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 To Use WP

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 WordPress Post, we looked at the following:

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

To review Part 1 of our comprehensive step-by-step tutorial, go here: How To Create A Post In WordPress – Part 1

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

The more you understand WordPress, the better you can use it as a business marketing tool to help you grow online.

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

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

Let’s start by reviewing some helpful guidelines for posting content on WordPress.

Posts – Content Guidelines

Here are some 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 your images and links (e.g. <a title=”Add Your Title Here” href=”http://yourdomain.com/”>Linked Text</a>).
  • Use Paragraphs: Break up your content into paragraphs to make it more readable. Tip: If you use double spacing between your paragraphs, WordPress will automatically detect these and insert HTML paragraph tags (<p>) into your writing.
  • Use Headings: If you plan to write long posts, then use headings to break up your post sections. In HTML, headings are set using tags like h1, h2, and so on. You can also insert headings by highlighting content in the body of your post, and then selecting one of the heading options from the “Format Style” menu in your WordPress Content Editor.
  • Use HTML: You don’t have to use HTML to create formatted content, as WordPress will automatically do this if you use the Visual Editor. Having some basic knowledge of HTML, however, will allow you to control different styling elements in your content (e.g. styled sections and nested layouts).
  • Spell Check And Proof: Check your spelling and proof everything before hitting the publish button. There are a number of spell check tools available for WordPress.
  • Focus On The Quality Of The Content: An excellent way to focus only on the content with no distractions is to compose your initial content using a plain text editor, then copy and paste your content into the WordPress editor.
  • Think Before You Post: Anything you make public could be seen by lots of people and picked up by search engines, making it harder to make the content “unseen”. Take take your time and think about what you are planning to write and review everything before publishing. Don’t rant … think!
  • Consider Your Audience: Think about who will read your posts and take all appropriate measures or precautions that you think may be necessary when writing your content to protect your privacy.
  • Make Use Of Comments: Comments allow your site visitors to 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 published on your site, so take this into account when deciding whether you will or will not 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 The Design Later: How your site looks is important, but it’s often not essential in terms of getting your point across. In fact, because WordPress is so flexible when it comes to web design, you can just start writing to grow a readership, and then change your entire site’s design with just a few clicks of the mouse whenever you want, using WordPress 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 – you can change anything and everything anytime you want with WordPress!
  • Use Videos And Graphics: Videos and images help make your content colorful and attractive and help readers engage better with your posts. We provide additional tutorials on inserting images and embedding videos to your posts and pages.
  • Save Often: Save your posts frequently to prevent losing your work to accidents or computer errors. You can even do this without publishing your content as you will see in a moment.
  • Post Often: If you need great content ideas for your site, then subscribe to our FREE email training series here:

Next Step …

Now that we have covered some guidelines for posting content on your site, the next step is to examine the options you have for saving posts in WordPress.

Saving A Post

After adding content to your post, the next step is learning how to save it.

By default, WordPress autosaves your content at regular intervals …

WordPress will auto-save your work at regular intervals

(Your work is auto-saved at regular intervals)

Learn more about the WordPress autosave feature here:

The WordPress autosave feature helps prevent losing your content if something unexpectedly goes wrong with your computer or internet access, or if you click something and accidentally close your web browser, or terminate an application in the middle of your session.

The date and time of your post are automatically recorded when a post is first autosaved.

You can edit this information in the “Published on:” options …

Post Publisher - Published on: feature

(Post Publisher – Published on: feature)

Until your post is published, your post will not be visible to blog readers. Instead, the post will be saved as a “Draft” post until published …

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

You can save your post in ‘draft’ status or publish it online using the “Save” and “Publish” functions in the Publish area …

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

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

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

Choose Draft from the options menu and click OK

How To Create A New WordPress Post

With ‘Draft’ displayed in the “Status:” field, click the ‘Save Draft’ button…

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

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

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

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

In 'Preview Mode' your content is not visible to site visitors

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

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

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

Once your content is ready to go live, click on Publish

How To Create A New WordPress Post

Once the new post is published, click View Post to open it in a new window …

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

The published post will now be visible to your online visitors and can be accessed via its unique web address …

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

Check to make sure that all of your content is displaying correctly …

How To Create A New WordPress Post

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

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

You can always revert the status of a post back from ‘Published’ to ‘Draft’ or ‘Pending Review’ simply by clicking on the Edit link next to the Status field and selecting another option from the Status drop-down menu …

How To Create A WP Post

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

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

Select Draft from the Status drop-down menu options and click OK

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

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

How To Create A New WP Post

Your post will revert to ’draft’ status and no longer be made visible to your site visitors.

Note: typing in the web address of posts that were previously published will lead to a ”page not found” page (this is called a ‘404′ page) …

'404 Error' page

(’404 Not Found’ page)

Next Step …

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

How To Post 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 post using WordPress.

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

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

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

After deciding on the topic you plan to have content written about the next step is to simply write, and then publish online. WordPress makes publishing content easy.

Note: Optimized WordPress posts help your content get indexed by search engines. We provide separate articles and tutorials on optimizing WordPress posts for SEO.

The image below summarizes the steps involved in creating, optimizing and posting new content to your website:

How To Create A New WordPress Post - Steps

(How To Create A Post Using WordPress – Recap)

  1. Choose Posts > Add New in your WP admin menu to bring up the ‘Add New Post’ section.
  2. Add your post content (title & content body). Also, make sure your site’s Permalinks have already been set up and modify the Post Slug if required.
  3. If you have installed an SEO plugin, add the search engine optimization metatags into this area. This will only take an extra minute or two, but it can help your content rank better in the search engines.
  4. Enter a Post Excerpt into the ‘Excerpt’ box.
  5. Select a Post Category to save your post under.
  6. Add tags 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 WordPress post! To learn how to make changes to WordPress posts or delete posts that you no longer need, see this tutorial: How To Edit And Delete Posts In WordPress

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