Posts Vs Pages
The first thing to understand about WordPress is that there are two main types of content – posts and pages.
Posts can be thought of as the chronological blog-type post. They tend to be listed down a page with the most recent one at the top. Because of this they are constantly being replaced with the newest one and old ones become hard to find. To make it easier to find older posts, you can group them into categories. There are also time-based groupings called archives, which you can use to find all the posts from a given year or month.
Pages stand alone and are not time-based and will not be replaced by more recent ones. You can create an ‘About Page’ and it will stay where it is. So pages are used for the more traditional website pages: About Us, Contact, Details, etc.
Each page/post on a typical WordPress site has just this one content area, which is essentially a big text area and very limiting for creating unique page layouts. Every page in PhotographyBlogSites.com has been given some extra content areas that can be edited separately to allow more versatile pages.
If you only add content within the main content area, the page will fill up the full width of the site. To help break up the page, we have added several areas that can be added down the side of the page as well.
Extra content areas:
- A thumbnail image
- Optional Page Content
- an extra text area
- a video that can display to the side of the page
- a video that take up the entire content area
The Main Content Area
To edit any page or post, look in the admin menu for “Posts” or “Pages”. By clicking those, you get a list of all the ones already created. Click the title of one to start editing.
Every page/post has a main content area. Here is a look at the main content area for this page:
There is a lot that can be done here. Check out this video for more on editing a page/post.
WordPress has a built in thumbnail function that adds an image to pages. The thumbnail is separate from the content so it can be displayed in different area sof the site. Our pages use this to display an image to the side of the page and give it a nicer layout. You can see examples on our demo sites.
To add/edit your page’s thumbnail image, look along the right side, below the publish/update button for something called “Featured Image”. If there is already an image there, you will need to click “Remove featured image”. When that spot is empty click “Set featured image” and select an image to use.
Optional Page Content
Directly under the main content editor, is a section called “Optional Page Content”. It contains fields for some extra text, an optional video, and even an optional full-page video.
If you add a thumbnail, extra text, or the optional video, the main content will push to the side and these new areas will display alongside it. They will be displayed down the side of the page in that order – thumbnail, text, video. Generally they would be used as an image with a little blurb under it or just the video by itself. But you can try any combination.
The optional full page video can be used to turn the entire page into a video page. If anything is entered in the Optional Full Page Video area, it will be the only thing that displays to viewers.