Sticky post

If you want to have a post that always remains at the top you can create a sticky post. 

To create a sticky post click Edit beside Visibility and tick ‘stick this post to the front page‘. The post will remain at the top of the page.

This is useful if you want to provide some standard information, or if you have an important update about which you want to inform users. It can also help protect against the user’s first impression of your site being a specific topic set by the latest post.

You can allow comments on all posts, however for the purposes of getting feedback on this template, please comment only on this post. To do so please click on Leave a Reply  above.

Status post

This is a status post. It doesn’t show the post title, but it does show the username of the person that posted it and their profile photo.

It’s not of much use unless you want to pretend your blog roll is Twitter. A Twitter that only you can post to. Fun eh?

Your public profile settings can be changed by going to the WordPress ‘W’ icon in the top-left and selecting Settings, then choosing Public profile in the right-hand menu.

Quote post

This is a quote post. The title is not shown at all and anything that has been created as a blockquote is highlighted by a colour box.

To create a blockquote select the text you wish to show as a quote and click the blockquote – speechmarks – icon above.

Normally a block quote is indented and italic, but when using the quote format it looks like this:

 The apparition of these faces in the crowd
Petals on a wet, black bough.

Standard post

This is a standard post. You create it in much the same way as you would a page, however there are some post-specific features.


You can choose specific formats of posts. In general, these are not used often, however they can help highlight certain content. Examples of different formats can be seen beneath this post.

I think you will agree that the standard format is best. Your blog roll can look messy if you use many different formats, so if you do choose to experiment do so modestly.

You can set the format using the Format box to the right.


Tags let you group together similar content. I have tagged this post really helpful advice and wow.

A URL is generated for each tag, so you can link directly to blog stories only related to that tag, e.g., this link goes to the Bright Futures tag on Foster Care.

It is only worthwhile using tags if you do so in a uniform manner. There is no point having the tags

  • fostering
  • foster care
  • foster

As these create three separate links.

You should cast a wide net with your tags, but not so wide as to be useless. It can be useful to create tags for important updates or for posts about a certain class or subject. This means that anyone interested in – for example, English- could use the Maths tag and avoid reading other stories.

Tags are only useful if you are making a lot of posts. If you are not posting often then your content will be easy enough to find anyway.

Tagging can be tricky to get right. If you need any assistance with tags please contact the Graeme Smith, Children and Families Web Services Manager, on 0131 469 3627.

You can read about tags in WordPress support.

Using Bright Futures tags

Every school has a Bright Futures tag that links to all the stories about them that we have posted. This can be a useful solution if you want to include news, but don’t want to commit to using a blog roll on your own site, as all you need is a link and the content will update automatically.

Read about Bright Futures tags on the Orb.

Image post

This is an image post. These are not particularly useful, as you can use images in standard posts.

The only difference is that the title of the post is not shown as a header, but in small text at the end of the post.


Aside post

This is an aside post.

The title is in smaller font and it is given a background colour.


Asides can be useful to highlight things.