Anatomy of a WordPress Site

The HomePage (Static Page) graphic shows how a static home page might be setup. It includes: 

  1. Header containing the site logo, header menu, and search bar
  2. An accessibility toolbar that is added as a result of a site plugin
  3. Static page content
  4. Footer containing the copyright information

An annotated WordPress homepage with the annotations: Site logo (site identity), header menu, search bar, accessibility Toolbar (plugin), Static page content, copyright, and footer

The Automatically generated posts page layout is determined in part by your theme as well as any customizations you add to it. The posts page (auto generated) graphic shows the following:

  1. A two column list of blog posts
  2. The page title (page name)
  3. Each blog post containing
    1. Post title and date
    2. Post excerpt
  4. The right sidebar containing:
    1. A group with an image and text
    2. A Patreon widget (from the Patreon plugin)

Title post page (auto generated) shows the auto generated posts page with the following annotations: two column list of blog posts, page title, post title & date with hyperlinks to the single post page, post excerpt, right sidebar, image and text in a group, and patreon widget

In addition to using an automatically generated posts page, you can create a customized page that contains static content that you define as well as the list of posts. The Customized Post page graphic example shows:

  1. A list of the five latest podcasts shown as an embedded player from BuzzSprout.
  2. A list of podcast subscription icons (plugin)
  3. Two column list of title and date for posts. Only posts with the category Podcast are displayed.
  4. In the right sidebar there is:
    1. A widget that displays the five latest blog posts
    2. A category dropdown widget

title customized posts page with annotations: BuzzSprout embed code to show latest 5 episodes, plugin to display podcast subscription services, two column list of posts only post with category Podcast are displayed. In the right sidebar the annotations say Widget that displays five latest blog posts and Category widget set to Dropdown menu

When you click a single post you get the Posts Page - Single Post view. The Post Page - Single page shows: 

  1. The post’s feature image
  2. Post title
  3. Post author
  4. Post text

Title posts page - single post with annotations showing feature image, post title, author, date, and post text.

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