To create a new Post on the Blog, you must be logged in. Click the Create a new Post link on any Blog or Post pages that can be found in the My Posts section between the Search box and the latest Events Posts in the right hand column.
This will open a new post page. Start with entering a title for your post, for example, My first post.
There is no need to edit the permalink, just accept the one generated by WordPress.
Before focussing on the main text and edit section of this page, let me explain the other sections first.
The Publish section allows you to save a draft and retrieve the post at a later date for editing. Once you are happy with the post, you can publish it by clicking the Publish button.
As soon as you have published the post, it will be visible on the site’s blog. The post can still be edited if you wish, noting that this publish section has slightly changed.
At any stage, you can edit the Published status back to draft or if desired, delete the post completely by selecting Move to Trash. After editing your post, click Update to save the changes. Please ignore the Edit for visibility. To choice between making your post visible to the public or to members only is made in the Member Access section.
The default setting is Public, so the first and last option are the same. If you wish to restrict your post to members only, just select the second option. Note that this will ensure that neither your post nor the associated comments will be visible to the public.
The next section that is of importance is the Categories section. Please check the appropriate category for your post. This will ensure it shows on the appropriate category page(s) and that if it is one of the recent posts within that category, it will also show in the last two or three posts for that category on each blog page.
Ignore the remainder of the sections and let us now consider the main edit window.
Unless you want to do something complicated and know html, just edit the post in the Visual tab. Simply start typing your post in the box.
The first nine buttons on the toolbar are for simple formatting, enabling you to change text to bold, italic and strikethrough, use bulleted, numbered or quote lists, and align the text left, middle or right.
Of the remaining buttons, the first one with the little piece of chain on it is the most useful. This allows you to embed a link properly within the text. Assume we want to have the text our club’s website showing as a link, and when clicked, opening the club’s website address www.mbcc.org.uk.
To achieve this type our club’s website and highlight the text. Then click the link button. This will open the following little popup.
Just type the appropriate url and title (that will show as a little hint when the cursor hovers over the link). Unless you link to another page on the club’s site, please check the Open in a new window/tab check box. This means that if the viewer closes the window containing the page linked to, (s)he still has the club’s site open.
If you want, then you can also link to a page or a post on the club’s site by clicking on Or link to existing content. This will show a list of pages and post titles that you can select from.