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 1 of this tutorial on creating a new post in WordPress, we covered the following:

  • WordPress Post Content Types
  • WordPress Post Section Features

To review Part One of our comprehensive tutorial, go here: How To Create A New WP Post – Part One

As we repeatedly state throughout this site, WordPress provides an easy-to-use, powerful and flexible CMS platform to publish information about your business online.

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

As you will see very shortly, creating a new WordPress post is very easy. In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a post in WordPress that will help you get effective results.

How To Create A WP Post

Let’s begin by reviewing some helpful guidelines for adding content to WordPress posts.

WordPress – Content Guidelines

The following are useful guidelines and best practices for posting content on WordPress:

  • Practice Accessibility: Stay compliant with web standards for accessibility and help your users by including ALT and TITLE descriptions with your links and images (e.g. <a title=”Add Your Title Here” href=”http://yourdomain.com/”>Linked Text</a>).
  • Use Paragraphs: Make your content more readable by breaking up your writing into paragraphs. Tip: If paragraphs are separated by double spaces, WordPress will automatically detect these and insert HTML paragraph tags (<p>) into your writing.
  • Use Headings: If you plan to write a long post, consider using 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 insert headings by highlighting content in the body of your post, and then selecting one of the heading options from the “Format Style” drop-down menu in your WordPress Content Editor.
  • Use HTML: You don’t have to know HTML to create formatted posts, as WordPress will automatically do this if you use the WordPress Content Editor. Having some basic knowledge of HTML, however, will allow you to control different styling elements in your content (e.g. boxes and nested layouts).
  • Spell Check And Proof: Check your spelling and proof everything before posting your content. There are a number of spell check tools available for WordPress.
  • Focus On Adding Value With Quality Content: A useful way to focus on writing great content without distractions is to write your posts using a text editor, then copy and paste this into WordPress.
  • Think Before You Publish: Everything you make public can be viewed by lots of 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 you hit the publish button. Don’t rant … think!
  • Consider Your Target Audience: Consider who will read your content and take all appropriate measures and precautions you think will be required to ensure that your privacy and the privacy of others is protected.
  • Make Use Of Comments: 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 published on your site, so consider this fact when deciding whether to allow people to comment on your posts. Also, make sure that people can contact you privately if they need to (e.g. using a contact form).
  • Worry About The Design Later: How your website looks is important, but it’s often not essential in terms of getting your point across. In fact, because WordPress is so flexible when it comes to web design, you can just start writing to grow a readership, and then change your entire site’s look with a couple of mouse clicks anytime you want, thanks to 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 Graphics And Videos: Pictures and videos help make your content attractive and interesting and can help readers engage better with your posts. We provide additional tutorials about adding images and embedding videos into your posts and pages.
  • Save As You Go: Save your posts regularly to prevent losing your work to accidents or computer errors. You can even do this without publishing your content as the section below will explain.
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Next Step …

Now that we have reviewed a few guidelines for posting content on your site, the next step is to examine the options you have for saving your WordPress posts.

Saving Posts In WordPress

After adding 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 autosaves your work at regular intervals

(Your work is autosaved at regular intervals)

Learn more about the WordPress autosave feature here:

This helps to prevent loss of information if something should unexpectedly happen to your internet access, or if you happen to click something that accidentally closes your post, or terminate an application while you’re working.

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

You can change this information by modifying the values in the “Published on:” section …

Post Publisher - Published on: fields

(Post Publisher – Published on: fields)

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

How To Create A Post In WordPress

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

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

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

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

Select Draft from the ’Status’ options menu and click OK

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

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

How To Create A WordPress Post

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

How To Create A Post In WordPress

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

In 'Preview Mode' your content is not visible to site visitors

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

You can also preview your post in a new window without saving or publishing it first by clicking ’Preview’ in the “Publish” section …

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

When you are ready to make the post go live, click on Publish

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

After publishing the new post, click View Post to open the post in a new window …

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

Your published post will now be made visible to web visitors and can be accessed via its unique web address …

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

Check to make sure that all of your content has been added and formatted correctly …

How To Create A WP Post

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

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

You can change the post status back from ‘Published’ to ‘Draft’ or ‘Pending Review’ at any time simply by clicking on the Edit link next to the Status field and selecting another option from the Status drop-down menu …

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

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

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

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

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

In the “Status:” field, click on Save Draft

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

Your post will revert to ’draft’ status and the content will no longer be visible to your web visitors.

Note: searching for posts that were previously published will lead to a “not found” error message (called a ‘404′ page) …

'404 Not Found' error page

(’404 Error’ page)

Next Step …

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

How To Create A New WordPress Post – Quick Summary Of Steps

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

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

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

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

After deciding what topic you will write about the next step is to write the content, and then publish it. WordPress makes publishing content easy.

Note: An optimized WordPress post helps your content get indexed by search engines. We cover content search engine optimization in other articles.

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

How To Post Content In WordPress - Review

(Posting Content To WordPress – Summary)

  1. Click Posts > Add New in your WordPress admin menu to bring up the ‘Add New Post’ screen.
  2. Add your post content (title & content body). Also, make sure that you have already set up your site’s Permalinks and modify the Post Slug if required.
  3. If you have an SEO plugin installed, complete this area. This will only take an extra couple of minutes, but it will help your content rank better in the search engines.
  4. Enter a Post Excerpt into the ‘Excerpt’ field.
  5. Select a Category to file your post under.
  6. Add keywords to your Post Tags section (tip: you can 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 the content and remove posts that you no longer want, go here: Editing And Deleting A WordPress Post - 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.