How To Create A WordPress Post – Pt. 1

This tutorial series shows you how to create a new WordPress post. Part 1 focuses on helping you understand the Post screen and its sections …

Learn WPThis tutorial shows you how to create a post in WordPress using the WordPress Classic Editor interface.

To learn how to create posts in WordPress using the WordPress Gutenberg interface, go here: WordPress Gutenberg Content Editor.

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WordPress provides an easy-to-use, powerful and flexible way to manage your content online.

Publishing content regularly can help grow your business presence online faster. With WordPress, getting your content published online is as easy as 1-2-3:

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

Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A New Post In WordPress

After deciding what topic you are going to write about, the next step is simply to write it, and then get it published. With WordPress, this is very easy.

In this detailed two-part step-by-step tutorial series you are going to learn how to create a new post in WordPress.

The following sections are covered:

  • Types Of Content You Can Publish In WordPress
  • WordPress Post Section Features
  • Recommended Guidelines For Adding Content To WordPress Posts
  • WordPress Post – Saving Options
  • How To Create A New Wp Post – Quick Recap

A Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A New Post In WordPress

This tutorial explains the basic steps you need to know to create a post on your WordPress website.

In order to get the most benefit from using WordPress posts, however, we recommend going through all of the articles and tutorials we publish on this site about WordPress, as these are designed to help you grow your business online using the WordPress CMS.

As you can see in the diagram below, WordPress is a very powerful marketing tool with many elements that work together to create great results for your business online …

How To Create A New WordPress Post

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WordPress Posts

WordPress provides website owners with two main content publishing types: WordPress Pages and WordPress Posts.

To learn about the difference between using Posts and Pages to publish your content online, see the tutorial below:

WordPress Posts are the content type that you will mostly use for writing and publishing new content in WordPress …

How To Create A Post In WordPress - The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide

(WP Post)

How To Create A WP Post – Step-By-Step Guide For WordPress Beginners

Follow the steps below to create a new WordPress post:

Log into your WordPress dashboard, then go to your navigation menu and select Posts > Add New

A Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A Post In WordPress

A new Post is created …

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

The next step is to start adding your post title and body content either by typing or pasting the content in …

How To Create A New Post In WordPress - A Step-By-Step Guide For WordPress Beginners

WordPress offers both a Visual Editor and an HTML Editor for adding text.

To learn how to use the WordPress editor, go here:

Go through the sections below to learn more about creating, editing and publishing content in WordPress Posts.

What Kind Of Content Can I Add To WordPress?

WordPress lets you go well beyond adding content containing just simple text and images. You can also add media-rich content to your posts, and just about any other type of content that you want to distribute online.

Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A Post In WordPress

In this section, we explore the main kinds of content that can be added to your WordPress:

Text

You can add, edit and format text in a variety of fonts and styles to your content …

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

(WordPress Content Editor)

The WordPress Visual Content Editor lets you format and style your text as you go …

How To Create A Post In WordPress

(WordPress Visual Editor Tab And Menu Buttons)

Depending on how you configure your site’s settings and plugins, you can also add “meta” text to posts and pages (e.g. the post titles, descriptions and keywords that display in search listings), custom excerpts, etc.

Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A Post In WordPress

(WordPress SEO Plugin And Post Excerpt)

Media

You can add or embed media content in WordPress, such as videos, audio files, shareable files (e.g. PDF reports), infographics, etc. …

How To Create A Post In WordPress - A Step-By-Step Guide

To learn how to use the WordPress media editor, go here:

Scripts

With WordPress you can add more complex types of content elements (e.g. multi-column text boxes) directly into posts and pages using scripts like Javascript, shortcodes, and plugins

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

(Use Shortcodes To Add Content To WordPress)

Many scripts allow you to manage the content that displays on your site from a remote location (e.g. manage subscription forms).

Content can also be added to WordPress posts by inserting the code directly into the file templates, although this requires knowing how to edit code.

