How To Create A WordPress Post – Pt. 2

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create and publish a new post on your WordPress site or blog …

Learn To Use WordPress

This tutorial shows you how to create a post in WordPress using the WordPress Classic Editor interface.

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

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In Part One of this tutorial on creating a new WordPress Post, we looked at the following:

  • Types Of Content You Can Publish In WordPress
  • Features Of A WordPress Post

To review Part 1 of our 2-part tutorial series, go here: How To Create A WP Post – Part One

As we repeatedly state throughout this site, WordPress provides an easy-to-use, powerful and flexible way to manage your content online.

The more you understand WordPress, the better you can use it to grow your business online.

As you will soon discover, creating a new WordPress post is very easy. In this tutorial, you will actually create an effective post for your business in WordPress.

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

Let’s start by reviewing some helpful guidelines for posting content with WordPress.

WordPress Posts – Content Guidelines

Here are a number of useful guidelines and best practices for posting content:

  • Practice Accessibility: Stay compliant with web standards for accessibility and help your users by including ALT and TITLE descriptions with images and links (e.g. <a title=”Your Descriptive Title Goes Here” href=”http://yourdomain.com/”>Linked Text</a>).
  • Use Paragraphs: Break up your content into paragraphs to make it more readable. Tip: If paragraphs are separated by double spacing, WordPress will automatically detect these and insert HTML paragraph tags (<p>) into your writing.
  • Use Headings: If you plan to write long posts, then use headings to break up your post sections. In HTML, headings are set using tags like h1, h2, h3, h4, and so on. You can also add headings by highlighting content in the body of your post, and then selecting one of the heading options from the “Format Style” menu in your WordPress Editor.
  • Use HTML: You don’t have to know HTML to create richly formatted content, as WordPress will automatically do this if you use the Visual Editor. Having some basic knowledge of HTML, however, will allow you to control different styling elements in your content (e.g. styled sections and nested layouts).
  • Spell Check & Proof: Check your spelling and proof everything before publishing your content. There are a number of WordPress spell check plugins available.
  • Focus On Content Quality: A great way to focus on writing great content without distractions is to compose your post drafts using a text editor, then copy and paste this into WordPress.
  • Think Before You Publish: Everything you make public can be seen by many people and logged by search engines, making it harder to make the content “unseen”. Take take your time and think about what you are planning to write and review everything before publishing. Don’t rant … think!
  • Consider Who You Are Writing For: Think about who will read your content and take all appropriate measures and precautions you think may be required when writing your content to ensure that your privacy and the privacy of others is protected.
  • Make Use Of Commenting: Comments let your site visitors interact with you and share their ideas. You have control over your site’s comments and you can delete any comments that you don’t want displayed on your site, so consider this when deciding whether to allow people to comment on your posts. Also, make sure that people can contact you privately if required (e.g. using a contact form).
  • Worry About Little Things Later: How your site looks is important, but it’s often not essential in terms of getting your point across. In fact, because WordPress is so flexible as far as web design is concerned, you can just start publishing content to grow a readership, and then change your entire site’s design with a couple of mouse clicks whenever you want, using WordPress Themes. Remember that great content will attract and keep your readers engaged, so focus on publishing great content and worry about other things later – you can change anything and everything any time you want with WordPress!
  • Use Videos And Graphics: Images and videos help make your posts and pages attractive and interesting and help readers engage better with your posts. We provide additional tutorials about inserting images and adding videos to your blog content.
  • Save As You Go: Save your posts regularly to avoid losing your work to accidents or computer errors. You can even do this without publishing your content as the section below will explain.
  • Post Often: If you need great ideas for content that you can post on your web site, then subscribe to our FREE email training series here:

Next Step …

Now that we have reviewed a few useful guidelines for posting content on your site, the next step is to learn about different ways to save your WordPress posts.

Saving A Post - Options

Once you have added content to your post, the next step is learning how to save it.

By default, WordPress will auto-save your posts at regular intervals …

WordPress auto-saves your content at regular intervals

(WordPress auto-saves your posts at regular intervals)

Learn more about the WordPress autosave feature here:

The WordPress autosave feature helps to prevent losing your valuable content if something should unexpectedly go wrong with your internet access, or if you click something and accidentally close your post, or terminate an application while you’re working.

