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 …

WP TutorialThis 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 you grow your business online faster. Getting content published online with WordPress is as easy as 1-2-3:

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

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

Once you have decided what topic you want to have content written about, the next step is simply to write, and then get it published online. With WordPress, this is very easy.

In this comprehensive 2-part tutorial series you are going to learn how to create a post in WordPress.

The following sections will be covered:

  • WordPress Post Content Types
  • Sections Of A WordPress Post
  • Recommended Guidelines For Adding Content To WordPress Posts
  • Options For Saving WordPress Posts
  • Creating A Post Using WordPress – Steps

How To Create A Post In WordPress

This tutorial covers the basic steps to getting content published on your WordPress-powered site.

To get the most benefit from using WordPress posts, however, we also recommend reading all of the content published on this site about WordPress, as we’ve designed these to help you grow your business online using the WordPress CMS.

As you can see in the diagram below, WordPress is a really powerful marketing tool with many elements that need to work together in order to create great results for you online …

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

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WordPress Posts

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

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

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

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

(Post)

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

To create a new WordPress post, do the following:

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

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

A new, blank Post is created …

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

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

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

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

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

Now, let’s explore the different types of content you can add to your posts.

WordPress Posts – Content Types

WordPress allows you to go well beyond adding content that features simple text and images. You can also add videos, audios, downloadable documents, etc. to your posts, and just about anything else that you can imagine.

How To Create A New WordPress Post

In this section, we explore the different kinds of content that can be added to your WordPress posts:

Text-Based Content

You can insert, edit and format text in a variety of fonts and styles into your posts …

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

(WP Visual Content Editor)

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

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

(WordPress Visual Editor Tab And Menu Buttons)

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

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(WordPress SEO Plugin And Excerpt)

Media-Based Content

You can also add or embed media-based content in WordPress, such as embedded videos, audio files, downloadable files (e.g. PDF reports), flowcharts, and more …

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

To learn how to use the WordPress media editor, 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 Post In WordPress

(WP Shortcodes)

Many scripts can be added to posts that let you control the content that appears in your content from a remote location (e.g. manage advertising banners).

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

For examples of adding scripts in WordPress Posts, see these tutorials:

Next Step …

Now that you know what kind of content can be added to your posts, the next step is to learn more about the WordPress Post area.

Post Panel Features

In this section, you will learn about the WordPress Post section and the function of each post feature.

WordPress Post Features

The Post Panel contains a range of features that allow you to modify your post parameters …

WordPress post screen

(WordPress Post Screen)

Let’s take a look at each of these modules:

1 – Post Title

This section contains a field where you can insert your post title …

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(WordPress Post Title Field)

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

Please note the following:

  • You can use phrases, numbers and various symbols (e.g. a question mark) for the title of your post.
  • Choose a unique title for every post you create. Using identical post titles can cause problems.
  • WordPress will automatically remove common symbols like commas, apostrophes, quotations and hyphens from the “post slug” to display a valid URL for your post. Your Post title will still display these symbols, they just won’t appear in the post URL.

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

(Using Symbols In Post Titles)

2 – Post Content Section

This is the large, blank section of the WordPress editor where you compose your content …

WP Content Editor

(Post Content Section)

3 – Publish Box Feature

This section is where you specify the options and settings that control your post publishing status …

WP Publish Box Module

(Post Publishing Section)

Post Status
  • Published – Published posts can be seen by your site visitors, either publicly or privately.
  • 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 by a registered user with Editor privileges.

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

Preview

The Publish section also includes a Preview button that lets you view the post content before making your post live …

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

(WordPress Post Preview)

Post Visibility

You can select different post visibility settings …

(Post Visibility Settings)

(Post Visibility Settings)

  • Public – Setting a post to Public makes it visible to all website visitors after publishing the post.
  • Password protected – Making a post Password protected allows you to protect your content with a password.
  • Private – a Private post is only visible to you (if you are the site administrator) and/or users with editor or administrative privileges. You must be logged in to view a private post.

