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 …

Learn To Use WordPressThis 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 tool to manage your content online.

Publishing content regularly can help you grow your business online. Getting content published online with WordPress is as easy as 1-2-3:

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

Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A WordPress Post

After deciding on a topic to post content about, the next step is to just write, and then get it published online. With WordPress, this is really easy.

In this comprehensive 2-part tutorial you are going to learn how to create a new WordPress post.

The following areas are covered:

  • Types Of Content You Can Publish In WordPress
  • Features Of A WordPress Post
  • Guidelines For Adding Content To WordPress Posts
  • WordPress Post – Saving Options
  • Creating A Post In WordPress – Quick Summary

How To Create A Post In WordPress

This tutorial provides a comprehensive explanation of the basic steps you need to know to create a post on your WordPress-driven site.

To get the maximum benefit of using WordPress posts, however, we also recommend reading all of the articles and tutorials we publish about WordPress, as we have designed these to guide you through the process of growing your business online using the WordPress CMS.

As you can see in the diagram below, WordPress is a very powerful web marketing tool and has many parts that need to work together in order to deliver great results for you online …

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

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WordPress Posts

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

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

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

How To Create A Post In WordPress

(WordPress Post)

How To Create A WP Post

Follow the steps below to create a new WordPress post:

Log into your WordPress admin section, then go to the admin navigation menu and click on Posts > Add New

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

A new Post is created …

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

The next step is to add the post title and body content by either typing or pasting your content in …

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

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

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

Now, let’s explore the main kinds of content that can be added to posts.

WordPress Post Content Types

WordPress lets you go well beyond creating content containing simple text and images. You can also add videos, audios, downloadable files, etc. to your posts, and just about any other type of content that you need to distribute or share online.

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

In this section, we explore the different kinds of content that can be added to your WordPress posts:

Text

You can add plain, formatted and/or hyperlinked text in a variety of fonts and styles to your content …

How To Create A New WP Post

(WP Content Editor)

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

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

(WordPress Visual Editor Tab And Menu Buttons)

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

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

(SEO Plugin And Excerpt)

Media

You can also add or embed media-based content into WordPress Posts, such as video embeds, audio files, downloadable content (e.g. PDF documents), images, and more …

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

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

Scripts

WordPress lets you add complex types of content (e.g. tables and charts) directly into posts and pages using scripts like Javascript, shortcodes, and plugins

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

(WP Shortcodes)

Many scripts allow you to manage the content that appears in your content 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, which requires knowing how to edit code.

To learn more about adding content via plugins inside WordPress Posts, see the tutorials below:

Next Step …

Now that you know what kind of content can be added to your posts, the next step is to learn more about the WordPress Post screen.

WordPress Post Editor

In this section, you will learn about the WordPress Post screen and the function of each post option.

Description Of WordPress Post Sections

The Post Area includes a range of section modules that allow you to manage your post settings …

post section

(WordPress Post Panel Features)

Let’s briefly review these areas:

1 – Title Section

This area contains a field that lets you type or paste in the title of your post …

How To Create A New WordPress Post

(Post Title Field)

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

Note:

  • You can use sentences, numbers and a combination of words, number and symbols (e.g. a hyphen) for your post title.
  • Choose a unique title for every post you create. Using identical post titles can cause issues.
  • WordPress automatically removes common symbols like commas, apostrophes, quotes and hyphens from the “post slug” to create valid URLs for your posts. Your Post title will still display these symbols, they just won’t appear in the post URL.

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

(Using Symbols In Post Titles)

2 – Post Content Area

This is the large, blank section of the editor where you add the content in …

Post Editor

(WP Post Editor)

3 – Publish Section

This section lets you control your publishing status …

Post Publisher Module

(WordPress Post Publishing Feature)

Post Status
  • Published – Published posts will display on the front end of your site to all visitors unless it’s set as a Private post (see “Post Visibility Settings” section below).
  • Draft – A draft post can only be viewed 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 by a registered site user with Editor privileges.

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

Post Preview

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

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

(WordPress Post Preview)

Post Visibility Settings

You can select different visibility settings for your posts …

(Post Visibility Settings)

(Post Visibility Settings)

  • Public – This makes your post visible to all online visitors after the post has been published.
  • 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’re the site administrator) and/or registered 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 publishing 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 Status

WordPress will autosave your post at regular intervals to ensure that your work is not lost (see “Saving WordPress Posts” section of this tutorial), but you can also save your post manually without publishing.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click the button to save your post manually without publishing.

