If you frequent an online discussion board, then you may already be familiar with the concept of featured topics.
A featured or sticky post is where a specific entry does not get replaced by newer entries while older threads display down the screen.
Like forums, WordPress allows you to feature posts at the top of your blog post page while the newer posts display below the featured entry and older items get pushed down the page.
This tutorial explains how to create a sticky WordPress post.
Before going through this tutorial, it helps to understand basic WordPress features like:
- Knowing the difference between Posts and Pages
- How to create WordPress blog posts
- Editing a blog post in WordPress
- Using the WordPress inline editor (Quick Edit)
- How to create a WordPress blog post page
- How to set the number of blog posts to show on your blog post page
In WordPress, posts display at the top of your blog post page in reverse chronological order …
(Most recent posts get displayed at the top of your blog page and older posts get pushed further down the page)
Depending on how many posts you have set up your site’s settings to display on your blog page, newer posts appear at the top of your blog posts page and older posts get pushed further down the page.
In WordPress, you can set some of your posts as Sticky and make these display above all other posts. Sticky posts will continue to display above your regular posts until you uncheck the ‘Sticky’ option on your Post Edit screen.
Here’s how to make any post sticky:
In your admin menu area, select Posts > All Posts …
(Posts – All Posts)
The Posts screen will load in your browser, displaying a table of all the posts on your site …
There are two ways of making your posts sticky. Let’s take a look at each method:
Sticky Posts - Quick Edit Method
Find the entry you want to edit, then hover your mouse over the post title to view the options menu and click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link …
(Click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link)
The inline editor displays all of your editing options. Locate Make this post sticky …
(Inline editor - Sticky post checkbox)
Select the Make this post sticky check box …
(Quick Edit - Make this post sticky checkbox)
Update your settings …
(Quick Edit – Update)
Make Your WordPress Post Sticky Using The Post Editor
If you are adding a new post or editing content in an existing item, you can make your post sticky by going to Publish > Visibility: Public > Edit …
(Publishing section – Visibility > Edit)
Check ‘Stick this post to the front page’, click OK, and click Update to save your settings when finished …
The blog post status will now be changed to “Sticky” …
Your sticky post will be featured at the top of your blog page even as new posts get added …
(Sticky posts display at the top of your blog summary page while regular items are pushed further down)
Depending on your active theme, your sticky posts can also display differently than other posts.
For example, your sticky post can have a distinct label and highlight color …
(Featured posts can display differently from other posts)
Here’s the same sticky blog post with another theme installed …
(Featured posts can display differently than other posts)
Your blog post will now remain sticky for as long as you like.
How To Unstick Your Posts
Unsticking posts is easy.
To unstick a post, return to your Posts screen and click on the ‘Sticky’ link above the list of posts to return all items marked as sticky …
(Table of Posts – Sticky posts menu)
Click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link …
(’Quick Edit’ function)
Untick the ‘Make this post sticky’ checkbox and click the ‘Update’ button to save your settings …
(Unselect the box to unstick your post inside the Quick editor)
Alternatively, when editing content in an existing post, you can unstick your post by clicking on Publish > Visibility: Public > Edit …
(Publish post section – Visibility settings)
Click the checkbox next to ‘Stick this post to the front page’ then click OK and remember to click Update to save your new changes …
(Post publish section)
Your post will now behave like every other post.
Congratulations, now you know how to make your posts stick.
"This is an awesome training series. I have a pretty good understanding of WordPress already, but this is helping me to move somewhere from intermediate to advanced user!" - Kim Lednum