WordPress provides an easy-to-use, powerful and flexible CMS tool to publish information about your business online.
Publishing content regularly can help grow your business online. Getting your content published online with WordPress is as easy as 1-2-3:
- Think …
- Write …
Once you know what topic to post about, the next step is to simply write the content (or get it written for you), and then publish online. With WordPress, this is very easy.
This tutorial explains how to create a new post in WordPress.
The following areas are covered:
- Types Of Content You Can Publish In WordPress
- Sections Of A WordPress Post
- Recommended Guidelines For Adding Content To WordPress Posts
- Options For Saving WordPress Posts
- How To Post Content In WordPress – Quick Summary
This step-by-step tutorial covers the basic steps to creating blog posts on your WordPress-driven website.
In order to get the maximum benefit of using WordPress posts, however, we also recommend going through all of the articles and tutorials we publish 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 business marketing tool with many parts that work together to deliver great results online …
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WordPress provides users with two content publishing types: WordPress Posts and WordPress Pages.
To learn about the difference between using Posts and Pages to publish your content online, see the tutorial below:
WordPress Posts are the content type that you will mostly use when writing and publishing new content to your site …
How To Create A WordPress Post – A Step-By-Step Guide
Follow the steps below to create a new WordPress post:
Log into your WordPress site, then go to your navigation menu and click on Posts > Add New…
A blank Post is created …
The next step is to begin to add your title of the post and content by either typing or pasting the 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:
In the next section, you will learn about the different types of content you can add to posts.
WordPress Posts – Types Of Content That Can Be Added
WordPress allows you to go well beyond creating content with simple text and images. You can also add videos, audios, downloadable files, etc. to your posts, and just about any other type of content that you can imagine.
With WordPress you can insert and edit the following types of content into your Posts:
You can add, edit and format text in a variety of fonts and styles to your content …
(WordPress Visual Content Editor)
The WordPress Editor lets you format and style your text as you go …
(WordPress Visual 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 titles, post descriptions and keywords that will display in search listings), post excerpts, etc.
(WordPress SEO Plugin And Post Excerpt)
You can also easily add or embed media content into WordPress Posts, such as video embeds, audios, shareable files (e.g. PDF documents), images, and more …
To learn how to use media in WordPress, go here:
(Use Shortcodes To Add Content To WordPress)
Many scripts can be inserted into posts to help you manage the content that appears on your site 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, although this requires having some knowledge of editing code.
For examples of adding scripts in WordPress Posts, see these tutorials:
- Add Currency Conversion To WordPress
- Creating And Adding Tables In Posts And Pages With WordPress
- How To Add Charts And Graphs To WordPress
- How To Add Code Snippets & Scripts To WordPress Content
Next Step …
Now that you know what kind of content can be added to posts, the next step is to learn about the WordPress Post section.
WordPress Post Screen
In this section, you will learn about the WordPress Post section and what each of the different WordPress post options do.
The Post Panel includes a range of section modules that allow you to manage your post settings …
Let’s briefly review each of these modules:
1 – Title
This module contains a field that lets you type in the title of your post …
(WP Post Title)
- You can use sentences, numbers and a combination of words, number and symbols (e.g. a question mark) for your post title.
- Choose a unique title for each post you create. Using identical post titles can cause problems.
- WordPress automatically removes common symbols like commas, apostrophes, quotes and hyphens from the “post slug” to create valid URLs 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 – Content Editor
This is the large, blank area of the editor where you add your content in …
(Post Content Section)
3 – Post Publisher Section
This section lets you control your publishing status …
(WordPress Publish Box Feature)
- 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 available to site visitors and registered 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 for publication by a registered site user with Editor privileges.
To learn how to assign user roles in WordPress, see this tutorial:
The Publish section also includes a Preview button that lets you preview posts before going live …
(WordPress Post Preview)
Post Visibility Settings
You can select different 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 – Password-protecting a post 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 other users with editor or administrative permissions. You must be logged in to view a private post.
Additional publish settings allow you to modify publication 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 Posts Statuses
WordPress will autosave your post as you go 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.
Note: If your post has not been published yet, then either …
A Save Draft button will display in the Publish section if the 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 manually without publishing.
Click Publish to publish your post …
You can also edit the time when your post gets published by clicking the Edit link next to the “Publish immediately” section and specifying the date and time when you want your post to be published …
To learn how to schedule WP blog posts, see this tutorial:
4 – WordPress Post Formats
Some WordPress Themes allow you to customize how your posts display using Post Formats …
(Post Format Module)
To learn more about using WordPress post formats, go here:
5 – WordPress Post Categories
Post categories help keep content organized for your site visitors …
(Post Categories Module)
If you organise your posts by categories, your blog readers can then narrow their search by specific categories to see all posts belonging to that particular category.
To add new categories when you create a new post, click the + Add New Category link …
You can also manage categories by selecting Posts > Categories in the administration menu …
To learn more about using WordPress post categories, go here:
6 – Post Tags
Post Tags allow you to finetune how posts can be organized …
(Post Tags Module)
Related posts display to blog readers when they click on one of your post tags.
Note: The way post tags display on your site is controlled by your theme. Depending on your active WordPress theme, tags may or may not appear in your post …
Or they may display differently … even in different areas of your page, again, depending on the theme you are using …
(Tags May Display Differently In Different WP Themes)
To add new tags to your posts, type in comma-separated keywords into the Tags feature and click 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 your WordPress theme.
If your WordPress theme allows you to 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 the 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 Section)
To learn how to add featured images to WordPress, go here:
8 – Hidden Post Settings
By default, a number of features are hidden inside the Post administration screen, and will only display in your admin area if you select them the Screen Options area …
(Additional Post Screen Settings)
Let’s review some of the sections that can be activated for posts in the Screen Options panel.
This module lets you add a post excerpt that will display in selected areas of your web site, such as the blog page, category page, post archives, and search results pages …
(Post Excerpt Box)
Go here to learn more about using post excerpts in WordPress:
Trackbacks let you notify legacy blog systems that you have linked to them in your post …
(Post – Send Trackbacks Section)
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 web URL with a space.
Learn more about WordPress trackbacks and pingbacks here:
Custom Fields let you add specific information to your site and/or modify the way your posts are displayed …
(WordPress Post – Custom Fields Section)
Custom Fields are generally used in conjunction with certain WordPress plugins. The Custom Fields setting lets you manually edit custom content added by plugins in your post.
The Discussion option is used to turn the discussion options on/off for a given post …
(WordPress Post – Discussion Settings)
This module is useful if you want to enable interactivity and notifications on individual 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 post.
- If you are editing a previously published post, 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 post URL that WordPress automatically creates from the post title …
(Post – Permalinks URL)
The Slug module lets you change the post slug, which is also known as your Permalink URL …
(WordPress Post – Slug Field)
Quick Note About WordPress 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 URL for a post, WordPress finds your post and changes all links on your blog to point to the correct destination URL, even if you edit the post slug, select a new category for your post, or move your post to a different parent page.
- The permalink is automatically created based on the title you specify for your post.
- 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:
The Post Author 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 …
(Post – Post Author Module)
Note: This section only displays on your post editing screen if there are multiple registered users on your site with authoring permissions.
Learn more about assigning different post authors in WordPress here:
Next Step …
Now that you have a better understanding of 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 1 of this tutorial
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