The Key Ingredients

Your new website will be built using the following main tools:

  • Pages / Sub-Pages
  • Categories / Posts
  • Menus
  • Widgets
  • Plugins

Let’s start by understanding the basic concept of the content that will make up your website:

Posts vs Pages

Posts are entries listed in reverse chronological order on the blog home page or on the posts page if you have set one in Settings > Reading (we’ll talk more about settings in other tutorials). Posts can be “ordered”.  For instance, if you want one post to appear first, you create a ‘sticky’ post.

Posts can be found in the Archives, Categories, Recent Posts, and other widgets. Posts are also displayed in the RSS feed of the blog. You can control how many posts are displayed at a time in the “Reading Settings”.

Pages are static and are not listed by date. Pages do not use tags or categories. An “About” page is the classic example.

Pages can be displayed in different areas on the website.  For instance, to display pages in the sidebar, you would use the ‘Pages’ widget.  Or some themes display pages in tabs at the top of the website. If you have 50 pages and you use the ‘Pages’ widget, then all pages will be listed all the time.

Menus

Menus allow you to organize your pages, posts and a navigation bar.

Your new website will automatically build menus for you based on your pages and/or categories. However, many of the themes we provide will allow you to override these default menus and create custom menus. To learn more, read the “Using Custom Menus” tutorial.

Widgets

Widgets are used to add things to parts of your website like on the left or right column and other parts of a page or multiple pages. We will discuss widgets in more detail in the “Using Widgets” tutorial.

Plugins

Plugins are tools that add functionality to your website. For example, you can install a plugin that allows you to create custom forms. Another plugin can allow you to create a slideshow or a photo gallery. We will cover these plugins in tutorials titled by their use.

 

Now that you are familiar with the tools used to create your website, let’s continue.