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Now we are getting to the fun stuff. It’s time to add content to your website!
The content we will be adding will consist of a few pages and posts. I remember how exciting it was for me when I did this the first time. And it will start to become clear how everything you have done so far will work together.
It’s time to get some great content on your new site!
Be aware this is going to be one of my longer posts. There is that much to cover. If you have a specific question not answered, remember to leave it in the comments below.
I am also including a table of contents, which will allow you to search for the topic you are interested in finding. You can also hold down the “Ctrl” key and press “F” for a search box. Which allows you to find a topic you are interested in.
SIDE NOTE: You will have to log into the backend of your website to add or change anything on your website. This can be done by logging into your hosting account, or if you know your username and password, type “www.yoursitename.com/wp-admin” into a search engine.
Putting Content On Your Site
As I mentioned, there are two ways to add content on your website with posts and pages.
You might be wondering what the difference between the two is. Well, they are pretty much the same thing, but one way to think about it is that posts can become outdated, while pages are more of a staple of your site.
Here are some differences and examples:
- The time of publication is relevant.
- Posts will show the time of the posting, which could matter depending on the subject.
- You can also show who wrote the content, making interaction easy with your readers.
- People can leave comments on your posts.
- WordPress will archive the posts you have published.
- Examples: blogs, news articles, announcements, essays, tutorials, interviews, personal stories.
- The publication date does not matter, as this is a staple to your site.
- On the same lines, the author of the content is much less relevant.
- Pages are not archived in WordPress
- Generally speaking, comments are turned off (most themes allow you to choose if you want comments on pages.).
Writing a Post & Page
See the below screenshots to help you understand what we will be talking about.
The process of adding posts and pages is pretty much the same. The only difference is where you start (clicking on add new post or add new page).
One cool thing is after you decide if you are going to write a post or create a page, both screens look the same.
As a quick test, if you are going to write anything (blog post, article, review, etc.), you will always be a post.
Look over at your admin menu, the left side of your screen. If you hover your mouse over “Posts” and click on “Add New.” That will bring up a screen like the one below.
You can see from the image above that you are now looking at a blank post screen.
Side note: if you wanted to add a page, you would do the same steps. Start by hovering your mouse over the “Pages” in the admin menu, and click “Add New.”
See the image below for a larger view of how to add a Post from the side admin menu:
Remember back in school when you were looking at a blank page. If you have a hard time with this, as I do, creating a sample outline might help.
If this helps you, feel free to use it, but here is what I use:
- Heading: I start with the title (or heading). This can be the main topic (or keyword) you will write about. At the very least, I will put “Title.”
- Topic #1, #2, #3: I then add the main topics I want to cover.
- If I have done any research, I will add this below each topic.
- Conclusion: This is the closing of what I am writing about.
Above is a screenshot of when I started writing this post.
As you can see, the main bold images are my topics. As a general rule of thumb, I try to have at least three to five main topics under the heading (you can see the heading at the top of the image above).
This has worked very well for me. The next thing I do is go back and add any extra bullet points that I have or want to make. If I don’t know what I’m going to write, I will do a basic outline like the one below and fill in the areas later.
I then start adding sentences and paragraphs under the topics. This is also the time to add any relevant information you know you want to write about.
Now, you will notice you don’t have a white screen anymore! That’s a win already.
Time to write.
Now is the time to fill in everything you can. I have found it beneficial to start typing away.
To help with content creation, DO NOT worry about grammar or spelling. The idea is to get your thoughts down on paper.
Editing Your Work
Before editing the informative content you just wrote, take a break. Grab some water, use the bathroom, or go for a walk. You need time away, and you deserve it!
When you come back, you might find that you left something out, but overall it will give your writing time to breathe.
After your break, it’s time to edit, move things around, clarify anything you need to, add in more content, and then add some media.
The goal is to make sure your words are easy to read.
Think about the last thing you read online besides this article.
Was the content in one giant paragraph? I’m sure it wasn’t, as that makes anything extremely difficult to read.
It’s important to use the white space on the screen to your advantage. Don’t think of it as negative space. Instead, think of it as a way to help your readers follow what you are right about.
Using photos and videos will also help the reader follow your articles.
You can also use simple, bold, italics, and sometimes underlines (I would use underlines sparingly. This is generally underlined, such as on this site, are links to other content).
This is another fun and easy way to change your text’s size, allowing you to break up all the words. There are called headings.
If you look at the top of your screen, you will see “Paragraph” in a dropdown box. This is located below the Add Media button, covering later.
When you click this box, you will see the different options. Going back to my HTML days, these headings are also called “H-Tags.”
