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 …

WordPress For Beginners

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 post in WordPress, we covered the following:

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

To review Part 1 of our tutorial, go here: How To Create A New WP Post – Part 1

As we state repeatedly throughout this site, WordPress provides an easy-to-use, powerful and flexible content management system application 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 WordPress post is very easy. In this tutorial, you will actually create a post in WordPress that will help you get effective results in your business.

How To Create A Post In WordPress

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

Guidelines For Posting Content

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

  • 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: Make your content more readable by breaking up your writing into paragraphs. 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 a long post, use headings to break up your post sections. In HTML, headings are set using tags like h1, h2, h3, 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” menu in your WordPress Content Editor.
  • Use HTML: You don’t have to use HTML to create richly formatted content, as WordPress will automatically do this if you use the Content Editor. Having a little knowledge of HTML, however, allows you to control different styling elements in your content (e.g. columned sections and nested layouts).
  • Spell Check & 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: An excellent way to focus on writing quality content without distractions is to compose your posts using a plain text editor, then copy and paste your content into the WordPress editor.
  • Think Before You Post: Anything that you publish can be viewed by many people and picked up by search engines, making it harder to make the content “unseen”. Take take your time and think about what you are writing and review everything before publishing. Don’t rant … think!
  • Consider Your Readers: Consider who will read your posts and take all appropriate measures and precautions you think will be necessary when writing content to ensure that your privacy and the privacy of others is protected.
  • Make Use Of Commenting: Comments let your site users 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 take this into account 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 site looks is important, but it’s often not essential to 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 whenever you want, using WordPress Themes. Remember that it’s great content that attracts and keeps your readers engaged, so focus on publishing great content and worry about little things later – With WordPress, you can change anything and everything any time you want!
  • Use Graphics And Videos: Videos and graphic elements help make your pages and posts attractive and can help readers engage better with your content. We provide additional tutorials about adding images and embedding videos into your pages and posts.
  • Save As You Go: Save your posts frequently to prevent losing your work to accidents or computer errors. You can even do this without publishing your content as you will see in a moment.
  • Post Regularly: We have created an entire email training series designed to help you come up with limitless content ideas for your site:

Next Step …

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

Saving WordPress Posts

After adding content to your post, it’s time to save it.

WordPress autosaves your posts at regular intervals …

Your work is auto-saved at regular intervals

(WordPress autosaves your work at regular intervals)

Learn more about the WordPress autosave feature here:

Autosaving helps to prevent losing your valuable information if something unexpectedly happens to your computer or internet access, or if you click something that accidentally closes your web browser, or close an application while you’re working.

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

You can change this information in the values in the “Published on:” fields …

Publish Box - Published on: fields

(Publish Box – Published on: section)

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

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

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

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

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

How To Create A New WP Post

Select Draft from the ’Status’ menu and click the ‘OK’ button…

How To Create A WP Post

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

Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A WordPress Post

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

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

In ‘Preview Mode’ you can see what your post will look like when published, but your content will not be visible to blog readers …

In 'Preview Mode' your post is not made visible to your online visitors

(In ‘Preview Mode’ your post is not visible to your online visitors)

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

How To Create A WP Post

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

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

Once your new post has been published, click View Post to open it in a new window …

How To Create A New WP Post

Your new post will now be made visible to blog readers and can be linked to via its unique URL …

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

Check everything to make sure that all of the content is displaying correctly …

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

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

How To Create A WP Post

You can always revert the post status from ‘Published’ to ‘Draft’ or ‘Pending Review’ 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 Post In WordPress

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

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

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

How To Create A Post In WordPress

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

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

Your post will be resaved as a ‘draft’ post and the content will no longer be made visible to your online visitors.

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

'404 Error' page

(’404 Error’ page)

Next Step …

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

How To Post Content In WordPress – Steps

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

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

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

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

After deciding on a topic to post content about the next step is to get your content written, and then publish it online. WordPress makes publishing content easy.

Note: An optimized WordPress post helps your content in the search engines. We provide separate tutorials and articles about optimizing content for SEO.

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

Creating A WP Post - Recap

(How To Post Content To WordPress – Summary Of Steps)

  1. Choose Posts > Add New in your WordPress admin menu to bring up the ‘Add New Post’ section.
  2. Add your post content (post title & body). Also, make sure you have already set up your site’s Permalinks and modify the Post Slug if required.
  3. If you have installed an SEO plugin, type the search engine optimization content into the SEO fields in this area. This only takes an extra minute or two, but it will help your content rank better in the search engines.
  4. Add a Post Excerpt in the ‘Excerpt’ module.
  5. Select a Post Category to save your post under.
  6. Add tags to the 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! To learn how to make changes to your post content and delete a post that you no longer want, see this tutorial: How To Edit And Delete A Post In WordPress - Part One

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