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 …

WordPress For BeginnersThis 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 drive more visitors to your website. With WordPress, publishing content online is as easy as 1-2-3:

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

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

After deciding on a topic to write about, the next step is simply to write it, and then get it published online. With WordPress, this is very easy.

This tutorial shows you how to create a new post in WordPress.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Types Of Content You Can Publish In WordPress
  • WordPress Post Features
  • Guidelines For Adding Content In WordPress
  • Options For Saving Your WordPress Posts
  • Creating A Post Using WordPress – Quick Recap

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

This tutorial explains the basic steps you need to learn to add and publish content on your WordPress site.

In order to get the most benefit of using WordPress posts, however, we recommend going through all of the articles and tutorials we publish about WordPress, as these are designed to guide you through the process of growing your business presence online using the WordPress platform.

As you can see in the diagram below, WordPress is an extremely powerful business marketing tool with many elements that work together to produce great results online …

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

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WordPress Posts

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

To learn about the differences 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 when writing and publishing new content in WordPress …

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

(Post)

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

To create a new post in WordPress, do the following:

Log into your WordPress admin section, then go to the navigation menu and choose Posts > Add New

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

A blank, new Post is created …

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

The next step is to add your post title and content either by typing or pasting your content in …

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

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 tutorial sections below to learn more about creating, editing and publishing WordPress Posts.

Types Of Content You Can Add To WordPress Posts

WordPress allows you to go well beyond creating content that features just simple text and images. You can also add videos, audios, downloadable documents, etc. to your posts, and just about anything else that you need to distribute or share online.

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

The WordPress content management system lets you easily insert and edit the following types of content into your Posts:

Text

You can insert, edit and format text in a variety of fonts and styles into your posts …

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

(WP Visual Content Editor)

The WordPress WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) Content Editor lets you format and style your text as you go …

How To Create A Post In WordPress

(WordPress Content 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 (i.e. the titles, descriptions and keywords that appear in search listings), post excerpts, etc.

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

(WordPress SEO Plugin And Excerpt Field)

Media-Based Content

You can also add or embed media content into WordPress Posts, such as video embeds, audios, downloadable content (e.g. PDF reports), images, and more …

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To learn how to use media with WordPress, go here:

Scripts

With WordPress you can add more complex types of content (e.g. tables and charts) directly into posts and pages using scripts like Javascript, shortcodes, and plugins

How To Create A Post In WordPress

(WP Shortcodes)

Many scripts can be inserted into posts that let you manage the content that displays on your site from a remote location (e.g. manage opt-in forms).

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

For examples of adding scripts to WordPress Posts, see these tutorials:

Next Step …

Now that you know what type of content you can add to WordPress posts, the next step is to learn more about the Post screen.

WordPress Post Editor Options

In this section, we explore the WordPress Post section and the function of each post option.

Description Of Post Features

The Post Screen includes a number of section modules that allow you to manage the settings of your post …

WordPress post section

(Post Screen Features)

Let’s briefly review these functions:

1 – Title

This section contains a field that lets you type in your post title …

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

(WordPress Post Title)

How To Create A Post In WordPress

Please note:

  • You can enter phrases, numbers and various other characters (e.g. a vertical pipe) for your title.
  • Choose a unique title for every post you create. Using identical post titles can create problems.
  • WordPress will automatically remove common symbols like commas, apostrophes, hyphens and quotation marks from the “post slug” to create valid URLs for your posts. Your Post title will still display these symbols, they just won’t appear in the post URL.

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(Using Symbols In Post Titles)

2 – Post Editor

This is the large section of the WordPress editor where the content gets added into …

WP Post Editing Module

(WP Content Editor)

3 – Publish Options

This section is where you specify the options and settings that control the status of your posts …

Publish Box Feature

(Post Publisher Module)

Post Status
  • Published – A published post can be viewed by online visitors, either publicly or privately (see “Post Visibility Settings” section below).
  • Draft – A draft post is not visible to site visitors and registered members unless they are also an administrator.
  • Pending Review – A post marked as pending review is similar to a draft post, but needs to be reviewed and approved by a user with Editor permissions.

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

Preview

The Publish section also includes a Preview button that allows you to preview posts before going live …

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

(WP Post Preview)

Visibility Settings

You can select different visibility settings for your posts …

(Post Visibility Settings)

(WordPress Post Visibility Settings)

  • Public – Setting a post to Public makes it visible to all website visitors after the post has been published.
  • Password protected – Making a post Password protected makes the content in your post only accessible to users with the correct password.
  • Private – a Private post is only visible to you (if you’re the site administrator) and/or registered users with editor or administrative permissions. You must be logged in to view a private post.

