How to add content

Adding new content requires authorisation; if you are registered as an editor, you can manage everyone’s information, while as an author, you will only be able to manage your own pages or posts.

The process can be started by logging in, when you will see the Dashboard, and can select what to do. If you wish to create new content, follow these steps:

  • Decide whether you want to create a post or a page. Pages are permanent, and need to be placed in the hierarchy of such content (usually done through the various menus; these will be the subject of another guide). Posts are timed, can be assigned categories, and will normally be displayed in date order within a section (for example, News). This article is a page.
  • Choose a title for your post/page.
  • If this is to be a post, select one or more categories for this new entry.
  • Enter the text in the panel below the title; formatting can be controlled by using the edtor controls, represented by the two or three rows of buttons above the text panel. These are illustrated below:

Editing toolbar

  • The top row of buttons allow inserting and/or uploading images, video, audio or document files.
  • The second row controls emphasis (bold), italic, strikethrough, bulleted lists, numbered lists, quoted sections, left-aligned, centred, right-aligned text, link insertion, link removal, insert ‘more’, language selection, and finally hide/reveal the third row.
  • This last row adds controls for paragraph/header styles,underlining, full justification, text colour, pasting text, pasting from Word, removing markup, inserting Flash content, inserting special characters, removing or adding indentation, undo or redo, and finally simple help.

When you have completed the entry for your post or page, the next step is to save or publish it.

  • As an editor or author you can determine whether to publish your entry immediately, or as a draft (to be published later).
  • You can also control the date & time at which the entry will appear on the site (perhaps after a future event has taken place).

The WordPress system automatically keeps track of recent revisions, which could be useful if you have made a mistake! You can also use this to compare different versions, highlighting changes made.

Adding images or documents requires some additional work, and a brief introduction is given.