How to View WordPress Posts
In this video, we're mostly going to take a look at how your posts look on the front of your website. Before we get there, I want to show you a little bit more about the admin area. This is called list posts admin archive and it's found by clicking all posts. Here in the admin area there's a variety of pieces of information you can see right on this page. You can see a title, the author, categories, tags, how many comments and the date it was published. Date and title can be clicked to order by that so that you can get alphabetical titles or you can invert the date so you can see oldest first. Instead of most recent first, if you click an author or categories or tags if there were any you could see only posts by that author or category or tag above the list. Here we have a bulk actions option and you can bulk edit or bulk move to trash. We'll look at bulk edit in just a moment. You can choose to see posts from all dates, only a given month, you can choose all categories or a specific category. In the top right, here is a search box. Once you get more than a dozen or so posts, it can be very nice to be able to search for the post you're looking for. Under screen options, you can choose what columns to show. So if you only have one author it's kind of pointless to repeat it over and over so you simply remove it. If you're not using categories and tags, you can get rid of those as well. You can set here the number of items per page - the default is 20. If you want to bulk delete a number of them or bulk edit a number of them, it can be handy to set this number higher to something like a hundred. If you get too high, though, then it can take too long to get all that information from the database and the page will timeout without giving you what you want. If that happens simply set the number lower and try again. We can also choose excerpt view which gives us some information about the post. If you hover over the post you'll see that there's edit, quick edit, trash and view. If we quick edit a single one we can change the title, the slug, the date, give it a password or make it private, change categories and tags, allow or disallow comments and pings and change the status or make it sticky. If you select many of them and click Edit, apply, you can change parts of that. Obviously not content specific but you can change categories and tags, author, comments, status, format, pings and sticky and, if you accidentally got one that you don't want included, you can simply remove it once you're done. You can click update and it changes all of them. You could do the same thing with trash. There. Now I have trashed all my posts but I didn't really want to do that so there's a button right here to undo. Now let's take a look at what these posts look like on the front of the site. This is our homepage and, right now, it's set up to have the blog on the homepage. We're not going to want that long term but we'll change it later. Right now, this is called an archive. We have titles, author, category, date and the text published in chronological order. Now this is called the homepage archive when it's right on the home page but there are a variety of other archives. One of them is the search archive. So let's search for grow and it found it, says search results at the top. This is called the search archive. Over on the right here there are monthly archives and you can click to see posts only from that month. In the URL you'll note that it shows the year and the month. There's also a category archive which shows us posts only from that category. Right now we only have one category so it's all our posts but if you use categories regularly then it can be handy to see posts only from the growth area, the parks area or the construction area. Under recent posts, you'll see that you can click on an individual post. You can also click on the title of any post and this is called a single because it's a single item, a single post. At the top we have the title and the same meta information that we had before but now we also have the option to leave a comment normally. It would ask for name and email etc but since I'm already logged in it knows who I am so all I need to do is put in a comment. Here at the bottom we have what's called pagination. We can go to a previous post, if one exists. The next post. If we're on the oldest post, we don't get previous. This post has a comment and so we can see it right there and we can even click reply to reply to it. So, as you can see, there are a number of ways that you can present your posts to your readers. You'll want to check each one of them when you get a new theme to make sure that it looks good, no matter where your reader is looking.