How To Create A WordPress Post – Pt. 1

This tutorial series shows you how to create a new WordPress post. Part 1 focuses on helping you understand the Post screen and its sections …

WordPress TutorialThis tutorial shows you how to create a post in WordPress using the WordPress Classic Editor interface.

To learn how to create posts in WordPress using the WordPress Gutenberg interface, go here: WordPress Gutenberg Content Editor.

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WordPress provides an easy-to-use, powerful and flexible way to manage your content online.

Publishing content regularly can help grow your business online. With WordPress, publishing your content online is as easy as 1-2-3:

  1. Think …
  2. Write …
  3. Publish!

A Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A WP Post

Once you know what you want to post about, the next step is to simply get the content written, and then publish it. With WordPress, this is very easy.

In this two-part step-by-step tutorial series you will learn how to create a post in WordPress.

The following sections are covered:

  • WordPress Post Content Formats
  • WordPress Post Features
  • Guidelines For Adding Content In WordPress
  • Options For Saving WordPress Posts
  • How To Create A New Wp Post – Quick Summary Of Steps Involved

How To Create A WP Post

This tutorial provides a comprehensive explanation of the basic steps to adding and publishing content on your WordPress website.

In order to get the maximum benefit of using WordPress posts, however, we recommend reading all of the articles and tutorials we publish on this site about WordPress, as we have designed these to help you grow your business online using the WordPress Content Management System.

As you can see in the diagram below, WordPress is an extremely powerful web marketing tool with many features that need to work together in order to produce great results for you online …

How To Create A Post In WordPress - The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide For WordPress Beginners

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Posts

WordPress provides site owners with two content publishing types: Posts and Pages.

To learn about the differences between using WordPress Pages and WordPress Posts to publish your content online, see the article below:

WordPress Posts are the content type that you will mostly use when writing and publishing new content in your WordPress site …

How To Create A Post In WordPress

(WordPress Post)

The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A Post In WordPress

Follow the steps below to create a new WordPress post:

Log into your WordPress dashboard, then go to the main navigation menu and select Posts > Add New

The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A WordPress Post

A blank Post is created …

Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A Post In WordPress

The next step is to start adding the title of the post and post content by either typing or pasting the content in …

How To Create A New WP Post

WordPress offers both a Visual Editor and an HTML Editor for adding text.

To learn how to use the WordPress editor, go here:

In the next section, we explore the main types of content that can be added to WordPress posts.

What Kind Of Content Can I Add To WordPress Posts?

WordPress allows you to go well beyond adding content featuring simple text and images. You can also add media-rich content to your posts, and just about any other type of content that you need.

Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A Post In WordPress

In this section, we explore the main types of content that can be added to your posts:

Text-Based Content

You can add, edit and format text in a variety of fonts and styles to your content …

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

(WP Content Editor)

The WordPress Visual Content Editor lets you format and style your text as you go …

How To Create A Post In WordPress

(WordPress Visual Content Editor Tab And Menu Buttons)

Depending on how you configure your site’s plugins and settings, you can also add “meta” text to posts and pages (i.e. the post titles, descriptions and keywords that appear in search results), post excerpts, etc.

A Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A New WordPress Post

(SEO Plugin And Post Excerpt)

Media-Based Content

You can add or embed media-based content into WordPress Posts, such as videos, audios, downloadable content (e.g. PDF reports), diagrams, etc. …

How To Create A New Post In WordPress - The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide

To learn how to use media with WordPress, go here:

Scripts

With WordPress you can add dynamic content elements (e.g. tables and charts) directly into posts and pages using scripts like Javascript, shortcodes, and plugins

The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A Post In WordPress

(WordPress Shortcodes)

Many scripts can be inserted into posts that let you control the content that displays on your site from a remote location (e.g. manage advertising banners).

You can also add content to WordPress posts by inserting the code directly into the file templates, although this requires knowing how to edit code.

For examples of adding scripts in WordPress Posts, see the tutorials below:

Next Step …

Now that you know what type of content can be added to posts, the next step is to learn about the Post section features.

