All content on a WordPress site is divided into two types, Posts and Pages:
- Posts are the traditional bloggy things that are dated entries often displayed in reverse chronological order. Posts gradually build up over time and can be browsed by categories, tags, and date. For example, each “mini-lesson” on this site is a Post.
- Pages are static items in your site, such as the traditional “About” or “Contact” page. They are not dated, don’t have categories or tags, and are usually not browsable by Reader. For example, the About of this site is a Page.
Lets create / edit the About Page to anchor your new site. On the Dashboard Menu, click Pages. This should get you to a page that looks like:
This is a listing of all the pages your site currently contains. Now click on “About”, which will open the Page in the Editor window:
The right side of the window is now an editor where you can create content for your About page. Notice the tabs labeled “Visual” and “HTML”. Visual mode is a WYSIWYG editor where the options are similar to a simple word processor. Simply start writing or editing! HTML mode shows you the actual code created by the editor. Note that it is not pure HTML, but a type of WP markdown that is converted to actual HTML by your theme templates. You can switch back and forth as much as you want to debug your writing!
We will look at options for managing images and links in the next mini-lesson, so for now simply edit the text of the About page.
Spend some time thinking about your site. What is its purpose? What does your audience need to know to get interested? Then draft an About page that is a short and sweet elevator pitch for your site. Give the background set up the context and get readers hooked in. In the future, you might want to include important resources and links to help people navigate, get started, or learn about your topic.
Edit, then click “Publish” or “Update” to save the changes and make them live.
Wait, make sure you see a green success message!
Check your live site (refresh) to see your updated page.
Head to the next lesson to learn about Posts.