Wordpress for Absolute beginners

To add new categories to your WordPress blog:

  1. Login to your dashboard
  2. Click on Posts
  3. Click on Categories
  4. Enter your category name into the Category Name input box
  5. Enter a category slug into the Category Slug input box. ** This step is not necessary. If you leave the box blank a slug will be automatically created based on your category name. ( A slug is the name of the page as displayed in the URL bar. For example if you visit http://www.antisocialmediallc.com/category/media-watch/wordpress-for-absolute-beginners/, the slug would be wordpress-for-absolute-beginners
  6. Select the parent category (leave this set to None unless you are creating this category under another category to make it a sub-category)
  7. Add a category description (This step is not necessary. The field can be left blank. The majority of themes don’t have the code needed to make the description display so even if you add a category description, unless you are using a theme that comes already configured to show the description, the description will not be visible.
  8. Hit the Add Category button

You should now be able to view your category in your categories list when you go to make a post. You might not be able to see the category in the user side category menu until the category contains posts. It depends on your theme and how it’s setup to display categories. By default categories will only be visible to users if they have posts in them.

How to add a new page

  1. Login  to your Dashboard
  2. Click on Pages (menu on your left)
  3. Click Add New
  4. Give your page a title
  5. Add your page content
  6. Hit the Publish button

If you have a pages menu on your site you should now see your new page in the menu.

So you’re new to WordPress and want to add some information on your blog that will remain constant. Should you create a category or a page?

Answer: Page

Categories are like sections of a magazine. They are intended to hold regularly updating content that you want to categorize under a specific name. Pages are for content that is intended to remain static. Of course with the flexibility of WordPress you can use pages for content that will not necessarily remain static; but as a general rule, if you’re adding content to your site that’s meant to remain visible and unchanged, like an “about me” page or a “contact me” page, you do not need a category for it. How to add a page – WordPress

Let’s say you want to write a weekly restaurant review. Should you create a restaurant review page or a restaurant review category?

Answer: category

Because you will be writing weekly reviews instead of just one review about one restaurant you should create a category for your weekly restaurant reviews. It’s possible you might find a review plugin that works through a page that the plugin creates, but assuming you are not using a plugin, you will want to create a category and add your weekly reviews as posts that get saved to your restaurant review category.

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