Post Section

In this section, you will learn about the WordPress Post area and what all of the different WordPress post options do.

Post Sections

The Post Area contains a range of section modules that allow you to modify your post parameters …

WordPress post section

(WordPress Post Section)

Let’s review these features:

1 – Post Title

This area contains a field that lets you enter the title of your post …

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

(Post Title)

How To Create A Post In WordPress - The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide For WordPress Beginners

Note:

  • You can enter phrases, numbers and various other characters (e.g. a comma) for the title of your post.
  • Choose a unique title for every post you create. Using identical post titles can cause problems.
  • WordPress will automatically remove common symbols like apostrophes, commas, hyphens and quote marks from the “post slug” to display a valid URL for your posts. Your Post title will still display these symbols, they just won’t appear in the post URL.

Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A New WordPress Post

(Using Symbols In WP Post Titles)

2 – Post Editor

This is the large section of the editor where your content gets entered into …

WordPress Content Editor

(Post Editing Section)

3 – Post Publishing Settings

This section lets you control your post publishing status …

Post Publisher Module

(WP Post Publishing Module)

Status
  • Published – Published posts can be viewed by online visitors, either publicly or privately.
  • Draft – A draft post is not available to site visitors and regular users unless they are also an administrator.
  • 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 site user with Editor privileges.

To learn how to assign user roles in WordPress, see this tutorial:

Preview

The Publish box also includes a Preview button that lets you preview your post content before going live …

The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A New Post In WordPress

(WordPress Post Preview)

Visibility

You can specify a number of visibility settings for your posts …

(WP Post Visibility Settings)

(WordPress Post Visibility Settings)

  • Public – Setting a post to Public makes it visible to all site visitors after publishing the post.
  • Password protected – Password-protecting a post means that your post content can only be viewed by people you give the password to.
  • 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 settings in the Publish section allow you to modify post publication dates (even schedule a post to be published at a later date), copy your post to a new draft, or delete your post by moving it to the trash.

Save Statuses

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.

How To Create A Post In WordPress - The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide For WordPress Beginners

Note: If your post has not been published yet, then either …

Save Draft button will display in the Publish box if your post status is set to Draft …

The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A New Post In WordPress

Or Save as Pending, if the post status is set to Pending Review

A Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A WordPress Post

Click the button to save your post without publishing.

Publish Post

Click the Publish button to make the post live on your website …

How To Create A WP Post - A Step-By-Step Guide For WordPress Beginners

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 want the post to be published …

How To Create A New Post In WordPress - Step-By-Step Guide

To learn how to schedule WordPress posts for publishing later, see this tutorial:

4 – Post Format Section

Many WordPress Themes allow you to customize your post’s presentation using Post Formats …

Post Format

(Post Format)

To learn more about using WordPress post formats, go here:

5 – WordPress Post Categories

Post categories help you classify your site’s posts into topics and keep your content organized for site visitors …

Post Categories Module

(Post Categories)

If you organise posts using categories, site users can then browse specific categories to view all posts belonging to that category.

To add new post categories when you create a new post, click the + Add New Category link in this section …

How To Create A Post In WordPress

To manage categories, select Posts > Categories in your admin menu …

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

To learn more about using WordPress post categories, go here:

6 – Post Tags

Post Tags are like index entries for your blog posts …

Post Tags Module

(WordPress Post Tags)

Related posts display to blog readers when post tags are clicked.

Note: The way post tags display on your site is controlled by your theme. Depending on the active WordPress theme you are using, tags may or may not appear in your post …

WP Post Tags May Display Differently In Different Themes

(WordPress Post Tags May Display Differently In Different Themes)

Or they may display differently … even in different areas of your page, again, depending on the theme you are using …

Tags In A WordPress Post

(WordPress Post Tags May Display Differently In Different WP Themes)

To add new tags to your posts, type in comma-separated tags into the Tags area and click the Add button …

How To Create A New WP Post - The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide

(Post Tags Module)

To learn how to use WordPress post tags, go here:

7 – Featured Image Section

Featured images are controlled by your WordPress theme.

