Writing & Editing

Editors »Post and Page Screen

When creating or editing a post or page on WordPress.com, you’ll see a space for entering your content, along with a variety of boxes with other settings and options, known as modules. These modules help you customize your post or page — you can schedule it, add tags or a featured image, decide whether to allow comments on the post, and more.

While the editor for both pages and posts is the same, there is a difference between creating posts and creating pages, so some modules are specific to posts or pages.

Posts are for creating new blogs, articles, or other news-type updates. Pages are for static content like about me, contact, or when you want a static home page instead of a blog page when people visit your site.

The Post and Page Screen is used to create new posts or edit existing posts. You can get there by going to My Sites → Site → Posts/Pages, then selecting Add New Page or Add New Post.

You’ll see an editor that looks like this:

The screen is broken down into modules, each with their own purpose. The three most important parts of the post screen are the Title of your post, the Editor (where you type your content and add blocks), and the options module (on the right hand side).

The Document settings on the right of the editor comes with several option modules:

  • Status & Visibility: Tells you basic information about the post, including the author, visibility status, publish date, and whether the post is sticky or not.
  • Revisions: Allows you to see up to 20 of the most recently saved changes to the post or page.
  • Permalink: The URL that the post or page will appear at. By default, this is the title you give the post or page.
  • Categories: Only shows on Posts. Allows you to add or assign categories to the post.
  • Tags: Allows you to add or assign tags to the post or page.
  • Featured Image: Allows you to display unique custom header images for specific posts and pages or set thumbnails for special features of your theme.
  • Excerpt: Only shows on Posts. Write a brief excerpt for the post that may appear on various thumbnails throughout the site, or as a preview for search engine results.
  • Discussion: Lets you toggle comments, pingbacks, and sharing options.
  • Page Attributes: Only appears on pages. Allows you to set theme specific templates for your page and assign parent pages.

When editing a Page, certain modules available on the Posts screen may or may not be available, such as the Categories module.

In the top right above the options module, you’ll see a toolbar that looks like this:

From left to right:

  • Switch to Draft: Allows you to turn a published post or page back into a draft. (If you’re working on an unpublished draft, this will say Save as Draft)
  • Preview: See what your post or page will look like on the live site.
  • Update: Select to save changes you’ve made to a published post or page. (If you’re working on an unpublished draft, this will say Publish)
  • Gear Icon: Use to toggle the Document or Block settings module
  • Jetpack Icon: Use to see Jetpack specific option modules
  • Ellipses Menu: (the three vertical dots) Open more post or page editor settings, including ways to edit the entire page via HTML, manage reusable blocks, copy the entire content of the page, focus on one block at a time, and more!

For more information on adding content and blocks to the post or page, including text, images, columns and more, please see this support document on the WordPress Editor, and this support document for a list of blocks you can add.

Looking for a walkthrough of how to get your site going, including an overview of how posts and pages work on your site? See this tutorial to learn how to get up and running!

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