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 To Use WordPressThis 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 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:

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

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

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

How To Create A New WP Post

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 …

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

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WordPress Posts

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 Post In WordPress

(WP Post)

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

How To Create A New WordPress Post

A blank Post is created …

Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A WP Post

You can now add your post title and post body content either by typing or pasting the content in …

How To Create A WordPress Post - 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 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.

How To Create A WordPress Post

With WordPress you can add and edit the following types of content in your Posts:

Text

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

How To Create A Post In WordPress

(WordPress Content Editor)

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

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(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.

How To Create A New WP Post

(WordPress SEO Plugin And Post Excerpt)

Media-Based Content

You can add or embed media content in WordPress, such as video embeds, audio files, shareable files (e.g. PDF reports), flowcharts, and more …

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

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

Scripts

With WordPress you can add dynamic content elements (e.g. multi-column objects) directly into posts and pages using scripts like Javascript, shortcodes, and plugins

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

(WordPress Shortcodes)

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:

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 …

post section

(Post Area)

Let’s review each of these sections:

1 – Title

This module contains a field that lets you insert the title of your post …

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

(Post Title Field)

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

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.

How To Create A Post In WordPress

(Using Symbols In Post Titles)

2 – Post Content Section

This is the large, blank section of the editor where your content gets added into …

Content Editor

(Post Editing Section)

3 – Post Publishing Options

This section is where you specify the options and settings that manage the status of your post …

Post Publisher Section

(WP Publish Box Feature)

Post Status
  • 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:

Preview

The Publish section also includes a Preview button that lets you preview your post content before making your post live …

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

(WordPress Post Preview)

Post Visibility

You can select different visibility settings for your posts …

(Post Visibility Settings)

(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.

Save Statuses

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.

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

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

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

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

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

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Click the button to save your posts without publishing.

Publish Post Status

Click the Publish button to make the post live …

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

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 …

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

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

(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

(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 …

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

You can also manage categories by selecting Posts > Categories in your dashboard menu …

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

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

(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 …

Post Tags

(Tags In A WordPress Theme)

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

Tags

(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 …

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

(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 …

Featured Post Image

(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) …

WP Post Editor - Screen Options Section

(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 …

Hidden Post Features

(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 …

WP Post Excerpt Field

(WordPress Post Excerpt Box)

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 in your post …

WP Post - Send Trackbacks Section

(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

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

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

(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.

Discussion

The Discussion section is used to turn the discussion options on/off for any given post …

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

Notes:

  • 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:

Post Slug

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

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

(Post – Permalinks URL)

The Slug section lets you change the post slug, which is also known as your Permalink URL

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

(WP Post – Slug Field)

Quick Note About Permalinks

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

(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:

Post Author

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 …

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

(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.

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

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This is the end of part one of this tutorial

To continue reading, click on the link below:

Creating A New Post In WordPress – Part 2

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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 …

Learn How To Use WordPress

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 WordPress Post, we covered the following sections:

  • WordPress Post Content Formats
  • WordPress Post Section Features

To review Part 1 of our comprehensive tutorial, go here: How To Create A New 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 as a business marketing tool to help you grow online.

As you will soon discover, creating a WordPress post is very easy. In this tutorial, you are going to learn how to create a post in WordPress.

How To Create A New WP Post

Let’s begin by reviewing some helpful guidelines for posting content with WordPress.

Guidelines For Posting Content

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

  • Practice Accessibility: Stay compliant with web standards for accessibility and help your users by including ALT and TITLE descriptions with images and links (e.g. <a title=”Add Your Title Here” href=”http://yourdomain.com/”>Your Link</a>).
  • Use Paragraphs: Break up your content into paragraphs to make it more readable. Tip: If paragraphs are separated with double spacing, 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, h3, 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” menu in your Visual Editor.
  • Use HTML: You don’t have to know HTML to create richly formatted posts, as WordPress will automatically do this if you use the Visual Editor. Having some basic knowledge of HTML, however, allows you to control different styling elements in your content (e.g. columned text and tables).
  • Spell Check And Proof: Check your spelling and proof everything before posting your content live. There are a number of spell check tools available for WordPress.
  • Focus On Content Quality: A great way to focus on writing content with no distractions is to write your post drafts in a text editor, then copy and paste this into the WordPress editor.
  • Think Before You Publish: Anything you make public can 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 Your Target Readers: Consider who will read your posts and take all appropriate measures or precautions you think may be required to protect your privacy.
  • Make Use Of Commenting: Comments let your visitors 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 posts. Also, make sure that visitors can contact you privately if required (e.g. use a contact form).
  • Worry About Little Things Later: How your website looks is important, but it’s often not essential to 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, thanks to WordPress Themes. Remember that great content is what attracts and keeps your readers engaged, so focus on publishing great content and worry about other things afterwards – you can change anything and everything anytime you want with WordPress!
  • Use Videos And Pictures: Images and videos help make your content more eye-catching and help readers engage better with your content. We provide additional tutorials and articles about inserting images and embedding videos to your blog content.
  • Save Your Posts: Save your posts frequently to avoid losing your work to accidents or computer errors. You can even do this without publishing your content as the section below will explain.
  • Post Often: We have created an entire email training series designed to help you come up with limitless content for posting great content on your site:

Next Step …

Now that we have gone over a few guidelines for posting content on your site, the next step is to learn about the options you have for saving posts.

Saving WordPress Posts - Options

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

By default, WordPress autosaves your content at regular intervals …

Your content is autosaved at regular intervals

(Your post is auto-saved at regular intervals)

Learn more about the WordPress autosave feature here:

This helps to prevent loss of valuable information if something should unexpectedly go wrong with your computer or internet access, or if you happen to click something that accidentally closes your browser window, or terminate an application while you’re working.

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

You can edit this in the “Published on:” settings …

Post Publisher - Published on: fields

(Post Publisher – Published on: options)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Select Draft from the ’Status’ menu and click OK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(In ‘Preview Mode’ your post is not made visible to your blog readers)

You can also preview your content without first saving or publishing it by clicking ’Preview’ in the “Publish” box …

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

Once you are ready to go live, click the ‘Publish’ button …

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

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

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

The content should now be visible to your site visitors and can be accessed via its unique web address …

How To Create A New WP Post

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

How To Create A WP Post

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

How To Create A WordPress Post

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

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

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

How To Create A New WordPress Post

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

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

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

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

Your post will be saved as a ‘draft’ post and the content will no longer be available to web visitors.

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

'404 Not Found' page

(’404 Not Found’ page)

Next Step …

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

Posting Content To WordPress – Summary

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

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

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

How To Create A WP Post

After deciding on a topic to write about the next step is to get your content written, and then publish. With WordPress, publishing content is easy.

Note: Optimized WordPress posts help your blog get indexed faster by search engines. We provide separate tutorials on optimizing content for search engines.

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

How To Create A Post In WordPress - Review

(How To Create A New WordPress Post – Steps)

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

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