WordPress provides an easy-to-use, powerful and flexible tool to manage your content online.
Publishing content regularly can help grow your business online. With WordPress, publishing your content online is as easy as 1-2-3:
- Think …
- Write …
After deciding what topic you will have content written about, the next step is simply to write, and then get it published online. WordPress makes this really easy.
This step-by-step tutorial will show you how to create a new post in WordPress.
We’ll cover the following sections:
- WordPress Post Content Formats
- Sections Of A WordPress Post
- Guidelines For Adding Content In WordPress
- WordPress Post – Saving Options
- How To Post Content In WordPress – Quick Review Of Steps
This step-by-step tutorial covers the basic steps to getting your content published on your WordPress-driven site.
In order to get the maximum benefit of using WordPress posts, however, we recommend reading all of the articles and tutorials published on this site about WordPress, as these are designed to help you grow your business online using the WordPress Content Management System.
As you can see in the diagram below, WordPress is a really powerful business marketing tool and has many elements that need to work together in order to produce great results for you online …
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WordPress provides site owners with two main content publishing types: Posts and Pages.
To learn about the differences between using WordPress Pages and WordPress Posts to publish your content online, see the tutorial below:
WordPress Posts are what you will mostly use when writing and publishing new content in your WordPress site …
How To Create A New Post In WordPress – A Step-By-Step Guide
Follow the steps below to create a new WordPress post:
Log into your WordPress dashboard, then go to the admin navigation menu and choose Posts > Add New…
A blank Post is created …
The next step is to add the title of the post and post content either by typing or pasting your content in …
WordPress offers both a Visual Editor and an HTML Editor for adding text.
To learn how to use the WordPress content editor, go here:
Complete the sections below to learn the basics of creating, editing and publishing WordPress Posts.
Types Of Content That Can Be Added To WordPress
WordPress allows you to go well beyond creating content containing just simple text and images. You can also add videos, audios, downloadable documents, etc. to your posts, and just about anything else that you need to distribute online.
WordPress lets you easily add and edit the following kinds of content to Posts:
You can add plain, formatted and/or hyperlinked text in a variety of fonts and styles to your posts …
(WordPress Visual Editor)
The WordPress Content Editor lets you format and style your text as you go …
(WordPress Content Editor Tab And Menu Buttons)
Depending on the configuration of your site’s settings and plugins, you can also insert “meta” text into your posts (e.g. the titles, keywords and post descriptions that will appear in search results), post excerpts, etc.
(SEO Plugin And Post Excerpt)
You can also add or embed media content in WordPress, such as video embeds, audios, shareable files (e.g. PDF documents), infographics, etc. …
To learn how to use the WordPress media editor, go here:
Many scripts can be added to posts to help you control the content that appears in your content from a remote location (e.g. manage subscription forms).
You can also add content to WordPress posts by inserting the code directly into the file templates, which requires having some knowledge of editing code.
To learn more about adding content via plugins in WordPress Posts, see the tutorials below:
- Adding Currency Conversion To Your WP Web Site
- How To Insert Tables Into Your Content With WordPress
- How To Insert Graphs And Charts Into A WordPress Post Or Page
- Adding Snippets Of Code To Your Pages
Next Step …
Now that you know what type of content you can add to WordPress posts, the next step is to learn more about the WordPress Post area.
WordPress Post Panel
In this section, you will learn about the WordPress Post area and what each of the different post options do.
Description Of WordPress Post Sections
The Post Section includes a number of section modules that allow you to control the settings of your post …
(Post Editor Features)
Let’s take a look at each of these sections:
1 – Title Section
This area contains a field where you can insert your post title …
(WordPress Post Title)
Please note the following:
- You can enter 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 automatically removes common symbols like commas, apostrophes, quotations and hyphens from the “post slug” to display a valid URL for your posts. Your Post title will still display these symbols, they just won’t appear in the post URL.
(Using Symbols In Post Titles)
2 – Post Editing Section
This is the blank area of the editor where you compose your content …
3 – Publish Box Feature
This is where you manage your publishing status …
(WordPress Post Publisher Section)
- Published – A published post will display on the front end of your site to all visitors unless you’ve set it as a Private post (see “Visibility Settings” section below).
- Draft – A draft post is not visible to visitors and regular users 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 user with Editor privileges.
To learn how to assign user permissions in WordPress, see this tutorial:
The Publish module also includes a Preview button that lets you preview your post content before publishing …
(WordPress Post Preview)
You can specify a number of visibility settings for your posts …
(WordPress Post Visibility Settings)
- Public – Setting a post to Public makes it visible to all online visitors after your post has been published.
- Password protected – Making a post Password protected makes the content in your post only accessible to users with the correct password.