To learn more about adding scripts to WordPress Posts, see the tutorials below:

Next Step …

Now that you know what type of content can be added to posts, the next step is to explore the Post screen features.

Post Panel

In this section, we explore the WordPress Post panel and what all of the different post features do.

Description Of Post Options

The Post Area contains several features that let you manage your post parameters …

WordPress post screen

(Post Editor Features)

Let’s review each of these areas:

1 – Title

This area contains a field that lets you enter your post title …

How To Create A Post In WordPress - The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide For WordPress Beginners

(Post Title Field)

How To Create A WP Post

Note:

  • You can use sentences, numbers and various symbols (e.g. a hyphen) for the title of your post.
  • Choose a unique title for each post you create. Using identical post titles can create issues.
  • WordPress automatically removes common symbols like apostrophes, commas, hyphens and quote marks from the “post slug” to display valid URLs for your posts. Your Post title will still display these symbols, they just won’t appear in the post URL.

How To Create A Post In WordPress - A Step-By-Step Guide

(Using Symbols In Post Titles)

2 – Post Editing Area

This is the large area of the editor where you add the content in …

Post Editor

(WP Post Content Area)

3 – Post Publishing Feature

This is where you control your post publishing status …

WordPress Post Publisher Section

(WP Publish Box Section)

Status
  • Published – A published post can be seen by online visitors, either publicly or privately (see “Post Visibility Settings” section below).
  • Draft – A draft post can only be seen by a user with ‘Administrator’ permissions.
  • Pending Review – A post marked as pending review is similar to a draft post, but needs to be reviewed and approved for publication by a registered user with Editor privileges.

To learn how to assign user roles in WordPress, see this tutorial:

Preview

The Publish box also includes a Preview button that lets you view your posts before going live …

How To Create A Post In WordPress - The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide

(WP Post Preview)

Visibility Settings

You can select different visibility settings for your posts …

(Post Visibility Settings)

(WordPress Post Visibility Settings)

  • Public – This makes your post visible to all site visitors after publishing the post.
  • Password protected – Making a post Password protected means that your post can only be accessed by users with the correct password.
  • Private – a Private post is only visible to you (if you are the site administrator) and/or logged-in users who have been assigned editor or administrative permissions. You must be logged in to view a private post.

Additional settings in the Publish section allow you to change publication dates (even schedule posts to be published at a later date), copy your post to a new draft, or set your post for deletion by moving it to the trash.

Save Status

WordPress will autosave your post as you go to ensure that your work is not lost (see “Saving Posts” section of this tutorial), but you can also manually save your post without publishing.

A Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A New Post In WordPress

Note: If your post has yet been published, then either …

Save Draft button will display in the Publish box if the post status is set to Draft …

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

Or Save as Pending, if the post status is set to Pending Review

How To Create A WordPress Post - The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide

Click the button to save posts without publishing.

Publish

Click Publish to publish your post on your web site …

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

You can also edit the publishing time of your posts by clicking the Edit link above the “Publish” button and specifying the date and time to publish your post …

Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A Post In WordPress

To learn how to schedule posts in WordPress, see this tutorial:

4 – Post Format Module

Some WordPress Themes allow you to customize your post’s presentation using Post Formats …

WordPress Post Formats

(WordPress Post Formats)

To learn more about using WordPress post formats, go here:

5 – Post Categories

Post categories help classify your site’s posts into topics and keep content organized for blog readers …

Post Categories Section

(WordPress Post Categories)

If you organise posts by categories, your visitors can then narrow their search by specific categories to see all posts belonging to that particular category.

To add new post categories when you create a new post, click the + Add New Category link …

How To Create A Post In WordPress - A Step-By-Step Guide For WordPress Beginners

You can manage all categories by selecting Posts > Categories from the administration menu …

How To Create A New WP Post - A Step-By-Step Guide

To learn more about using WordPress post categories, go here:

6 – WordPress Post Tags

Tags allow you to finetune the way posts can be organized …

Post Tags Section

(WordPress Post Tags)

WordPress links posts with the same tag together.

