Since WordPress evolved from its primary role as a blogging platform, Posts are like blog entries/news items/articles. Posts are primarily organized into categories, and by categorizing them appropriately, you can aggregate a list of posts by the name of the category. You can also suggest related posts for website visitors. Posts can also be tagged, allowing for visitors to find similar posts based on a particular subject.
Using Posts as News Items
An example of displaying a particular category of posts as a list of news items is for the Orthopaedics News & Research page
- Navigate to Posts > Categories in the Dashboard left-hand menu
- Search for your department/office’s category.
- If your department/office already has a category created, you can move on to creating posts
- If your department/office does not have a category, create one by following the next steps
- Under “Add New Category”, type in the following information:
- Name – this is the way website visitors will see your category. Please follow the established naming convention. Name it after your department, followed by a subsection if applicable.
- Slug – this is the abbreviated version of your department name, which will show up in the URL.
- Parent (optional) – this is useful for departments/offices with subsections or subcategories. Select your department as a parent from the dropdown menu if you want nested categories (e.g. your department might have different types of news to share separately, such as “Research News” vs. “Student News”.)
- Description (optional) – type in a description of your category if necessary
- Click the “Add New Category” button. This will save your category so that you can select it when you create posts (see next section)
NOTE: You can also add new categories & tags while creating posts
- Navigate to Posts > Add New in the Dashboard left-hand menu
- Enter a Title for the post where it says “Enter title here”
- Select the appropriate category from the “Categories” section on the right side of the screen, or create a new one by clicking the “+ Add New Category” link. This is important, ensuring that your post will show up on the pages you want.
- Select a Featured Image by clicking the “Set Featured Image” link in the “Featured Image” section. The featured image is important for displaying an image when your post is suggested as related to another (see image below)
NOTE: By default, the first Featured Image will show up as the first element on the post in view mode. This can be turned off in the next steps
NOTE: Only the first Featured Image will show up this way. Featured Images 1 – 5 will not
- Using the Visual Editor, Text Editor, or Fusion Builder, enter the content for your post (see the Fusion Builder or WYSIWIG Editor sections for more details)
- Set Post Options by selecting the appropriate settings under Fusion Page Options > Post near the bottom of the Post Editing screen. Some key settings include:
- Disable First Featured Image – prevents the image you select as Featured Image from being the first element you see on the post page in view mode
- Image Rollover Icons – Decide whether you’d prefer
- Link Icon URL – leave blank for post URL, or type in a different URL if you’d like to link to another page or website
- Show Related Posts – If you’d like the related posts section to show (like in the example image above)
Display Posts on Your Web Pages
- Navigate to the page you want to display posts on
- Using the Fusion Builder, add a “Recent Posts” element or a “Posts Slider” element
- For Recent Posts: Select which General display options and Animation options you’d prefer, paying special attention to the “Categories” option
- Click where it says “Select Categories or Leave Blank for All”
- select your category from the dropdown menu
- Click the “Save” button to Save your changes
- For Post Slider: Select either “Posts with Title” or “Posts with Title and Excerpt” from the dropdown menu next to “Layout”. Only these 2 items will allow you to specify your category
- Select which display options you prefer
- Click the “Save” button to save your changes
- Click the “Update” button to publish your posts to the page