This free plugin reveals the IDs for pages, posts, categories, links, media, users, link categories, comments, custom taxonomies, custom post types and tags. It also adds a sortable column header to your Pages and Posts tables …
You can access the plugin settings by going to Settings > Reveal IDs …
99 Robots Show IDs is a free WordPress plugin that displays your pages, posts, links, media, users, tags and categories in the Pages and Posts admin tables. It’s also a very lightweight plugin that supports custom post types and taxonomies.
WordPress provides an easy-to-use, powerful and flexible CMS platform to publish information about your business online.
Publishing content regularly can help drive more visitors to your website or blog. With WordPress, getting your content published online is as easy as 1-2-3:
After deciding what to write about, the next step is to simply get the content written, and then get it published. With WordPress, this is very easy.
In this 2-part tutorial series you will learn how to create a post in WordPress.
We’ll cover the following sections:
Types Of Content You Can Publish In WordPress
Sections Of A WordPress Post
Guidelines For Adding Content In WordPress
WordPress Post – Saving Options
Posting Content In WordPress – Quick Summary
This tutorial provides a detailed explanation of the basic steps you need to know to add and publish content on your WordPress web site.
To get the maximum benefit of using WordPress posts, however, we also recommend reading all of the content published on this site about WordPress, as these are designed to guide you through the process of growing your business presence online using the WordPress Content Management System.
As you can see in the diagram below, WordPress is a very powerful tool and has many features that need to work together in order to produce great results for you online …
(click image above to enlarge)
WordPress provides website owners with two content publishing types: WordPress Posts and WordPress Pages.
To learn about the difference between using WordPress Pages and WordPress Posts to publish your content online, see the article below:
Let’s take a look now at the different types of content you can add to posts.
WordPress Posts – Content Types
WordPress allows you to go well beyond creating content that features simple text and images. You can also add media-rich content to your posts, and just about any other type of content that you can imagine.
In this section, we explore the main types of content that can be added to your WordPress:
You can insert, edit and format text in a variety of fonts and styles into your posts …
(WP Content Editor)
The WordPress WYSIWYG Editor lets you format and style your text as you go …
(WordPress Visual Content Editor Tab And Menu Buttons)
Depending on the configuration of your site’s plugins and settings, you can also add “meta” text to pages and posts (i.e. the titles, keywords and post descriptions that will display in search results), post excerpts, etc.
(WordPress SEO Plugin And Post Excerpt)
You can also easily add or embed media-based content in WordPress, such as videos, audios, downloadable content (e.g. PDF documents), logos, and more …
To learn how to use the WordPress media editor, go here:
Now that you know what type of content can be added to your posts, the next step is to learn about the Post panel.
Post Section Options
In this section, you will learn about the WordPress Post panel and the function of each post feature.
Description Of WordPress Post Options
The Post Section includes various section modules that let you control the settings of your post …
Let’s take a look at each of these features:
1 – Post Title Section
This section contains a field that lets you insert the title of your post …
(WordPress Post Title)
You can use phrases, numbers and various other characters (e.g. a question mark) for your title.
Choose a unique title for each post you create. Using identical post titles can create issues.
WordPress will automatically remove common symbols like commas, apostrophes, hyphens and quotation marks from the “post slug” to display 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 WordPress Post Titles)
2 – Post Editor
This is the large, blank area of the editor where your content gets inserted into …
(Post Editing Area)
3 – Publish Section
This section lets you manage the status of your post …
(WordPress Publish Box Feature)
Published – A published post can be viewed by online visitors, either publicly or privately.
Draft – A draft post can only be seen by a user with ‘Administrator’ permissions.
Pending Review – A post marked as pending review is similar to a draft post, but needs to be reviewed and approved for publication 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 the post content before publishing it …
(WP Post Preview)
You can select different post visibility settings …
(Post Visibility Settings)
Public– This makes your post visible to all online visitors after publishing the post.
Password protected – Password-protecting a post allows you to protect your post content with a password.
Private – a Private post is only visible to you (if you are the site administrator) and/or logged-in users with editor or administrative permissions. You must be logged in to view a private post.
