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Add, Edit and Delete a Post With Elementor

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In this WPDesigns article, I will take a look at how to add, edit, and delete a post with Elementor.  But to start off, I will cover a little about what a blog is and what it is used for.  If you already know about this, feel free to skip ahead here.

About Blog Posts

The blog is a significant feature for almost any website. It allows the latest updates to be shown, thoughts to be articulated, and any other information displayed easily on the website. This series of how-to guides, for example, are blog posts along with all our previous projects and portfolio items.

A blog’s content is generally organized into “blog posts,” which are then split further into categories and tags.  The blog posts are by default presented in reverse order (newest content on top), but this can be changed if desired.  The main reason for this is to allow people to see the latest content first, and they can then search for the other content as needed.

The way your blog will look on your WordPress website will change according to your theme; if you are using something like Elementor Pro, then your blog can be edited and created however you like.

If you use WordPress to run an effective blog, you’ll soon find that the posts will make up the majority of your website content; this should be organized for visitors through the use of categories and tags, but an effective way for Admins and Editors to organize the content in the backend of the site is to use HappyFiles.  The main WordPress website pages that you have will change slowly over time and will contain the main website content, also referred to as the “Ever Green” content. These pages often consist of –  Home, About, Services, Contact pages, etc., but the blog posts on your website will grow and change fairly rapidly.  If there is the latest update about your business or some exciting news, then that is most likely to be a blog post, a more permanent change will be made to the pages.

Since posts are often up to date at the time of publication and can then become outdated, the older posts move down the list but are easily accessible from the categories, tags, or search function within the blog itself. To encourage your users to share your posts on social media networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, and Pinterest, you can use one of the many social share widgets from Elementor to help get your content onto social media platforms.  Having your blog post shared across these platforms gives them added importance and power in the eyes of search engines.

How to Add a Post

The Dashboard is where you go to do many things in WordPress, but you will need to navigate here to add your new post. Add /wp-admin to your website URL to get there if you don’t know-how.

Once on your WordPress dashboard, on the left-hand menu, you will see a tab labeled “Posts,” Simply hover over on it to see a dropdown menu with the option to “Add New.” When you click on add new, you’ll be taken to the new post creation page, where you can enter your chosen title. There are more options on the right-hand side that you can change or edit, such as permalinks, categories, tags, featured images, excerpts, and so on.

How To Add New Post
How to add new post
Overview Of Add Post
Overview of add post

Post Fields

When you create your post you can add details into some of these fields.  The most important to begin with will be the title, categories, and featured image. 

Title

The title of your post should be typed into this box.  The post title should be relevant to the blog post you will create and give the reader a little hint as to what is to come.

Note:  It is very important that you do not use the same title on another article or post the same blog content twice.  This is important for Google.

Description Box

If you are going to create your blog post using Elementor then once ready to start you will click on “Edit With Elementor“, if not you can write your articles using either the visual (WYSIWYG) editor or the text view.
The term “permalink” is derived from “permanent  link.”  The URL structure of your page is incredibly important for SEO and once set it should not be changed.  You can also have issues with Error 404s if you change the link and visitors may get frustrated as they cannot access the content that the link is supposed to lead to, search engines will also penalize you for this.
 
The default URL structure of WordPress is set to “Post ID” which is terrible for SEO.  It is generally recommended that your Permalink settings are set to “Post” so that the page or post title is included in the link.
 
The permalink is shown below the title field and is created automatically based on the title you give the article.  Depending on your Permalinks settings, you can change this (also known as “post slug” or simply “slug”) using the “Quick Edit” button. 
 
If you needed to adjust your settings or double-check them go to Dashboard > Settings > Permalinks. If you have an established site it is likely not worth changing them as it will likely damage your SEO.

Publish Box

The buttons control the status of your post in this section. Draft and Published are the two primary types. The word “draft” refers to a post that has not yet been finished and is still being worked on by the author and if a post has been “Published” then it is live on the website and available for others to see.

Preview Button

You can preview the post until it is published using this button.  If you are using Elementor, you can use this option or the preview option in the live editor, which can be found next to the green Publish button on the bottom left of the page.

