If you participate in an online forum, then you should already be familiar with the concept of “sticky” topics.
A featured or sticky topic is where an entry stays at the top of the thread while older threads appear further down the thread.
Like forums, WordPress allows you to ‘pin’ important posts to the top of your blog page while your newer items appear below the pinned item and older items get pushed further down the page.
This step-by-step tutorial explains how to make WordPress posts sticky.
Before completing this tutorial, it helps to understand basic features of WordPress like:
- Understanding the difference between Posts vs Pages
- How to create new WordPress blog posts
- Editing posts in WordPress
- Using WordPress Quick Edit
- How to set up a blog post page
- How to specify the number of blog posts to display on the blog post page
In WordPress, posts show 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 posts get pushed down the page)
Depending on how many posts your site’s settings is set up to display on your blog page, as newer blog posts are published, older posts will get pushed down the blog page.
You can set posts as Sticky and make them appear above all other posts. Sticky posts will stay pinned above all other regular posts until you deselect the ‘Sticky’ option on your Post Edit screen.
To make any blog post sticky, follow the steps below:
Log into your WordPress dashboard, then go to the navigation menu and choose select Posts > All Posts …
(WordPress Posts Menu – All Posts)
The Posts screen will load in your browser, displaying a table containing all your WordPress posts …
(WordPress Posts Screen)
Here you have two methods to make blog posts sticky. Let’s take a look at these methods:
How To Make A Post Sticky - Quick Edit Method
Locate the post you want to edit, hover over the title of the post to view the options menu and click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link …
(’Quick Edit’ feature)
The inline editor expands to display the options for editing your post. Locate the option to make posts sticky …
(Inline editor - Make this post sticky checkbox)
Tick Make this post sticky …
(’Make this post sticky’ checkbox – Quick Edit screen)
Update your settings …
(Quick Edit – ’Update’ button)
Featuring WordPress Posts - Post Edit Method
If you are adding a new blog post or editing your post content, you can make your post sticky by going to Publish > Visibility: Public > Edit …
(Publish box – Visibility settings)
Select ‘Stick this post to the front page’, click OK, and update your changes when finished …
The post status will now be changed to “Sticky” …
Your post will remain pinned to the top of your blog page even as new posts get added …
(Featured posts are added to the top of your blog posts page while other posts get pushed down the page)
Depending on your WordPress theme, your sticky posts could also display differently than your other blog posts.
For example, your sticky post could have a distinct label or highlight color …
(Sticky posts can display differently from regular posts)
Here’s the same example with another WordPress theme installed …
(Featured posts can stand out from regular posts)
Your post will now remain sticky for as long as you want.
How To Unstick WP Blog Posts
Unsticking WordPress posts is easy.
To unstick a post, return to your Table of Posts and click on the ‘Sticky’ link on the Posts menu to view all items that have been assigned the status of sticky …
(Table of Posts – Sticky menu)
Hover over the post title to display the options menu and click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link …
(Click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link)
Deselect ’Make this post sticky’ and click the ‘Update’ button to save your new settings …
(Untick the box to unstick your post inside the Quick editor)
Alternatively, if you are editing content in an existing blog post, you can unstick your post by going to Publish > Visibility: Public > Edit …
(Publish box – Visibility settings)
Deselect ‘Stick this post to the front page’ then click OK and remember to click Update to save your changes …
(Publish post section)
Your post is no longer sticky and will behave like every other post.
Congratulations, now you know how to make blog posts sticky.
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