The WordPress software is a content management system. The content in a website is put into Pages and Posts. The two pages have different functions.
The WordPress Page
A Page is static, and remains as it was on the day it was created. Think of when you hold a single sheet of paper, this is a Page. In a website you can add as many pages as you need. They can be grouped together and arranged in a hierarchy of importance with a Parent Page and a Child Page.
All the Pages created in a website are organized in the content management system in a Page Database in alphabetical order. From the Dashboard you can see All Pages this takes you to the main Page Database. The database will show the number of pages in the website how many are published, how many drafts, and how many are in the trash.
As you can see the system is well organized so you can see at a glance the Pages that have been created. It also prevents you from creating a duplicate page. The Pages in a website are topical, relevant to the subject of the website.
Pages in a website are similar to a magazine. In the website there is a navigation feature known as the Top Menu where the Main Pages are found for easy access.
Planning the Content of the Pages
It’s important to think about what you name the page. You’ll see the usual pages in a website as in Home, About, Services, Contact, as long as the Page is descriptive in the title then the visitor to the website understands this is an About page. The About page is usually a page that explains what the website’s purpose is.
The Page must be informative and convey information. What you want to avoid is too much information or too little information.
Don’t make the visitor have to figure out the information on the website. This is actually the title of a good book on the subject of website content; Don’t Make Me Think by Steve Krug. The author wrote this book out of frustration because so many websites cause the visitor to have to think their way through the website instead of accessing the information easily.
The WordPress Post
The Post is a Blog Post. The Blog is a web-log like a journal entry. The Blog Post has graduated into a vital publishing tool for businesses and individuals beyond a journal entry. It is now one of the major ways for businesses to communicate on a regular basis as information changes and new products are developed.
As we discussed above the Page is static, but the Post is created and is listed in chronological order. The most recent Post being listed at the top on the date the Post was written.
A Post is like a Magazine Article. It is interesting and contains updates with the latest information. It is an excellent way to inform customers, and talk about new products or inventions related to the type of business or service offered.
It’s the news and everyone wants to be the first to know the news, especially if it affects a system people are using. Or there is a major change to the business as we used to do it to the ‘new normal’ which now has a new structure.
The Posts Database Page has the same layout as the Pages listing the Posts with the most recent on top, the Author, and the Categories.
Posts, or Blog Posts, are not difficult to create providing you understand how to put the content into the Post. The thing to remember about using the Editor is this; it’s just a matter of knowing how the software works, and using it. The software operates the same way all the time. Once you get used to it you’ll find the system works well.
There is an art to putting content onto a Page or a Blog Post. You always want the minimal amount of distractions when creating any content.
There are a lot of “cool” things you can do with animation, slide in, popups, but you must keep in mind these additional moving parts to a Blog Post or a Page will be an irritant to the viewer.
The Visual Builder
Putting Content Into the Page or Blog Post
The most efficient way to put content into a website Page or Blog Post is to use the Visual Builder which bypasses the Classic Editor and the Gutenberg Editor. Neither are needed because you’re working on the front end of the page.
The Visual Builder was introduced into the Divi Theme and has changed the way we build websites. The Visual Builder is an extension of the Page Builder that is built into the Divi Theme. With the Visual Builder you see your edits in real time.
The styling features are built into the modules. The Visual Builder is the most advanced tool to come out and it’s the best kept secret of designers and developers, but it’s not a mystery. Anyone can use it. The Visual Builder was desgined so you and I could enjoy creating the content for the WordPress Pages and Blog Posts in a website.
Sometimes you might not be able to find the answer to a question you have when you’re working on creating content. You’ll need to know How to Use The Divi Builder Helper.