If you participate in an online forum, then you are probably familiar with the concept of featured topics.
With a sticky post, the entry does not get replaced by newer entries while older threads are pushed down the thread.
Like online forums, WordPress allows you to ’fix’ important posts to the top of your blog page and your newer posts show below the featured item and older items get pushed further down the page.
This step-by-step tutorial explains how to create a sticky post.
To get the most from this tutorial, we recommend understanding basic WordPress features like:
- The difference between WordPress Posts and Pages
- How to create a post in WordPress
- How to edit a post in WordPress
- Using the WordPress inline editor (Quick Edit)
- Setting up a blog post page
- How to specify the number of blog posts to display on the blog page
Making WordPress Posts Sticky
In WordPress, posts typically are shown at the top of your blog page in reverse chronological order …
(Newer posts get displayed at the top of your blog posts summary page while older entries get pushed down the page)
Depending on how many blog posts your site’s settings is configured to display on your blog page, newer posts display at the top of your blog summary page while older posts get pushed down the blog page.
In WordPress, you can mark posts as Sticky if you want them to appear above all other posts. Sticky posts will stay fixed to the top of your blog post page until you deselect the ‘Sticky’ option on your Post Edit screen.
To make your blog post sticky, follow the steps below:
Log into your WordPress dashboard, then go to your navigation menu and choose choose Posts > All Posts …
(Posts – All Posts)
The Posts screen will load in your browser, listing all the posts you have created …
(Table Of Posts)
You have two methods of making your posts sticky. Let’s take a look at each method:
Featured Posts Using Quick Edit
Find the item you would like to edit, hover your mouse over the title of your post to display the options menu and click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link …
(Click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link)
The inline editor displays all of the options for editing your post. Locate Make this post sticky …
(’Make this post sticky’ checkbox – Quick Edit section)
Tick the ’Make this post sticky’ checkbox …
(Quick Edit options – ‘Make this post sticky’)
Update your settings …
(Quick Edit – Update)
Featured Posts - Post Edit Method
If you are adding a new blog post or editing your post content, you can make the post sticky by going to Publish > Visibility: Public > Edit …
(Post publish section – Visibility settings)
Tick the checkbox next to ‘Stick this post to the front page’, click OK, and update your changes …
(Post publish section)
The status of your blog post will be changed to “Sticky” …
The featured post will be pinned to the top of your blog post page when new posts get added …
(Featured posts get added to the top of the blog posts page while other regular entries get pushed further down the page)
Depending on your active theme, your sticky posts could also stand out from regular blog posts.
For example, your sticky post can have a distinctive label or highlight color …
(Sticky posts can stand out from other posts)
Here’s the same sticky blog post with another theme installed …
(Featured posts can appear differently than other posts)
Your post will now remain sticky until you choose to “unstick” it.
Unsticking A WordPress Blog Post In WordPress
Unsticking posts in WordPress is easy.
To unstick a post, go back to to the Table of Posts in your WP admin dashboard and click on the ‘Sticky’ link above the post list to return all post entries assigned a sticky status …
(Posts screen – Sticky posts menu)
Hover your mouse over the title to view the options menu and click on Quick Edit …
(’Quick Edit’ feature)
Deselect ’Make this post sticky’ and click the ‘Update’ button …
(Deselect the box to unstick your post)
Alternatively, when editing an existing blog post, you can unstick your post by going to Publish > Visibility: Public > Edit …
(Publish post section – Visibility > Edit)
Click the checkbox next to ‘Stick this post to the front page’ then click OK and remember to update your new changes when finished …
Your post will no longer be sticky and will behave like all regular posts.
Congratulations, now you know how to make your blog posts stick.
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