Posts are used for time-sensitive content, usually articles or opinion pieces, which need to be displayed in a list with the latest item at the top.
Editing Posts is much the same as editing pages, there is one main content editor, and a lot of the elements on the page are the same. Posts can use custom excerpts (excerpts added to the excerpt field on the editor page) in the main blog listing page rather than the first few sentences of the post. Posts also use featured images in the main blog listing page.
Adding a post to a category is achieved using the Categories panel on the right side of the editor. This panel contains a list of selectable existing categories, and a link which will reveal an input and button so you can add a new category for the current post. Categories can be edited by visiting the Categories page which is linked from the admin menu under Posts.
Adding tags to a post is slightly different – here you add a list of keywords separated by commas and each one will be stored as a tag. If you have built a set of tags already, click on the link underneath the input to select from your existing tags (this will reduce the risk of typos generating new tags with alternate spellings).
Tags and categories are both displayed at the top and bottom of posts as lists of links. Clicking on these links will show you a list of the posts which have been assigned to that category/tag. These tag archive and category archive pages will show the name of the tag/category in the title, and display a description for the category/tag underneath. You can edit these descriptions by editing tags and categories on their respective pages (under the Posts item in the main administration menu)
Although the theme has plugins which handle the display of news and events, you may find that these plugins are not necessary if your site does not generate enough news or hold enough events to populate whole sections of your site. As an alternative, you could use Posts to handle both news and events, and other content types, by utilising categories to distinguish between each type.
This is where you can set a custom title for your posts archive page – this is used in the breadcrumb and should match the title of the posts archive page you have set in Settings->Reading.
You can also show tags on posts (categories are shown by default), and show / hide the search box.
Using Profiles as post Authors
If you have the Profiles Plugin activated on your site, you can use the settings of this plugin to replace the default authors of posts (the person who adds the post in the WordPress dashboard) with profiles – see the Profiles plugin page for more details.