This tutorial shows you how to create a post in WordPress using the WordPress Classic Editor interface.
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:
- Think …
- Write …
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
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 …
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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 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 new Post is created …
The next step is to start adding your post title and body content either by typing or pasting the content in …
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.
In this section, we explore the main kinds of content that can be added to your WordPress:
You can add, edit and format text in a variety of fonts and styles to your content …
(WordPress Content Editor)
The WordPress Visual Content Editor lets you format and style your text as you go …
(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.
(WordPress SEO Plugin And Post Excerpt)
You can add or embed media content in WordPress, such as videos, audio files, shareable files (e.g. PDF reports), infographics, etc. …
To learn how to use the WordPress media editor, go here:
(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:
- Add Currency Conversion To Your Website
- Creating And Inserting Tables With WordPress
- How To Embed Eye-Catching Charts Into Pages And Posts In WordPress
- How To Add Snippets Of Code To WordPress Pages And Posts
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.
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 …
(Post Editor Features)
Let’s review each of these areas:
1 – Title
This area contains a field that lets you enter your post title …
(Post Title Field)
- 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.
(Using Symbols In Post Titles)
2 – Post Editing Area
This is the large area of the editor where you add the content in …
(WP Post Content Area)
3 – Post Publishing Feature
This is where you control your post publishing status …
(WP Publish Box Section)
- 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:
The Publish box also includes a Preview button that lets you view your posts before going live …
(WP Post Preview)
You can select different visibility settings for your posts …
(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.
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.
Note: If your post has yet been published, then either …
A Save Draft button will display in the Publish box if the post status is set to Draft …
Or Save as Pending, if the post status is set to Pending Review …
Click the button to save posts without publishing.
Click Publish to publish your post on your web site …
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 …
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)
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 …
(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 …
You can manage all categories by selecting Posts > Categories from the administration menu …
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 …
(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 …
Or they may display differently … even in different areas of your page, again, depending on which theme you are using …
(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 …
(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 …
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 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 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 …
(WordPress Post Excerpt Section)
Go here to learn more about using post excerpts in WordPress:
Trackbacks are a way to notify legacy blog systems that you have linked to them …
(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 provide a way to add custom information to your site and/or modify the way your posts are displayed …
(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.
This module allows you to turn the discussion options on/off for any particular post …
(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.
- 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:
The post slug is a user-friendly URL that WordPress automatically creates from your post title …
(Post – Permalinks URL)
This module lets you modify the post slug, which is also known as your Permalink URL …
(Post – Slug Section)
Quick Note About Permalinks
(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:
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 …
(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.
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