How to publish a post with the WordPress block editor | Block editor training
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How to publish a post with the WordPress block editor | Block editor training

Hi there! In the previous screencast, you explored all
the options in the Block tab of the sidebar. Now, it’s time to take a closer look
at the other tab: the Documents tab. If you’re used to using the classic editor, you’re probably familiar with most
of the options I’m going to show you. And that’s why we won’t
examine them too deeply. It will be more like a guided tour. If you’re relatively new to WordPress or you feel like you need more information
about the Document tab options, it could be smart to check out
our free WordPress for beginners course. OK, let’s get started. The Document tab doesn’t focus
on individual blocks, like the Block tab does. Rather, it focuses on the post as a whole. It helps you to make
your post ready for publishing. Take a look at the panels over here. Do you recognize the different parts? In the classic editor, these parts
are all in separate meta boxes next to, or below your post. In the block editor, these parts
are all gathered in one place: the sidebar. The first panel
is called “Status & Visibility”. It’s very similar to the “Publish” meta box
in the classic editor. The first thing you can do here
is determine the visibility of your post. Let’s click the link to see
which options you have: public, private, and password protected. OK. Secondly, you can choose
when to publish the post: immediately or on a specific date
and time in the future. Then, there are two checkboxes (that is, if you have the right
to edit posts from other authors, otherwise you won’t see the first box). If you want this specific post to stick
to the top of the blog, tick the first box. It will then keep that top position, even
if you post other, newer content afterward. If you tick the second box,
your post will be marked as pending. See that the “save draft” link
at the top changes along? Now, depending on your user role, you will now see the option
to change the author of the post. And the final option in the Status & Visibility
panel – this button – allows you to delete your post. On to the next panel: Revisions. In the classic editor, you can browse
your revisions in the Publish meta box. In the block editor,
it has its own panel in the sidebar. However, it works the same. Just click on the panel,
and a new screen will open. To restore a previous version, use the slider
or the buttons to find the right version and then click “Restore This Revision”. OK, let’s return to the editor. Then there’s the Permalink panel,
where you can edit the slug. In the classic editor, you can edit the slug in a field directly below
the title of your post. Let’s quickly refresh your memory:
why and when should you change the slug? Well, the slug in this box
is generated automatically. What exactly is generated depends
on the permalink settings you’ve chosen earlier. In our case, that’s the post name. If the title of your post is quite long and
you want people to remember your URL, it could be a good idea
to shorten or simplify your slug. But…remember to change it
before you actually publish your post. If you change your URL structure
after you’ve published your post, that will lead to errors,
which you’ll need to fix with redirects. Using a plugin like Yoast SEO Premium
will solve this problem for you. We create redirects for you automatically,
no need to worry about it. OK, next are Categories and Tags. Both are very convenient for your visitors, as they make it easier for them to navigate
your site and find things. It all has to do with structuring your site. By the way, search engines
like structured sites as well. If you want to learn more
about categories and tags, you could consider
our site structure training. It’s very practice-based, so you can easily
apply knowledge to your own situation. The course is included
in our Premium training subscription. OK, let’s move on. These panels are all collapsible by the way. You can easily expand or collapse them. Now, by clicking “Set featured image”
you can add a featured image to your post. You can either upload a new image,
or choose one from the media library. Let’s click this one and then click Select. There it is in the sidebar. Now, to give you a quick impression,
I click Save Draft and then Preview. Ta-da! Next one: Excerpt. In the classic editor, there’s an excerpt
meta box below your post. Writing an excerpt is optional. It’s a summary of your post, that can be displayed on, for example,
your archive pages. If you don’t write an excerpt yourself, WordPress automatically creates one
using the first 55 words of your post. If you click the Discussion panel, you can
choose whether you allow comments, pingbacks, and trackbacks
for this specific post. And if you don’t know what that means, then check our free WordPress
for beginners course. Finally, the Post Attributes panel. It depends on your theme
whether you see this panel and what’s in it. Theme TwentyTwenty comes
with three templates. Right now,
the default template is selected. It looks like this. Let’s now select another one
and see what happens. OK, nice! If you know how to create
a custom template, you can add it
to the post attributes menu as well. Now, all that’s left to do
is hit the Publish button. That will trigger a new menu, where you can once again check the
visibility and the publish date of your post. At the bottom, you can choose to always
see these checks, or skip them in the future. OK, let’s hit publish and… my post is live! Want to change something?
No problem. Just remember to click the Update button
when you’re done editing. You can also temporarily remove the post
from your site by clicking Switch to Draft. Are you still watching?
Good! Because there’s one more thing
that needs your attention. Right now, we’re in the post editor. But of course, you can also write and
publish pages with the block editor. The good news is, writing and publishing
a page works very, very similar. There are some minor differences,
but we think you can handle them. Good luck!


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