Step 2 – Adding Content

Once you've created your side, you will probably want to add content. There are four primary ways to add content to your site:

  1. Posts
  2. Pages
  3. Media
  4. Widgets

WordPress is originally and at it's core, a blog. It has grown far beyond that initial purpose, but the core of where it came is still there. Posts in WordPress work like in many other blogs. Each post has metadata  which allows for posts to be filtered by date, category, and tag. Plugins will expand the metadata fields and extend the functionality of posts. By default, WordPress begins with your page of posts--your blog--as the landing page, but this can be changed as you'll learn in step 3.

While posts are dynamic content (like entries in a database that can be called up when needed), pages are static. These are places where you can put the more stable content in your website: portfolio examples, resume, about you, contact forms, etc. Using pages, you can add simple text-based content, or you can add media.

The WordPress media uploader acts as both the storage tool and the placement tool for media on your site. You can upload media to your WordPress gallery, associate it with a page or post, and then insert it into the content. You can add media from your dashboard or right from the page or post you want to use it.

Watch this short video on how to add content using pages, posts, and media in WordPress.

Widgets are another way to add content to your site. This content can be part of sidebars, footers, or other content areas and can be specific to a page or general to the entire site. As such, they are an integral part of the appearance of the site and will be covered in step 3.

Last modified: Wednesday, 15 April 2015, 10:12 PM