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 drive more visitors to your website or blog. With WordPress, publishing your content online is as easy as 1-2-3:
- Think …
- Write …
Once you have thought about what topic you will have content written about, the next step is to get the content written, and then get it published. WordPress makes this very easy.
This step-by-step tutorial shows you how to create a new post in WordPress.
We’ll cover the following areas:
- WordPress Post Content Formats
- WordPress Post Features
- Guidelines For Adding Content In WordPress
- Options For Saving WordPress Posts
- How To Create A New Post Using WordPress – Quick Review Of Steps
This step-by-step tutorial provides a detailed explanation of the basic steps to adding and publishing content on your WordPress-powered site.
In order to get the maximum benefit of using WordPress posts, however, we recommend going through all of the articles and tutorials we publish about WordPress, as we have designed these to guide you through the process of growing your business online using WordPress.
As you can see in the diagram below, WordPress is an extremely powerful tool and has many features that need to work together in order to deliver great results for you online …
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WordPress provides users with two main content publishing types: WordPress Posts and WordPress Pages.
To learn about the difference between using Posts and Pages to publish content online, see the tutorial below:
WordPress Posts are what you will mostly use for writing and publishing new content in WordPress …
A Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A WP Post
Follow the steps below to create a new WordPress post:
Log into your WordPress site, then go to the main navigation menu and choose Posts > Add New…
A new, blank Post is created …
You can now begin to add your post title and content by either 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:
Complete the tutorials below to learn the basics of creating, editing and publishing content in WordPress Posts.
WordPress Content Types
WordPress allows you to go well beyond creating content containing simple text and images. You can also add videos, audios, downloadable files, etc. to your posts, and just about anything else that you can imagine.
The WordPress CMS lets you add and edit the following kinds of content in your Posts:
You can add plain, formatted and/or hyperlinked text in a variety of fonts and styles to your posts …
(WP Content Editor)
The WordPress Editor lets you format and style your text as you go …
(WP Content Editor Tab And Menu Buttons)
Depending on how you configure your site’s plugins and settings, you can also insert “meta” text into posts and pages (i.e. the titles, post descriptions and keywords that will appear in search listings), custom excerpts, etc.
(SEO Plugin And Post Excerpt)
You can also easily add or embed media-based content into WordPress Posts, such as videos, audios, shareable files (e.g. PDF reports), images, and more …
To learn how to use the WordPress media editor, go here:
Many scripts allow you to control the content that appears in your content from a remote location (e.g. manage advertising banners).
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.
For examples of adding scripts in WordPress Posts, see these tutorials:
- Adding Currency Conversion To WordPress
- Creating And Inserting Tables Into Pages And Posts With WordPress
- Inserting Updatable Charts Into A Page In WordPress
- How To Embed Scripts Into WordPress Content
Next Step …
Now that you know what kind of content can be added to WordPress posts, the next step is to learn more about the Post area.
Post Panel Options
In this section, you will learn about the WordPress Post screen and the function of each post feature.
Description Of Post Features
The Post Section contains various features that allow you to modify the parameters of your post …
Let’s review each of these areas:
1 – Post Title Section
This module contains a field where you can enter the title of your post …
- You can use sentences, numbers and a combination of words, number and other characters (e.g. a question mark) for your post title.
- Choose a unique title for each post you create. Using identical post titles can create problems.
- WordPress will automatically remove common symbols like apostrophes, commas, quotes and hyphens from the “post slug” to display a valid URL for your post. Your Post title will still display these symbols, they just won’t appear in the post URL.
(Using Symbols In WordPress Post Titles)
2 – Post Editor
This is the blank section of the WordPress editor where you add the content in …
(WordPress Content Editor)
3 – Post Publish Options
This section lets you control your post status …
(WP Post Publisher Module)
- Published – Published posts can be viewed by online visitors, either publicly or privately (see “Post Visibility Settings” section below).
- Draft – A draft post can only be viewed 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 user with Editor permissions.