Additional publish settings allow you to modify publication dates (even schedule posts 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 Post Status
WordPress will autosave your post as you go to ensure that your work is not lost (see “Saving WordPress Posts” section of this tutorial), but you can also manually save your post without publishing.
Note: If your post has yet been published, 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 your post status is set to Pending Review …
Click the button to save your post without publishing.
Publish Post Status
Click Publish to publish your post on your website …
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 to publish your post …
To learn how to schedule posts in WordPress for publishing later, see this tutorial:
If your theme allows you to display Post Thumbnails, then the “Featured Image” module should be visible in the Post editing area …
(WordPress Post Featured Image)
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 the option is not there, then your theme may not support Featured Images) …
(WordPress Post Editor – Screen Options Area)
To learn how to add featured images to WordPress, go here:
The post slug is a user-friendly web address that WordPress automatically creates from your post title …
(WordPress Post – Permalinks URL)
This section lets you edit the post slug, which is also known as your Permalink URL …
(WordPress Post – Slug Module)
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 permalinks.
When you set a Permalink URL for your post, WordPress will find your post and change all links on your site to point to the correct destination URL, even if you edit the post slug, select a new post category, or display your post under a different parent page.
The permalink is automatically created based on the title you specify for your post.
Punctuation such as commas, quotes, apostrophes, and invalid URL characters are removed and spaces are substituted with dashes to separate each word in your post URL.
Your permalink displays below the title field as soon as you save or publish your 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:
As we state repeatedly throughout this site, WordPress provides an easy-to-use, powerful and flexible way to manage your content online.
The more you understand WordPress, the better you can use it to grow your business online.
As you will soon discover, creating a WordPress post is very easy. In this tutorial, you will actually create a post in WordPress that will help you grow your business.
Let’s start by reviewing some helpful guidelines for adding content to WordPress posts.
Posts – Content Guidelines
Here are some useful guidelines and best practices for posting content:
Practice Accessibility: Stay compliant with web standards for accessibility and help your users by including ALT and TITLE descriptions with links and images (e.g. <a title=“Descriptive Title Goes Here” href=”http://yourdomain.com/”>Hyperlinked Text</a>).
Use Paragraphs: Make your content more readable by breaking up your writing into paragraphs. Tip: If double spaces are used between your paragraphs, WordPress will automatically detect these and insert HTML paragraph tags (<p>) into your writing.
Use Headings: If you plan to write a long post, use headings to break up your post sections. In HTML, headings are set using tags like h1, h2, and so on. You can also add headings by highlighting content in the body of your post, and then selecting one of the heading options from the “Format Style” menu in your WordPress Content Editor.
Use HTML: You don’t have to use HTML to create richly formatted content, as WordPress will automatically do this if you use the WordPress Editor. Having some basic knowledge of HTML, however, allows you to control different styling elements in your content (e.g. boxes and headings).
Spell Check & Proof: Check your spelling and proof everything before posting your content live. There are a number of spell check tools available for WordPress.
Focus On Content Quality: A great way to focus only on the content without distractions is to write your initial content in a text editor, then copy and paste this into WordPress.
Think Before You Publish: Everything you make public can be seen by lots of people and logged by search engines, making it harder to take things back. Take your time to plan and think about what you are writing and review your posts before publishing. Don’t rant … think!
Consider Your Target Readers: Think about who will read your content and take any appropriate measures and precautions you think may be required when writing your content to ensure that your privacy is protected.
Make Use Of Commenting: Comments let your users interact with you and share their ideas. You control your site’s comments and you can delete any comments that you don’t want published in your posts, so consider this fact when deciding whether to allow people to comment on your posts. Also, make sure that visitors can contact you privately if they need to (e.g. using a contact form).
Worry About Little Things Later: How your site looks is important, but it’s often not essential to getting your point across. In fact, because WordPress is so flexible as far as web design is concerned, you can just start publishing content to grow a readership, and then change your entire site’s look with just a few clicks of the mouse anytime you want, thanks to Themes. Remember that it’s great content that attracts and keeps your readers engaged, so focus on publishing great content and worry about little things later – With WordPress, you can change anything and everything any time you want!
