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Overview: content types
Within WordPress you can manage many different kinds of information. Two of these content types are built into WordPress:
- Posts: News items, typically added over time. Example—an ongoing stream of recent news about your organization.
- Pages: Conventional web pages. Example—an “About” page describing your organization’s history and mission.
Besides posts and pages, some themes and plugins add other content types. For example, a theme that keeps track of volunteers might have a Volunteer content type, with each volunteer record storing the person’s name, skills, and contact information.
In addition to the standard Post and Page content types, your theme supports these special content types:
- People: information on people associated with GHI
- Events: news items describing upcoming or past events
- GHI in Action: news highlighting GHI’s activities and results
- Promoboxes: visual calls to action appearing on the home page
- UniverCity: details on Livable Cities projects
- Sutdent Profiles: highlights of individual students
- World Voices: stories from people connected with GHI
You manage these content types in exactly the same way as you manage posts and pages. They simply appear as separate menu items on the Admin menu for eas e of management.
The process of creating and editing all of these different content types is usually very similar. So unless the distinction is important, throughout this manual the terms post and page will often be used interchangeably for each other, and even for other content types.
Creating a new page
To create a new page you can click Add New on the Pages menu:
Or, if you’re already in the WordPress editor screen, click Add New at the top above the title box:
- Give the page a title and add its content in the main editor window.
- At any time you can click Save Draft in the Publish menu at the right. This will save your changes without making the page available to people who visit the site.
- In the meantime, until you publish it, clicking Preview will show you how the page will look after you publish it.
- Once you’re happy with the page, click Publish.
At this point you’ve created the page, but depending on your WordPress theme, it generally won’t appear in the site’s menu yet. For that, someone will need to add it to the menu as discussed in the Managing menus chapter.