WordPress Blog Page – Don’t Confuse With Posts
When working with WordPress you will be mainly concentrating on writing posts, but it is also important to think about WordPress blog page design.
The main difference between posts and pages is that posts have categories and tags whereas pages do not. Also pages have templates whereas posts do not have these. Remember you won’t be adding too many pages to your site. A WordPress blog page will be static and will be there a long time. Pages look similar to posts though and you can do many of the same tasks as posts, such as add media (photos, videos) to your page.
A WordPress blog page generally won’t have comments. You really don’t want people commenting on your pages because these are normally done by spammers.
A WordPress post can be assigned to a page. There is no particular order in which to do things. You can write posts first and then go about creating a page later or vice versa. It is important to give your WordPress site a good structure. For one it makes your website easy on the eye and two it can help with search engine optimisation.
WordPress Blog Page – Creation
So how can you go about creating a WordPress blog page?
First you need to go into your dashboard. This of course is the WordPress control centre where you maintain your website. Click on ‘Page’ and then click ‘Add new’. This will bring up a brand new blank page for you to work with.
The most important elements for you to complete on this WordPress blog page are the title, the editor and then you need to go and publish the page you have created. In the page title you can include your keyword in the title itself. If you are not intending to optimise your page for the search engines then you don’t need to worry so much about the keyword being there.
As soon as you enter a title you will notice in the permalink section that a URL is automatically created for you. You can change this WordPress blog page URL if you are not happy with it by clicking on the small edit button next to it. Make your change and then click the small ‘OK’ button next to it. Generally though it is better to keep the URL keyword rich, separated by hyphens or dashes, as it can make a difference in the search engines.
When it comes to entering your content on your WordPress blog page you can click on the ‘Visual’ tab before entering content into the editor. Actually when writing posts, 99% of the time you will be using the visual tab because the other tab will contain more program like HTML code and it is not recommended you fiddle with that unless you are comfortable. You can write out the content in a notepad file or Word document and paste it into the editor or you can type directly into the editor.
WordPress Blog Page – Page Elements
By clicking the preview button you can preview your WordPress blog page before publishing it in order to get an idea of how it is currently looking. You can also change the status of the page. For example, it is probably in draft mode which means it is not going to be live at that moment.
You can password protect the page by changing the visibility option. The publish option will allow you to schedule when the WordPress blog page gets published. It does not need to be published as soon as you have finished it.
In the page attributes section you can select If the page has a parent page. Your current page then becomes a sub page of the parent page you selected.
If you are happy with everything then all you need to do is to click the ‘Publish’ button and your WordPress blog page will be live on the internet.