If you are a member of an online forum, then you are probably familiar with the concept of a featured or “sticky” topic.
In a featured or sticky post, the entry does not get replaced by newer entries while older threads appear down the page.
Like online forums, WordPress allows you to feature posts at the top of your blog post page while your newer posts display below the featured entry and older entries get pushed further down your page.
In this step-by-step tutorial, we show you how to make posts sticky.
Before completing this tutorial, we recommend familiarizing yourself with basic WordPress features like:
- Knowing the difference between WordPress Posts and Pages
- Creating a new WordPress blog post
- How to edit blog posts in WordPress
- Using WordPress Quick Edit
- Creating a WordPress blog post page
- How to specify the number of blog posts to show on the blog page
How To Make Posts In WordPress Sticky
In WordPress, blog posts are shown at the top of your blog post page in reverse chronological order …
(Most recent posts get listed at the top of your blog page while older entries get pushed further down the page)
Depending on how many blog posts you have configured your site to display on your blog page, when new posts are published, older posts will get pushed down the page.
In WordPress, you can set some of your posts as Sticky if you would like your visitors to read these before other posts. Sticky posts will remain at the top of your blog page 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 site, then go to the navigation menu and choose choose Posts > All Posts …
(Posts – All Posts)
The Posts screen will load in your browser, displaying a list of all your posts …
(Table Of Posts)
Once you get to this screen, there are two methods to make your WordPress post sticky. Let’s take a look at each of these methods:
Featured WordPress Posts - Quick Edit Method
Find the post entry you want to edit, then hover over the title to view the options menu and click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link …
(’Quick Edit’ link)
The Quick Edit inline editor expands to display the editing options. Find the option to make posts sticky …
(Inline editor options – ‘Make this post sticky’)
Tick Make this post sticky …
(’Make this post sticky’ option – Inline editor screen)
Click the ‘Update’ button to save your new changes …
(Update your settings)
Sticky Posts - Post Edit Method
If you are adding a new post or editing content in an existing item, you can make the post sticky by clicking on Publish > Visibility: Public > Edit …
(Post publishing section – Visibility settings)
Check ‘Stick this post to the front page’, click OK, and remember to update your new settings …
Your Table of Posts will show your blog post status as “Sticky” …
(’Sticky’ post status)
Your post will be fixed to the top of your blog page even as new posts get added …
(Featured posts get added to the top of the blog posts page while your regular entries get pushed down the page)
Depending on your theme, your sticky posts could also display to visitors differently than your normal blog posts.
For example, it could have a distinctive label and highlight color …
(Featured posts can appear differently from other posts)
Here’s the same sticky blog post using another WordPress theme …
(Sticky posts can appear differently from other posts)
Your post will now remain sticky until you “unstick” it.
Unsticking Post Entries
Unsticking your WordPress post is easy.
To unstick a post, go to the Table of Posts and click on the ‘Sticky’ link on the Posts menu to return all post entries assigned a sticky status …
(Display all sticky posts – Table of Posts)
Click on Quick Edit …
(Click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link)
Deselect the ‘Make this post sticky’ box and click the ‘Update’ button …
(Unselect the box to unstick your post inside Quick Edit)
Alternatively, when editing content in an existing post, you can unstick your post by going to Publish > Visibility: Public > Edit …
(Publish box – Visibility > Edit)
Deselect ‘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 is no longer sticky and will behave like all other regular posts.
Congratulations! Now you know how to make blog posts stick.
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