How To Create A WordPress Post – Pt. 1

This tutorial series shows you how to create a new WordPress post. Part 1 focuses on helping you understand the Post screen and its sections …

Learn To Use WPThis tutorial shows you how to create a post in WordPress using the WordPress Classic Editor interface.

To learn how to create posts in WordPress using the WordPress Gutenberg interface, go here: WordPress Gutenberg Content Editor.

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WordPress provides an easy-to-use, powerful and flexible way to manage your content online.

Publishing content regularly can help drive more visitors to your web site. Publishing your content online with WordPress is as easy as 1-2-3:

  1. Think …
  2. Write …
  3. Publish!

A Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A New WordPress Post

After deciding on the topic you plan to have content written about, the next step is to write, and then publish. WordPress makes this very easy.

In this comprehensive 2-part step-by-step tutorial you will learn how to create a post in WordPress.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Types Of Content You Can Publish In WordPress
  • Sections Of A WordPress Post
  • Recommended Guidelines For Adding Content In WordPress
  • WordPress Post – Saving Options
  • How To Create A New Wp Post – Steps

How To Create A WordPress Post - Step-By-Step Guide

This step-by-step tutorial explains the basic steps to adding and publishing content on your WordPress-driven website.

In order to get the maximum benefit from using WordPress posts, however, we recommend going through all of the articles and tutorials published on this site about WordPress, as we have designed these to help you grow your business presence online using the WordPress Content Management System.

As you can see in the diagram below, WordPress is an extremely powerful marketing tool and has many features that work together to deliver great results online …

The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A WordPress Post

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Posts

WordPress provides users with two main content publishing types: Posts and Pages.

To learn about the differences between using Pages and Posts to publish content online, see this article:

WordPress Posts are the content type that you will mostly use when writing and publishing new content on your web site …

How To Create A WordPress Post - A Step-By-Step Guide For WordPress Beginners

(WordPress Post)

The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A New Post In WordPress

To create a new WordPress post, do the following:

Log into your WordPress admin section, then go to your navigation menu and select Posts > Add New

How To Create A New WP Post - The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide

A new Post is created …

The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A WordPress Post

You can now start adding your post title and body content by either typing or pasting the content in …

How To Create A Post In WordPress - A Step-By-Step Guide

WordPress offers both a Visual Editor and an HTML Editor for adding text.

To learn how to use the WordPress editor, go here:

In the next section, you will learn about the main kinds of content that can be added to your posts.

What Types Of Content Can You Add To WordPress?

WordPress lets you go well beyond creating content containing just simple text and images. You can also add videos, audio recordings, downloadable documents, etc. to your posts, and just about any other type of content that you need.

A Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A Post In WordPress

In this section, we explore the main kinds of content you can add to posts:

Text-Based Content

You can add plain, formatted and/or hyperlinked text in a variety of fonts and styles to your content …

How To Create A New WP Post

(WP Visual Editor)

The WordPress Editor lets you format and style your text as you go …

A Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A New Post In WordPress

(WP Content Editor Tab And Menu Buttons)

Depending on how you configure your site’s plugins and settings, you can also insert “meta” text into pages and posts (i.e. the post titles, keywords and post descriptions that display in search listings), post excerpts, etc.

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

(WordPress SEO Plugin And Post Excerpt Field)

Media-Based Content

You can also add or embed media content into WordPress Posts, such as embedded videos, audios, shareable files (e.g. PDF reports), images, and more …

How To Create A New Post In WordPress - A Step-By-Step Guide For WordPress Beginners

To learn how to use media in WordPress, go here:

Scripts

WordPress allows you to add dynamic content elements (e.g. tables and charts) directly into posts and pages using scripts like Javascript, shortcodes, and plugins

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

(Use Shortcodes To Insert Content Into WordPress Posts)

Many scripts can be inserted into posts to help you control the content that displays in your content from an external location (e.g. manage advertising banners).

You can also add content to WordPress posts by inserting the code directly into the file templates, which requires knowing how to edit code.

To learn more about adding content via scripts inside WordPress Posts, see the tutorials below:

Next Step …

Now that you know what type of content can be added to posts, the next step is to learn about the WordPress Post panel.

Post Editor Options

In this section, we explore the WordPress Post screen and what each of the different post features do.