Additional publish settings allow you to edit post publication dates (even schedule a post to be published at a later date), copy a 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 manually save your post without publishing.

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

Note: If your post has not been published yet, then either …

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

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

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

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

Click the button to save your post without publishing.

Publish Post

Click Publish to make the post live on your website …

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

You can also edit the publishing time of your posts by clicking the Edit link above the “Publish” button and specifying the date and time when you would like the post to be published …

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

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

4 – WordPress Post Formats

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

Post Format Module

(Post Format)

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

5 – WordPress Post Categories

Post categories help classify your post into topics and keep your content organized for your site visitors …

Post Categories Module

(WordPress Post Categories)

If you assign your posts to categories, your visitors can then narrow their search using specific categories to view all posts published under that category.

To add new categories when you create a new post, click the + Add New Category link …

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To manage your categories, select Posts > Categories in the dashboard menu …

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

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

6 – WordPress Post Tags

Tags are like index entries for your posts …

Post Tags

(Post Tags Section)

Clicking on a tag in a post displays related posts.

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

WP Post Tags

(WP Post Tags Display Differently In Different Themes)

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

Tags In A Post

(WP Tags May Display Differently In Different WordPress Themes)

To add new tags to your blog posts, type in comma-separated tags into the Tags area and click the Add button …

How To Create A New WP Post

(WordPress Post Tags)

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

7 – WordPress Post Featured Image

Featured images are controlled by the active theme you have installed on your site.

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

WordPress Post 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 checkbox is not there, then your theme may not support Featured Images) …

WP Post Editor - Screen Options Area

(Post Editor – Screen Options Area)

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

8 – Hidden Post Modules

By default, some functions are hidden inside the Post editing panel, and will only display in the admin area if their boxes are checked in the Screen Options area …

Additional Post Features

(Hidden Post Section Features)

Let’s review some of the sections that can be activated for posts in your Screen Options panel.

WordPress Post Excerpt Section

The Excerpt option lets you add a brief “teaser” that will display in selected areas of your website, such as the blog page, post categories page, post archives page, and search results pages …

Post Excerpt Module

(Post Excerpt Field)

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

Send Trackbacks

Trackbacks are a way to notify legacy blog systems that you have linked to them …

WP Post - Send Trackbacks Section

(WP 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 field, and separating each address with a space.

Learn more about WordPress trackbacks and pingbacks here:

Custom Fields

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

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

(WP Post – Custom Fields Options)

Custom Fields are generally used in conjunction with WordPress plugins, but you can modify information added by a plugin in your post.

Discussion

This module allows you to turn the discussion options on/off for any given post …

Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A WP Post

(Post – Discussion Module)

This section is useful if you want 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 will be able to post a comment on that specific post.
  • If you uncheck Allow trackbacks and pingbacks, then no one can post pingbacks or trackbacks for that 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 controlled by the WordPress Discussion Settings.

Learn how to configure WordPress discussion settings here:

Post Slug

The post slug is a user-friendly URL that is automatically created by WordPress from the post title …

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

(Post – Permalinks URL)

The Slug module lets you modify the post slug, which is also known as your Permalink URL

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(Post – Slug Section)

Quick Note About WordPress Permalinks

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

(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 a blog post, WordPress will find your post and change all links on your site 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.
  • WordPress automatically generates the permalink for your post based on post title.
  • Punctuation such as commas, quotes, apostrophes, and invalid URL symbols are removed and spaces are substituted with dashes to separate each word in your permalink.
  • Your permalink is shown 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

The Post Author section displays a list of all registered site members with author permissions and allows you to change the author of the post by choosing a new post author from the drop-down menu …

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

(WordPress Post – Post Author Field)

Note: This feature only displays on your post editor if you have multiple registered users on your website with authoring permissions.

Learn more about assigning different post authors in WordPress here:

Next Step …

Now that you know more about what the Post sections are, the next step is to learn how to actually create a WordPress post.

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

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This is the end of section one of this tutorial

To view Part 2, click on the link below:

Creating A Post In WordPress – Part 2

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