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How To Create A WordPress Post – Pt. 2

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.


In Part 1 of this tutorial on creating a new WordPress Post, we covered the following sections:

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

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

The more you understand WordPress, the better you can use it as a business marketing tool to help you grow online.

As you will soon discover, creating a WordPress post is very easy. In this tutorial, you are going to learn how to create a post in WordPress that will help you get effective results in your business.

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

WordPress – Content Guidelines

Below are some useful guidelines and best practices for posting content on WordPress:

Next Step …

Now that we have gone over a few guidelines for posting content on your site, the next step is to examine saving your posts.

Saving Posts In WordPress - Options

After adding content to your post, the next step is learning how to save it.

WordPress will auto-save your content at regular intervals …

(WordPress autosaves your content at regular intervals)

Learn more about the WordPress autosave feature here:

The WordPress autosave feature helps to prevent loss of content if something should unexpectedly happen to your computer, or if you happen to click something and accidentally close your browser window, or close an application in the middle of your session.

WordPress records the date and time of your post when the post is first auto-saved.

You can edit this record in the settings in the “Published on:” module …

(Post Publisher – Published on: options)

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

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

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

Select Draft from the drop-down menu and click OK

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

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

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

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

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

Once you are ready to make the post go live, click ’Publish’ …

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

Your post is now visible to your blog readers and can be accessed via its unique URL …

Check to make sure that the content is displaying correctly …

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

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

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

Select Draft from the drop-down menu and click OK

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

Your post will revert to ’draft’ status and the content will no longer be made visible to blog readers.

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

(‘404′ page)

Next Step …

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

How To Post Content To WordPress – Recap

In this final tutorial section, we summarize 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!

After thinking through what you will post about the next step is to simply write the content, and then publish it. With WordPress, publishing content is very easy.

Note: Optimized WordPress posts help your site get indexed faster by search engines. We cover Post search engine optimization in separate articles and tutorials.

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

(Posting Content In WordPress – Quick Summary)

  1. Click Posts > Add New in your WordPress dashboard menu to bring up the ‘Add New Post’ screen.
  2. Add your post content (post title & content body). Also, make sure you have already set up your site’s Permalinks and change the Post Slug if required.
  3. If you have an SEO plugin installed, type your search engine optimization content into the SEO fields in this section. This will only take an extra minute or so, but it can help your content rank better in the search engines.
  4. Type or paste your Post Excerpt in the ‘Excerpt’ field.
  5. Select a Post Category to file your post under.
  6. Add tags to the Post 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 WordPress posts and delete posts that you no longer want, go here: Editing And Deleting Posts In WordPress


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