Adding Content to Your WordPress Site

There are three main places to exhibit content on your site: posts, pages, and comments.

● A post is one entry in a site. Usually the newest post is shown at the top.

● A page is the standard platform for web content to exist in. A page is generally used for more static content (unlike the kind of articles, updates, and musings you might see in posts). A page sticks around regardless of what’s new—it’s ideal for publishing information you want to keep available and in the same place, like contact info or an “about” page.

Comments are written by the readers of your blog or site. Comments can be left on either a post or a page.

Content is created similarly for posts and pages. If you click on Posts, for example, you’ll be taken to the post management screen. Here’s what you would see for this site:


This site now has twenty-seven posts; here, you’re only seeing five of them. Entries for posts at the top are newer than those lower down. “A video walk-through of MLA Commons” is marked Sticky. This means that that post has been set to appear above everything else regardless of date. You can also see the author, and the bubble near the right-hand margin shows the number of comments on each post. By clicking on any of these entries you’ll be taken to the main editing interface.

If you’ve created a site, you’ll see a default post entitled “Hello World!” You can click on that to edit it if you want; you probably don’t want that text on your site.

But first, let’s make a new post. You can do that in a number of ways. You’ll see an Add New button just to the right of the Posts header at the top of your list of posts (see the screenshot above). There’s also an Add New button in the menu on the left side of the screen. Finally, you can hover over the + New button in the toolbar at the top of the screen and choose Post in the drop-down menu.

The new post page looks like this:

new post page

The first thing to note is the empty box at the top where the cursor is. Enter a title here for your post. Every post must have a title.

Your main content will go in the editor below the title. To add content, you can either Type / to choose block or click the black plus button toward the right of the screen. This will bring up the various options for content blocks, including Paragraph, Image, Heading, Gallery, List, and Quote.

Selecting content block type

You can also click the Browse All button if these options do not describe the kind of topic you are hoping to use in your post. Here, you also can choose Patterns to alter the styling of the block or Reusable to incorporate blocks you may have used elsewhere on your site.

Options when you select browse all in content block

You can edit your content block either by using the options in the tool bar that appears when you click inside the block or by using the options listed in the tray to the right of the screen.

The tool bar and side tray for editing content blocks

To move blocks, you can either select the button with six dots to drag the content or you can use the up and down arrow buttons in the tool bar to move the block above or below other content. To remove a block, click the three dots at the right of the tool bar and the navigate to the Remove button and the bottom of the drop down menu.

Adding, removing, and moving blocks.

Creating content in a page works in almost the same way. You can add a new page using the Pages tab in the left-hand menu:


Alternatively, you can go to the black toolbar at the top of the screen, then hover over + New and choose Page from the drop-down menu:


Comments are written by your readers, but you can manage them by clicking on Comments in the left-hand menu of the main WordPress Admin Panel. This will give you a list of comments that have been sent by readers.

If a new comment arrives on your site, it will not be published immediately—you have to approve it first. It will not surprise you to learn that most comments on WordPress are spam; however, we have spam filters installed on the Commons. This should take care of the worst of it, but you can delete any spam messages or mark them as spam.

If you place your cursor over any comment on the list, you’ll see a set of options appear below the preview of the comment’s text. This is where you can Approve a comment, Trash it, or mark it as Spam. After you approve a comment it will be published at the bottom of the corresponding post or page.


For more information on adding content to your site, visit WordPress’s Basic Usage Support webpage.