When you prepare a page on your personal computer and are ready to share it with the world on the internet, you publish that page. There is a button in WordPress for publishing. When you press that button the copy of the document you have been preparing gets uploaded to the computer which serves your web pages. When that upload is completed, presto, your document is published!
There are two kinds of documents that you can publish with WordPress: posts and pages. Before we see how they compare, let’s talk about blogging.
Blog is short for web log. Originally blogs were a simple way to maintain and share journals. Daily or weekly you journaled, and then shared what you wrote with others. As blogging became more and more popular the software got more sophisticated, automatically dating entries, and archiving them. WordPress was originally a blogging software; and it is still used primarily that way, with blog articles appearing on the front page, the most recent one on top. My blog, CyberKenBlog.com, is a good example of WordPress used in this way.
But WordPress can easily be adjusted so that the blog pages are displayed on the inside, not on the front page. This site, Teledavis.com, is a good example of WordPress used this way. You are looking at a blog page, but notice it’s not on the front page of the site.
You can choose to use your blog pages either way, but it’s a good idea to use them in some fashion, because blogging will draw visitors to your site. More about that later.
Now, I said there are two kinds of documents that WordPress can publish: posts, and pages:
Posts are blog publications. The most recent post always appears on the top and front of your site, so that it’s immediately visible to visitors. If you have published many posts, older ones get automatically archived. At the bottom of a blog post is a space for visitors to leave comments. You will want visitors to comment, because this attracts more visitors. You can control who can and cannot comment, but it’s a good idea to be as open to commenting as you can. People like friendly bloggers!
Pages are single publications that display information. They can be edited, but usually the information they contain is stable, for instance, addresses and phone numbers on a “contact us” page. Pages are usually accessible by click tabs across the top or side of a WordPress site. Examples on this site are “Designing Your Website,” and “Training Your Members.”
In this course you will learn how to link the posts and pages you have published to menu tabs, so that people can find their way around your site. WordPress makes menus very easy!
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