How To Make WordPress Posts Sticky

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

Make Posts StickyIf you are a member of online discussion boards, then you are probably familiar with the concept of featured or “sticky” topics.

In a featured or sticky post, the entry stays fixed to the top of the thread while older threads are pushed further down the thread.

Like online forums, WordPress also lets you display important blog posts at the top of your blog post page and the newer items get added below the pinned entry and older entries get pushed further down your page.

In this tutorial, we will show you how to create a sticky post in WordPress.

Useful Information

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

Featured Posts

In WordPress, posts generally appear at the top of your blog post page in reverse chronological order …

Most recent posts appear at the top of your blog summary page and older posts get pushed down the page

(Newer posts show at the top of your blog posts page and older entries get pushed further down)

Depending on how many posts you have configured your site’s settings to display on your blog page, when newer blog posts are published, older posts will appear down the blog page.

In WordPress, you can mark your posts as Sticky if you would like your blog readers to view these before all other posts. Sticky posts will stay pinned to the top of your blog page until you deselect the ‘Sticky’ option on your Post Edit screen.

To make your blog post sticky, follow the steps below:

Go to the admin area and click on Posts > All Posts

Posts - All Posts

(Posts Menu – All Posts)

The Posts screen will load in your browser, displaying a list of all the posts on your site …

Table Of Posts

(WordPress Posts Screen)

Here you have two ways to make your posts sticky. Let’s take a look at each method:

Making Your WordPress Post Sticky Using Quick Edit

Find the item you would like to edit, then hover over the title to view the options menu and click on Quick Edit

Click on the 'Quick Edit' link

(’Quick Edit’ link)

The Quick Edit inline editor displays all the options for editing your post. Find Make this post sticky

Quick Edit settings - 'Make this post sticky'

(Quick Edit options – ‘Make this post sticky’)

Tick Make this post sticky

Inline editor - Make this post sticky option

(Inline editor - Sticky post option)

Update your settings …

Click 'Update' to save your settings

(Update your settings)

Featuring WordPress 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 post box - Visibility > Edit

(Publishing section – Visibility > Edit)

Select 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 …

Publishing box

(Publish box)

Your Table of Posts will show your post status as “Sticky” …

Sticky post

(Sticky Post status)

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

Sticky posts are added to the top of the blog page while other regular entries are pushed further down the page

(Sticky posts show at the top of your blog posts page and regular posts are pushed down the page)

Depending on the active WordPress theme you are using, your sticky post can also be made to stand out differently than regular blog posts.

For example, your sticky post could have a distinct label and highlight color …

Sticky posts can stand out from other posts

(Featured posts can stand out from regular posts)

Here’s the same example with another theme installed …

Sticky posts can stand out from other posts

(Featured posts can stand out from other posts)

Your blog post will now remain sticky for as long as you want.

How To Unstick WordPress Blog Posts

Unsticking WordPress posts is easy.

To unstick a post, return to your Table of Posts and select the ‘Sticky’ link at the top of the post entries to view all post entries that have been assigned the status of sticky

Posts screen - Display sticky posts

(Posts screen – Sticky menu)

Click on Quick Edit

'Quick Edit' feature

(Click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link)

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

Deselect the box to unstick the post

(Untick the box to unstick your post inside the Quick Edit function)

Alternatively, if you are editing an existing blog post, you can unstick your post by going to Publish > Visibility: Public > Edit

Publish post section - Visibility > Edit

(Publish section – Visibility settings)

Deselect ‘Stick this post to the front page’ then click OK and remember to update your new changes when finished …

Publish post section

(Post publish section)

Your post is no longer sticky and will behave like all other regular posts.

Setting Featured Posts In WordPress

Congratulations, now you know how to make your posts sticky.

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"If you're new to WordPress, this can stand on its own as a training course and will stay with you as you progress from beginner to advanced and even guru status." - Bruce (Columbus, Ohio)