A simple way to remember H-Tags is the higher the number, the larger the text.
For example, this site uses the following three tags:
- H1 tags are the top heading or title.
- H2 tags are the main topics.
- H3 tags are for any sub-topics (like editing your work)
So using this post as an example, the H1 heading is always the post’s title. I decided to break up the content using H2 and H3 headings because it is so long.
Like everything, this is just a guideline, and you might like the look of different tags. For the theme, I’m using and the look I’m going for, the three tags above work great. Feel free to experiment and see what you like.
Just one note of caution. Never use H1 tags if you have a title. As a default, the title is your H1 heading. That means the first subheading on this post is H2.
The last thing you can do to break up your content and make it easier to read is a horizontal line.
You can find this line below the dropdown menu for your headings. If you want an even easier way to add a horizontal line, use your keyboard:
- Look at your keyboard.
- There is a key to the left of the top zero key.
- It has a large and small line.
- Click the key “-” three times.
- Hit enter.
- You should not have a horizontal line.
Two More Key Points
We just finished how you add a post to your website. The amazing thing is that making a page is almost the same thing. The only difference is to add a page you will:
- Hover your mouse over “Pages” in the admin menu on the left
- Click “Add New” from the menu that pops up.
- Now create and edit as we did above!
The last thing I want to remind you is to save your work periodically. This can be done by scrolling back to the top area of your screen. If you look at the right column, you will see “Save Draft.”
Now all you do is click that light blue button. Give the page a few seconds. It will then reload, and a draft of your work will be saved.
It’s important to remember to save your work whenever you think of it. It only takes one time to lose everything, and you will start to remember.
It sucks writing a 2,000-word post, your laptop battery dies, and it’s gone forever.
I’m sure there is a story along these lines that you can relate to, like writing in Word, and you later discover there’s an autosave. Well, WordPress, for now anyway, doesn’t have that feature.
Side Note: Because this is bound to happen. You accidentally clicked the blue button that says “Publish” instead of “Draft.” First, take a breath. It’s okay. All you need to do is click the publish button and choose draft. That removes it from anyone on your webpage, and you can continue to edit away.
If you ask me, this is a MUST. Add photos as well as videos that go along with your writing content.
You can add media on both Posts as well as Pages.
An easy way to do this is to click on the light blue “Add Media” button on the upper left screen. It doesn’t matter how you get to the add media screen. You will see the photo below.
- Hover your mouse over “Media.” This is located in the middle of your admin menu or the upper left corner of the page and post screen if you are already creating content.
- Side note: if you create content and want to add media, click the “Save Draft” button first. This is located in the upper right section of your screen. You might have to scroll up to find it.
- You then click the button that says, “Add New.”
- Here you will see all the images you currently have on your website.
- Click the “Upload Files” tab, left of the Media Library (#1 in the image below).
- You will now click the box that says, “Select Files.” (#2 in the image below).
- You can also drag and drop media files into this screen, but I always click on the select files box and choose what I want to load).
- This will bring up a window where you can select the media that you want to add.
Categories and Tags
If you have pocked around your website’s backend, you might have seen something that says categories and tags. If not, you will see it if you click on the left side “Posts.”
Don’t do what I did and add everything you can think of.
As a general rule and good practice, it uses fewer categories than tags. It makes your site easier to navigate.
- A category is a way to group posts and pages. This is mainly used for blogging, such as this website, and helps organize your content.
- Tags are words or phrases you but on your posts and pages. They add a small piece of code that allows searching bots to know what you are talking about.
Categories and tags are mainly to help organize your site. It’s an easy way for people on your site, as well as the search engine bots that crawl your website. And having a site that is easier to navigate is also easier to structure on the back end of things.
For example, this site uses four categories to quickly divide the website.
You can then use tags to help explain and organize even more. Think of tags as a subcategory to categories. It’s okay to have tons, and again they are another way to help organize your website.
Putting it All Together
I hope this has helped you learn how to put content on your website.
There are many more things that you can do with your website, but I would suggest focusing on getting some good quality content there right now.
In fact, please get a few pages up right now!
The next step, I would suggest, is to develop fifteen posts. This will give you a direction to your site and see how the overall structure will look.
Adding content is the name of the game. You want search engines, such as Google or Bing, to know your site is active and provides content for people searching.
If you want to get your site up and running faster and have time to do so, I think posting three times a week is ideal. This will also look great to the search engines and rank your content faster.
Do you have any questions for me? Let me know in the comments below, I will respond to everyone.
Here is a request for you. After you have content on your website, come back and let me know. I would love to see how your site is going and what it looks like. I will also visit a few pages on your site and provide you with feedback.