If your WordPress theme supports Post Thumbnails, then the “Featured Image” module should be visible in your “Edit Post” screen …

Featured Post Image

(WordPress Post Featured Image)

If you can’t see the Featured Image section in your sidebar, check to see that the option has been selected in the Screen Options area (if the checkbox is not there, then your theme may not support Featured Images) …

WP Post Editor - Screen Options Section

(WordPress Post Editor – Screen Options Section)

To learn how to add featured images to WordPress, go here:

8 – Hidden Post options

A number of settings in the Post admin area are hidden by default, and will only display in your admin area if selected in the Screen Options area …

Hidden Post options

(Additional Post Settings)

Let’s review some of the features that you can activate for posts in your Screen Options area.

Excerpt Module

The Excerpt section lets you add post excerpts that will display in selected areas of your web site, such as the blog page, post categories page, archives page, and search post pages …

WordPress Post Excerpt Field

(WP Post Excerpt Module)

Go here to learn more about using post excerpts in WordPress:

Send Trackbacks

Trackbacks are a way to notify legacy blog systems that you’ve linked to them …

WordPress Post - Send Trackbacks Module

(Post – Send Trackbacks Module)

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 web address with a space.

Learn more about WordPress trackbacks and pingbacks here:

Custom Fields

Custom Fields let you add custom information to your site and/or modify the way your posts are displayed …

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

(WP Post – Custom Fields Box)

Custom Fields are normally used together with WordPress plugins, but you can modify information added by plugins in your post.

Discussion

The Discussion section lets you turn the discussion options on/off for a given post …

Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A New WP Post

(Post – Discussion Module)

This section is useful if you want to enable interactivity and notifications on individual posts.

  • Check all boxes to Allow Comments and Allow trackbacks and pingbacks on your posts.
  • If you uncheck Allow Comments, then no visitors can post a comment on that post.
  • If you uncheck Allow trackbacks and pingbacks, then no one can post pingbacks or trackbacks to that post.

Notes:

  • If you are editing a post that has been previously published, the Discussion module will also show any comments that you have received for the post.
  • Post discussion options are controlled by the WordPress Discussion Settings.

Learn how to configure WordPress discussion settings here:

Post Slug

The post slug is a user-friendly post URL that is normally created from the post title …

How To Create A Post In WordPress - The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide

(Post – Permalinks URL)

This module lets you edit the post slug, which is also known as your Permalink URL

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(Post – Slug Module)

Quick Note About Your Permalink URL

How To Create A Post In WordPress

(WordPress 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 for a blog post, WordPress finds your post and changes all links on your blog to point to the correct post URL, even if you edit the post slug, select a new post category, or move your post to a different parent page.
  • WordPress automatically creates the permalink for your post based on post title.
  • Punctuation such as commas, quotes, apostrophes, and invalid URL symbols 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:

Post Author

This feature displays a list of all registered authors on your site and allows you to change the post author attribute by selecting a new author from the drop-down menu …

How To Create A WordPress Post - A Step-By-Step Guide For WordPress Beginners

(WordPress Post – Post Author Field)

Note: This feature only displays on your post if you have multiple persons assigned the role of author on your website.

Learn more about assigning different post authors in WordPress here:

Next Step …

Now that you know more about what the WordPress Post sections are, the next step is to actually create an effective post for your business in WordPress.

Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A WP Post

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This is the end of part 1 of this tutorial

Click on the link below to continue reading:

Creating A WP Post – Part Two

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"Wow! I never knew there's so much to learn about WordPress! I bought one of the WordPress for Dummies three years ago, such authors need to be on this course!" - Rich Law, Create A Blog Now

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How To Create A WordPress Post – Pt. 2

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create and publish a new post on your WordPress site or blog …

Learn How To Use WordPress

This tutorial shows you how to create a post in WordPress using the WordPress Classic Editor interface.

