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 …

WordPress For BeginnersThis 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 website. With WordPress, publishing content online is as easy as 1-2-3:

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

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

Once you have thought about what topic you plan to write about, the next step is to just write the content, and then publish it online. WordPress makes this very easy.

In this comprehensive two-part tutorial you will learn how to create a new post in WordPress.

We’ll cover the following areas:

  • Types Of Content You Can Publish In WordPress
  • WordPress Post Section Features
  • Guidelines For Adding Content In WordPress
  • WordPress Post – Saving Options
  • How To Post Content In WordPress – Quick Recap

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

This tutorial covers the basic steps to adding and publishing content on your WordPress-powered site.

To get the maximum benefit from using WordPress posts, however, we recommend reading all of the articles and tutorials we publish on this site about WordPress, as we’ve designed these to guide you through the process of growing your business online using the WordPress CMS platform.

As you can see in the diagram below, WordPress is a very powerful web marketing tool and has many features that work together to create great results for you online …

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

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Posts

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

To learn about the difference between using Pages and Posts to publish content online, see the tutorial below:

WordPress Posts are what you will mostly use when writing and publishing new content in WordPress …

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

(WP Post)

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

Follow the steps below to create a new WordPress post:

Log into your WordPress site, then go to the main navigation menu and choose Posts > Add New

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

A blank Post is created …

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

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

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

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

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

Go through the sections below to learn more about creating, editing and publishing WordPress Posts.

Types Of Content You Can Add To WordPress

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

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

With WordPress you can easily add and edit the following kinds of content in your Posts:

Text-Based Content

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

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

(WordPress Visual Content Editor)

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

Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A WP Post

(WordPress Content Editor Tab And Menu Buttons)

Depending on the configuration of your site’s settings and plugins, you can also add “meta” text to posts and pages (e.g. the post titles, keywords and descriptions that display in search listings), post excerpts, etc.

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

(SEO Plugin And Post Excerpt)

Media-Based Content

You can also add or embed media-based content into WordPress Posts, such as video embeds, audios, downloadable content (e.g. PDF reports), diagrams, and more …

How To Create A WP Post

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

Scripts

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

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(Use Shortcodes To Add Content To WordPress Posts)

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

Content can also be added 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 to WordPress Posts, see these tutorials:

Next Step …

Now that you know what kind of content you can add to posts, the next step is to learn about the Post section features.

Post Screen Options

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

Description Of Post Options

The Post Screen contains a number of section modules that let you control the parameters of your post …

post panel features

(Post Editor Options)

Let’s review these modules:

1 – Title

This area contains a field where you can type in your post title …

Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A WordPress Post

(WP Post Title Field)

How To Create A WordPress Post

Note:

  • You can use phrases, numbers and various other characters (e.g. a vertical pipe) for your title.
  • Choose a unique title for each post you create. Using identical post titles can create issues.
  • WordPress will automatically remove common symbols like commas, apostrophes, hyphens and quotation 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.

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

(Using Symbols In WordPress Post Titles)

2 – Post Content Area

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

WP Post Editor

(Post Content Section)

3 – Post Publishing Options

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

WP Publish Box Section

(WordPress Post Publisher Feature)

Status
  • Published – A published post 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 regular members unless they are also a site 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 box also includes a Preview button that allows you to view the post content before making your post live …

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

(WordPress Post Preview)

Post Visibility Settings

You can select different post visibility settings …

(Post Visibility Settings)

(WordPress Post Visibility Settings)

  • Public – Setting a post to Public makes it visible to all online visitors after publishing the post.
  • Password protected – Password-protecting a post makes your post content accessible only to users with the correct password.
  • Private – a Private post is only visible to you (if you are the site administrator) and/or registered users who have been assigned editor or administrative permissions. You must be logged in to view a private post.

Additional settings in the Publish box allow you to change post publication dates (even schedule a post to be published at a later date), copy your post to a new draft, or set your post for deletion by moving it to the trash.

Save Posts Statuses

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

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

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

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

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

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

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Click the button to save posts without publishing.

