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 CMS platform to publish information about your business online.
Publishing content regularly can help grow your business presence online. With WordPress, publishing your content online is as easy as 1-2-3:
- Think …
- Write …
Once you know what topic you would like to write about, the next step is to simply get your content written, and then get it published online. With WordPress, this is easy.
In this detailed two-part tutorial you are going to learn how to create a post in WordPress.
The following sections are covered:
- WordPress Post Content Formats
- Sections Of A WordPress Post
- Recommended Guidelines For Adding Content In WordPress
- WordPress Post – Saving Options
- How To Create A New Post In WordPress – Summary Of Steps Involved
This step-by-step tutorial provides a detailed explanation of the basic steps to getting your content published on your WordPress site.
In order to get the most benefit from using WordPress posts, however, we also recommend reading all of the articles and tutorials published on this site about WordPress, as we have designed these to guide you through the process of growing your business online using the WordPress CMS.
As you can see in the diagram below, WordPress is a really powerful business marketing tool with many features that need to work together in order to deliver great results for your business online …
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WordPress provides site owners with two main content publishing types: Pages and Posts.
To learn about the difference between using WordPress Posts and WordPress 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 New WordPress Post
To create a new WordPress post, do the following:
Log into your WordPress dashboard, then go to your navigation menu and choose Posts > Add New…
A blank Post is created …
You can now add your post title and post 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 content editor, go here:
Let’s take a look now at the main types of content you can add to WordPress.
Types Of Content You Can Add To WordPress
WordPress lets you 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 can imagine.
With WordPress you can add and edit the following types of content in your Posts:
You can insert, edit and format text in a variety of fonts and styles into your content …
(WordPress Content Editor)
The WordPress WYSIWYG Editor lets you format and style your text as you go …
(WP Content Editor Tab And Menu Buttons)
Depending on the configuration of your site’s plugins and settings, you can also insert “meta” text into your posts (e.g. the titles, descriptions and keywords that appear in search results), custom excerpts, etc.
(WordPress SEO Plugin And Post Excerpt)
You can add or embed media content in WordPress, such as video embeds, audio files, shareable files (e.g. PDF reports), flowcharts, and more …
To learn how to use the WordPress media editor, go here:
Many scripts allow you to manage the content that displays in your content from a remote location (e.g. manage advertising banners).
You can also add content to WordPress posts by inserting the code directly into the file templates, which requires knowing how to edit code.
For examples of adding content via plugins in WordPress Posts, see these tutorials:
- How To Add Currency Conversion To WordPress
- Creating And Inserting Tables In WordPress
- Embed Colorful Graphs And Charts Into A WordPress Page
- How To Add Code To WordPress Content
Next Step …
Now that you know what type of content can be added to your posts, the next step is to learn more about the WordPress Post panel options.
WordPress Post Panel Options
In this section, you will learn about the WordPress Post area and what all of the different post options do.
Description Of Post Options
The Post Panel includes a range of features that let you manage the parameters of your post …
Let’s review each of these sections:
1 – Title
This module contains a field that lets you insert the title of your post …
(Post Title Field)
Please note the following:
- You can use phrases, numbers and a combination of words, number and other characters (e.g. a vertical pipe) for the title of your post.
- Choose a unique title for every post you create. Using identical post titles can create issues.
- WordPress will automatically remove common symbols like commas, apostrophes, quotes and hyphens from the “post slug” to display valid URLs for your post. Your Post title will still display these symbols, they just won’t appear in the post URL.
(Using Symbols In Post Titles)
2 – Post Content Section
This is the large, blank section of the editor where your content gets added into …
(Post Editing Section)
3 – Post Publishing Options
This section is where you specify the options and settings that manage the status of your post …
(WP Publish Box Feature)
- Published – Published posts can be seen by online visitors, either publicly or privately.
- Draft – A draft post is not visible to visitors and registered users 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:
The Publish section also includes a Preview button that lets you preview your post content before making your post live …
(WordPress Post Preview)
You can select different visibility settings for your posts …
(Post Visibility Settings)
- Public – Setting a post to Public makes it visible to all site visitors after your post has been published.