Note: The way post tags display on your site is controlled by your theme. Depending on your theme, tags may or may not display in your post …

WP Post Tags May Display Differently In Different Themes

(Tags)

Or they may display differently … even in different areas of your page, again, depending on which theme you are using …

Post Tags

(Tags In A Post)

You can add new tags to your blog posts by typing in comma-separated keywords into the “Tags” section and clicking the Add button …

Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A Post In WordPress

(WordPress Post Tags)

To learn how to use WordPress post tags, go here:

7 – Featured Post Image

Featured images are controlled by the active theme you are using.

If your theme lets you display Post Thumbnails, then the “Featured Image” module should be visible in your Post editing screen …

WordPress Post Featured Image

(Featured Image)

If you can’t see the Featured Image section in your sidebar, check to see that the option has been selected in the Screen Options area (if the checkbox is not there, then your theme may not support Featured Images) …

Post Editor - Screen Options Panel

(Post Editor – Screen Options Section)

To learn how to add featured images to WordPress, go here:

8 – Additional Post options

By default, several modules are hidden in the Post editing area, and will only display in your admin area if their boxes are checked in the Screen Options area …

Additional Post options

(Additional Post Features)

Let’s review some of the settings that you can activate for posts in the Screen Options panel.

WordPress Post Excerpt Module

The Excerpt module lets you add post excerpts that will display in selected areas of your web site, such as the blog page, category page, post archives page, and search post pages …

Post Excerpt Module

(WordPress Post Excerpt Section)

Go here to learn more about using post excerpts in WordPress:

Send Trackbacks

Trackbacks are a way to notify legacy blog systems that you have linked to them …

Post - Send Trackbacks Section

(WordPress Post – Send Trackbacks Field)

If you link to other WordPress blogs, they’ll be notified automatically using pingbacks.

For blogs that don’t recognize pingbacks, you can send a trackback to the blog by entering their website address(es) in the trackbacks box, and separating each web URL with a space.

Learn more about WordPress trackbacks and pingbacks here:

Custom Fields

Custom Fields provide a way to add custom information to your site and/or modify the way your posts are displayed …

The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A New Post In WordPress

(Post – Custom Fields Options)

Custom Fields are normally used in conjunction with certain plugins. The Custom Fields section allows you to edit custom content added by plugins in your post.

Discussion

This module allows you to turn the discussion options on/off for any particular post …

Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A Post In WordPress

(WordPress Post – Discussion Module)

This module is useful if you want to enable interactivity and notifications on individual blog posts.

  • Check all boxes to Allow Comments and Allow trackbacks and pingbacks on your posts.
  • If you uncheck Allow Comments, then no one will be able to post a comment on that post.
  • If you uncheck Allow trackbacks and pingbacks, then no site visitors will be able to post pingbacks or trackbacks for that post.

Notes:

  • If you are editing a previously published post, the Discussion module will also show any comments that users may have posted.
  • Post discussion options are controlled by your site’s Discussion Settings.

Learn how to configure WordPress discussion settings here:

Post Slug

The post slug is a user-friendly URL that WordPress automatically creates from your post title …

How To Create A Post In WordPress - Step-By-Step Guide

(Post – Permalinks URL)

This module lets you modify the post slug, which is also known as your Permalink URL

Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A New Post In WordPress

(Post – Slug Section)

Quick Note About Permalinks

Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A New WP Post

(Post – Permalinks URL)

  • Permalink stands for “permanent link“. It is also referred to as a user-friendly URL, SEO-friendly URL, or pretty links.
  • When you set a Permalink for a blog post, WordPress finds your post and changes all links on your site to point to the correct destination URL, even if you change the post slug, select a new post category, or display your post under a different parent page.
  • WordPress automatically creates the permalink for your post based on the title you specify for your post.
  • Commas, quotes, apostrophes, and invalid URL symbols are removed and spaces are substituted with dashes to separate each word in your post URL.
  • Your permalink appears below the post title field as soon as you save or publish your post.
  • You can manually change your permalink URL by editing the post-slug (see above).

