Posts in your Inspire site are also often referred to as Blog Posts. Posts can hold comments, categories, tags and can be collected in an archive. Posts are often thought of as the news section of your Inspire site, they are compiled and organized articles that make up a blog.
To write a new post, this can be done from either the front-end or the back-end of your Inspire site. From the back-end, you can access the Posts Menu from the black menu on the left side of the screen. You can view All Posts or Add New. From the front-end, you click the New option in the top black menu bar and choose the post option.
When you choose Add New Post, you will be taken to this screen.
The first step, is to give your post a Title. Once you have given the post a title, you will edit the page from the Text Editor. Unlike pages, you are not able to edit using the Page Builder application. Posts are expected to be simpler, contain less graphic and design content, and are only edited through the text editor.
On the right hand side of the screen are 5 boxes: Publish, Categories, Tags, Post Attributes and Featured Image.
Publish: There are 3 primary options here: Published, Pending Review and Draft. Draft allows you to create a draft of the page, meaning that it can be edited in the future before it is Published. Published allows the page to be considered live. Pending Review is a post that has been marked by a Contributor to be reviewed and Published by an Administrator.
The remaining options are as follows:
- Visibility: Public means available to everyone, Password Protected means available to anyone who you share the password with, Private means available only to Administrators.
- Publish: you can choose to publish a page at certain date and time.
- Readability: Yoast SEO will also assist with the readability of your page, more information is found here.
- SEO: Search Engine Optimization, more information is found here.
Categories: This is where you can assign the category or categories for this specific post. More on categories is below in Organizing your Posts.
Tags: This is where you can assign the tag or tags for this specific post. More on categories is below in Organizing your Posts.
Post Attributes: This will allow you to make some style changes to this specific post. The Default Template is most commonly used, but feel free to experiment with removing Header/Footer or making the post Full Width.
Feature Image: This allows you to set the image that will be associated with your post. You can either select an image from your Media Library or add a new image to use. If the image is too large, see our guide on How to Resize Images for your Inspire Website.
The bottom section of the Post Creator is related to Yoast SEO. SEO is Search Engine Optimization, which can help your pages appear higher in search results. More information about Yoast SEO is available on their website here.
Editing an existing post is very similar to creating a new post. You will want to navigate to your list of All Posts, hover your mouse over the post you are looking to edit and select the Edit option. When you select Edit it will take you to the same screen as writing a new post, just with your previous content already in place. From here you can make changes to your post and choose to publish those changes immediately or in the future.
Posts can be organized in two ways: Categories and Tags. Each category or tag will have an individual URL that is available to see only the posts that are associated with that label.
Categories: Are generally the less detailed approached to organizing your posts. There can be more than 1 category on a post, and categories can be nested or arranged in a hierarchy. This means that there can be a relationship between individual categories.
All posts must be attached to at least 1 category.
Tags: Are generally used to describe your post in more detail, there can be more than 1 tag on an individual post. Tags do not have a relationship to other tags (or to categories), so this allows greater flexibility to have posts have a variety of tags based upon topic.
Tags are entirely optional and posts are not required to have a tag.
Each individual post has the option to collect comments. This is a place for your readers to leave their thoughts in response to your posts. These comments can be approved or deleted, to control spam and moderate the discussion.