Posting a News Article on the Home Page

Publishing posts to the home page is probably the function that you will use most often throughout the season. Posts are created and published using your site’s administration panel. Because the site’s framework offers so much power and flexibility, that panel might look a bit complicated at first glance, but creating a post is really very simple.

  1. Log in to your site’s Administration Panel (Dashboard) at
    http://yoursite.org/wp-admin
  2. Click the Posts tab.
  3. Click the Add New Sub Tab
  4. Start filling in the blanks.

There are only three blanks you must fill in on every post, as explained below.

  1. Title
    The title, or headline, of your post. You can use any words or phrases. Avoid using the same title twice as that will cause problems. You can use alphanumeric symbols and typical punctuation symbols in the post like “My Team Wins! – It’s Another Miracle …”
  2. Content (Post Editing Area)
    The blank box where you enter your writing, links, links to images, and any information you want to display on your site. Two views are available when composing a post:  Visual or HTML.  Most people will use the Visual view. However, users who are knowledgeable in HTML (Hyper-Text Mark-up Language) may wish to use the HTML view from time to time. For more on the HTML view, see the section below, Visual Versus HTML View.
  3. Category
    The Post category determines where your post appears on the site, as well as whether it is mailed to the e-mail subscribers list. Therefore, it is critical that you must select the correct category (or categories) for your post. For front page news posts, there are two categories – Featured News and News. See the Front Page help page for the details on how these two categories control post location.

When you are ready, click the Publish button, it’s that easy! If you would like to preview your post before publishing, click the Preview button. While this is not a bad idea, note that this will take you to a preview of the single post by itself, not a preview of the home page with the post on it.

For more details on the post options, go to http://codex.wordpress.org/Writing_Posts.