Description Of WordPress Post Features

The Post Panel contains various features that let you modify your post settings …

post screen options

(WordPress Post Panel)

Let’s review each of these features:

1 – Post Title Section

This area contains a field that lets you type in your post title …

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(WP Post Title Field)

The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A WordPress Post

Please note the following:

  • You can use phrases, numbers and a combination of words, number and other characters (e.g. a comma) for the title of your post.
  • Choose a unique title for each post you create. Using identical post titles can cause issues.
  • WordPress will automatically remove common symbols like apostrophes, commas, hyphens and quote marks from the “post slug” to create a valid URL for your post. Your Post title will still display these symbols, they just won’t appear in the post URL.

The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A New Post In WordPress

(Using Symbols In WP Post Titles)

2 – Post Content Area

This is the blank area of the WordPress editor where you add your content in …

WP Post Content Area

(Content Editor)

3 – Post Publisher Section

This section is where you control your post publishing status …

Post Publishing Section

(WP Publish Box Module)

Status
  • Published – Published posts will display on your site to all visitors unless it’s visibility is set to Private (see “Post Visibility Settings” section below).
  • Draft – A draft post is not visible to site visitors and registered members unless they are also an administrator.
  • Pending Review – A post marked as pending review is similar to a draft post, but needs to be reviewed and approved for publication by a registered user with Editor privileges.

To learn how to assign user permissions in WordPress, see this tutorial:

Post Preview

The Publish module also includes a Preview button that allows you to preview your post content before making your posts live …

How To Create A WP Post - Step-By-Step Guide

(WP Post Preview)

Visibility Settings

You can specify a number of post visibility settings …

(Post Visibility Settings)

(Post Visibility Settings)

  • Public – This makes your post visible to all website visitors after your post has been published.
  • Password protected – Making a post Password protected means that the content in your post can only be accessed by users with the correct password.
  • Private – a Private post is only visible to you (if you’re the site administrator) and/or registered users with editor or administrative privileges. You must be logged in to view a private post.

Additional publish settings allow you to modify post publishing dates (even schedule a post to be published at a later date), copy your post to a new draft, or delete your post by moving it to the trash.

Save Status

WordPress will autosave your post at regular intervals to ensure that your work is not lost (see “Saving WordPress Posts” section of this tutorial), but you can also save your post manually without publishing.

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

Note: If your post has yet been published, then either …

Save Draft button will display in the Publish section if your post status is set to Draft …

Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A WP Post

Or Save as Pending, if the post status is set to Pending Review

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

Click the button to save without publishing.

Publish

Click Publish to make the post live on your web site …

The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A Post In WordPress

You can also edit the publishing time of your posts by clicking the Edit link next to the “Publish immediately” section and specifying the date and time to publish the post …

A Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A Post In WordPress

To learn how to schedule WordPress posts for publishing at a future date, see this tutorial:

4 – WordPress Post Formats

Some WordPress Themes let you customize how your posts appear using Post Formats …

WordPress Post Formats

(WordPress Post Formats)

To learn more about using WordPress post formats, go here:

5 – Post Categories Module

Post categories help keep your content organized for site visitors …

WordPress Post Categories

(Post Categories)

If you assign your posts to categories, your blog readers can then narrow their search using specific categories to view all posts belonging to that particular category.

To add a new post category when creating a new post, click the + Add New Category link in this module …

How To Create A New Post In WordPress - Step-By-Step Guide For WordPress Beginners

To manage all post categories, select Posts > Categories from the admin menu …

A Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A New WP Post

To learn more about using WordPress post categories, go here:

6 – Post Tags Module

Tags allow you to finetune how posts can be organized …

Post Tags Module

(WordPress Post Tags)

A list of related posts is displayed to site visitors when a post tag is clicked.

Note: The way tags display on your site is controlled by your theme. Depending on the active WordPress theme you are using, tags may or may not display in your post …

WP Post Tags Display Differently In Different Themes

(Tags May Display Differently In Different WP Themes)

Or they may display differently … even in different areas of your page, again, depending on the theme you use …

Tags

(WordPress Post Tags)

You can add new tags to your blog posts by typing in comma-separated keywords into the “Tags” section and clicking the Add button …

How To Create A New WordPress Post - A Step-By-Step Guide For WordPress Beginners

(Post Tags Module)

To learn how to use WordPress post tags, go here:

7 – Featured Post Image

Featured images are controlled by your active theme.

