If you participate in online discussion groups, then you are probably familiar with the concept of featured topics.
A sticky post is where a specific item is fixed to the top of the thread while older threads display down the thread.
Like forums, WordPress also lets you ‘pin’ important blog posts to the top of your blog post page and the newer entries display below the pinned entry and older items get pushed down the page.
In this step-by-step tutorial, we show you how to make WordPress posts sticky.
You will really benefit from the tutorial below if you already have a good understanding of basic features of WordPress like:
- Understanding the difference between Posts vs Pages
- Creating a post
- Editing WordPress posts
- How to use the WordPress inline editor
- Setting up a blog page for displaying a summary of your posts in WordPress
- How to specify the number of posts to display on the blog page
Making Posts Sticky
By default, WordPress typically shows blog posts in reverse chronological order on your blog page with the newest posts at the top …
(Latest posts get listed at the top of your blog page and older entries get pushed further down the page)
Depending on how many blog posts your site’s settings is configured to display on your blog page, when newer blog posts get published, older posts will appear further down the page.
You can set your posts as Sticky and make these appear above all other posts. Sticky posts will stay fixed to the top of your blog post page until you uncheck the ‘Sticky’ option on your Post Edit screen.
To make any blog post sticky, do this:
Log into the administration section and click on Posts > All Posts …
(WP Posts Menu – All Posts)
The Posts screen will load in your browser, listing all your posts …
There are two methods of making WordPress posts sticky:
Featured Posts Using Quick Edit Method
Find the post you would like to edit, hover your mouse over the title to view the options menu and click on Quick Edit …
(’Quick Edit’ feature)
The inline editor displays your post editing options. Locate the ‘Make this post sticky’ option …
(’Make this post sticky’ checkbox – Inline editor screen)
Tick the ’Make this post sticky’ check box …
(’Make post sticky’ option – Quick Edit screen)
Update your settings …
(Quick Edit – ’Update’ button)
Featured Posts - Post Edit Method
If you are adding a new post or editing your post content, you can make the post sticky by clicking on Publish > Visibility: Public > Edit …
(Publishing box – Visibility > Edit)
Select ‘Stick this post to the front page’ then click OK, and remember to click Update to save your new settings …
The Table of Posts will change your post to “Sticky” …
Visitors will see the sticky post at the top of the page, followed by your most recent posts …
(Featured posts get listed at the top of the blog page while regular items are pushed down the page)
Depending on the theme you are using, your sticky posts can also display to your blog readers differently than other blog posts.
For example, it can have a distinct label or highlight color …
(Sticky posts can stand out from regular posts)
Here’s the same sticky post using another theme …
(Sticky posts can display differently from regular posts)
Your post will stay sticky until you choose to “unstick” it.
Unsticking Blog Posts In WordPress
Unsticking posts is easy.
To unstick a post, return to your Table of Posts in the WordPress admin area and select the ‘Sticky’ link at the top of the post list to display all items that have been assigned as sticky …
(Posts section – Sticky menu)
Hover your mouse over the title of your post to display the options menu and click on Quick Edit …
(Click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link)
Deselect the ‘Make this post sticky’ checkbox and click the ‘Update’ button …
(Deselect the box to unstick your post inside the inline editor)
Alternatively, if you are editing an existing blog post, you can unstick your post by going to Publish > Visibility: Public > Edit …
(Publish section – Visibility > Edit)
Untick the checkbox next to ‘Stick this post to the front page’ then click OK and remember to click Update to save your changes when finished …
(Publish post section)
Your post will now behave like all other posts.
Congratulations! Now you know how to make posts stick.
"I have used the tutorials to teach all of my clients and it has probably never been so easy for everyone to learn WordPress ... Now I don't need to buy all these very expensive video courses that often don't deliver what they promise." - Stefan Wendt, Internet Marketing Success Group