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 WPThis 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 web site. Getting content published online with WordPress is as easy as 1-2-3:

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

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

After deciding what topic you will write about, the next step is to just write it, and then publish it. With WordPress, this is really easy.

This WordPress tutorial will show 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
  • Recommended Guidelines For Adding Content In WordPress
  • WordPress Post – Saving Options
  • Creating A New Post In WordPress – Quick Recap

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

This tutorial explains the basic steps to creating posts on your WordPress website.

To get the most benefit of using WordPress posts, however, we recommend reading all of the articles and tutorials we publish about WordPress, as we’ve designed these to guide you through the process of growing your business presence online using WordPress.

As you can see in the diagram below, WordPress is a very powerful tool with many parts that work together to deliver great results for you online …

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

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WordPress Posts

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

To learn about the differences between using Pages and Posts to publish content online, see this tutorial:

WordPress Posts are what you will mostly use when writing and publishing new content on your website or blog …

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

(Post)

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 the navigation menu and select Posts > Add New

How To Create A New WP Post

A blank, new Post is created …

How To Create A New WordPress Post

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

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

WordPress offers both a Visual Editor and an HTML Editor for adding text.

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

Complete the tutorial sections below to learn the basics of creating, editing and publishing WordPress Posts.

What Types Of Content Can Be Added To WordPress Posts?

WordPress allows you to go well beyond adding content featuring just simple text and images. You can also add videos, audios, downloadable files, etc. to your posts, and just about anything else that you need.

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

With WordPress you can easily insert and edit the following types of content into your Posts:

Text

You can add plain, formatted and/or hyperlinked text in a variety of fonts and styles to your posts …

How To Create A New WordPress Post

(WordPress Visual Content Editor)

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

Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A WP Post

(WordPress Visual Editor Tab And Menu Buttons)

Depending on the configuration of your site’s settings and plugins, you can also insert “meta” text into posts and pages (e.g. the post titles, keywords and descriptions that appear in search results), post excerpts, etc.

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

(SEO Plugin And Post Excerpt Module)

Media-Based Content

You can add or embed media-based content into WordPress Posts, such as videos, audios, downloadable content (e.g. PDF documents), graphics, and more …

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

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

Scripts

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

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

(Use Shortcodes To Add Content To WordPress)

Many scripts allow you to control the content that displays on your site from an external location (e.g. manage subscription forms).

Content can also be added to WordPress posts by inserting the code directly into the file templates, which requires having some knowledge of editing code.

To learn more about adding content via plugins in WordPress Posts, see the tutorials below:

Next Step …

Now that you know what type of content can be added to WordPress posts, the next step is to learn about the WordPress Post panel features.

Post Panel Features

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

Description Of WordPress Post Options

The Post Section contains a range of features that allow you to manage your post settings …

WordPress post panel

(WordPress Post Screen Options)

Let’s briefly review these features:

1 – Post Title Section

This area contains a field where you can insert your post title …

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

(Post Title Field)

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

Note:

  • You can enter phrases, numbers and various symbols (e.g. a question mark) for your post title.
  • Choose a unique title for each post you create. Using identical post titles can cause problems.
  • WordPress will automatically remove common symbols like apostrophes, commas, 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 New WordPress Post

(Using Symbols In Post Titles)

2 – Post Editing Area

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

WordPress Post Content Section

(WordPress Post Editing Area)

3 – Post Publish Settings

This is where you manage your publishing status …

Post Publisher Module

(Post Publishing Section)

Post Status
  • Published – Published posts will display on the front end of your site to all visitors unless it’s set as a Private post (see “Visibility Settings” section below).
  • Draft – A draft post can only be viewed by a user with ‘Administrator’ privileges.
  • 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 privileges.

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

Post Preview

The Publish section also includes a Preview button that lets you preview the post content before publishing …

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

(WP Post Preview)

Post Visibility

You can select different post visibility settings …

(Post Visibility Settings)

(Post Visibility Settings)

  • Public – This makes your post visible to all online visitors after publishing your post.
  • Password protected – Making a post Password protected means that the content in your post can only be viewed by users with the correct password.
  • Private – a Private post is only visible to you (if you are the site administrator) and/or site 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 modify post publishing 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 Post Status

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

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

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

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

How To Create A Post In WordPress

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

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

Click the button to manually save your post without publishing.