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

Save Posts Statuses

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

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Note: If your post has not been published yet, then either …

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

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

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

Click the button to save your posts without publishing.

Publish Post Status

Click Publish to publish the post …

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

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 when you would like your post to be published …

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

To learn how to schedule WordPress posts and pages for publishing at a future date, see this tutorial:

4 – Post Format Module

Many WordPress Themes let you customize how your posts appear using Post Formats …

WordPress Post Formats

(Post Format)

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

5 – Post Categories Module

Categories help classify your blog posts into topics and keep content organized for your blog readers …

WordPress Post Categories

(Post Categories)

By assigning your posts to categories, visitors can then search specific categories to view all posts listed under that particular topic.

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

How To Create A Post In WordPress

To manage all your post categories, select Posts > Categories from the dashboard menu …

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

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

6 – Post Tags

Post Tags are like micro-categories for your WordPress posts …

WordPress Post Tags

(Post Tags)

WordPress groups posts with identical tags.

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

Tags Displayed In A Post

(WP Post Tags)

Or they may display differently … even in different areas of your page, again, depending on the theme you use …

Tags Displayed In A Post

(WordPress Post Tags)

You can add new tags to your posts by typing in keywords separated by commas 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 Image Section

Featured images are controlled by your WordPress theme.

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

Featured Image Section

(Featured Image)

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

WP Post Editor - Screen Options Panel

(WordPress Post Editor – Screen Options Section)

To learn how to add post thumbnails to WordPress, go here:

8 – Additional Post Area Settings

By default, a number of functions are hidden in the Post editing screen, and will only display in the admin area if their boxes are checked in the Screen Options area …

Additional Post Settings

(Additional Post Features)

Below are some of the functions that can be activated for posts in the Screen Options area.

WordPress Excerpt Module

This section lets you add a post excerpt that will display in selected areas of your website, such as your blog page, categories page, archives page, and search results pages …

Post Excerpt Module

(WP 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 Module

(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 field, and separating each web URL with a space.

Learn more about WordPress trackbacks and pingbacks here:

Custom Fields

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

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(Post – Custom Fields Options)

Custom Fields are generally used together with certain plugins. The Custom Fields function allows you to manually edit custom content added by a plugin in your post.

Discussion

This option is used to turn the discussion options on/off for any particular post …

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

(WP Post – Discussion Section)

This section is used 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 can post comments on that post.
  • If you uncheck Allow trackbacks and pingbacks, then no blog visitors can post pingbacks or trackbacks for that specific post.

Notes:

  • If you are editing a previously published post, the Discussion module will also show any comments that you have received for the post.
  • Post discussion options are controlled by the WordPress Discussion Settings.

Learn how to configure WordPress discussion settings here:

Post Slug

The post slug is a user-friendly (and search engine friendly) web address that is automatically created by WordPress from the post title …

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

(Post – Permalinks URL)

This feature lets you edit the post slug, which is also known as your Permalink URL

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(Post – Slug Field)

Quick Note About Permalink URLs

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

(WordPress 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 URL for your blog post, WordPress finds your post and changes all links on your blog to point to the correct post URL, even if you change the post slug, change the category for your post, or display your post under a different parent page.
  • The permalink is automatically created based on the title you specify for your post.
  • Punctuation such as commas, quotes, apostrophes, and invalid URL characters are removed and spaces are substituted with dashes to separate each word in your post URL.
  • Your permalink displays below the title field as soon as you save or publish a new 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 section displays a list of all your site’s registered authors and allows you to change the post author attribute by selecting a new author from the drop-down menu …

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

(WP Post – Post Author Section)

Note: This module only displays on your post if there are multiple persons assigned the role of author on your website.

Learn more about assigning different post authors in WordPress here:

Next Step …

Now that you have a better understanding of the WordPress Post modules do, the next step is to actually create a post in WordPress that will help you grow your business.

How To Create A WordPress Post

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This is the end of part 1 of this tutorial

To continue reading, click on the link below:

How To Create A New WP Post – Part Two

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"This is an awesome training series. I have a pretty good understanding of WordPress already, but this is helping me to move somewhere from intermediate to advanced user!" - Kim Lednum

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