WordPress automatically records the date and time of your post when the post is first autosaved.

You can modify this by adjusting the “Published on:” options …

Post Publisher - Published on: section

(Publish Box – Published on: options)

Until a post is published, the content will not be visible to online visitors. Instead, it will be saved in Draft status until published …

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

You can save your post in ‘draft’ status or publish it live using the “Save” and “Publish” options in the Publish section …

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

To save a post as a “Draft”, go to the Publish > Status section of your Post editor screen and click on Edit

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

Select Draft from the ’Status’ drop-down menu and click OK

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

With Draft displayed in the “Status:” field, click the ‘Save Draft’ button…

How To Create A Post In WordPress

Your content will be saved as a draft post. Click on Preview post to preview your draft post …

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

You can see what your post will look like when published in ‘Preview’ mode, but your content will not be visible to your online visitors …

In 'Preview Mode' your content is not made visible to your web visitors

(In ‘Preview Mode’ your content is not visible to your site visitors)

Your post can also be previewed in a new window without first saving or publishing it by clicking ’Preview’ in the “Publish” section …

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

Once your content is ready to go live, click on Publish

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

Once your post has gone live, click View Post to open it in a new browser tab …

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

Your new post is now visible to your site visitors and can be accessed via its unique URL …

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

Check your post to make sure that all of your content is displaying correctly …

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

Note: Once publishing your post, the button changes from ‘Publish’ to ‘Update’ …

How To Create A WP Post

You can change the status of a post back from ‘Published’ to ‘Draft’ or ‘Pending Review’ anytime by clicking on the Edit link in the Status field and selecting another option from the Status drop-down menu …

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

For example, to resave your published post as a ‘draft’ post, go to the Publish > Status section of your post screen and click on Edit

How To Create A Post In WordPress

Select Draft from the Status drop-down menu options and click the ‘OK’ button…

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

With ‘Draft’ displayed in the “Status:” field, click the ‘Save Draft’ button …

How To Create A New WP Post

Your post will revert to ’draft’ status and no longer be visible to online visitors.

Note: searching for posts that were previously published will lead to a ”page not found” message (this is called a ’404 Error’ page) …

'404' page

(’404 Error’ page)

Next Step …

Now that you know how to create, save and publish a post in WordPress, let’s briefly summarize all of the steps involved in creating a new post in WordPress.

Posting Content In WordPress – Review

In this final section of the tutorial, we review the steps involved in creating and optimizing a new post using WordPress.

As mentioned in Part 1 of this tutorial, with WordPress, publishing content online is as easy as 1-2-3:

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

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

After thinking through what topic you are going to post about the next step is to write it, and then get it published. With WordPress, publishing content is really easy.

Note: Optimized WordPress posts help your website or blog get indexed faster by search engines. We provide separate articles and tutorials about optimizing WordPress posts for SEO.

The image below provides a quick summary of the steps involved in creating, optimizing and posting new content to your site or blog:

How To Post Content In WordPress - Summary

(Creating A WordPress Post – Steps)

  1. In your WP dashboard menu, choose Posts > Add New to bring up the ‘Add New Post’ section.
  2. Add your post content (post title & body). Also, make sure your site’s Permalinks have already been set up and change the Post Slug if required.
  3. If you have installed an SEO plugin, complete this area. This only takes an extra minute or two, but it can help your content to rank better in the search engines.
  4. Type or paste your Post Excerpt into the ‘Excerpt’ module.
  5. Select a Post Category to save your post under.
  6. Add tags to your Tags section (tip: use the same keywords you entered into the SEO section in Step 3).
  7. Publish your post.

Congratulations! Now you know how to create and publish a new post in WordPress! To learn how to edit to your post content or delete a post that you no longer need, see this tutorial: How To Edit And Delete A Post In WordPress - Part 1

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"This is an awesome training series. I have a pretty good understanding of WordPress already, but this is helping me to move somewhere from intermediate to advanced user!" - Kim Lednum

Originally published as How To Create A WordPress Post – Pt. 2.