Save Draft

Instead of instantly posting your post to the live website, you can save it as a draft to work on it again later. To get access to your drafts again after having previously started; go to “Posts,” then hover over the post you would like to continue with and click on the name of the post, edit or “Edit with Elementor”  When you save a post as a draft, it will have the word draft added to the end of the title.
“Like this – Draft.”
 
You can easily save a post draft in Elementor by clicking on the small arrow next to the green publish button and then clicking “Save Draft”.

Status

When you click the update post or “Publish” button after choosing a publish status (click Edit next to Status: Draft), it is added to the post. Select Pending Review from the Publish Status drop-down box and press Save As Pending to save a post in the Pending Review status. (Go to Dashboard > Posts > Edit to see all posts sorted by status.)

Visibility

This is how the rest of the world can see your article. There are three options for the visibility of a post or page:
  1. Public
    This is a standard option that will allow your content to be posted for everyone to see if they find it on your site or link to the content.
  2. Private
    This content will only be available to administrators and editors, and it will be hidden from all others.
  3. Password Protected
    This post or page content can be clicked on, but the user will be asked for a password.  If they have the password, they can see the page’s content; if they do not… they can’t.

Revisions

To see all of the changes you’ve made to your post, click Browse. Within the Elementor page editor you can also click on the “History” icon on the bottom left of the page near green publish button and then select “Revisions” at the top.

Scheduling

Click Edit next to the words “Publish immediately” to prepare a post for publication at a later time or date.  You can also back-date posts by updating the publish date to a previous date.  Adjust the time and date to your liking.  When you’ve finished writing your post, press the Publish button to publish it at the time and date you specify.

Format Box

If you are using a theme that allows you to use a particular styling for your posts you can select that here.

Categories Box

The key topic of the article. A blog’s content is typically split into different categories. Readers may look at various categories to see all of the articles that belong to that category. Go to Dashboard > Posts > Categories to handle your categories.  You can also add a new category directly from here.  More details on categories is covered below.

Tags Box

These are micro categories of the post, close to how a page’s index entries are used and generally only used for a small number of posts.  When a user clicks on one of the tags, it links posts with matching tags together.  To appear in your post, tags must be allowed in your theme with the appropriate code.  By entering the tag in the box and pressing “Add,” you can add new tags to the post.  To see all of the tags used on the site, click on the “Choose from the most-used tags” link.

Excerpt

If nothing is entered into this box then the excerpt will be auto generated by WordPress when needed.  This box allows you to add a custom excerpt to be shown in its place.  It will be displayed whenever a short or overview summary of the article on the front and category pages, articles and non-single articles is needed.

Send Trackbacks

One way to notify conventional blog systems in which you are linked. You are immediately informed of the use of pingback by linking other WordPress blogs. There is no need for other action. You can submit your blog by type of Website address(s) in this box separating each by a slot, to those blogs which do not accept pingbacks.

Custom Fields

Custom fields have a way to add your site information.  Custom fields may change the way a post is presented in combination with additional code in your design files or plugins.  This are mostly used for plugins, but in this section the details can be edited manually.

Discussion

Interactivity and post update options are available here. Allow Comments on this Post and Allow trackbacks and pingbacks on this Post are the two check boxes in this section. If Allowing Comments is unchecked, no one would be able to leave a comment on this post. No one will post pingbacks or trackbacks to this post if Allowing Pings is unchecked.

Post Author

You can choose from a list of all blog authors to refer as the post author. This segment only appears if the site has several users with authoring privileges. Go to Dashboard > Users to see the user list.

Categories

In WordPress, one of the default taxonomies is category. You can sort and group your blog posts into different sections by using categories that keep the content organized and relevant. For example, a news website might organize its blogs into categories such as Current, Business, Weather, and Sports. Visitors can quickly understand what topics your website is about by using categories, which allows them to navigate your site more efficiently and keep them interested and engaged as they can find the material they are looking for with ease. 

