A sticky topic is where a specific item remains at the top of the board while older threads get pushed further down the screen.
Like forums, WordPress allows you to ‘pin’ important posts to the top of your blog page while your newer entries appear below the featured item and older post entries get pushed further down your page.
This tutorial explains how to make any post sticky.
For this tutorial, it helps if you’re already familiar basic WordPress features like:
- Knowing the difference between WordPress Posts vs Pages
- How to create a new WordPress blog post
- How to edit a WordPress blog post
- How to use WordPress Quick Edit
- Setting up a page for displaying your blog posts in WordPress
- How to set the number of blog posts to display on your blog post page
Making Posts Sticky
In WordPress, posts normally are shown at the top of your blog post page in reverse chronological order …
(Most recent posts get added to the top of the blog page and older items get pushed further down the page)
Depending on how many blog posts your site’s settings is configured to display on your blog page, newer posts get added to the top of your blog posts summary page and older posts get pushed further down.
In WordPress, you can set some of your posts as Sticky if you would like your readers to see these before other posts. Sticky posts will stay pinned to the top of your blog post page until you uncheck the ‘Sticky’ option on the Edit screen for that particular post.
To make a blog post sticky, follow the steps below:
Go to your WordPress Dashboard and click on Posts > All Posts …
(Posts – All Posts)
This brings up the Posts screen, which displays all the posts you have created …
(WP Posts Screen)
You have a couple of methods to make your posts sticky. Let’s take a look at each of these:
Featuring WordPress Posts Using Quick Edit
Search for the entry you want to edit, then hover your mouse over the item’s title to display the options menu and click on Quick Edit …
(Click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link)
The inline editor displays all of the options for editing your post. Locate Make this post sticky …
(Quick Edit - Sticky post option)
Tick Make this post sticky …
(Inline editor - Sticky post option)
Click Update to save your settings …
(Quick Edit – ’Update’ button)
Featured Posts Using Post Edit
If you are adding a new post or editing content in an existing one, you can make the post sticky by going to Publish > Visibility: Public > Edit …
(Post publish box – Visibility > Edit)
Tick the checkbox next to ‘Stick this post to the front page’, click OK, and update your settings …
(Post publish box)
The Table of Posts will change your post to “Sticky” …
(Post status: Sticky)
The sticky post will be featured at the top of your blog page when new posts are added …
(Sticky posts get added to the top of the blog summary page and other entries are pushed further down)
Depending on the WordPress theme you have installed, your sticky post could also display to your blog readers differently than regular blog posts.
For example, your sticky post can have a distinct label or highlight color …
(Sticky posts can appear differently from other posts)
Here’s the same sticky blog post with a different theme installed …
(Featured posts can display differently from regular posts)
Your post will stay sticky for as long as you want.
How To Unstick Your Post
Unsticking a post is as simple as reversing the process used to make your posts sticky.
To unstick a post, navigate to your Posts > All Posts and select the ‘Sticky’ link at the top of the table to view all entries that have been assigned as sticky …
(Sticky menu – Posts section)
Hover your mouse over the title of your post to view the options menu and click on Quick Edit …
(’Quick Edit’ function)
Uncheck ’Make this post sticky’ and click the ‘Update’ button to save your settings …
(Unselect the box to unstick the post)
Alternatively, when editing an existing post, you can unstick your post by clicking on Publish > Visibility: Public > Edit …
(Publishing section – Visibility > Edit)
Click the checkbox next to ‘Stick this post to the front page’ then click OK and remember to click Update to save your new changes …
(Publish post section)
Your post will no longer be sticky and will behave like all regular posts.
Congratulations, now you know how to make your post stick.
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