This tutorial shows you how to create a post in WordPress using the WordPress Classic Editor interface.
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:
- Think …
- Write …
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
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 …
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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 …
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…
A blank Post is created …
The next step is to start adding the title of the post and post content by either typing or pasting the content in …
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.
In this section, we explore the main types of content that can be added to your posts:
You can add, edit and format text in a variety of fonts and styles to your content …
(WP Content Editor)
The WordPress Visual Content Editor lets you format and style your text as you go …
(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.
(SEO Plugin And Post Excerpt)
You can add or embed media-based content into WordPress Posts, such as videos, audios, downloadable content (e.g. PDF reports), diagrams, etc. …
To learn how to use media with WordPress, go here:
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:
- Adding Currency Conversion To WordPress
- Creating And Inserting Tables Into Pages And Posts In WordPress
- Create Appealing Graphs And Charts In A WordPress Post
- Embedding Snippets Of Code Into Your Pages
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.
In this section, you will learn about the WordPress Post area and what all of the different WordPress post options do.
The Post Area contains a range of section modules that allow you to modify your post parameters …
(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 …
- 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.
(Using Symbols In WP Post Titles)
2 – Post Editor
This is the large section of the editor where your content gets entered into …
(Post Editing Section)
3 – Post Publishing Settings
This section lets you control your post publishing status …
(WP Post Publishing Module)
- 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:
The Publish box also includes a Preview button that lets you preview your post content before going live …
(WordPress Post Preview)
You can specify a number of visibility settings for your posts …
(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.
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 not been published yet, then either …
A Save Draft button will display in the Publish box if your post status is set to Draft …
Or Save as Pending, if the post status is set to Pending Review …
Click the button to save your post without publishing.
Click the Publish button to make the post live 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 when you want the post to be published …
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 …
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 …
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 …
To manage categories, select Posts > Categories in your admin menu …
To learn more about using WordPress post categories, go here:
6 – Post Tags
Post Tags are like index entries for your blog posts …
(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 …
(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 …
(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 …
(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 …
(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) …
(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 …
(Additional Post Settings)
Let’s review some of the features that you can activate for posts in your Screen Options area.
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 …
(WP Post Excerpt Module)
Go here to learn more about using post excerpts in WordPress:
Trackbacks are a way to notify legacy blog systems that you’ve linked to them …
(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 let you add custom information to your site and/or modify the way your posts are displayed …
(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.
The Discussion section lets you turn the discussion options on/off for a given 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.
- 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:
The post slug is a user-friendly post URL that is normally created from the post title …
(Post – Permalinks URL)
This module lets you edit the post slug, which is also known as your Permalink URL …
(Post – Slug Module)
Quick Note About Your Permalink URL
(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:
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 …
(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.
This is the end of part 1 of this tutorial
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