This tutorial shows you how to create a post in WordPress using the WordPress Classic Editor interface.
WordPress provides an easy-to-use, powerful and flexible content management system platform to publish information about your business online.
Publishing content regularly can help drive more visitors to your web site. With WordPress, publishing content online is as easy as 1-2-3:
- Think …
- Write …
After thinking about what you will post about, the next step is to simply write it, and then publish online. With WordPress, this is easy.
This step-by-step WordPress tutorial explains how to create a post in WordPress.
We’ll cover the following sections:
- WordPress Post Content Formats
- WordPress Post Features
- Recommended Guidelines For Adding Content To WordPress Posts
- WordPress Post – Saving Options
- How To Post Content To WordPress – Review
This step-by-step tutorial provides a detailed explanation of the basic steps to getting your content published on your WordPress-powered site.
To get the most benefit of using WordPress posts, however, we also recommend going through all of the articles and tutorials published on this site about WordPress, as we’ve designed these to guide you through the process of growing your business presence online using the WordPress CMS platform.
As you can see in the diagram below, WordPress is a very powerful business marketing tool with many features that need to work together in order to produce great results for your business online …
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WordPress provides users with two content publishing types: Pages and Posts.
To learn about the differences between using Posts and Pages to publish content online, see this article:
WordPress Posts are what you will mostly use for writing and publishing new content on your site …
A Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A Post In WordPress
To create a new WordPress post, do the following:
Log into your WordPress admin section, then go to the navigation menu and click on Posts > Add New…
A new, blank Post is created …
You can now add the title of the post and post content by either typing or pasting the content in …
WordPress offers both a Visual Editor and an HTML Editor for adding text.
To learn how to use the WordPress editor, go here:
Complete the sections below to learn the basics of creating, editing and publishing content in WordPress Posts.
What Type Of Content Can Be Added To Posts?
WordPress allows you to go well beyond creating content containing simple text and images. You can also add videos, audios, downloadable documents, etc. to your posts, and just about any other type of content that you want to distribute or share online.
In this section, we explore the main kinds of content that can be added to WordPress:
You can insert plain, formatted and/or hyperlinked text in a variety of fonts and styles into your posts …
(WP Visual Editor)
The WordPress WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) Content Editor lets you format and style your text as you go …
(WP Visual Content Editor Tab And Menu Buttons)
Depending on how you configure your site’s settings and plugins, you can also insert “meta” text into your posts (e.g. the titles, keywords and post descriptions that will display in search listings), post excerpts, etc.
(WordPress SEO Plugin And Post Excerpt Feature)
You can add or embed media content into WordPress Posts, such as video embeds, audio files, downloadable files (e.g. PDF reports), photos, etc. …
To learn how to use media with WordPress, go here:
Many scripts can be added to posts to help you control the content that displays in your content from an external location (e.g. manage subscription forms).
Content can also be added to WordPress posts by inserting the code directly into the file templates, which requires having some knowledge of editing code.
To learn more about adding content via plugins inside WordPress Posts, see the tutorials below:
- Add Currency Conversion To Your Website
- How To Create And Add Tables In WordPress
- Creating Interactive Charts And Graphs In A Post Or Page In WordPress
- Inserting Code Into WordPress Pages And Posts
Next Step …
Now that you know what kind of content you can add to your posts, the next step is to learn more about the Post panel.
In this section, you will learn about the WordPress Post screen and the function of each post option.
The Post Area includes several section modules that allow you to control the settings of your post …
(WordPress Post Panel Options)
Let’s briefly review these functions:
1 – Title
This section contains a field where you can enter your post title …
Please note the following:
- You can enter sentences, numbers and a combination of words, number and symbols (e.g. a comma) for the title of your post.
- Choose a unique title for each post you create. Using identical post titles can cause issues.
- WordPress automatically removes common symbols like apostrophes, commas, hyphens and quote marks from the “post slug” to create a valid URL for your post. Your Post title will still display these symbols, they just won’t appear in the post URL.
(Using Symbols In WP Post Titles)
2 – Content Editor
This is the large section of the WordPress editor where you add your content in …
(WP Post Content Section)
3 – Post Publishing Feature
This section lets you control the status of your post …
(WP Publish Box Section)
- Published – Published posts can be seen by your site visitors, either publicly or privately.
- Draft – A draft post can only be accessed by a user with ‘Administrator’ privileges.
- Pending Review – A post marked as pending review is similar to a draft post, but needs to be reviewed and approved by a registered user with Editor permissions.
To learn how to assign user permissions in WordPress, see this tutorial:
The Publish section also includes a Preview button that allows you to view posts before going live …
(WordPress Post Preview)
You can specify a number of post visibility settings …
(Post Visibility Settings)
- Public – This makes your post visible to all site visitors after publishing your post.
- Password protected – Making a post Password protected allows you to protect your content with a password.
- Private – a Private post is only visible to you (if you’re the site administrator) and/or logged-in users with editor or administrative privileges. You must be logged in to view a private post.
Additional publish settings allow you to modify post publishing dates (even schedule a post to be published at a later date), copy your post to a new draft, or set your post for deletion by moving it to the trash.
