If you participate in an online discussion board, then you should already be familiar with the concept of “sticky” topics.
With a sticky forum post, the entry does not get replaced by more recent entries while older threads are pushed down the thread.
Like online forums, WordPress allows you to ’fix’ important blog posts to the top of your blog page while the newer posts appear below the featured entry and older items get pushed down the page.
In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a sticky post.
To get the most benefit from this tutorial, make sure to familiarize yourself with basic WordPress features like:
- Knowing the difference between WordPress Posts and Pages
- How to create a WordPress blog post
- Editing a blog post
- How to use the WordPress inline editor
- Creating a WordPress blog page
- How to set the number of blog posts to show on your blog post page
How To Make Posts Sticky
In WordPress, posts are shown at the top of your blog page in reverse chronological order (i.e. most recently published posts first) …
(Newer posts get added to the top of the blog summary page while older items get pushed further down the page)
Depending on how many blog posts you have configured your site to display on your blog page, as newer blog posts are published, older posts will appear further down the blog page.
You can mark posts as Sticky if you want them to display above all other posts. Sticky posts will stay pinned to the top of your blog post page until you deselect the ‘Sticky’ option on your Post Edit screen.
Here is how to make your WordPress post sticky:
Log into your WordPress site, then go to the main navigation menu and click on choose Posts > All Posts …
(Posts – All Posts)
This brings up the Posts screen, which displays all your WordPress posts …
(WP Posts Screen)
You have two methods to make your posts sticky:
Featuring WordPress Posts Using Quick Edit Method
Find the post entry you would like to edit, then hover your mouse over the item’s title to view the options menu and click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link …
(Click on ‘Quick Edit’)
The Quick Edit inline editor displays all of the options for editing your post. Locate Make this post sticky …
(Inline editor - Make this post sticky option)
Select Make this post sticky …
(’Make post sticky’ checkbox – Quick Edit section)
Click Update to save your changes …
(Quick Edit – Update)
Featured WordPress Posts Using Post Edit Method
If you are adding a new blog post or editing an existing one, you can make your post sticky by clicking on Publish > Visibility: Public > Edit …
(Publish post section – Visibility settings)
Select ‘Stick this post to the front page’, click OK, and click Update to save your new settings …
The Table of Posts will change your blog post status to “Sticky” …
Your featured post will be fixed to the top of your blog page when new posts get added …
(Featured posts are added to the top of your blog posts page while your regular items get pushed down the page)
Depending on your theme, your sticky posts may also be made to display differently than normal blog posts.
For example, it could have a distinct label and highlight color …
(Sticky posts can stand out from regular posts)
Here’s the same example with another theme installed …
(Featured posts can stand out from regular posts)
Your post will stay sticky for as long as you like.
Unsticking Blog Post Items
Unsticking posts is really easy.
To unstick a post, go back to to the Table of Posts in your WordPress dashboard and select the ‘Sticky’ link on the Posts menu to return all entries with a sticky status …
(Posts screen – Sticky posts menu)
Hover your mouse over the item’s title to view the options menu and click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link …
(’Quick Edit’ feature)
Uncheck ’Make this post sticky’ and click the ‘Update’ button to save your new settings …
(Deselect the box to unstick your post)
Alternatively, if you are editing content in an existing post, you can unstick your post by going to Publish > Visibility: Public > Edit …
(Publishing section – Visibility settings)
Deselect ‘Stick this post to the front page’ then click OK and remember to update your new changes when finished …
(Post publishing box)
Your post is no longer sticky and will behave like every other regular post.
Congratulations! Now you know how to make blog posts sticky.
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