By default “Uncategorized” is the category that is assigned to a post created on a WordPress website, if you don’t choose a category for a post, this will be the category it is listed under. The default category can be changed by going to the Dashboard > Settings > Writing

How to Add Categories to Your Blog Post:

There are a couple of main way to add existing categories to your blog post but two ways that you can create new categories.  In the first method, you will see how to add existing and easily create a new category and in method two, create a new category with more control and options than in step one. In Method three you can quickly add categories to a post but not create new ones.

Adding Category When Adding A New Post
Adding category when adding a new post

Method One

When setting up your blog post, before you have opened it with “Edit with Elementor” you can add or create a new category as needed. On the right-hand side click on the Categories tab in the Document panel. Then, you can either select an existing category from the list or create a new category.  To create a new category simply click the “Add New Category” button. When you click the link, two new boxes will appear, one will ask you to enter the name of the new category and the other the “Parent Category“.

A parent category is something that encompasses the category below.  For example, if your blog post was about desserts then the parent category for this might be Food as desserts would come under that.  Picking a parent category is not necessary but can be helpful to keep things organized if you have lots of categories. After you’ve given your category a name, and selected the parent (if needed) press the ‘Add New Category’ tab.

Method Two

You may also apply a new category to an existing post without changing it. You can add a new category by navigating to Posts > Categories. If you want to add all of your categories before adding content, this is a good option. You can also change the slug (URL) for your categories using this process. You can also rename and remove categories here. You may also write a description about them.

Adding Category From Beneath The Post Tab
Adding category from beneath the post tab
Quick Edit In Wordpress
Quick edit in WordPress

Method Three

From the Dashboard navigation to the posts page, hover over the post you would like to add the categories to and you can click on “Quick Edit”.  Using quick edit you can change a lot of options for the particular post and add/ remove categories and tags etc.

Tags

In WordPress, another of the pre-defined taxonomies is the tag. Along with categories, users can apply tags to their WordPress blog posts. Although a category may include a wide variety of subjects, tags are narrow in range and more based on a specific subject. Consider keywords for the subjects covered in a specific article. If a user does not choose a category for a post in WordPress, it is immediately assigned to the default category. Tags, on the other hand, are not added to a post until a person introduces them, making them fully optional, though there is no limitation on how many you can add but keep them within reason. There are also two methods to add tags.

Adding Tag When Adding New Post
Adding tag when adding new post

First Method

Go to your Dashboard > Posts > Add New to add tags to a new post. When you’re finished writing your new post, click the tag word in the Tags section on the right and press Add. You are free to use as many tags as you want.

Second Method

You may also apply tags to an existing post without changing it. You can add new tags by navigating to Posts > Tags. If you want to add all of your tags before adding content, this is also a good option. You can also change the slug (URL) for your tags using this process. You can also rename and remove tags here. You may also write a description of them.

Adding Tag From Beneath Posts Tab
Adding tag from beneath posts tab

How to Edit a Post

Edit A Post With Elementor
Edit a post with Elementor

If you want to edit some of your posts with Elementor, it’s simple to do so. Simply go to your dashboard, then posts, and then all posts. Then, from the list of entries, pick the one you want to edit and press the edit with elementor link. If you don’t see the option to edit with elementor, simply click on the post’s name or title. Following that, you can see the elementor edit option here. Simply click on it. Here you can change the title of the post, as well as make the post draft and also to choose post layout. To do so simply press the gear icon in the bottom-left corner. Then you can also use all of the widgets from here like section, column, image, text editor , iconlist, share button etc.

Trash a post

If you want, you can easily delete or trash a post. To do so, go to the dashboard and then press on the post tab. Here you’ll see a list of all the posts you’ve made. Then you must choose the particular post that you want to delete, where the trash option will appear. When you will  click on trash, the post will be moved to the trash tab. If you want to remove the post permanently, go to trash, then click on delete permanently, and it will be removed from your website. 

Delete Or Trash A Post
Delete or trash a post
Restore A Post
Restore a post

Restore a post

Simply go to Dashboard > Posts to restore a trashed post. Then, above the list of posts, you will get the trash option. Press on the trash tab, then the restores choice would then appear. Choose which post you want to restore and then click on restore. The post will be restored. However, if you have previously deleted the post permanently from this location, you will not be able to restore it.

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