To learn how to create a post in WordPress using the WordPress Gutenberg interface, go here: WordPress Gutenberg Content Editor.

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In Part One of this tutorial on how to create a new post in WordPress, we looked at the following sections:

  • Types Of Content You Can Publish In WordPress
  • WordPress Post Section Features

To review Part 1 of this comprehensive 2-part tutorial series, go here: How To Create A WP Post – Part 1

As we repeatedly state throughout this site, WordPress provides an easy-to-use, powerful and flexible CMS tool to publish information about your business online.

The more you understand WordPress, the better you can use it to grow your business online.

As you will soon discover, creating a new WordPress post is very easy. In this tutorial, you are going to learn how to create an effective post for your business in WordPress.

How To Create A WordPress Post

Let’s begin by reviewing some useful guidelines for posting content with WordPress.

Post Content Guidelines

The following are helpful guidelines and best practices for posting content on WordPress:

  • Practice Accessibility: Stay compliant with web standards for accessibility and help your users by including ALT and TITLE descriptions with images and links (e.g. <a title=”Add Descriptive Title Here” href=”http://yourdomain.com/”>Hyperlinked Text</a>).
  • Use Paragraphs: Break up your content into paragraphs to make it more readable. Tip: If paragraphs are separated with double spacing, WordPress will automatically detect these and insert HTML paragraph tags (<p>) into your writing.
  • Use Headings: If you plan to write a long post, consider using 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” drop-down menu in your WordPress Content Editor.
  • Use HTML: You don’t have to use HTML to create formatted posts, as WordPress will automatically do this if you use the Content Editor. Having a little knowledge of HTML, however, will allow you to control different styling elements in your content (e.g. styled sections and tables).
  • Spell Check And Proof: Check your spelling and proof everything before publishing your content. There are a number of WordPress spell check tools available.
  • Focus On The Content: An excellent way to focus on writing content with no distractions is to compose your posts in a plain text editor, then copy and paste this into the WordPress editor.
  • Think Before You Publish: Anything you make public can be seen by many people and picked up by search engines, making it harder to make the content “unseen”. Take a moment to think about what you are planning to write and review your posts before publishing. Don’t rant … think!
  • Consider Your Audience: Think about who will read your posts and take any appropriate measures or precautions that you think will be required to ensure that your privacy and the privacy of others is protected.
  • Make Use Of Commenting: Comments let your visitors interact with you and share their ideas. You have control over your site’s comments and you can delete any comments that you don’t want displayed on your site, so take this into account when deciding whether to allow people to comment on your site. Also, make sure that people can contact you privately if they need to (e.g. using a contact form).
  • Worry About Web Design Later: How your website looks is important, but it’s often not essential in terms of 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 a few clicks of the mouse anytime you want, using Themes. Remember that it’s great content that attracts and keeps your readers engaged, so focus on publishing quality content and worry about little things later – With WordPress, you can change anything and everything any time you want!
  • Use Videos And Graphics: Videos and pictures help make your pages and posts attractive and interesting and help readers engage better with your information. We provide additional tutorials about inserting images and adding videos into your content.
  • Save Your Posts: Save your posts regularly to avoid losing your work to accidents or computer errors. You can even do this without publishing your content as the section below will explain.
  • Write Often: We have created an entire email training series designed to help you come up with limitless content ideas for your site:

Next Step …

Now that we have covered a few useful guidelines for posting content on your site, the next step is to look at different ways to save WordPress posts.

Saving WordPress Posts

Once you have added content to your post, it’s time to save it.

WordPress will auto-save your posts at regular intervals …

Your posts is autosaved at regular intervals

(WordPress autosaves your posts at regular intervals)

Learn more about the WordPress autosave feature here:

Autosaving helps to prevent loss of valuable content if something should unexpectedly go wrong with your internet access, or if you click something that accidentally closes your browser window, or terminate an application while you’re working.

WordPress records the date and time of posts when a post is first auto-saved.

