Adding Your Site Content

Adding content to your site is an easy process no matter whether you are creating a Post or a Page.

Jul 2020 6 minutes

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Adding content to your site is an easy process no matter whether you are creating a Post or a Page the procedure for both is almost identically.

Apart from how they display on your site which was described a bit earlier in one of the other videos for posting pages.

The main differences are that posts allow you associate categories and tags whereas pages don’t.

But the differences between categories and tags generally are tags are ad-hoc keywords that can identify similar subject matter across posts, but they may not always be used on every single post.

While categories are like pre-determined sections, a way of helping people navigate sections of your blog, unused articles.

If you think of your website as a book, the categories are like the chapters almost and the tags can be like a glossary of terms.

With WordPress 5.0, a brand-new editing interface was introduced before we had a tiny MCE editor, similar to what you might experience in word and now it is this new fang dangled blocks.

If you go into this post here, I will show you what I mean. Here they are already telling you “Welcome to the world of blocks” now a lot of web designers or developers may refer to this as Gutenberg.

The editing interface has been completely rebuilt to make it easier to create rich media pages and posts and help provide you with a little bit more flexibility.

Starting from WordPress 5.0 the block editor will be the default editor whenever you are creating a new page or post.

However, if you do wish to continue using the old what is called Classic Editor now you will have to install the classic editor plugin.

If you go to plugins, add new, search for Classic Editor it will appear here, and you can see how many people have actually installed it because they have been so used to the old version.

And then you can use it, how you used to using it, but for the block editor, I mean if you do find that your theme does not work properly with it or some of your plugins don’t work as expected then again that might be another reason to download the Classic Editor so you get used to the interface that you were before and it is not conflicting with anything.

If in some time in the future, you change your theme or your plugins, maybe have a refresh or re-design and you want to use new block editors that should be fine you can deactivate the classic editor.

For this block editor, I am just going to close this little window. And each block can be inserted from this little plus sign up here at the top and it will give you some suggestions of popular used items or components or blocks that you might want to use in your blog post.

For example paragraphs, headings, ordered lists, unordered lists, quote, images, galleries and any other content that you could previously add in the classic editor.

On top of that, they have given you some additional blocks for things like buttons, tables and columns as well.

Re-arranging your content is even easier than before so the block editor allows you to drag and drop content.

If we just pop in some examples. Paragraph and if you put an image in quickly if you go onto the media library – yes, we do, great and then we might add a new heading. And then some more text as well, so we can move these blocks around, if I grab this, I can pull it above this paragraph text. Where is the little line? There we go, you can resize these that will keep it in aspect ratio which is quite nice. You might want to put this heading here, there you go.

It does make it quite easy without having to get involved with a web designer or developer.

Each block notes will be styled individually using the toolbar at the top of the blocks so the types of styles that you can add to a block or depending on what the individual block is.

For example, a paragraph block, here you have the option to change the orientation of the text, you can make it bold, italic, you can add a link.

You can duplicate this block you can move it around again and if you feel really confident you can edit the HTML as well or your web designer or developer might do that for you.

I hope that gives you a bit of an overview of how the blocks work, and if we can just quickly preview that there. Very simple and this inherits the typography and spacing, and styles defined in the theme.

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