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Welcome to the sites.smith.edu Help Page. Here you’ll find out how to add content to your WordPress site, including how to add a post, how to add and format text and images. You’ll also find links to additional resources.

☆ Creating a Post and Adding Content

☆ Add a Post

Posts are the main way to add content to a WordPress site.

Add a Post via the Posts Page

  1. Navigate to the Dashboard of your site.
  2. On the Dashboard, from the main navigation menu, select Posts.
  3. On the Posts page, next to the title of the page, select Add New.

☆ Add Text to your Post

The WordPress block editor with the Words Add title and Type / to choose a block
  • Add text by typing directly into the block where the text reads “Type / to choose a block.”
  • You can also use the “/” key to open and select a different block.
  • The paragraph block should be used for all body text. 
  • Once you’ve entered some text, you can hover over the text or click to bring up the Paragraph Block Toolbar menu.
The block specific controls for the paragraph block

The Paragraph Block Toolbar allows you to

  • Change the block type
  • Adjust the alignment of the text
  • Add formatting by selecting the B (bold) or I (italics) icons, add a hyperlink, or see more menu options.
  • Additional menu options include the ability to highlight, add inline code and images, add a field, and add a strikethrough, subscript, and superscript. 

☆ Save a Draft or Publish Your Post

  1. On top corner of the right side of the page, select Save Draft, Preview, or Update (if the page is already published) or Publish.
  2. If you want to save changes without publishing your post or page, on the right side of the page, under the “Publish” block, select Save Draft.

☆ Add Images

To add Images

  1. Open an existing page or post or create a new page or post by choosing New+ from the WordPress toolbar.
  2. In the Block editor, select the Add Block icon and select Image from the Block inserter
Add image from the block inserter window
  1. The “Image upload” window will open
The WordPress Image block

From here, you can choose to upload a new image or add an image from the media library. Once you’ve uploaded your image, remember to add alt text to make that image more accessible.

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☆ Add a Featured Image

  1. Navigate to the post you want to update.
  2. In the WordPress block editor, look for the Settings sidebar on the right side of the workspace.
    • If the settings sidebar is closed, select the Settings button in the right corner of the page to open it.
  3. Scroll down to “Featured Image,” then select Set featured image. The “Featured Image” window will open. You can then add a featured image by uploading a new image or choosing an existing image from the “Media Library.”
The WordPress toolbar displaying Save Draft, the preview icon, and the publish button with the settings button circled in red
The WordPress settings sidebar with the Set Featured image block circled in red

☆ Add a Category

  1. Make sure the Settings Sidebar is visible on the right side of the content area, and that the Post tab is selected. 
  2. Scroll to the Categories section, and use the arrow drop down to expand it if necessary.
  3. Select the checkbox next to the Category you want to use for the post

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