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 …

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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 1 of this tutorial on creating a new WordPress Post, we covered the following sections:

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

To review Part 1 of our tutorial, go here: How To Create A Post In WordPress – Part One

As we repeatedly state 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 soon discover, creating a new WordPress post is very easy. In this tutorial, you are going to learn how to create a WordPress post.

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

Let’s begin by reviewing some helpful guidelines for posting content with 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=”Add Your Title Here” href=”http://yourdomain.com/”>Anchor Text</a>).
  • Use Paragraphs: Use paragraphs to make your content more readable. Tip: If paragraphs are separated with double spaces, WordPress will automatically detect these and insert HTML paragraph tags (<p>) into your writing.
  • Use Headings: If you plan to write long posts, consider using headings to break up your post sections. In HTML, headings are set using tags like h1, h2, h3, h4, and so on. You can also insert headings by highlighting content in the body of your post, and then selecting one of the heading options from the “Format Style” menu in your WordPress Editor.
  • Use HTML: You don’t have to know HTML to create formatted posts, as WordPress will automatically do this if you use the WordPress Content Editor. Having some basic knowledge of HTML, however, will allow you to control different styling elements in your content (e.g. boxes and tables).
  • Spell Check & Proof: Check your spelling and proof everything before posting your content. There are a number of spell check tools available for WordPress.
  • Focus On Content Quality: An excellent way to focus on writing quality content with no distractions is to compose your posts in a plain text editor, then copy and paste this into WordPress.
  • Think Before You Publish: Anything that you publish could be seen by lots of people and picked up by search engines, making it harder to take things back. Take your time to plan and think about what you are planning to write and review everything before you hit the publish button. Don’t rant … think!
  • Consider Who You Are Writing For: Consider who will read your posts and take all appropriate measures and precautions that you think will be required to ensure that your privacy is protected.
  • Make Use Of Comments: Comments allow site users to interact with you and share their ideas. You have control over your site’s comments and you can delete any comments that you don’t want published on your site, so consider this fact when deciding whether you will or will not allow people to comment on your posts. Also, make sure that people can contact you privately if required (e.g. use a contact form).
  • Worry About Little Things Later: How your site looks is important, but it’s often not essential in terms of getting your point across. In fact, because WordPress is so flexible when it comes to web design, you can just start publishing content to grow a readership, and then change your entire site’s design with just a couple of mouse clicks anytime you want, using Themes. Remember that it’s great content that will attract and keep your readers engaged, so focus on publishing quality content and worry about other things later – you can change anything and everything anytime you want with WordPress!
  • Use Pictures And Videos: Pictures and videos help make your content attractive and colorful and can help readers engage better with your information. We provide additional tutorials and articles on inserting images and embedding videos to your post content.
  • 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 Regularly: If you need help coming up with endless topics for posting content on your web site, we recommend subscribing to our FREE email training series on content marketing here:

Next Step …

Now that we have covered a few guidelines for posting content on your site, the next step is to examine different options available for saving posts.

Saving Posts In WordPress

After adding content to your post, it’s time to save it.

By default, WordPress autosaves your content at regular intervals …

Your content is auto-saved at regular intervals

(Your post is auto-saved at regular intervals)

Learn more about the WordPress autosave feature here:

The WordPress autosave feature helps prevent loss of valuable content if something unexpectedly happens to your computer, or if you click something and accidentally close your browser window, or close an application in the middle of your work session.

The time and date of your post are automatically recorded when the post is first auto-saved.

You can modify this information by adjusting the “Published on:” values …

Post Publisher - Published on: options

(Post Publishing – Published on: options)

Until a post is published, it will not be visible to site visitors. Instead, it will be saved in Draft status until published …

How To Create A New WordPress Post

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

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

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

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

Choose Draft from the options menu and click OK

How To Create A WordPress Post

With Draft displayed in the “Status:” field, click on Save Draft

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

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

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

In ‘Preview Mode’ you can see what your post will look like when published, but your content will not be visible to your web visitors …

In 'Preview Mode' your content is not made visible to your web visitors

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

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

How To Create A Post In WordPress

When your post is ready for publishing, click ’Publish’ …

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

Once your new post has been published, click View Post to open your published post in a new window …

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

Your published post is now visible to web visitors and can be accessed via its unique URL …

How To Create A WP Post

Make sure that all of the content has been added and formatted correctly …

How To Create A New WordPress Post

Note: Once a post has been published, the button changes from ‘Publish’ to ‘Update’ …

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

You can change the status of a post back from ‘Published’ to ‘Draft’ or ‘Pending Review’ anytime by clicking on the Edit link in the Status field and selecting an option from the Status drop-down menu …

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

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

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

Choose Draft from the drop-down menu options and click OK

How To Create A WordPress Post

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

How To Create A Post In WordPress

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

Note: searching for posts that were previously published will lead to a “not found” error message (called a ’404 Not Found’ error page) …

'404 Not Found' page

(’404 Error’ page)

Next Step …

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

How To Create A New WP Post – Summary

In this final tutorial section, we go over a quick summary of the steps involved in creating and optimizing a new post using WordPress.

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

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

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

After deciding on a topic to post content about the next step is simply to get the content written, and then publish it online. WordPress makes publishing content easy.

Note: An optimized WordPress post helps your content get indexed by search engines. We provide separate articles about optimizing posts for SEO.

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

How To Post Content To WordPress - Recap

(Posting Content To WordPress – Quick Recap)

  1. In your WordPress admin menu, click Posts > Add New to bring up the ‘Add New Post’ section.
  2. Add your post content (post title & content body). Also, make sure your Permalinks are already set up and modify the Post Slug if required.
  3. If you have installed an SEO plugin, complete this area. This will only take an extra minute or so, but it can help your content to rank better in the search engines.
  4. Add a Post Excerpt in the ‘Excerpt’ field.
  5. Select a Category to save your post under.
  6. Add keywords to the Post 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! To learn how to edit to WordPress posts and remove a post that you no longer need, go here: How To Edit And Delete WordPress Posts - Part One

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