Learn how to set up and use permalinks in WordPress here:

Post Author

The Post Author feature displays a list of all your site’s registered authors and allows you to change the post author by selecting a new author from the drop-down menu …

How To Create A Post In WordPress - The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide

(Post – Post Author Field)

Note: This feature only displays on your post if there are multiple authors on your web site.

Learn more about assigning different post authors in WordPress here:

Next Step …

Now that you know a little more about what the WordPress Post sections are, the next step is to actually create a post in WordPress.

Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A WordPress Post

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This is the end of section 1 of this tutorial

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Creating A WordPress Post – Part Two

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How To Create A WordPress Post – Pt. 2

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create and publish a new post on your WordPress site or blog …

WordPress For Beginners

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 One of this tutorial on how to create a new post in WordPress, we looked at the following:

  • Types Of Content You Can Publish In WordPress
  • WordPress Post Section Features

To review Part One of our comprehensive step-by-step 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 see very shortly, creating a WordPress post is very easy. In this tutorial, you are going to actually create an effective post for your business in WordPress.

How To Create A New Post In WordPress - Step-By-Step Guide For WordPress Beginners

Let’s start by reviewing some useful guidelines for posting content on WordPress.

WordPress Posts – Content Guidelines

The following are helpful guidelines and best practices for posting content with WordPress:

  • Practice Accessibility: Stay compliant with web standards for accessibility and help your users by including ALT and TITLE descriptions with links and images (e.g. <a title=“Descriptive Title Goes Here” href=”http://yourdomain.com/”>Linked Text</a>).
  • Use Paragraphs: Use paragraphs to make your content more readable. Tip: If paragraphs are separated using double spaces, WordPress will automatically detect these and insert HTML paragraph tags (<p>) into your writing.
  • Use Headings: If you plan to write a long post, then use headings to break up your post sections. In HTML, headings are set using tags like h1, h2, and so on. You can also add headings by highlighting content in the body of your post, and then selecting one of the heading options from the “Format Style” drop-down menu in your WordPress Content Editor.
  • Use HTML: You don’t have to know HTML to create richly formatted content, as WordPress will automatically do this if you use the WordPress Content Editor. Having a little knowledge of HTML, however, allows you to control different styling elements in your content (e.g. columned text and headings).
  • Spell Check And Proof: Check your spelling and proof everything before posting your content live. There are a number of WordPress spell check tools available.
  • Focus On Adding Value With Quality Content: An excellent way to focus on writing content with no distractions is to write your initial content in a text editor, then copy and paste this into WordPress.
  • Think Before You Post: Anything you make public can be viewed by many people and logged by search engines, making it harder to take things back. Take a moment to think about what you are writing and review your posts before you hit the publish button. Don’t rant … think!
  • Consider Your Target Audience: Consider who will read your content and take any appropriate measures and precautions you think will be required to ensure that your privacy and the privacy of others is protected.
  • Make Use Of Commenting: Comments allow your site users to interact with you and share their ideas. You have control over what gets posted on your website and you can delete any comments that you don’t want displayed on your site, so consider this fact when deciding whether to allow people to comment on your site. Also, make sure that people can contact you privately if they need to (e.g. use a contact form).
  • Worry About Little Things Later: How your site looks is important, but it’s often not essential to getting your point across. In fact, because WordPress is so flexible as far as web design is concerned, you can just start publishing content to grow a readership, and then change your entire site’s look with just a few clicks of the mouse whenever you want, using WordPress Themes. Remember that great content is what attracts and keeps your readers engaged, so focus on publishing quality content and worry about little things later – With WordPress, you can change anything and everything any time you want!
  • Use Videos And Images: Videos and graphic elements help make your posts and pages more eye-catching and help readers engage better with your content. We provide additional tutorials about adding images and adding videos into your posts.
  • Save Often: Save your posts frequently to prevent losing your work to accidents or computer errors. You can even do this without publishing your content as you will see in a moment.
  • Write Often: If you need endless content ideas for your website or blog, we recommend subscribing to our FREE email training series here:

Next Step …

Now that we have gone over some guidelines for posting content on your site, the next step is to learn about different options available for saving WordPress posts.