Use Videos And Pictures: Images and videos help make your content interesting and help readers engage better with your posts. We provide additional tutorials on adding images and adding videos into your blog content.
Save Often: Save your posts regularly to prevent losing your work to accidents or computer errors. You can even do this without publishing your content as the section below will explain.
Publish Regularly: If you need great content ideas for your web site, then subscribe to our FREE email training series on content marketing here:
Next Step …
Now that we have covered a few guidelines for posting content on your site, the next step is to learn about saving WordPress posts.
Saving A Post In WordPress
After adding content to your post, the next step is learning how to save it.
WordPress will auto-save your content at regular intervals …
(WordPress will auto-save your posts at regular intervals)
Learn more about the WordPress autosave feature here:
The WordPress autosave feature helps prevent loss of information if something should unexpectedly go wrong with your computer or internet access, or if you click something and accidentally close your web browser, or close an application in the middle of your work session.
WordPress automatically records the time and date of your post when a post is first autosaved.
You can change this record in the “Published on:” settings …
(Post Publisher – Published on: section)
Until a post is published, it will not be visible to site visitors. Instead, it will be saved as a “Draft” post until published …
You can save your post in ‘draft’ status or publish it live using the “Save” and “Publish” functions in the Publish section …
To save a post as a “Draft”, go to the Publish > Status section of your Post screen and click on Edit …
Choose Draft from the ’Status’ menu and click OK…
With Draft displayed in the “Status:” field, click the ‘Save Draft’ button…
Your post will be saved as a draft post. Click on Preview post to preview your draft post …
You can see what the post will look like when published in ‘Preview’ mode, but your content will not be visible to your blog readers …
(In ‘Preview Mode’ your post is not visible to site visitors)
Your post can also be previewed in a new browser window without saving or publishing it first by clicking on the Preview button in the “Publish” area …
Once your content is ready for publishing, click the ‘Publish’ button …
Once your new post is published, click View Post to open your published post in a new browser tab …
The content will now be made visible to site visitors and can be linked to via its unique web address …
Check to make sure that your content has been added and formatted correctly …
Note: Once your post is published, the button changes from ‘Publish’ to ‘Update’ …
You can revert the status back from ‘Published’ to ‘Draft’ or ‘Pending Review’ simply by clicking on the Edit link in the Status field and selecting another option from the Status drop-down menu …
For example, to resave your published post as a ‘draft’ post, go to the Publish > Status section of your post editor screen and click on Edit …
Choose Draft from the drop-down menu and click OK…
In the “Status:” field, click the ‘Save Draft’ button …
Your post will be resaved as ’draft’ status and will no longer be visible to site visitors.
Note: typing in the web address of posts that were previously published will lead to a ”page not found” page (called a ’404 Not Found’ page) …
Next Step …
Now that you know how to create, save and publish a post, let’s recap all of the steps involved in creating a new post in WordPress.
Posting Content In WordPress – Quick Summary Of Steps
In this final tutorial section, we review the steps involved in creating and optimizing a new WordPress post.
As mentioned in Part One of this tutorial, with WordPress, publishing content online is as easy as 1-2-3:
After deciding on a topic to post about the next step is to write the content, and then publish it online. WordPress makes publishing content easy.
Note: An optimized WordPress post helps your site perform better with search engines. We provide separate articles and tutorials on optimizing WordPress posts for SEO.
The image below provides a summary of the steps involved in creating, optimizing and posting new content to your WordPress site:
(Posting Content To WordPress – Quick Summary Of Steps)
In your WP admin menu, choose Posts > Add New to bring up the ‘Add New Post’ section.
Add your post content (title & body). Also, make sure you have already set up your site’s Permalinks and edit the Post Slug if required.
If you have installed an SEO plugin, type the search engine optimization metatags into the SEO fields in this section. This should only take an extra minute or two, but it will help your content to rank better in the search engines.
Add tags to the Post Tags section (tip: use the same keywords you entered into the SEO section in Step 3).
Publish your post.
Congratulations! Now you know how to create and publish a new post! To learn how to make changes to the post content and delete a post that you no longer want, go here: How To Edit And Delete WordPress Posts
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