Foundations: Pages and Post

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Welcome to learning about the
foundations of a WordPress.com website: pages and posts. Let’s get started. If you think about a website as a home for your digital presence, it needs a frame. A
solid building needs a solid frame. Your site pages are what that frame is built
out of. There are two site pages that are the special cores of your website. “Home,”
which is the place that your visitors will first land when they get your
website’s address. “Blog” is a place where you keep an updated stream of the latest
news you wish to share. It is usually one click away from your home page. Under the main left navigation, in the “Manage” section, you’ll note a few of our double
buttons — we call them double buttons, because they do two things. If you click
on the left side it does one thing, and if you click on the mini button on the
right it does another thing. Clicking on the left will let you browse your site
pages. Clicking on the right will let you add a new page to your site. If you
accidentally hit “add” and have started a page, don’t worry, because it won’t get
published unless you explicitly hit publish. There are four types of pages:
ones that are published, ones that are drafts, ones that are scheduled, and ones
that are trashed. Keep in mind that your blog posts are all attached to a
specific site page that is labeled “blog” in this specific example. All the little
bricks of your blog posts are attached to a site page of your choice when the
blogging feature is activated. When you are updating an existing page, like your
home page here, the right button at the top does not mean save. The button just
below it and to the right will say either “update” if you’re working on an
existing page, or publish if you’re working in a new site page. Use the
update or publish button to push changes publicly. The large list of page setting
controls on the right side of the screen give you a lot of power. You can show or
hide page settings by clicking on the gear-shaped icon next to the update and
publish button. Just below site pages in the manage section, you can see another
double button for blog posts. The mini button on the right that reads
“add” will add a post. Clicking on a larger area to the left lets you look at all of
your blog posts. We’ll show you later why having a blog activated is helpful for
your website to get noticed by search engines, but now let’s learn
about blog posts. If you think of a website as a house with a frame, then
blog posts are the little bricks of content that fortify the foundations
of the frame, one brick at a time. The more bricks you have laid, the more
search engines will find your site to be interesting. View all your blog posts by
clicking on the left side of the double button to view all posts. At any time you
can add a new blog post with a mini button labeled “add”. A blog will be
displayed as a chronological listing of little bricks of content. You can edit
any of them at any time; and behind the “more” button is the delete control. That’s
pages and posts in a quick walk-through. Visit support wordpress.com to learn
more.

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