You can edit this by changing the “Published on:” options …

Post Publishing - Published on: fields

(Publish Box – Published on: module)

Until a post is published, it will not be visible to site visitors. Instead, it will be saved as a “Draft” post until published …

Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A Post In WordPress

You can save your post in ‘draft’ status or publish it live using the “Save” and “Publish” options in the Publish box …

How To Create A WP Post

To save posts as a “Draft”, go to the Publish > Status section of your Post screen and click on Edit

How To Create A Post In WordPress

Select Draft from the drop-down menu and click OK

How To Create A Post In WordPress - A Step-By-Step Guide For WordPress Beginners

With Draft displayed in the “Status:” field, click on Save Draft

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

Your post will be saved and updated as a draft post. Click on Preview post to preview your draft post …

The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A New Post In WordPress

In ‘Preview Mode’ you can see what the post will look like when published, but your content is not made visible to blog readers …

In 'Preview Mode' your post is not visible to your blog readers

(In ‘Preview Mode’ your post is not visible to your online visitors)

You can also preview your content in a new browser window without first saving or publishing it by clicking ’Preview’ in the “Publish” box …

How To Create A WP Post

Once you are ready to go live, click the ‘Publish’ button …

How To Create A Post In WordPress

Once your post has gone live, click View Post to open it in a new browser window …

Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A New Post In WordPress

The content will now be visible to your web visitors and can be linked to via its unique URL …

A Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A New WP Post

Make sure that the content is displaying correctly …

How To Create A New WordPress Post - The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide

Note: Once a post has been published, the button changes from ‘Publish’ to ‘Update’ …

The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A WordPress Post

You can change the status from ‘Published’ to ‘Draft’ or ‘Pending Review’ anytime by clicking on the Edit link next to the Status field and selecting an option from the Status drop-down menu …

How To Create A New WP Post - The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide

For example, to resave your published post as a ‘draft’ post, go to the Publish > Status section of your post editor and click on Edit

Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A New Post In WordPress

Choose Draft from the drop-down menu and click the ‘OK’ button…

How To Create A New Post In WordPress - The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide

In the “Status:” field, click the ‘Save Draft’ button …

How To Create A Post In WordPress - Step-By-Step Guide For WordPress Beginners

Your post will revert to a ‘draft’ post and the content will no longer be available to online visitors.

Note: searching for a post that was previously published will lead to a ”page not found” page (this is called a ’404 Not Found’ error page) …

'404' page

(’404 Not Found’ page)

Next Step …

Now that you know how to create, save and publish a post in WordPress, let’s briefly summarize all the steps involved in creating a new post in WordPress.

Posting Content In WordPress – Quick Summary

In this final tutorial section, we go over a quick summary of the steps involved in creating and optimizing a new WordPress post.

As mentioned in Part 1 of this tutorial, with WordPress, publishing your content online is as easy as 1-2-3:

  1. Think …
  2. Write …
  3. Publish!

How To Create A New WordPress Post

After deciding on a topic to post about the next step is to simply write it, and then publish it. WordPress makes publishing content easy.

Note: An optimized post helps your website or blog get indexed faster by search engines. We provide separate tutorials on optimizing WordPress posts for search engines.

The image below provides a summary of the steps involved in creating, optimizing and posting new content to your site:

Creating A Post In WordPress - Review

(Creating A Post Using WordPress – Review)

  1. In your WP dashboard menu, select Posts > Add New to bring up the ‘Add New Post’ panel.
  2. Add your post content (post title & body). Also, make sure that your site’s Permalinks have already been set up and modify the Post Slug if required.
  3. If you have an SEO plugin installed, complete this section. This should only take an extra minute or two, but it will help your content to rank better in the search engines.
  4. Enter your Post Excerpt into the ‘Excerpt’ field.
  5. Select a Category to save your post under.
  6. Add keywords to your Tags section (tip: you can use the same keywords you entered into the SEO section in Step 3).
  7. Publish your post.

Congratulations! Now you know how to create and publish a new post in WordPress! To learn how to make changes to your post content and remove a post that you no longer want, go here: How To Edit And Delete Posts In WordPress

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