WordPress Basics

WordPress Basics

WordPress enables schools to update page content and add new posts through a friendly interface, avoiding the need to learn web design skills.

Your website will consist of any number of web Pages containing updatable content. However some of these pages (which are called Categories) are actually a collection of another type of content called Posts.

Before beginning, it’s quite important to understand the difference between Pages and Posts.


Pages are fairly straight forward, once you create and publish them, they stay put. They’re handy for timeless content which isn't going to be updated very often, like a Welcome, About Us or Contact Page. Your pages can be displayed in a menu that’s always visible (usually up near your header or in a sidebar), so people can explore your site with ease.


Posts are typically date marked and appear in reverse chronological order. They are ideal for content like News, Letters, Class Updates, Blogs or anything that will be updated or added to on a regular basis. As you create and publish new Posts, older posts get pushed down the order.


It can help users if you categorise your Posts. A Category is a collection of posts and you can create as many Categories and even Sub Categories for your posts as is necessary. Like Pages, Categories can also be displayed in the menu so they are easy to find.


Before updating your website, be clear in your mind about the task you wish to perform. Are you updating a page or adding a new post? To summarise though, Pages are good for creating stand alone content and Posts are displayed & organised in Categories.


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