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AARFIE SUPPORT

Posts Menu

Depending upon your site set up, your admin area may not include a Posts menu. In this case, you should skip the following content and proceed to the next support article.

These controls are used to add and edit the posts for your web site Blog. When you click Posts, all of your site’s posts are listed. You can use the available controls to sort and filter your posts.

If you have read through the Pages support article and tested your site’s Pages controls, you will note that a lot of the Post controls are similar.

One of the main differences from pages is that your posts are always sorted by date.

To edit any post, including changing text and adding images, simply click the title of the post. When changing published posts, remember this is the live content of your site.

Adding a New Post

To add a new post, click the Add New button at the top of your posts list:

Posts Admin Area

Adding a new post from the Posts admin area

After clicking the Add New button your new post edit controls will be presented as follows:

Add New Post

New post edit controls

1. Help: The help information and reference documents are available on all admin pages. Don’t forget to use this when needed.

2. Post Title: The title of your post. You can use any words or phrases. Do not use the same title twice for a post or page, as this will cause problems with your site navigation.

3. Upload/Insert: These controls are used to upload images, files and other media to your site and insert them into your post. You should always format images and files before uploading, as large file sizes will needlessly use up your site resources. Images must be either .jpg, .jpeg, .png or .gif format and should be no wider or higher than 1000px.

4. Format Toolbar: Use this toolbar to format the text in your content area (item 6). Click the very last button on the top row to show/hide extra format tools.

5. Edit Mode: Visual edit mode allows you to see how your post content will look as you edit it. This will be the only mode that most people will need use. Alternatively, if you are familiar with HTML (refer w3schools) you can choose HTML edit mode to code the content of your post.

If you are inserting code into your post, like Vimeo video embedding code for example, always switch to HTML mode before pasting the code in your content area.

6. Content Area: This is where you enter your post content including text, images and links. Also refer to the Shortcodes article for further control over your content.

7. Publish Box: Post publishing tools including:

  • Save Draft: Save your post as a draft while editing or to work on later.
  • Preview: Preview your post before publishing your changes.
  • Status: Change your post status. Only Published posts can be viewed by the public.
  • Visibility: Change your post to password-protected or private (i.e. only you and other admin users of your site can access the post).
  • Publish On: You can schedule a post to be published in the future, or change the date to a time in the past (this can be useful in some applications where posts are sorted by date).
  • Move to Trash: Move your post to the trash.
  • Publish / Update: Publish your new post or post edits.

Depending upon your blog set up, you may have either Categories and/or Post Tags controls available for sorting your post. It is recommended that you use categories and/or tags whenever possible, as they improve the navigation of your site and can add additional SEO weight to your post.

8. Post Tags: Tags are used to sort your posts, e.g. a post about washing your dog might have the tags, “dogs”, “washing”, “labrador”. Don’t over tag and always ensure that your tags are relevant to your post.

9. Post Categories: Categories are used to sort your posts, e.g. a post about washing your dog might be added to the category, “At Home”. It is strongly recommended that you assign a post to only one Category.

10. Additional Options: When posts have additional custom controls they will be displayed in these areas.

Post Location

After you save your post, the Permalink below the title shows the URL for the post. The URL is generated from your title. You can use this URL in other pages or to share as link to the public location of your post.

When you publish your post, it will automatically be displayed at the top of your site’s blog page.

Posts Tools

The Posts > Tools sub-menu provides tools for improving your blog posting process. This includes a great tool called “Press This”. We recommend dragging this to your browser’s bookmarks bar. The next time you see web content that you wish to blog about, it’s as simple as clicking the Press This link and you can post immediately from a pop-up window or save the link as a draft for future editing and posting.

Posts Options

Additional controls for your posts will be displayed as Posts sub-menus.

For more information on how to use the above and additional controls in the Posts menu, please use the contextual help links provided at the top right of the controls that you wish to know more about.

Last Modified: 27th February, 2011