Exploring WordPress: Adding Posts to Pages
WordPress is a widely-known content management system that enables its users to create and manage websites with ease. This user-friendly interface allows users to create web pages, blog posts, and even e-commerce websites, with one of its significant features being the ability to create posts and pages.
Understanding Posts and Pages in WordPress
Before delving into how to add posts to a page, let’s differentiate the main two types of content in WordPress: posts and pages. Posts refer to entries or articles listed in reverse chronological order in a blog or archive page. In contrast, pages refer to static content that serves as the essential parts of the website such as the homepage, about page, contact page, and so on, which are not time-bound.
Creating a New Page or Post
You can create a new post by navigating to the Posts section of the WordPress dashboard and clicking on the “Add New” button. Similarly, to create a new page, navigate to the Pages section, and click on the “Add New” button.
Adding Posts to a Page
Now that we understand the distinction between posts and pages in WordPress, let’s discuss how to add posts to a page using three methods: using shortcodes, plugins, and widgets.
Method 1: Using Shortcodes
Shortcodes are small pieces of code that add dynamic content to your pages or posts. Follow the given steps below:
- Navigate to the page editor where you want to add the posts.
- Click on the “Add Block” button and search for the “shortcode” block.
- Select the shortcode block and enter the following shortcode: [recent_posts]. This will display the newest posts.
- If you want to display posts from a specific category, use the following shortcode: [recent_posts category=”category-name”]. Replace “category-name” with the name of the category you want to display.
- Once done entering the shortcode, save the page, and the posts will be visible on the page.
Method 2: Using Plugins
WordPress has a vast library of plugins that can help you extend the functionality of your website. Here we’ll use the WP Show Posts plugin as an example.
- Install and activate the WP Show Posts plugin from the WordPress plugin repository.
- Navigate to the WP Show Posts section in the WordPress Dashboard and click on the “Add New” button.
- Enter a title and configure the settings for the posts you want to display. You can choose to show posts from a specific category, tag, or author.
- Once you’re done configuring the plugin, save the post, and copy the shortcode provided.
- Navigate to the page editor where you want to display the posts and paste the shortcode into the content area.
- Save your page, and the posts will be shown on the page.
Method 3: Using Widgets
Widgets are small pieces of code that allow you to add dynamic content to your website’s sidebar, footer, or other widget areas.
- Navigate to the “Widgets” section in the WordPress Dashboard.
- Search for the “Recent Posts” widget and drag it to the widget area where you want to display the posts.
- Configure the settings for the widget, such as the number of posts to display and the title of the widget.
- Save the widget, and the recent posts will display in the widget area.
By using shortcodes, plugins, or widgets, one can quickly and seamlessly merge posts with pages that will help you attract and retain visitors to your website. So try these methods out for integrating your website’s posts and pages to create a more engaging user experience!