Writing & Editing

Editors »Post and Page Screen

When creating or editing a post or page on WordPress.com, you’ll see a space for entering your content, along with a variety of boxes with other settings and options, known as modules. These modules help you customize your post or page — you can schedule it, add tags or a featured image, decide whether to allow comments on the post, and more.

Post Screen

The Post Screen is used to create new posts or edit existing posts. The default post screen (My Sites → Blog Posts → Add) will look similar to the following image:

post-screen

You will notice in the screenshot that the status of the screen is ⚙ New Draft. If you were editing a previous post, the title would be ⚙ Published, but everything else on the screen is essentially the same.

The screen is broken down into modules, each with their own purpose. The three most important parts of the post screen are the Title of your post, the Editor (where you type your content), and the options module (on the left hand side).

The options module is very important because it’s where you save your posts, publish them, and preview changes. The module will change depending on the status of your post. Clicking on the post’ status will bring up a few more options, such as the calendar, previous revisions and the option to make your post a Sticky Post.

publish-box-post

The post screen comes with several other modules:

  • Categories & Tags will allow you to add and edit the categories and tags of your post
  • Featured Image allows you to display unique custom header images for specific posts and pages or set thumbnails for special features of your theme.
  • Sharing allows you to do different things, such as displaying sharing buttons at the bottom of your posts and automatically share your new post on social media with our Publicize feature. This is also where you can get the shortlink of your post.
  • Post Format works great is your theme allows several type of templates for photos or audio files for example.
  • More Options allows you to geolocate your post, write an excerpt, update the slug, and allow comments and pingbacks.

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Page Screen

The Page Screen is similar to the Post Screen and is where you create a new page or edit an existing page. The default page screen (My Sites → Pages → Add) looks like this:

page-screen

The screen is broken down into sections, each with their own purpose. The three most important parts of the page screen are the Title of your page, the Editor (where you type your content), and the Publish box.

The Publish box is very important because it’s where you save your pages, publish them, and preview changes. Here is how the Publish box looks when you create a new page:

page-draft

After publishing a page, the box will look like this:

page-published

Notice how the Publish button now says Update.

For more information, check out Page Options.

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