If you are a member of online forums, then you are probably familiar with the concept of featured posts.
In a featured or sticky forum post, the entry is fixed to the top of the screen while older threads display further down the screen.
Like forums, WordPress also lets you display important blog posts at the top of your blog post page while the newer posts get added below the pinned entry and older entries get pushed down your page.
In this tutorial, we will show you how to create a sticky post.
Before going through the tutorial below, make sure to familiarize yourself with basic WordPress features like:
- Understanding the difference between WordPress Posts and Pages
- How to create posts in WordPress
- Editing WordPress blog posts
- How to use WordPress Quick Edit
- How to create a blog page
- How to specify the number of blog posts to show on the blog post page
In WordPress, blog posts are generally displayed in reverse chronological order on your blog post page with the latest post entries listed at the top …
(Most recent posts get added to the top of the blog summary page while older items get pushed down the page)
Depending on how many blog posts you have configured your site to display on your blog page, when newer blog posts get published, older posts will display down the blog page.
In WordPress, you can mark posts as Sticky if you want them to display above all other posts. Sticky posts will stay at the top of your blog page until you uncheck the ‘Sticky’ option on the Edit screen for that particular post.
To make any WordPress post sticky, follow the steps below:
Go to the Dashboard and select Posts > All Posts …
(Posts – All Posts)
This brings up the Posts screen, which displays all the posts you have created …
(Table Of Posts)
Once you get to this screen, there are two methods to make blog posts sticky. Let’s take a look at these methods:
How To Make A Post In WordPress Sticky Using Quick Edit
Locate the post item you want to edit, hover over the title to display the options menu and click on Quick Edit …
(’Quick Edit’ link)
The inline editor expands and displays all of your post editing options. Locate the ‘Make this post sticky’ option …
(Quick Edit settings – ‘Make this post sticky’)
Tick Make this post sticky …
(Quick Edit options – ‘Make this post sticky’)
Update your settings …
(Click the ‘Update’ button to save your changes)
Featured Posts Using Post Edit
If you are adding a new blog post or editing an existing entry, you can make the post sticky by clicking on Publish > Visibility: Public > Edit …
(Publishing section – Visibility > Edit)
Check ‘Stick this post to the front page’, click OK, and remember to click Update to save your new changes …
(Post publish box)
The blog post will now be changed to “Sticky” …
The featured post will be fixed to the top of your blog post page when new posts get added …
(Sticky posts are added to the top of your blog posts page while other regular entries are pushed down the page)
Depending on your active WordPress theme, your sticky posts could also display to your blog readers differently than your other posts.
For example, it can have a distinctive label or highlight color …
(Sticky posts can stand out from regular posts)
Here’s the same example with another WordPress theme …
(Sticky posts can display differently from regular posts)
Your post will stay sticky for as long as you like.
Unsticking Your Post Entry
Unsticking posts in WordPress is as simple as reversing the process used to make your posts sticky.
To unstick a post, go to your Table of Posts in the WordPress administration area and select the ‘Sticky’ link on the Posts menu to view all posts with a sticky status …
(List all sticky posts – Posts section)
Hover your mouse over the post title to display the options menu and click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link …
(’Quick Edit’ feature)
Deselect ’Make this post sticky’ and click the ‘Update’ button to save your new changes …
(Deselect the box to unstick the post inside the Quick Edit function)
Alternatively, if you are editing an existing post, you can unstick your post by going to Publish > Visibility: Public > Edit …
(Publish post section – Visibility > Edit)
Deselect ‘Stick this post to the front page’ then click OK and remember to update your settings …
Your post will no longer be sticky and will behave like every other regular post.
Congratulations, now you know how to make blog posts sticky.
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