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As a website publisher, there are two main areas of WordPress that you will want to focus on. These are creating pages and writing blog posts, known simply as posts.
Pages are used to set up the website structure as you want it to be. Typically you might have an ‘about us’ page, a ‘contact’ page, a ‘blog’ page, a ‘services’ section etc. In the case of ‘services’, you may have one menu heading with a drop down menu of further options, or ‘sub pages’. Organising the hierarchy and structure of pages will be covered in the tutorial below. Please note that some themes do not support drop down menus.
The Blog page is set up like a normal page but instead of showing content in the normal way, it can be configured to show a list of blog posts. Hover your cursor over Settings at the bottom of the left hand menu of options. Then select the third option down, ‘Reading’.
Set ‘Front Page Displays’ to ‘A Static Page’ and choose another page you have created for your homepage content. Then set Post Page to ‘Blog’ or whatever name you have used such as ‘Articles’.
More information about WordPress, how and why we use it at LS Digital Media can be found here: WordPress Sites.
There are a couple of different ways to create a page in WordPress. You will probably get to know them both and choose which one you prefer to use when. Firstly, on the menu on the left hand side of the WordPress interface, the fourth section down is called ‘Pages’. If you hover your cursor over this heading, a flyout will pop out with two further options – ‘All Pages’ and ‘Add New’. Click on Add New.
The second way is simply to hover over the ‘+New’ option on the dark menu bar running across the top of the screen. Choose ‘Page’ from the drop down list of options: