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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.

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In Part 1 of this step-by-step tutorial on how to create a new post in WordPress, we looked at the following sections:

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

As we state repeatedly 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 are going to learn how to actually create a post in WordPress.

Let’s begin by reviewing some useful guidelines for posting content in WordPress.

WordPress – Content Guidelines

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

Next Step …

Now that we have reviewed some guidelines for posting content on your site, the next step is to look at saving your posts.

Saving Posts

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

WordPress will auto-save your posts at regular intervals …

(Your post is auto-saved at regular intervals)

Learn more about the WordPress autosave feature here:

This 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 web browser, or close an application in the middle of your session.

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

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

(Publish Box – Published on: section)

Until your post is published, your content will not be visible to blog readers. Instead, it will be saved as a “Draft” post until published …

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

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 ’Status’ menu and click the ‘OK’ button…

With Draft displayed in the “Status:” field, click on Save Draft

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

You can see what the post will look like when published in ‘Preview’ mode, but your content is not visible to blog readers …

(In ‘Preview Mode’ your content is not visible to blog readers)

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

Once your post is ready for publishing, click on Publish

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

Your content will now be visible to your site visitors and can be linked to via its unique URL …

Check to make sure that the content has been added and formatted correctly …

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

You can change the status 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 …

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

Choose Draft from the drop-down menu and click the ‘OK’ button…

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

Your post will be resaved as a ‘draft’ post and the content will no longer be visible to blog readers.

Note: typing in the web address of posts that were previously published will lead to a ”page not found” page (called a ’404 Not Found’ page) …

(’404 Error’ page)

Next Step …

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

How To Post Content To 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 One of this tutorial, publishing your content online with WordPress is as easy as 1-2-3:

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

After deciding on the topic you would like to post about the next step is to just write the content, and then publish online. WordPress makes publishing content easy.

Note: An optimized WordPress post helps your website or blog get indexed faster by search engines. We address content SEO in separate tutorials.

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

(Creating A WordPress Post – Review)

  1. In your WP dashboard menu, select Posts > Add New to bring up the ‘Add New Post’ screen.
  2. Add your post content (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 an SEO plugin installed, enter your search engine optimization metatags into the SEO section. This only takes an extra couple of minutes, but it can help your content rank better in the search engines.
  4. Add a Post Excerpt in the ‘Excerpt’ section.
  5. Select a Post Category to file your post under.
  6. Add keywords 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! To learn how to make changes to WordPress posts and remove a post that you no longer want, see this tutorial: Editing And Deleting WordPress Posts - Part 1

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