- Password protected – Making a post Password protected allows you to protect your posts with a password.
- Private – a Private post is only visible to you (if you’re the site administrator) and/or site users with editor or administrative privileges. You must be logged in to view a private post.
Additional publish settings allow you to change post publish dates (even schedule a post 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 WordPress 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 area 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 your posts without publishing.
Publish Post Status
Click the Publish button to make the post live …
You can also edit the time when your post gets published by clicking the Edit link above the “Publish” button and specifying the date and time to publish your post …
To learn how to schedule your posts in WordPress for publishing later, see this tutorial:
4 – WordPress Post Formats
Many WordPress Themes allow you to customize how your posts display using Post Formats …
(Post Format Module)
To learn more about using WordPress post formats, go here:
5 – WordPress Post Categories
Categories help you classify your blog post into topics and keep content organized for your blog readers …
(WordPress Post Categories)
When you assign your posts to categories, visitors can then search specific categories to see all posts belonging to that particular topic.
To add new post categories when you create a new post, click the + Add New Category link …
You can also manage categories by selecting Posts > Categories in your dashboard menu …
To learn more about using WordPress post categories, go here:
6 – Post Tags Section
Tags are like index entries for your WordPress posts …
(Post Tags Module)
Clicking on a tag in a blog post displays other posts tagged with the same keywords.
Note: The way tags display on your site is controlled by your theme. Depending on the theme you are using, tags may or may not appear in your post …
(Tags In A WordPress Theme)
Or they may display differently … even in different areas of your page, again, depending on the theme you use …
(WordPress Tags May Display Differently In Different WP Themes)
To add new tags to your blog posts, type in comma-separated tags into the Tags area and click the Add button …
(WordPress Post Tags)
To learn how to use WordPress post tags, go here:
7 – Featured Image Section
Featured images are controlled by the active theme you have installed on your site.
If your theme allows you to display Post Thumbnails, then the “Featured Image” module should be visible in your Post editing screen …
(WordPress Post 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 Area)
To learn how to add post thumbnails to WordPress, go here:
8 – Hidden Post Area Options
By default, several functions are hidden inside the Post editing panel, and will only display in the admin area if you select them the Screen Options area …
(Additional Post Settings)
Below are some of the settings that can be activated for posts in the Screen Options area.
WordPress Post Excerpt Module
The Excerpt module lets you add a brief “teaser” that will display in selected areas of your website or blog, such as the blog page, post categories page, archives page, and search post pages …
(WordPress Post Excerpt Box)
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 in your post …
(WordPress Post – Send Trackbacks Module)
If you link to other WordPress blogs, they’ll be notified automatically using a feature called 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 provide a way to add custom information to your site and/or modify the way your posts are displayed …
(WordPress Post – Custom Fields Settings)
Custom Fields are generally used in conjunction with plugins, but you can edit the information added by plugins in your post.
The Discussion section is used to turn the discussion options on/off for any given post …
(WP Post – Discussion Options)
This module is useful if you want to enable interactivity and notifications on a post-by-post basis.
- 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 specific post.
- If you uncheck Allow trackbacks and pingbacks, then no visitors can post pingbacks or trackbacks for that post.
- If you are editing a previously published post, the Discussion module will also show any comments that have been left on that post.
- Post discussion options are managed by your site’s Discussion Settings.
Learn how to configure WordPress discussion settings here:
The post slug is a user-friendly web address that WordPress automatically creates from your post title …
(Post – Permalinks URL)
The Slug section lets you change the post slug, which is also known as your Permalink URL …
(WP Post – Slug Field)
Quick Note About Permalinks
(WP 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 your post, WordPress finds your post and changes all links on your site 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.
- 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 appears 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:
This module displays a list of all registered site members with author permissions and allows you to change the post author by choosing a new author from the drop-down menu …
(Post – Post Author Field)
Note: This module only displays on your post editing area if you have 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 the WordPress Post sections are, the next step is to learn how to actually create an effective post for your business in WordPress.
This is the end of part one of this tutorial
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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