You can use the blog section for posting church news, articles, etc.
First you will need to add a page to show your latest blog posts. You also need to tell WordPress this is your blog posts page.
- Go to Pages > Add New.
- Enter a title (such as “Blog” or “Church News”) and any content that you want to appear at the top of the blog.
- Under Page Attributes, set Template to “Blog”.
- Optionally set a Featured image (see Section Banners for related information).
- Click Publish.
- Go to Settings > Reading.
- Under A static page set Posts page to the page you just added.
Adding a Post
- Go to Posts > Add New.
- Enter a post title.
- Enter the post content.
- Write a short Excerpt (post summary) or use the <!–more–> tag in your content.
- Choose or add categories for your post.
- Optionally enter some tags (keywords) for your post.
- Optionally click Set featured image to upload an image for the post.
- Click Publish.
Tip: Click “Screen Options” at the top-right to show/hide boxes on the add/edit screen.
Editing and Deleting Posts
- Go to Posts > All Posts.
- Hover over a post to see the Edit and Trash options
Excerpt or “More” Tag
Excerpts are shown in lists of posts. If you don’t provide an excerpt, WordPress will auto-generate one from your post content.
Alternatively (if your theme supports it), you can use the “More” tag in your content and everything above it will be shown instead of the excerpt. This is good for letting readers begin reading the first part of your actual article. Once they reach a certain point they’ll have to click the “Read More” button to view the whole post.
There is an icon button for inserting the “More” tag (first place your cursor where you want it to be used) or you can type
<!--more--> in Text mode.
Categories and tags can be added while adding a post but there are also areas for managing them separately.
- Go to Posts then Categories or Tags.
- Hover over an item to see the Edit and Delete options.
You can go to Appearance > Widgets and drag widgets into the Blog Sidebar (if available with your theme) or another widget area.
You can show any widgets in a sidebar but there are several widgets especially useful for the blog sidebar.
- CT Posts – list most recent blog posts.
- CT Categories – list blog categories (optionally as dropdown).
- CT Archives – lists monthly date archives (optionally as dropdown).
- Tag Cloud – standard WordPress widget that can list blog tags.
- Recent Comments – standard WordPress widget listing recent comments.
- Calendar – standard WordPress widget showing small calendar of posts by day.
The CT Posts widget is also useful for showing the latest posts on the Homepage.
Read the Widgets guide for more information.
Each author gets their own archive at a URL like this:
If you click an author’s name on a post, their archive will load.
You can show an author box below each post and on each author’s archive (click an author’s name on a post to view their archive). The box shows the author’s name, Gravatar image and a short bio.
- Go to Users > All Users.
- Click to edit a user.
- Provide text in the Biographical Info field.
WordPress creates RSS feeds for your latest posts and each archive (date archives, categories, tags, etc.). See Feeds in the WordPress Code for details.
Most of our themes let you show an RSS feed icon in the header or footer that links to your blog feed. Go to Appearance > Customizer to set this up.
Read Recommendations for a plugin that will add Facebook, Twitter, etc. buttons to your posts in order for readers to share with others.
Blog as Homepage
Do this if you want to show your blog as the homepage instead of using the standard Homepage. This is not common for church websites.
- Go to Settings > Reading
- Set Front page displays to “Your latest posts”