To learn how to assign user permissions in WordPress, see this tutorial:
The Publish box also includes a Preview button that allows you to view the post before publishing …
(WP Post Preview)
You can specify a number of post visibility settings …
(Post Visibility Settings)
- Public – This makes your post visible to all online visitors after the post has been published.
- Password protected – Making a post Password protected makes your post accessible only to users with the correct password.
- Private – a Private post is only visible to you (if you are the site administrator) and/or site 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 edit post publishing dates (even schedule posts to be published at a later date), copy your post to a new draft, or delete your post 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 WordPress Posts” section of this tutorial), but you can also save your post manually 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 manually save your post 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 next to the “Publish immediately” section and specifying the date and time to publish the post …
To learn how to schedule WP blog posts, see this tutorial:
4 – Post Format Module
Some WordPress Themes allow you to customize how your posts display using Post Formats …
(WordPress Post Formats)
To learn more about using WordPress post formats, go here:
5 – Post Categories
Post categories help keep your content organized for site visitors …
By assigning your posts to a category, your site visitors can then search through specific categories to see all posts published under that category.
To add new categories as you are entering a new post, click the + Add New Category link in this section …
You can manage categories by selecting Posts > Categories from the dashboard menu …
To learn more about using WordPress post categories, go here:
6 – Post Tags Section
Tags allow you to organize your posts in a very granular way …
WordPress links posts with the same tag together.
Note: The way tags display on your site is controlled by your theme. Depending on your theme, tags may or may not display in your post …
(WordPress Post Tags Display Differently In Different Themes)
Or they may display differently … even in different areas of your page, again, depending on the theme you are using …
(WP Tags May Display Differently In Different WP Themes)
You can add new tags to your posts by typing in comma-separated tags into the “Tags” box and clicking the Add button …
To learn how to use WordPress post tags, go here:
7 – Featured Image
Featured images are controlled by the active theme you have installed on your site.
If your WordPress theme lets you display Post Thumbnails, then the “Featured Image” module should be visible in the 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 it’s 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 – Hidden Post Settings
Some features inside the Post administration screen are hidden by default, and will only display in your admin area if their boxes are checked in the Screen Options area …
(Additional Post Features)
Below are some of the features that can be activated for posts in the Screen Options panel.
This option lets you add post “teasers” that will display in selected areas of your site, such as the blog page, post categories page, archives page, and search post pages …
(WP Post Excerpt Section)
Go here to learn more about using post excerpts in WordPress:
Trackbacks let you notify legacy blog systems that you’ve linked to them …
(WP Post – Send Trackbacks Box)
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 address 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 …
(WP Post – Custom Fields Section)
Custom Fields are generally used in conjunction with plugins. The Custom Fields module lets you edit custom content added by plugins in your post.
The Discussion module is used to turn the discussion options on/off for a specific post …
(Post – Discussion Options)
This option is useful if you want to enable interactivity and notifications on your posts.
- Check all boxes to Allow Comments and Allow trackbacks and pingbacks on your posts.
- If you uncheck Allow Comments, then no blog visitors will be able to post a comment on that specific post.
- If you uncheck Allow trackbacks and pingbacks, then no visitors can post pingbacks or trackbacks to that post.
- If you are editing a post that has been previously published, the Discussion module will also show any comments that users may have posted.
- Post discussion options are controlled by the WordPress 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)
This section lets you modify the post slug, which is also known as your Permalink URL …
(Post – Slug Field)
Quick Note About WordPress Permalinks
(Post – Permalinks URL)
- Permalink stands for “permanent link“. It is also referred to as a user-friendly URL, SEO-friendly URL, or pretty permalinks.
- 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 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 characters are removed and spaces are substituted with dashes to separate each word in your post URL.
- Your permalink displays 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 feature displays a list of all registered site members with author privileges and allows you to change the author of the post by choosing a new post author from the drop-down menu …
(Post – Post Author Box)
Note: This module only displays on your post editing screen if you have multiple registered users on your web site with authoring privileges.
Learn more about assigning different post authors in WordPress here:
Next Step …
Now that you have a better understanding of what the WordPress Post screen features are, the next step is to learn how to actually create an effective post for your business in WordPress.
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