How To Make WordPress Posts Sticky

Learn what a sticky post is and how to make WordPress posts sticky …

What Does A Sticky Post Do?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.

Important Info

You will really benefit from the tutorial below if you already have a good understanding of basic features of WordPress like:

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 …

Most recent posts get listed at the top of the blog posts page while older items get pushed down the page

(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

Posts - All Posts

(WP Posts Menu – All Posts)

The Posts screen will load in your browser, listing all your posts …

Posts Screen

(Posts Screen)

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

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' option - Inline editor section

(’Make this post sticky’ checkbox – Inline editor screen)

Tick the ’Make this post sticky’ check box …

Inline editor - Make this post sticky option

(’Make post sticky’ option – Quick Edit screen)

Update your settings …

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

Publish box - Visibility settings

(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 …

Post publish section

(Publish section)

The Table of Posts will change your post to “Sticky” …

'Sticky' post status

(’Sticky’ post)

Visitors will see the sticky post at the top of the page, followed by your most recent posts …

Featured posts get added to the top of the blog summary page while all other posts are pushed further down the page

(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 appear differently from other posts

(Sticky posts can stand out from regular posts)

Here’s the same sticky post using another theme …

Featured posts can stand out from regular posts

(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 - Display all sticky posts

(Posts section – Sticky menu)

Hover your mouse over the title of your post to display the options menu and click on Quick Edit

'Quick Edit' function

(Click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link)

Deselect the ‘Make this post sticky’ checkbox and click the ‘Update’ button …

Unselect the box to unstick your post inside Quick Edit

(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

(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 …

Post publish section

(Publish post section)

Your post will now behave like all other posts.

Why Make Posts Sticky?

Congratulations! Now you know how to make posts stick.

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