How To Make WordPress Posts Sticky

Learn what a sticky post is and how to make WordPress posts sticky …

How To Make A WordPress Post StickyIf you are a member of online discussion boards, then you are probably familiar with the concept of featured topics.

A sticky post is where an entry is fixed to the top of the screen while older threads are pushed lower down the thread.

Like online forums, WordPress also lets you feature posts at the top of your blog post page while your newer items appear below the pinned entry and older entries get pushed further down the page.

This step-by-step tutorial explains how to make posts sticky.

Useful Info

You will really benefit from the tutorial below if you already have a good understanding of basic features of WordPress like:

How To Make A WordPress Post Sticky

In WordPress, posts appear in reverse chronological order on your blog post page with the newest post entries listed at the top …

Latest posts get added to the top of the blog posts page and older entries get pushed further down

(Most recent posts display at the top of the blog posts summary page while older items get pushed further down the page)

Depending on how many posts your site’s settings is configured to display on your blog page, when newer posts are published, older posts will appear further down the page.

In WordPress, you can set posts as Sticky if you would like your blog readers to see these before other posts. Sticky posts will stay pinned to the top of your blog page until you uncheck the ‘Sticky’ option on the Edit screen for that particular post.

Here is how to make your blog post sticky:

Log into your admin section and choose Posts > All Posts

Posts - All Posts

(Posts – All Posts)

The Posts screen will load in your browser and display a table of all your posts …

Table Of Posts

(WordPress Posts Screen)

There are two methods of making your posts sticky:

Make A Post In WordPress Sticky - Quick Edit Method

Search for the post you would like to edit, then hover over the title of the post to display the options menu and click on Quick Edit

'Quick Edit' link

(’Quick Edit’ link)

The inline editor expands to display all of the options for editing your post. Locate the ‘Make this post sticky’ option …

Quick Edit - Make this post sticky checkbox

(’Make this post sticky’ option – Quick Edit screen)

Tick Make this post sticky

'Make this post sticky' checkbox - Quick Edit screen

(’Make post sticky’ checkbox – Inline editor section)

Click the ‘Update’ button to save your new changes …

Click the 'Update' button to save your settings

(Quick Edit – Update)

Featured Posts Using Post Edit

If you are adding a new blog post or editing an existing post, you can make the post sticky by clicking on Publish > Visibility: Public > Edit

Publish section - Visibility settings

(Publishing box – Visibility settings)

Check ‘Stick this post to the front page’, click OK, and click Update to save your new settings …

Publishing section

(Publish post box)

The blog post status will now be marked as “Sticky” …

Sticky Post status

(Post status: Sticky)

Visitors will see the sticky post at the very top of the page, followed by your most recent posts …

Featured posts are added to the top of your blog summary page and your regular items are pushed down the page

(Sticky posts get added to the top of your blog posts summary page and other entries are pushed down the page)

Depending on your active theme, your sticky post may also be made to stand out differently than regular posts.

For example, your sticky post could have a distinct label or highlight color …

Featured posts can appear differently than regular posts

(Sticky posts can stand out from regular posts)

Here’s the same sticky post with a different theme installed …

Featured posts can stand out from regular posts

(Sticky posts can stand out from regular posts)

Your post will now remain sticky for as long as you like.

How To Unstick Post Entries

Unsticking a post in WordPress is as simple as reversing the process.

To unstick a post, go to your Table of Posts in the WP admin area and select the ‘Sticky’ link on the Posts menu to display all entries with a sticky status …

Posts section - Sticky posts menu

(Sticky posts menu – Posts screen)

Click on Quick Edit

'Quick Edit' link

(Click on ‘Quick Edit’)

Untick the ‘Make this post sticky’ checkbox and click the ‘Update’ button to save your new settings …

Deselect the box to unstick the post inside the Quick Edit function

(Untick the box to unstick your post inside the Quick Edit function)

Alternatively, when editing an existing blog post, you can unstick your post by clicking on Publish > Visibility: Public > Edit

Post publishing section - Visibility settings

(Publish post section – Visibility settings)

Deselect ‘Stick this post to the front page’ then click OK and remember to click Update to save your new changes when finished …

Post publish section

(Publish section)

Your post is no longer sticky and will behave like all regular posts.

What Happens When You Make A Post In WordPress Sticky?

Congratulations! Now you know how to make posts sticky.

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