the top of the page, there is a menu with publishing options.
If you wish to save the changes you have made to the post, but do not want to publish it, you can save your post as a draft by clicking on the “Save Draft” button on the left. You will then be able to access the post from the draft section in the “All Posts” tab.
On the right-hand side, you can click on the “Preview” button to see how the post will look once it has been published, without actually publishing the post.
If you no longer want to keep the post you can move it to the bin. You will then be able to access the post from the bin section in the “All Posts” tab.
To publish the post, click on the “Publish” button at the bottom of the publish box.
Once you have successfully published your post you will be able to access it from the “All Posts” tab. You can edit and update the post from here at any time.