If you frequent online discussion boards, then you are probably familiar with the concept of ”sticky” or featured topics.
A sticky topic is where a specific entry does not get replaced by more recent entries while older threads display down the screen.
Like forums, WordPress allows you to display important posts at the top of your blog post page and the newer posts get added below the featured entry and older posts get pushed down the page.
In this step-by-step tutorial, we explain how to create sticky WordPress posts.
Before completing this tutorial, it helps if you’re already familiar basic WordPress features like:
- The difference between Posts vs Pages
- Creating a WordPress blog post
- Editing blog posts
- Using the WordPress inline editor
- How to create a blog page for your WordPress posts
- How to specify the number of blog posts to show on your blog post page
Featuring WordPress Posts
In WordPress, blog posts appear at the top of your blog post page in reverse chronological order …
(Most recent posts get listed at the top of your blog posts summary page and older posts get pushed further down)
Depending on how many blog posts your site’s settings is set up to display on your blog page, most recent posts display at the top of the blog page and older posts get pushed further down the blog page.
In WordPress, you can set your posts as Sticky if you want them to display above all other posts. Sticky posts will stay at the top of your blog page until you deselect the ‘Sticky’ option on the Edit screen for that particular post.
To make a blog post sticky, do this:
Log into your WordPress Dashboard and choose Posts > All Posts …
(Posts Menu – All Posts)
This brings up the Posts screen, which displays all the posts on your site …
(Table Of Posts)
There are a couple of ways to make blog posts sticky. Let’s take a look at each of these:
Making WordPress Posts Sticky Using Quick Edit
Find the item you want to edit, hover your mouse over the title to display the options menu and click on Quick Edit …
(’Quick Edit’ link)
The inline editor displays various editing options. Find Make this post sticky …
(Quick Edit - Sticky post checkbox)
Select Make this post sticky …
(’Make this post sticky’ option – Quick Edit section)
Click Update to save your new changes …
(Click ‘Update’ to save your changes)
Sticky Posts - Post Edit Method
If you are adding a new post or editing an existing post, you can make the post sticky by clicking on Publish > Visibility: Public > Edit …
(Publishing section – Visibility settings)
Check ‘Stick this post to the front page’, click OK, and remember to click Update to save your new changes when finished …
The Table of Posts will change your post status to “Sticky” …
(Post status: Sticky)
Visitors will see the sticky post at the top of the page, followed by your most recent posts …
(Sticky posts appear at the top of your blog page and regular entries are pushed down the page)
Depending on your theme, your sticky posts may also be made to display differently than other posts.
For example, your sticky post can have a distinct label or highlight color …
(Sticky posts can display differently from other posts)
Here’s the same example with a different WordPress theme installed …
(Featured posts can appear differently than other posts)
Your blog post will stay sticky until you “unstick” it.
Unsticking WordPress posts is easy.
To unstick a post, go to your Posts screen and select the ‘Sticky’ link on the Posts menu to return all entries assigned a sticky status …
(Sticky posts menu – Posts screen)
Click on Quick Edit …
(Click on ‘Quick Edit’)
Deselect ’Make this post sticky’ and click the ‘Update’ button …
(Untick the box to unstick your post inside the inline editor)
Alternatively, when editing content in an existing post, you can unstick your post by clicking on Publish > Visibility: Public > Edit …
(Post publish box – Visibility > Edit)
Deselect the checkbox next to ‘Stick this post to the front page’ then click OK and remember to click Update to save your settings when finished …
Your post will now behave like every other post.
Congratulations! Now you know how to make your posts stick.
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