Publish Status

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

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

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 when you want the post to be published …

How To Create A New WP Post

To learn how to schedule WordPress blog posts, see this tutorial:

4 – WordPress Post Formats

Some WordPress Themes let you customize your post’s presentation using Post Formats …

Post Format Module

(WordPress Post Formats)

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

5 – Post Categories

Post categories help classify your site’s post into topics and keep content organized for blog readers …

Post Categories

(WordPress Post Categories)

When you assign your posts to categories, your blog readers can then search through specific categories to view all posts belonging to that topic.

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

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

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

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

6 – WordPress Post Tags

Tags allow you to finetune the way you organise your posts …

Post Tags Module

(Post Tags Section)

Clicking on a tag in a blog post displays similarly tagged posts.

Note: The way post tags display on your site is controlled by your theme. Depending on your theme, tags may or may not show up in your post …

WordPress Post Tags Display Differently In Different Themes

(WordPress Tags Display Differently In Different WP Themes)

Or they may display differently … even in different areas of your page, again, depending on which theme you are using …

Post Tags

(WordPress Tags Display Differently In Different WordPress Themes)

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

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

(Post Tags Module)

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

7 – Featured Image

Featured images are controlled by the active WordPress theme you are using.

If your theme supports Post Thumbnails, then the “Featured Image” module should be visible in your Post editing area …

Featured Image

(Featured Image Section)

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) …

Post Editor - Screen Options Section

(Post Editor – Screen Options Area)

To learn how to add featured images to WordPress, go here:

8 – Additional Post Settings

Several modules inside the Post admin screen are hidden by default, and will only display in your admin area if their boxes are checked in the Screen Options area …

Additional Post Screen Options

(Additional Post Settings)

Below are some of the functions that can be activated for posts in your Screen Options panel.

Post Excerpt Module

This module lets you add post “teasers” that will display in selected areas of your blog, such as the blog page, categories page, archives page, and search post pages …

Post Excerpt Field

(WordPress Post Excerpt Field)

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

Send Trackbacks

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

WP Post - Send Trackbacks Section

(Post – Send Trackbacks Module)

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

For blogs 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 web URL with a space.

Learn more about WordPress trackbacks and pingbacks here:

Custom Fields

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

How To Create A New WordPress Post

(Post – Custom Fields Section)

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

Discussion

This option is used to turn the discussion options on/off for a particular post …

How To Create A Post In WordPress

(WP Post – Discussion Settings)

This section is useful if you want to enable interactivity and notifications on your posts.

  • Check all boxes to Allow Comments and Allow trackbacks and pingbacks on your posts.
  • If you uncheck Allow Comments, then no visitors can post a comment on that specific post.
  • If you uncheck Allow trackbacks and pingbacks, then no one can post pingbacks or trackbacks to 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 managed by your site’s 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 by WordPress from the post title …

How To Create A Post In WordPress

(Post – Permalinks URL)

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

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

(Post – Slug Section)

Quick Note About Your Permalink URL

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(Post – Permalinks URL)

  • Permalink stands for “permanent link“. It is also referred to as a user-friendly URL, SEO-friendly URL, or pretty URLs.
  • When you set a Permalink for your blog post, WordPress finds your post and changes all links on your website to point to the correct post URL, even if you change the post slug, select a new category for your post, or display your post under a different parent page.
  • The permalink is automatically generated based on the post title.
  • Punctuation such as commas, quotes, apostrophes, and invalid URL characters are removed and spaces are substituted with dashes to separate each word in your post URL.
  • Your permalink is shown below the post title field as soon as you save or publish your 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 option displays a list of all registered authors on your site and lets you change the post author by selecting a new author from the drop-down menu …

How To Create A WP Post

(WordPress Post – Post Author Field)

Note: This module only displays on your post if you have multiple authors on your web site.

Learn more about assigning different post authors in WordPress here:

Next Step …

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

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

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This is the end of part one of this tutorial

To keep reading, click on the link below:

How To Create A New WP Post – Part Two

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"If you're new to WordPress, this can stand on its own as a training course and will stay with you as you progress from beginner to advanced and even guru status." - Bruce (Columbus, Ohio)

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