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In this section, we’ll talk about the differences in posts and pages, how to create them, how to edit their contents, and how to review prior versions for information.

WordPress is built around two basic concepts, Posts and Pages. Posts are typically blog entries but for the Liberal Arts departments, we have renamed posts to NEWS. News is a series of articles, automatically listed newest first. Pages are used for more static content (i.e. content that doesn’t change at all or changes infrequently). An ‘About us’ page is an example of a Page on a typical website. In most cases you’ll find that the content in the ‘About us’ page doesn’t change all that frequently.

We use “blog posts” where you need to display your “latest news” or even just department updates. Basically, any information that gets updated on a semi-regular basis can benefit from the ‘blog’ or ‘news’ functionality.

About News Articles

After clicking on the News menu option you'll be shown a list of News articles your site already has. Among the information displayed is the title, the Author, Categories, Tags, No. of Comments and either the Date Published, Date Scheduled or the Date the Post was Last Modified. The News Articles screen will look similar to the screen below: 


At the top of the page you can view how many articles in total you have in your site, how many have been published by yourself or Published, Scheduled, Sticky, Pending, in Draft or in the Trash.

When you hover your cursor over each row, a few links will appear beneath the Post title:

  • Edit – Will allow you to edit your News. This is the same as clicking on the News title
  • Quick Edit – Allows you to edit basic News information such as Title, Slug, Date plus a few other options
  • Trash – Will send the News to the Trash. Once the Trash is emptied, the page is deleted
  • View – Displays the News. If the News hasn’t been published yet, this will say Preview

Next to each News title is a checkbox. This allows you to perform an action on multiple items at once. You simply check the News that you would like to affect and then from the Bulk Actions dropdown select either the Edit option or the Move to Trash option and then click the Apply button. The Edit option will allow you to edit the Categories, Tags, Author, the Status and whether or not the Posts are ‘Sticky’. The Move to Trash option will move the selected items to the Trash.

You can filter the pages that are displayed using the dropdown lists and the Filter button. Clicking the Screen Options button at the top-right of the screen allows you to change how the News list is displayed. Click the List View option to display the articles in the traditional List View or click the Excerpt View option to display a short excerpt from the News underneath the News title. You can also hide various columns from view if you don’t want to see them. Clicking the Apply button will save your changes.

About Pages

After clicking on the Pages menu option you'll be shown a list of Pages that your site contains. Among the information displayed is the Page title, the Author, Number of Comments and either the Date Published or the Date the Page was Last Modified. The Pages screen will look similar to the screen below.



At the top of the page you can view how many Pages in total you have in your site, how many have been published by yourself or how many are Published or in Draft.

When hovering your cursor over each row, a few links will appear beneath the Page title.

  • Edit – Will allow you to edit your Page. This is the same as clicking on the Page title
  • Quick Edit – Allows you to edit basic Page information such as Title, Slug, Date plus a few other options
  • Trash – Will send the Page to the Trash. Once the Trash is emptied, the page is deleted
  • View – Displays the Page. If the Page hasn’t been published yet, this will say Preview

Next to each Page title is a checkbox. This allows you to perform an action on multiple items at once. You simply check the Pages that you would like to affect and then from the Bulk Actions dropdown select either the Edit option or the Move to Trash option and then click the Apply button. The Edit option will allow you to edit the Author, Parent, Template, whether to allow Comments or not and the Status of each of the checked items. The Move to Trash option will move the selected items to the Trash.

You can also filter the pages that are displayed using the dropdown list and the Filter button.