If you are a member of an online discussion group, then you are probably already familiar with the concept of featured posts.
A featured or sticky post is where an item does not get displaced by newer entries while older threads appear down the screen.
Like online forums, WordPress allows you to display posts at the top of your blog page and your newer entries get added below the featured item and older posts get pushed down the page.
This tutorial explains how to make posts in WordPress sticky.
For this tutorial, you should already be familiar with basic WordPress features like:
- Knowing the difference between Posts vs Pages
- How to create WordPress posts
- Editing a blog post
- How to use Quick Edit
- Setting up a blog page for displaying your blog posts
- How to specify the number of posts to display on the blog post page
Make Posts In WordPress Sticky
By default, WordPress normally displays your blog posts on your blog page with the latest items at the top …
(Latest posts display at the top of the blog posts page and older posts get pushed down the page)
Depending on how many blog posts your site is set up to display on your blog page, most recent posts display at the top of the blog summary page and older posts get pushed down the page.
In WordPress, you can set some of your posts as Sticky and make them appear above all other posts. Sticky posts will stay at the top of your blog page until you uncheck the ‘Sticky’ option on the Edit screen for that particular post.
Here’s how to make your WordPress post sticky:
Log into the administration section and choose Posts > All Posts …
(WP Posts Menu – All Posts)
This brings up the Posts screen, which displays all the posts you have created …
(Table Of Posts)
Here you have two methods to make your blog posts sticky. Let’s take a look at each method:
Featured Posts Using Quick Edit
Find the post item you want to edit, then hover over the item’s title to display the options menu and click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link …
(Click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link)
The Quick Edit inline editor displays all of your post editing options. Locate the option to make posts sticky …
(Quick Edit - Sticky post option)
Tick Make this post sticky …
(’Make this post sticky’ checkbox – Quick Edit section)
Click Update to save your changes …
(Quick Edit – Update)
Sticky Posts Using Post Edit
If you are adding a new blog post or editing your post content, you can make the post sticky by going to Publish > Visibility: Public > Edit …
(Publish box – Visibility > Edit)
Select ‘Stick this post to the front page’ then click OK, and click Update to save your new settings …
Your Table of Posts will change your blog post to “Sticky” …
(Sticky Post status)
The featured post will stay fixed to the top of your blog post page when new posts get added …
(Sticky posts are added to the top of the blog posts summary page and regular posts are pushed down the page)
Depending on which WordPress theme you have installed, your sticky post can also stand out from regular blog posts.
For example, it could have a distinct label or highlight color …
(Featured posts can appear differently than other posts)
Here’s the same sticky post with another WordPress theme …
(Sticky posts can appear differently from other posts)
Your blog post will stay sticky for as long as you like.
How To Unstick Post Items
Unsticking WordPress posts is easy.
To unstick a post, navigate to the Posts screen and select the ‘Sticky’ link on the Posts menu to return all posts that have been assigned as sticky …
(Display all sticky posts – Posts section)
Click on Quick Edit …
(Click on ‘Quick Edit’)
Deselect the ‘Make this post sticky’ box and click the ‘Update’ button to save your new changes …
(Unselect the box to unstick the post inside Quick Edit)
Alternatively, when editing content in an existing blog post, you can unstick your post by clicking on Publish > Visibility: Public > Edit …
(Post publish section – Visibility settings)
Unselect ‘Stick this post to the front page’ then click OK and remember to click Update to save your new settings when finished …
Your post is no longer sticky and will behave like every other post.
Congratulations, now you know how to make posts sticky.
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