If your theme allows you to display Post Thumbnails, then the “Featured Image” module should be visible in the Post editing screen …

Featured Image

(Featured Image)

If you can’t see the Featured Image section in your sidebar, check to see that the option has been selected in the Screen Options area (if the option is not there, then your theme may not support Featured Images) …

WP Post Editor - Screen Options Section

(WordPress Post Editor – Screen Options Area)

To learn how to add post thumbnails to WordPress, go here:

8 – Hidden Post Settings

Some functions inside the Post editing area are hidden by default, and will only display in your admin area if you select them the Screen Options area …

Hidden Post Section Options

(Hidden Post Modules)

Below are some of the features that can be activated for posts in the Screen Options area.

Excerpt

This option lets you add a post summary that will display in selected areas of your site, such as your blog page, post categories page, post archives page, and search post pages …

Post Excerpt Module

(Post Excerpt Box)

Go here to learn more about using post excerpts in WordPress:

Send Trackbacks

Trackbacks let you notify legacy blog systems that you have linked to them in your post …

WordPress Post - Send Trackbacks Section

(WordPress Post – Send Trackbacks Box)

If you link to other WordPress blogs, they’ll be notified automatically using pingbacks.

For sites that don’t recognize pingbacks, you can send a trackback to the blog by entering their website address(es) in the trackbacks box, and separating each web URL with a space.

Learn more about WordPress trackbacks and pingbacks here:

Custom Fields

Custom Fields let you add specific information to your site and/or modify the way your posts are displayed …

The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A WordPress Post

(Post – Custom Fields Box)

Custom Fields are normally used in conjunction with plugins, but you can manually edit the information added by a plugin in your post.

Discussion

This section is used to turn the discussion options on/off for any given post …

A Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A Post In WordPress

(WP Post – Discussion Settings)

This option is used to enable interactivity and notifications on your blog posts.

  • Check all boxes to Allow Comments and Allow trackbacks and pingbacks on your posts.
  • If you uncheck Allow Comments, then no one can post comments on that post.
  • If you uncheck Allow trackbacks and pingbacks, then no one will be able to post pingbacks or trackbacks to that specific post.

Notes:

  • If you are editing a post that has been previously published, the Discussion module will also show any comments that users may have posted.
  • Post discussion options are managed by the WordPress Discussion Settings.

Learn how to configure WordPress discussion settings here:

Post Slug

The post slug is a user-friendly post URL that is normally created from your post title …

How To Create A Post In WordPress - A Step-By-Step Guide For WordPress Beginners

(Post – Permalinks URL)

The Slug module allows you to edit the post slug, which is also known as your Permalink URL

How To Create A New Post In WordPress - The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide For WordPress Beginners

(Post – Slug Field)

Quick Note About Permalinks

How To Create A WordPress Post

(WordPress Post – Permalinks URL)

  • Permalink stands for “permanent link“. It is also referred to as a user-friendly URL, SEO-friendly URL, or pretty links.
  • When you set a Permalink for your post, WordPress will find your post and change all links on your website to point to the correct destination URL, even if you change the post slug, change the category for your post, or display your post under a different parent page.
  • The permalink is automatically created based on the title you specify for your post.
  • Commas, quotes, apostrophes, and invalid URL symbols are removed and spaces are substituted with dashes to separate each word in your post URL.
  • Your permalink displays below the post title field as soon as you save or publish a new post.
  • You can manually change your permalink URL by editing the post-slug (see above).

Learn how to set up and use permalinks in WordPress here:

Post Author

This feature displays a list of all registered authors on your site and lets you change the author of the post by selecting a new post author from the drop-down menu …

How To Create A Post In WordPress

(Post – Post Author Box)

Note: This section only displays on your post editing area if you have multiple authors on your site.

Learn more about assigning different post authors in WordPress here:

Next Step …

Now that you have a better understanding of all what the WordPress Post features are, the next step is to actually create a new post in WordPress.

How To Create A Post In WordPress - The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide

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This is the end of part 1 of this tutorial

Click on the link below to keep reading:

Creating A Post In WordPress – Part Two

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Originally published as How To Create A WordPress Post – Pt. 1.