In this Post I will discuss few things I consider it as lead ideas for supreme WordPress Posts as when I started using WordPress I realized that creating Posts and/or Pages procedures are exactly the same, if you learn how to create a post then it is the same for pages or the other way around.I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else. (Pablo Picasso) Click To Tweet
I am going to cover these few topics as these are the thoughts that came to me when I started creating posts and/or pages.
- What are the differences between posts and pages?
- How to create Anchor links as known as Jump links?
- How to create a table inside posts and/or pages?
- How to insert a graph inside posts and or pages?
- What can TinyMCE plugin do for you?
- Bonus tips to follow before publishing your blog post
I will not tackle how to create your new WordPress post as there are tons of websites and videos talking about this topic like this video above.
What are the differences between posts and pages?
|Pages are created for the purpose of displaying|
static contents or very rarely updated contents like
1) About page
2) Contact Page
4) Blog or Start Here page (this has to be a page
and not a post)
|Posts are created for what’s new or time|
sensitive contents (at least you should think about
it this way)They show up in chronological order (latest posts
show up first) usually on the Blog or Start Here page
or any other page you decide to create it as static
|In pages, you can add any page under a parent|
one leading to getting sub-pages where you can specify the order of sub pages by assigning a number from 0 to nSub pages will show up when you attach them to
|In Posts, the parent feature is not available which proves that posts are not intended for parenting|
but they can be grouped by using Category where you can assign any post to one ore more categories with a primary one.On the other hand, you can add tags to posts and not pages which helps in navigation to posts.
You can also relate same contents together using tags
|Sticky feature does not exist in pages as this proves that pages are always reachable|
|Once you publish any post, you can select it to be sticky which means it will always show up on your home or blog page|
How to create Anchor links as known as Jump links?
I am always trying here to help beginners but this part can be a little bit tricky but I will try to break down as much as I can
Anchor links (Jump links) are the ones which you see on most of my posts where I create headlines marked as links and when you click on any headline it takes you to its section, these are normal links like external links but you point to the same post/page which you are creating the Anchor link from.
e.g. In my first link created above, I selected the whole text and I clicked on the hyperlink icon on the editor section shown on top of the editor area in posts and pages as shown below
Right away a hyperlink option screen will show up to help you select few parameters as shown below
Now you can select which post and/or page you want to link to (also you can link to an external page by pasting the external link in the URL text field), note the #difference-between-posts-pages at the end of the internal link to the same post, this pound sign (#) with any text after it acts as a marker so keep in mind that this is step 1.
Step 2, you have to label your area which you want to jump to with this code right above it, how can you do that
From the screenshot above, I went to Text editor (this text editor shows all the HTML code written behind the scene) then I went to the code where I have the part I want to jump to and I added this code <div id=”difference-between-posts-pages”></div>
Remember, I tried the Anchor tag <a id=”difference-between-posts-pages”></a> and it gave me really hard time, until I realized that it does not work and keeps WordPress removing them.Acting on a good idea is better than just having a good idea. (Robert Half) Click To Tweet
Try it, it should work for you, it does not only make your post navigable but it really helps users read your posts as they may not go through all the post from start to end, users may need to read few sections they need to.
How to create a table inside posts and/or pages?
Sometimes tables are essential if you do comparisons in your posts and this feature is not available in WordPress so the workaround is to use either HTML table code generator which you control your number of rows and columns.
Also you can write the contents there and click on Generate button and the HTML code for your table will be generate for you, click on Copy to clipboard and you can just put this code in the Text editor section under your desired place where you want to display your table.
This video below shows how to add any HTML code to your posts and/or pages.
The other solution is to install certain plugin for creating tables for you, it is called TablePress (this is the most used ones) but there are so many plugins which can create tables for you, feel free to search by using Keyword Table under Add New Plugins
How to insert a graph inside posts and or pages?
Charts and graphs are useful if you write scientific or statistical posts but for WordPress this is not an issue, just go to the Add New Plugins page and type Chart under the Keyword text field and you will find so many, just try WordPress Charts and Graphs Lite and see if it works for you.
What can TinyMCE plugin do for you?
TinyMCE plugin is one of the oldest plugin in the world of WordPress plugins as you may have noticed that Posts and Pages editor they lack the capability to select Font Types and Sizes so this plugin can to help you design posts and/or pages more like Word documents.
You'll find boredom where there is the absence of a good idea. (Earl Nightingale) Click To Tweet
Bonus tips to follow before publishing your blog post
- If you are writing your post in word document, make sure to save it as a draft first (don’t rush publishing it)
- Make sure your blog post has a title even if you already copying your blog post URL as your title
- Make titles as H1 or H2 depending on how long they are and if you do/don’t mind spanning them on 2 lines
- Make all your subtitles and make them as H3
- Make sure you start with Introduction
- Make sure you have conclusion or summary
- Make sure to add a last line that says something like “if you like this post, don’t forget to share it” write your own wordings but don’t be shy to ask about sharing
- Make sure you put your Title and Meta description under Yoast SEO Plugin (if installed, you will find it at the bottom of the post itself)
- Make sure to select the Post category
- Make sure to add few tags to your post to indicate what it is about (few keywords and no keywords stuffing)
- Make sure to add a feature image (I recommend to play around the file size to be around 70 KB and dimension 600 x 400)
- Make sure to optimize your post images in sizes for fast loading of your posts and dimensions to be less than or around 700 pixel width as larger than that will be missing when browsing from your mobile phones
- This is optional but I recommend to add Better Click to Tweet quotes to add inspirational or notes for users to tweet
- Wait for at least half an hour and come again read your post before you hit the publish button
- After publishing your post, if you have a Start Here page, make sure to update it if your post is useful in the learning path
Remember these bonus tips are just summary of what to keep in mind before publishing your blog post but for a detailed guide for writing blog post, I recommend you read my article which I wrote later on How to write a great blog post
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