Saving Posts In WordPress - Options

Once you have added content to your post, it’s time to save it.

By default, WordPress autosaves your work at regular intervals …

WordPress autosaves your posts at regular intervals

(Your work is auto-saved at regular intervals)

Learn more about the WordPress autosave feature here:

Autosaving helps to prevent loss of information if something should unexpectedly go wrong with your internet access, or if you click something and accidentally close your web browser, or close an application in the middle of your work session.

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

You can modify this in the values in the “Published on:” section …

Post Publisher - Published on: fields

(Publish Box – Published on: module)

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

How To Create A New Post In WordPress - A Step-By-Step Guide

You can save your post as a draft or publish it online using the “Save” and “Publish” functions in the Publish area …

How To Create A New WordPress Post - Step-By-Step Guide

To save your post as a “Draft”, go to the Publish > Status section of your Post screen and click on Edit

How To Create A Post In WordPress

Choose Draft from the drop-down menu and click OK

How To Create A New WordPress Post

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

Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A New Post In WordPress

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

Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A WordPress Post

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

In 'Preview Mode' your post is not visible to your web visitors

(In ‘Preview Mode’ your content is not made visible to online visitors)

Your post can also be previewed in a new window without saving or publishing it first by clicking the Preview button in the “Publish” area …

How To Create A WordPress Post - The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide For WordPress Beginners

Once your content is ready for publishing, click the ‘Publish’ button …

How To Create A Post In WordPress

Once your post has gone live, click View Post to open the post in a new browser window …

The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A New WordPress Post

The new post is now visible to online visitors and can be linked to via its unique URL …

The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A Post In WordPress

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

A Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A New Post In WordPress

Note: After publishing your post, the button changes from ‘Publish’ to ‘Update’ …

How To Create A New WP Post

You can revert the status from ‘Published’ to ‘Draft’ or ‘Pending Review’ at any time simply by clicking on the Edit link in the Status field and selecting another option from the Status drop-down menu …

Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A WordPress Post

For example, to resave your published post as a ‘draft’ post, go to the Publish > Status section of your post editor and click on Edit

How To Create A New WP Post - Step-By-Step Guide

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

A Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A New WP Post

In the “Status:” field, click the ‘Save Draft’ button …

The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A New WP Post

Your post will be saved as a ‘draft’ post and no longer be visible to site visitors.

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

'404 Not Found' page

(’404 Not Found’ page)

Next Step …

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

Posting Content In WordPress – Quick Recap

In this final section of the tutorial, we review the steps involved in creating and optimizing a new WordPress post.

As mentioned in Part One of this tutorial, publishing content online with WordPress is as easy as 1-2-3:

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

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

After deciding on the topic you plan to have content written about the next step is to just write it, and then get it published. With WordPress, publishing content is easy.

Note: An optimized post helps your content in the search engines. We provide separate articles on optimizing posts for SEO.

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

Creating A Post Using WordPress - Summary

(Posting Content To WordPress – Quick Review Of Steps)

  1. In your WordPress admin menu, select Posts > Add New to bring up the ‘Add New Post’ screen.
  2. Add your post content (title & content body). Also, make sure you have already set up your site’s Permalinks and change the Post Slug if required.
  3. If you have installed an SEO plugin, complete this module. This only takes an extra couple of minutes, but it will help your content rank better in the search engines.
  4. Enter a Post Excerpt into the ‘Excerpt’ section.
  5. Select a Category to save your post under.
  6. Enter tags into the 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 in WordPress! To learn how to edit to the content or remove a post that you no longer want, see this tutorial: Editing And Deleting A WordPress Post - Part 1

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