Main Post Content
Post Structure and Content
Title and Content Boxes
Title and Content Boxes are the most noticeable areas on the Add New Post screen and are the main areas where you build the post content.
Yours might look slightly different depending on whether you are using the visual or the text editor. You can switch between visual and text editor while writing a post, but we do not recommend switching as this could mess up your post’s formatting. Check WordPress Text Editor article for more info.
The first text area on the top is where you add the post’s title.
The content area is where you will write your post. You can use the formatting options from the toolbar or use one of the many keyboard shortcuts available which will speed up your writing process.
In the footer area of the content editor, WordPress will show you the word count for your post.
As you write, WordPress will automatically save a draft of your post. This autosave is stored in your WordPress database temporarily. Check more info about it in our Post Revisions article.
Add Images and Media
Between the title and content fields, there is a large Add Media button. You will need to click on it when you want to upload an image or any other media to your WordPress post. This will launch the media uploader in a popup window.
Simply click on the select files button to upload images or any other media to your WordPress site. Please refer to Uploading Images to Post Content article for detailed info.
Adding Categories and Tags
You can sort your posts into categories and tags. The categories and tags meta boxes usually appear in the right hand column, below the publish meta box.
Categories and tags help you organize your content in a meaningful and browsable format. Not only your users can easily find your content, it also boosts your site’s SEO. See our guide on the difference between categories and tags and how to use them to sort your content.
Featured Image (Post Thumbnails)
Most WordPress themes support featured images or post thumbnails for articles. Usually it is the last box in right hand column on the post edit screen.
Simply click on set featured image link, and it will bring up the media uploader popup. You can select an image from your previous uploads or upload a new image from your computer. For more detailed instructions, see our Featured Image guide.
Some of the options on the post edit screen are hidden by default to present a cleaner and simpler editing experience. These options are not commonly used by beginners. However, you may need them later.
Simply click on the Screen Options button on the top right corner of the page. This will show a menu with checkboxes next to option names.
As you can see some of the options will already be checked. For the others, you can display them by clicking on the checkbox next to an option name, and it will appear on your post edit page.
Let’s take a look at some of these options and what they do.
You can use Excerpt box to add a short summary or excerpt for your post.
Depending on the layout used within the Listing section and post/gallery header blocks, the Excerpt field may be used and show the text content that is added to it.
If a selected layout requires some text to show (and you have not disabled it from the block settings, e.g. in card listings), it will take the text from the post content if the Excerpt field is empty. In these cases we strongly recommend using Excerpt area as you will have more control over the text that is displayed on your page.
A slug is a cleaner title that can be used in URLs.
Please check our Managing post URLs guide to setup your permalinks structure and tweak the post URL.
WordPress will automatically assign you as the post author when you create a post. However, sometimes you may want to show another user on your WordPress site as the author. Enabling the author checkbox allows you to do that from the post edit screen.
How to Bulk Upload Images to a Post In the Correct Order
If you struggle to bulk upload images to a blog post in the correct order, then this article is for you.
Use a Gallery Shortcode to avoid re-arranging all images manually.
After uploading your photos to the Media Library, select the images you want to insert into your blog post. Instead of clicking Insert Into Post, go ahead and choose the Create Gallery option.
In the Create Gallery box, double check you have selected the correct images and click Create a new gallery.
Now, you are fully in control. The first image displayed in your blog post will be in the top left corner. You can choose to reverse the order you have at the moment, or manually drag and drop images to a specific order.
Be sure to select 1 Column and the size setting to Large or Full Size if your image width corresponds to your blog’s width. Click Insert Gallery and you are done!
NOTE: By default, all Flothemes will display your images in a lightbox once you click on them inside the blog post. If you want this option removed or changed, go to Flothemes -> Content Settings and disable the Change the default WP gallery shortcode behaviour. Don’t forget to Save your changes.
In the Gallery Settings you can choose the image behavior once a user clicks on it.
Selecting the Attachment Page option will open the image in a new tab.
Selecting the None option will disable the image from opening in a new tab.