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2: Creating Blog Posts

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You can display as many – or as few – posts on your blog page as you like. Here I have four posts.

WordPress sets the total by default to ten but you can change that by going to Settings > Reading and adjusting the “Blog pages show at most” setting. I show you how to do this towards the end of this video.

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OK, I think it’s time to build the blog. Before I do, I want to have a quick review of how it is set up on my prototype site. Now you’ll see what I have here is the date posted and a link to the article itself, “Getting started,” and a featured image and then the first paragraph and continued reading. If I continue scrolling down, that’s the same for the second post, “Keeping out the pests,” same thing. Date published, title of the article, featured image and continued reading. It’s very typical of a blog. I’ve only published four posts, so that’s why you see four. All right, how do you do this? Here I am back on my site that I am building, and I’m just going to click on the word “Blog.” Right now I only have one, and that’s the famous “Hello world” post, and we don’t need that, so let’s get started. I’m going to go into my admin. Let’s have a look at “All posts.” I set up four posts before this video, so they’re all in draft status, the four that I’m going to use. But I don’t want the “Hello world” post so what I’m going to do is trash that. Not only that, but I’m going to go into trash, and I’m going to delete it permanently because I will never use this and I want it out of my database. I don’t need it, so I’ll go back to here, to “All.”

Now these four, let’s have a look. These four I’m going to publish right now at one stroke. I’m just going to click on all four or select all four, then I’m going to go to “Bulk actions,” and I’m going to go to “Edit” and go to “Apply,” and then right over here, “Status.” I’m going to change them from “Draft” to “Published,” and then they’ll all be published at once and we’ll have a look at what that does. Now they’re all published, the word “Draft” disappears from all four. Let’s have a look at that. So, go to the site and go to “Blog,” of course “Hello world” is gone and now you see the text for the entire post for each of the four posts, which is not what you want, and is a real common mistake that beginners make because they don’t use the “Continue reading” or the “More” link. It just looks terrible. Even without images, it looks terrible, but if you put in images, it wouldn’t make any difference, it would still look terrible. So how do you get this in much better shape? Let’s start with this over here, something I’ll pay attention to next year. I clicked on that, so this is the full post. You can see it’s got its own page, it’s not shared with all the other posts on that blog page. The blog page also is referred to as the archive page too, and I think it’s a better description anyway. Let’s get to editing. So, click on this.

Now what I want to do is add the featured image and the “More” link. All right, we’ll start with the featured image. Right over here let’s go down to “Featured image,” and I’m going to add a featured image. The images I want to use are not here, but it just so happens I do have them nearby. They’re in a folder here called “Blog,” and I’m just going to drag the entire folder in. Now I do that reluctantly because sometimes people think that you could drag in 80 images and it doesn’t matter what the file size is, or whatever. No, it’s really– If you’re going to do it have a few images, maybe the way I did it, otherwise you’re going to clog up the internet.

The image I want to use, something I’ll pay attention to next year is right over here. OK, and I’m going to be a bad boy, and I’m not going to put in the alternative text description. So, there it is. It sits down over here, and that’s fine. I also want to use the drop cap for this article, so I’ll switch that on over here. The very important thing is to put in that “More” link or “Continue reading,” and it’s going to be after my first paragraph. I could put it anywhere I want, but I’m going to put it in over here. It happens to be a block. That is, the “More” option, the “More” link, is a block and it’s right over here. I’m going to put it in, and you can see visually this is where it’s going to be, I call it the “Cut line,” But “Read more” is fine. I’m going to click on this, and we’re going to now– Of course, we’re updating. So, let’s have a look. OK, much better.

Let’s have a look as it appears on the archive or the blog page. You can see here’s the continued reading. When you click on “Continued reading” too, it won’t take you to the top of the article, and it takes you just to the point where right over here you can continue reading. OK, let’s go on and do the other three. I’m going to go over here, “Keeping out the pests.” You can’t edit from here, so you might say, “How come I can’t edit?” You have to go to the actual post. Here we are, “Keeping out the pests.”

Let’s edit that. I’m going to– You don’t have to do this in any particular order, I’m just going to go over here and do the drop cap. Now I’m going to do the “More.” Nice, it moved, so it’s more frequently used. Then for the featured image, make sure you click on the document tab because that’s where you’re going to find the featured image. I’m going to go over here, and for “Keeping out the pests” I have this image over here, and we’ll update, and we’ll view.

Sometimes people get a little confused, and they go, “How come it’s not continue reading over here?” That’s not– Because this is the whole article. That’s why it’s not there. But as I’ve demonstrated, if you go over to the blog you’ll see now the continued reading link is over here, and it’s looking a whole lot better. Let’s do the “How much?” post, and I’m going to go right into “Edit.”

We’ll go over to “Edit,” and for that, I’m just going to do the drop cap first and next I’m going to do the “More,” which is over here. Last I’m going to go over here to the document, and we have a featured image. Actually, this post has two different images, one is a featured image where I have this guy with a watering can. OK, that’s good. But I also have an image that goes right over here, so I’m going to slip in an image block right over here. For that, I’m going to go to the media library, and I’ve got my little watering can, and not what I expected. It is what I expected. I want to have the text wrap around to the right. So, click this little button over here. Nice. If you want to resize it, of course, I’m going to make it just a little bit smaller. That’s fine, and now I’m going to update this page. Or actually, post. I sometimes get them interchanged, but hopefully, you know what I’m talking about. “View the post,” and perfect. The last one I want to do is– Let’s go to “Blog.”

All right. So we have them, and there they’re going to be listed in chronological order. That’s one of the hallmarks of a blog is that– We call it the blog chronology because the first article is always going to be the newest one. There’s ways to adjust that if you want but by default, the newest article will always be displayed at the top.

OK, “Garden security,” and I’m going to go to “Edit.” Let’s do this over here, and hopefully, I’m not boring you. I’m not here to bore. OK, we got the “More,” and we also have two images for this one too, so first I’m going to put in the featured image. You can see it doesn’t matter when you’re working with WordPress, the order that you do things in. Your workflow will be your workflow, and it will change over time. Let’s see, I’m going to go for this image over here, and that’s fine. That’s going to be my featured image, and then I have an image down here after this paragraph. So I clicked inside of this paragraph, and I’m looking for the inserter, here it is. I’m going to put my image in over there, and I’m going to go to my media library, and here’s this round image I want right over here. Now it sits a little big, so I’m going to shrink it down to size or make it a little bit smaller.

I’d prefer this to be in the center of the page, so the “Center” button is over here. OK, nice. Let’s update and let’s have a look. OK, it’s a little bit big, but that’s all right. If we go into the blog page or the archive page, if you will, you’ll see that all of my four posts are just the way I want them. Each having a title of the article, featured image, first paragraph. Now I can vary that too, I could have made it two paragraphs, it didn’t matter. I just uniformly decided to use one paragraph, and then, of course, the “Continued reading” link. But here’s the story, and this is something to pay attention to, this shows four. What happens if I add five, six, seven, eight, ten? Would they all be showing here? Here’s how you can control that. You go into your admin dashboard, and you go over to “Settings,” and this is a very important setting. “Settings,” “Reading.” Right over here where it says “Blog pages show at most,” right now it’s set at 10, and that’s the default position. So in other words, if I add 100 posts, only ten would be showing up on that blog archive page. I can control that, and I could take it down, I can raise it. I wouldn’t usually go beyond 10, and I think that’s fine. But it raises a big question, what happens if you did have 100 or 200 or 300 posts? How would people get access to that older content? That’s what categories and tags are all about.

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