CREATING NEW POSTS

Using WordPress & Themify

Mr Bubbles from SEO WEB Designs.

Hey There!

This tutorial covers the basics for creating new posts on your website using the new WordPress editor (aka the Block Editor) and the Themify Builder.

If you’re looking for a more in-depth understanding of this process, please see How to Master WordPress & Themify. If you’d like to learn how to create SEO-strong articles that rank well in Google search results, please see On-Page SEO: 10 Key Metrics for Topical Posts.

Just want the basics? A quick rundown on how to create a new post? Great. Let’s get started.

This tutorial is best viewed on a desktop or tablet.

An Overview

Let’s start with a snapshot of the four areas you’ll need to complete to create a new post.

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1 = You’ll need a Post Title

2 = You’ll need to select a Category

3 = You’ll need to upload a Featured Image

4 = You’ll need to add your content via the Themify Builder

Get the Party Started

Okay, how do you get started?

Logged into your WordPress dashboard, go to Posts → Add New.

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You could also click Posts in the sidebar. This will open your Posts dashboard showing you a list of all your posts.

In this case, click the Add New button.

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Creating Some Magic

Whether you clicked Posts → Add New or first went to the Posts dashboard and then clicked the Add New button, the screen we showed you in the overview will open…

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Let’s create some magic in four phases…

(1) Add a Post Title

This is by no means a difficult step but it’s important to give a little thought to what amounts to the ‘headline’ piece of your post.

The Post Title should be no longer than 70 characters. Ideally, it should be clear and compelling.

The title will also form part of the post’s permalink (web page URL). This will happen automatically.

Although the Post Title is the first step of the process, it is good practice to review the Post Title as the final step before publishing the post to ensure it reflects the content well.

(2) Select a Category

This is the easiest step. Simply choose a pre-selected category or create a new one.

That said, your posts are organised via these Categories. It’s best to think through 4-8 categories around which you’ll group all your content. It’s also best to keep to one-word categories such as Articles, News, Events, Promotions and the like.

If you forget to add a category, the default “uncategorized” option will be automatically selected. Don’t panic. If you forget to select the category, you can always change it later.

Choose a pre-selected category (1)or create a new one (2).
Choose a pre-selected category (1)
or create a new one (2).

(3) Upload a Featured Image

The featured image should capture the gist of your post. It’s very important to optimise the image correctly. Why? An image that’s too large or oversized will slow the page’s loading speed. Consistently uploading images that are too large and ‘heavy’ will affect the website’s overall performance.

Optimise your featured image to these specs:

Image Dimensions: 1200px wide by 800px high

File Size: Between 200KB and 400KB

Yes, avoid uploading an image onto the website straight from your camera or mobile phone. These images tend to be massive.

Read » Resizing Images When You Don’t Have Photoshop

Also, it’s very important to only use images you own or that are copyright-free. Severe penalties have been issued against websites for copyright infringement.

Read » Google Images: Free Game or Copyright Infringement?

(You’ll also find several sources for copyright-free images in this article.)

When you have your image prepared on your computer, upload it via Media Library by clicking the “Set featured image” button.

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Click “Set featured image” to open the Media Library
and upload your image.

(4) Add your content via the Themify Builder

We’ve included the Themify Builder on your website so that you can create custom content without needing to learn code. Yay!

The sky’s just about the limit but we’ll keep it very simple in this tutorial.

Interested in reaching for the sky? Click the Help link (?) in the Builder bar for videos to learn more.

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Click the Help button (?) for helpful video tutorials.

Okay, to add content to your post, simply click on the green + button to access a large range of builder modules. You’ll use these modules as the “bricks” to build your content.

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Click the green + button to access your modules.

A pop-out will display in the left side bar. Simply select the module you want (1) and drag it into the Builder row (2). In most cases, you’ll simply need the Text Module.

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Select the Text module (1) and drag it into the Builder row (2).

The Text Module will pop-up and you can either write your content straight into the editor or copy-paste your content into it.

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Remove the placeholder “Text content” and add your content.

When you’re done, click the orange DONE button to close the module and then click the orange SAVE button to save the Builder content.

Bringing It Home

Once you’ve added your content, it’s time to preview your masterpiece.

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1 = First click “Save Draft” and then the “Preview” button to view your page.

2 = Normally you’ll publish the page immediately but you can also schedule the post for a different date.

3 = When you’re happy, click “Publish” to push the content ‘live’.

Front-end Editing

Up to this point, we’ve done everything from the back-end. With the Themify Builder, you can also create and edit content on the front-end. This means you’ll see your changes in real time.

Open the web page on the front-end and click the “Turn On Builder” in the top bar…

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This will open the Themify Builder on the front-end where you can work your magic.

Front-end editing is certainly the easiest way to create and edit content.

Don’t forget to hit the orange SAVE button to save all your changes.

What Now?

As you get familiar with the process, we recommend exploring all the Themify Builder can do.

Start here: How to Master WordPress & Themify.

If you’d like to learn how to create SEO-strong articles that rank well in Google search results,

Start here: On-Page SEO: 10 Key Metrics for Topical Posts.

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