WordPress Content Types - dummies

By Lisa Sabin-Wilson

Part of WordPress All-in-One For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Content is the lifeblood of a website, regardless of author or topic. Populate your site with a variety of content types to engage reader interest and to ensure return visits. WordPress offers several types of content that can be published on your website using the different, built-in features.

Menu Description
Posts Articles that get written and published to your site — posts are included as part of your archived site.
Pages Static, individual pages do not get published and archived as part of the site on your site; rather are used as standalone pages to publish items like an “About Me” page.
Categories File your blog posts into different topics.
Tags Define micro-categories for your posts by using tags to define extended keywords to help your readers locate posts on your site relevant to the topic they want to read about.
Images and Galleries Upload photos or images and create photo galleries, or a portfolio of images.
Media files Upload audio files for podcasting, or video files for video publishing. Even upload files like PDFs or Microsoft Word documents to provide downloadable content, like e-books or manuals.
Custom Post Types Create different methods of posting niche content types on your site, like a photo gallery, video gallery, or a repository of reviews for things like movies, books, and music (just to name a few of many examples).
Custom Post Formats Create customized display of different post formats like photos, quotes, posts, links, videos, and so on.
Custom Fields Use custom fields to attach different post metadata to individual posts and pages, like your current mood, what you’re currently listening to or your current local weather.