Publish

Click the Publish button to make the post live …

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

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 when you want the post to be published …

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 let you customize how your posts are displayed using Post Formats …

WordPress Post Formats

(Post Format)

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

5 – Post Categories

Post categories help classify your site’s post into topics and keep your content organized for site visitors …

Post Categories

(Post Categories)

If you classify your posts by categories, visitors can then browse specific categories to see all posts listed under that topic.

You can add a new category as you are composing a new post by clicking the + Add New Category link …

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

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

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

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

6 – WordPress Post Tags

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

Post Tags

(Post Tags)

WordPress groups posts with the same tag together.

Note: The way post tags display on your site is controlled by your theme. Depending on the WordPress theme you have installed, tags may or may not appear in your post …

Tags

(Tags)

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

WP Post Tags

(WP Post Tags Display Differently In Different WP Themes)

You can add new tags to your posts by typing in tags separated by commas into the “Tags” feature and clicking the Add button …

How To Create A Post In WordPress

(WordPress Post Tags)

To learn how to use WordPress post tags, go here:

7 – Featured Image

Featured images are controlled by the active theme you are using.

If your theme supports Post Thumbnails, then the “Featured Image” module should be visible in the “Edit Post” area …

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 the option is not there, then your theme may not support Featured Images) …

WP Post Editor - Screen Options Section

(WP Post Editor – Screen Options Area)

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

8 – Additional Post Screen Modules

A number of modules inside the Post administration screen are hidden by default, and will only display in your admin area if selected in the Screen Options area …

Hidden Post Screen Features

(Hidden Post options)

Below are some of the options that you can activate for posts in the Screen Options area.

Post Excerpt

The Excerpt section lets you add post summaries that will display in selected areas of your web site, such as your blog page, post categories page, archives page, and search post pages …

WP Post Excerpt Box

(Post Excerpt Field)

Go here to learn more about using post excerpts in WordPress:

Send Trackbacks

Trackbacks are a way to notify legacy blog systems that you’ve linked to them in your post …

Post - Send Trackbacks Section

(Post – Send Trackbacks Field)

If you link to other WordPress blogs, they’ll be notified automatically using pingbacks.

For sites 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

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

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

(WP Post – Custom Fields Box)

Custom Fields are generally used together with certain WordPress plugins, but you can edit custom content added by a plugin in your post.

Discussion

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

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

(Post – Discussion Settings)

This option is used to enable interactivity and notifications on individual posts.

  • Check all boxes to Allow Comments and Allow trackbacks and pingbacks on your posts.
  • If you uncheck Allow Comments, then no visitors will be able to post a comment on that specific post.
  • If you uncheck Allow trackbacks and pingbacks, then no blog visitors can post pingbacks or trackbacks to that post.

Notes:

  • If you are editing a post that has been previously published, the Discussion module will also show any comments that have been made on that 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) post URL that is normally created by WordPress from your post title …

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

(Post – Permalinks URL)

The Slug feature allows you to modify the post slug, which is also known as your Permalink URL

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(Post – Slug Module)

Quick Note About Your Permalink URL

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

(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 a post, WordPress finds your post and changes all links on your blog to point to the correct destination URL, even if you edit the post slug, change the post category, or move your post to a different parent page.
  • The permalink is automatically generated 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 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:

Post Author

This section displays a list of all registered site members with author permissions and allows you to change the post author attribute by choosing a new author from the drop-down menu …

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

(WordPress Post – Post Author Section)

Note: This module only displays on your post if there are multiple authors on your site.

Learn more about assigning different post authors in WordPress here:

Next Step …

Now that you know more about what the Post editor sections do, the next step is to actually create a new WordPress post.

How To Create A Post In WordPress

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This is the end of section 1 of this tutorial

To view Part Two, click the link below:

How To Create A New WordPress Post – Part Two

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"Wow! I never knew there's so much to learn about WordPress! I bought one of the WordPress for Dummies three years ago, such authors need to be on this course!" - Rich Law, Create A Blog Now

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