Save Posts Statuses
WordPress will autosave your post at regular intervals to ensure that your work is not lost (see “Saving Posts” section of this tutorial), but you can also manually save your post without publishing.
Note: If your post has not been published yet, then either …
A Save Draft button will display in the Publish area if your post status is set to Draft …
Or Save as Pending, if the post status is set to Pending Review …
Click the button to save your post without publishing.
Click the Publish button to publish the post …
You can also edit the time when your post gets published by clicking the Edit link next to the “Publish immediately” section and specifying the date and time when you would like the post to be published …
To learn how to schedule posts in WordPress, see this tutorial:
4 – Post Format
Some WordPress Themes allow you to customize your post’s presentation using Post Formats …
To learn more about using WordPress post formats, go here:
5 – WordPress Post Categories
Categories help keep content organized for your site visitors …
(Post Categories Module)
When you assign your posts to a category, site users can then search through specific categories to view all posts published under that particular category.
You can add new post categories when you create a new post by clicking the + Add New Category link in this module …
You can also manage your post categories by selecting Posts > Categories from the administration menu …
To learn more about using WordPress post categories, go here:
6 – WordPress Post Tags
Tags are like micro-categories for your blog posts …
(WordPress Post Tags)
A list of related posts is displayed to blog readers when post tags are clicked.
Note: The way tags display on your site is controlled by your theme. Depending on your theme, tags may or may not display in your post …
(WP Post Tags Display Differently In Different WP Themes)
Or they may display differently … even in different areas of your page, again, depending on which theme you have installed …
You can add new tags to your blog posts by typing in comma-separated tags into the “Tags” feature and clicking the Add button …
(WordPress Post Tags)
To learn how to use WordPress post tags, go here:
7 – Featured Post Image
Featured images are controlled by your WordPress theme.
If your theme supports Post Thumbnails, then the “Featured Image” module should be visible in your Post editing screen …
If you can’t see the Featured Image section in your sidebar, check to see that this option has been selected in the Screen Options area (if it’s not there, then your theme may not support Featured Images) …
(WP Post Editor – Screen Options Panel)
To learn how to add featured images to WordPress, go here:
8 – Additional Post Features
Several options inside the Post admin area are hidden by default, and will only display in the admin area if their boxes are checked in the Screen Options area …
(Additional Post options)
Let’s review some of the options that can be activated for posts in your Screen Options area.
WordPress Excerpt Module
This module lets you add post “teasers” that will display in selected areas of your website or blog, such as the blog page, category page, archives page, and search results pages …
(WP Post Excerpt Module)
Go here to learn more about using post excerpts in WordPress:
Trackbacks are a way to notify legacy blog systems that you have linked to them in your post …
(Post – Send Trackbacks Section)
If you link to other WordPress blogs, they’ll be notified automatically using a feature called pingbacks.
For sites that don’t recognize pingbacks, you can send a trackback to the blog by entering their website address(es) in the trackbacks field, and separating each address with a space.
Learn more about WordPress trackbacks and pingbacks here:
Custom Fields provide a way to add custom information to your site and/or modify the way your posts are displayed …
(Post – Custom Fields Settings)
Custom Fields are normally used in conjunction with WordPress plugins, but you can edit custom content added by plugins in your post.
This section lets you turn the discussion options on/off for any given post …
(Post – Discussion Settings)
This section is used to enable interactivity and notifications on your posts.
- Check all boxes to Allow Comments and Allow trackbacks and pingbacks on your posts.
- If you uncheck Allow Comments, then no one can post comments on that post.
- If you uncheck Allow trackbacks and pingbacks, then no visitors can post pingbacks or trackbacks for that post.
- If you are editing a post that has been previously published, the Discussion module will also show any comments that users may have posted.
- Post discussion options are managed by your site’s Discussion Settings.
Learn how to configure WordPress discussion settings here:
The post slug is a user-friendly (and search engine friendly) URL that is normally created from your post title …
(WP Post – Permalinks URL)
This feature allows you to edit the post slug, which is also known as your Permalink URL …
(Post – Slug Field)
Quick Note About Permalinks
(Post – Permalinks URL)
- Permalink stands for “permanent link“. It is also referred to as a user-friendly URL, SEO-friendly URL, or pretty links.
- When you set a Permalink for a blog post, WordPress will find your post and change all links on your site to point to the correct destination URL, even if you change the post slug, change the post category, or move your post to a different parent page.
- WordPress automatically creates the permalink for a post based on your post title.
- Commas, quotes, apostrophes, and invalid URL characters are removed and spaces are substituted with dashes to separate each word in your permalink.
- Your permalink appears below the title field as soon as you save or publish a new post.
- You can manually change your permalink URL by editing the post-slug (see above).
Learn how to set up and use permalinks in WordPress here:
The Post Author module displays a list of all registered site members with author permissions and allows you to change the author of the post by selecting a new author from the drop-down menu …
(WordPress Post – Post Author Section)
Note: This section only displays on your post editor if you have multiple authors on your web site.
Learn more about assigning different post authors in WordPress here:
Next Step …
Now that you have a better understanding of all what the Post modules are, the next step is to actually create a post in WordPress that will help you get effective results.
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