|This series covers the basics of how to use Ye Olde WordPress before all the newfangled updates were introduced, such as the Block Editor. In this post we’ll explore how to create a post using the Classic Editor. There are various ways to find this page. First, you can use this url for creating a new post – just change it to include the name of your blog in the appropriate place:
You can also select the Classic Editor from the Posts page from the Add New button at the top left of the screen. However, as we saw in the first post of this series, don’t click the Add New link from the menu on the left-hand side of the screen because that’ll take you to the new Block Editor.
Like the Dashboard, the Classic Editor is made up from modules that you can hide or reveal as you need them. You can also permanently hide modules you don’t need by using the Screen Options at the top right of the screen.
Top left is the Title box saying ‘Add title’, and below that you have the main editing window for the body of your post, including the toolbar with everything you need to edit your text and add images, videos, and so on.
The text box of the editor has two settings: Visual and Text. The Visual editor shows you what the post will look like on your blog, more or less, depending on the theme you’re using. The Text editor shows you the CSS code for every element included in your post. You can use this to fine tune the code if you need to.
The Toolbar includes buttons for editing the text, adding headings, altering the paragraph alignment, adding links, and creating quotes. It’s very intuitive to use so the best way to learn it, is to experiment with a draft post and see what happens when you click things!
Above the toolbar are buttons for adding Media, such as images, videos, galleries, and audio files. You can also add contact forms, polls, and a location marker. To add any of these elements simply place your curser where you want the image (or whatever) to appear, and then click the button. This will take you to another screen where you can upload files or locate the media you need.
Under the text box is Writing Helper which doesn’t seem to do much – it just offers a link to writing tips. A module to delete!
At the top right is the Publish box which allows you to save the post as a draft, change the visibility of the post, and schedule it for later publication. You can also check your settings for any social media sites you’re using to publicise your posts. The Preview button allows you to check how the post will look once it goes live.
Below Publish is the Format box which allows you to select the type of post you want to create. This option depends on the theme you’re using; included here are formats for Standard, Aside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, and Gallery. Others are Status, Audio, and Chat.
Continuing down the page on the left side and below the not very helpful Writing Helper is Excerpt which allows you to create your own summary of the post which is displayed at the top instead of the opening lines. This only works in some themes and only when you’re not displaying the full post in your feed.
Below that is Send Trackbacks which allows you to enter links to sites you’ve linked to in your post. This mostly occurs automatically using pingbacks but there may be times when you need to do it manually.
Below that is Discussion which allows you to switch comments on or off, as well as trackbacks and pingbacks, on a post by post basis.
Finally, there’s a box showing the Author of the post. This is relevant if you have multiple authors writing for your site so you can select the right one for each post.
Back up to the right and under Format there’s the Categories box which allows you to choose the category for your post. You can select several categories if you want to, but be careful not to overdo it because it can cause problems with the Reader, especially once you’ve added Tags.
Under Categories there’s the Tags box which allows you to choose relevant keywords to mark your posts. This is a good way to make sure your posts reach the right readers. But beware of using too many because if you do, your posts could be marked as spam by the Reader. I aim for no more than about 10 in total, including tags and categories.
Below Tags there’s Likes and Shares which allows you to switch the Likes and sharing buttons on and off, on a post by post basis.
Finally, at the bottom on the right (not shown in the image) is the Featured Image box which allows you to select the image you want to be used as the main image for the blog post.
Next we’ll explore the Post page and what you can do with it…