Publish Post Status

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

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

You can also edit the time when your post gets published by clicking the Edit link above the “Publish” button and specifying the date and time to publish your post …

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

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

4 – Post Format

Many WordPress Themes let you customize how your posts display using Post Formats …

WordPress Post Formats

(Post Format Module)

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

5 – Post Categories Section

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

Post Categories

(Post Categories)

If you assign posts to a category, site users can then narrow their search by specific categories to see all posts published under that category.

You can add new categories when you create a new post by clicking the + Add New Category link …

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

You can manage post categories by selecting Posts > Categories from your admin menu …

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

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

6 – WordPress Post Tags

Post Tags allow you to finetune the way WordPress posts can be organized …

WordPress Post Tags

(WordPress Post Tags)

Posts with identical tags get linked together.

Note: The way tags display on your site is controlled by your theme. Depending on your theme, tags may or may not appear in your post …

WordPress Post Tags Display Differently In Different WordPress Themes

(WordPress Tags May Display Differently In Different Themes)

Or they may display differently … even in different areas of your page, again, depending on which theme you use …

Tags

(Tags May Display Differently In Different Themes)

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

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

(WordPress Post Tags)

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

7 – WordPress Post Featured Image

Featured images are controlled by the active WordPress theme you are using.

If your WordPress theme allows you to display Post Thumbnails, then the “Featured Image” module should be visible in the Post editing screen …

WordPress Post Featured Image

(Featured Image Module)

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 Section

(WP Post Editor – Screen Options Section)

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

8 – Additional Post Settings

By default, a number of features are hidden in the Post admin area, and will only display in the admin area if their boxes are checked in the Screen Options area …

Hidden Post options

(Hidden Post Area Features)

Let’s take a look at some of the options that you can activate for posts in your Screen Options area.

WordPress Post Excerpt Module

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

WP Post Excerpt Field

(Post Excerpt Section)

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

Send Trackbacks

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

WP Post - Send Trackbacks Field

(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 address with a space.

Learn more about WordPress trackbacks and pingbacks here:

Custom Fields

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

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

(Post – Custom Fields Module)

Custom Fields are generally used together with plugins. The Custom Fields setting lets you modify the information added by a plugin in your post.

Discussion

This option is used to turn the discussion options on/off for a particular post …

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

(WordPress Post – Discussion Section)

This option is used to enable interactivity and notifications on a post-by-post basis.

  • Check all boxes to Allow Comments and Allow trackbacks and pingbacks on your posts.
  • If you uncheck Allow Comments, then no blog visitors will be able to post a comment on that specific 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 previously published post, the Discussion module will also show any comments that users may have posted.
  • Post discussion options are controlled by your site’s Discussion Settings.

Learn how to configure WordPress discussion settings here:

Post Slug

The post slug is a user-friendly URL that WordPress automatically creates from your post title …

How To Create A New WP Post

(Post – Permalinks URL)

The Slug feature lets you change the post slug, which is also known as your Permalink URL

How To Create A New WP Post

(Post – Slug Field)

Quick Note About Permalinks

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

(WP Post – Permalinks URL)

  • Permalink stands for “permanent link“. It is also referred to as a user-friendly URL, SEO-friendly URL, or pretty URLs.
  • When you set a Permalink URL for your post, WordPress will find your post and change all links on your blog to point to the correct destination URL, even if you change the post slug, change the category for your post, or move your post to a different parent page.
  • WordPress automatically generates 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 is shown 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:

Post Author

The Post Author section displays a list of all registered site members with author privileges and lets you change the author of the post by selecting a new post author from the drop-down menu …

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

(WP Post – Post Author Module)

Note: This section only displays on your post editing area 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 a little more about what the Post area sections do, the next step is to learn how to actually create a post in WordPress that will help you grow your business.

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

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This is the end of section 1 of this tutorial

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Creating A Post In WordPress – Part Two

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"These tutorials have so much information and are easy to understand. If you use WordPress or plan to in the future these will help you with everything you need to know." - Valisa (Mesa, Arizona)

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