General Posts

General posts are used to feature diverse, timely content throughout your website. On this page, you will learn how to create/edit posts and categories in WordPress on Arts CMS.


How to edit posts

Posts will have similar features as pages including: the visual and text editor and Yoast SEO plugin. You can add and edit content in the same way you would for pages. However, some differences include the number of modules available in the module wizard for posts, as well as the categories and tags sections. Additionally, if your post is featured in a post archive you may need to edit the Featured Image section to adjust what image is displayed.

Tip: It is best practice to add a short, custom description in the Excerpt box. This excerpt will display on post archives and let users know what they can expect in the post’s content. Otherwise, if left empty, the first few lines of the news post will be used by default, but it may cut off a sentence or word.


Categories and tags

It is best practice to add categories and tags to your posts. These help optimize your posts for your users and search engines. In addition, applying them adds another layer of organization to help feature specific posts in strategic locations.

Adding categories

Categories are also used to add posts to post archives that already exist on your site. In order to do so, you will have to assign this post to the specific category that your post archive is pulling from. Please note that these categories are separate from News and Events posts’ categories

In the backend of your site, on the right-hand side of your post you will see the Categories section. In this section, there should be checkboxes with all the available categories. If you want to add a new category, click the + Add New Category button and type in the new category name. You can assign one post to multiple post archives, just be sure to include the correct category.

Adding tags

Tags are used to add additional context to posts and are searchable within the website and search engines. On the right-hand side of the post you will see the Tags section. Type in the name of the tag that you would like to include and then click Add. Remember, you can assign multiple posts to the same tag.


How do I change the homepage carousel?

Highlight your most important pages in the carousel slider on the homepage. As soon as a visitor hits your website, they should be able to tell what your unit is all about; this means having a single, clear message that’s easy for your target audience to understand. Add slides with a clear intention of solving a user need, with the most important content appearing on the first slide.

Character limit: 200 characters; Button will display “View our [page name]” by default

Recommendation: Keep between 1-4 sliders and link to internal pages only

Add or edit a carousel slider

To add a carousel slider:

  • Go to Posts in the left-hand menu of your Dashboard and select “Add Post“
  • Insert the title, excerpt, and featured image
  • Select “A custom URL” under the “Page Links To” field and enter the internal URL you’d like the slider to link to
  • Select “Slideshow” under the “Categories” field
  • Publish or update the post
  • If you’ve added a new slide, go to Appearance > Widgets in the Dashboard and expand the “Header” widget area. Then expand the Arts Carousel widget contained within it, and select the new number of slides. You may only have up to 4 slides in the carousel at once.

To reorder your sliders:

The most recently published post will appear as the first slider in the carousel. To control the order, select “Quick Edit” on your posts and change the publish date or time to reflect the order you would like them to appear.

For example: Slide 1 (published: May 3), slide 2 (published: May 2), slide 3 (published: May 1)

 

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