- Private – a Private post is only visible to you (if you are the site administrator) and/or logged-in 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 modify post publication dates (even schedule a post to be published at a later date), copy a post to a new draft, or set your post for deletion by moving it to the trash.
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.
Note: If your post has not been published yet, then either …
A Save Draft button will display in the Publish area if your post status is set to Draft …
Or Save as Pending, if the post status is set to Pending Review …
Click the button to save your post without publishing.
Click the Publish button to make the post live on your website …
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 to publish your post …
To learn how to schedule your posts in WordPress for publishing later, see this tutorial:
4 – Post Format Module
Some WordPress Themes allow you to customize how your posts display using Post Formats …
(WordPress Post Formats)
To learn more about using WordPress post formats, go here:
5 – WordPress Post Categories
Post categories help classify your site’s posts into topics and keep your content organized for site visitors …
If you organise your posts by categories, site users can then narrow their search by specific categories to see all posts listed under that topic.
To add a new category when creating a new post, click the + Add New Category link in this section …
To manage all your categories, select Posts > Categories from your admin menu …
To learn more about using WordPress post categories, go here:
6 – Post Tags Module
Post Tags allow you to finetune how you organise posts …
(WordPress Post Tags)
WordPress groups posts with identical tags.
Note: The way post tags display on your site is controlled by your theme. Depending on the WordPress theme you have installed, tags may or may not show up in your post …
(WordPress Tags May Display Differently In Different WP Themes)
Or they may display differently … even in different areas of your page, again, depending on which theme you use …
(WP Post Tags May Display Differently In Different Themes)
You can add new tags to your posts by typing in keywords separated by commas into the “Tags” area and clicking the Add button …
(WordPress Post Tags)
To learn how to use WordPress post tags, go here:
7 – Featured Post Image
Featured images are controlled by the active WordPress theme you are using.
If your theme lets you display Post Thumbnails, then the “Featured Image” module should be visible in the “Edit Post” area …
(Featured Post Image)
If you can’t see the Featured Image section in your sidebar, check to see that this option has been selected in the Screen Options area (if the option is not there, then your theme may not support Featured Images) …
(Post Editor – Screen Options Area)
To learn how to add featured images to WordPress, go here:
8 – Hidden Post options
Several options inside the Post administration panel are hidden by default, and will only display in the admin area if you select them the Screen Options area …
(Additional Post Settings)
Let’s review some of the modules that can be activated for posts in your Screen Options area.
WordPress Post Excerpt Module
The Excerpt option lets you add post summaries that will display in selected areas of your site, such as your blog page, categories page, post archives page, and search results pages …
(Post Excerpt Section)
Go here to learn more about using post excerpts in WordPress:
Trackbacks are a way to notify legacy blog systems that you’ve linked to them in your post …
(Post – Send Trackbacks Box)
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 address with a space.
Learn more about WordPress trackbacks and pingbacks here:
Custom Fields provide a way to add specific information to your site and/or modify the way your posts are displayed …
(Post – Custom Fields Module)
Custom Fields are generally used in conjunction with WordPress plugins, but you can manually edit the information added by a plugin in your post.
This module lets you turn the discussion options on/off for any particular post …
(Post – Discussion Section)
This option is useful if you want to enable interactivity and notifications on individual posts.
- Check all boxes to Allow Comments and Allow trackbacks and pingbacks on your posts.
- If you uncheck Allow Comments, then no site visitors will be able to post a comment on that specific post.
- If you uncheck Allow trackbacks and pingbacks, then no one will be able to post pingbacks or trackbacks to that specific post.
- If you are editing a post that has been previously published, the Discussion module will also show any comments that have been made on that post.
- Post discussion options are managed by your site’s Discussion Settings.
Learn how to configure WordPress discussion settings here:
The post slug is a user-friendly (and search engine friendly) URL that is normally created from the post title …
(Post – Permalinks URL)
The Slug module allows you to modify the post slug, which is also known as your Permalink URL …
(WP Post – Slug Box)
Quick Note About Permalinks
(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 post, WordPress finds your post and changes all links on your site to point to the correct destination URL, even if you edit the post slug, change the category for your post, or move your post to a different parent page.
- The permalink is automatically generated based on post title.
- 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 displays below the 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:
This section displays a list of all registered authors on your site and lets you change the author of the post by selecting a new author from the drop-down menu …
(WP Post – Post Author Section)
Note: This section only displays on your post editor if there are multiple persons assigned the role of author on your website.
Learn more about assigning different post authors in WordPress here:
Next Step …
Now that you know more about the Post features do, the next step is to learn how to actually create a post in WordPress that will help you grow your business.
This is the end of part one of this tutorial
To view the rest of this tutorial, click the link below:
"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)