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 TutorialWordPress provides an easy-to-use, powerful and flexible CMS application to publish information about your business online.

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

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

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

After thinking about what topic you will have content written about, the next step is to just get the content written, and then publish. WordPress makes this easy.

This step-by-step tutorial shows you how to create a new post in WordPress.

The following sections are covered:

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

How To Create A New WordPress Post

This tutorial explains the basic steps you need to learn to get your content published on your WordPress-powered web site.

In order to get the maximum benefit from using WordPress posts, however, we also recommend going through all of the articles and tutorials published on this site about WordPress, as we have designed these to help you grow your business online using the WordPress CMS platform.

As you can see in the diagram below, WordPress is a very powerful tool with many features that work together to create great results for you online …

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

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WordPress Posts

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

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

WordPress Posts are what you will mostly use for writing and publishing new content in your website or blog …

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

(WP Post)

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

To create a new post in WordPress, do the following:

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

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

A blank Post is created …

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

You can now add your title of the post and post body content by either typing or pasting the content in …

Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A WP Post

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

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

Complete the sections below to learn the basics of creating, editing and publishing WordPress Posts.

Types Of Content That Can Be Added To WordPress

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

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

In this section, we explore the different kinds of content you can add to your posts:

Text-Based Content

You can insert plain, formatted and/or hyperlinked text in a variety of fonts and styles into your posts …

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

(WordPress Visual Editor)

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

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

(WordPress Visual Editor Tab And Menu Buttons)

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

How To Create A New WP Post

(SEO Plugin And Post Excerpt)

Media

You can also add or embed media content in WordPress, such as videos, audios, shareable content (e.g. PDF documents), infographics, etc. …

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

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

Scripts

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

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

(Use Shortcodes To Add Content To WordPress)

Many scripts allow you to manage the content that displays in your content from an external location (e.g. manage opt-in forms).

Content can also be added to WordPress posts by inserting the code directly into the file templates, although this requires having some knowledge of editing code.

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

Next Step …

Now that you know what type of content you can add to posts, the next step is to learn more about the WordPress Post panel.

Post Panel

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

WordPress Post Options

The Post Section includes a number of section modules that allow you to modify the settings of your post …

WordPress post screen options

(WordPress Post Panel)

Let’s review each of these features:

1 – Title Section

This area contains a field where you can add the title of your post …

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

(Post Title Field)

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

Please note the following:

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

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

(Using Symbols In Post Titles)

2 – Content Editor

This is the large, blank area of the editor where your content gets entered into …

Post Content Area

(WordPress Post Editor)

3 – Post Publisher Section

This section is where you control the status of your post …

WP Post Publisher Module

(WP Post Publisher Section)

Post Status
  • Published – A published post will display on the front end of your site to all visitors unless it’s visibility is set to Private (see “Visibility Settings” section below).
  • Draft – A draft post is not visible to site visitors and regular site members unless they are also a site administrator.
  • Pending Review – A post marked as pending review is similar to a draft post, but needs to be reviewed and approved by a registered user with Editor privileges.

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

Post Preview

The Publish box also includes a Preview button that allows you to view posts before going live …

How To Create A WP Post

(WordPress Post Preview)

Post Visibility Settings

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

(WordPress Post Visibility Settings)

(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 accessed by users with the correct password.
  • Private – a Private post is only visible to you (if you’re the site administrator) and/or logged-in users who have been assigned editor or administrative permissions. You must be logged in to view a private post.

Additional publish settings allow you to edit post publication dates (even schedule a post 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 Post Status

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 WP Post - The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide

Note: If your post has yet been published, then either …

Save Draft button will display in the Publish box if the 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

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

Click the button to save posts without publishing.

Publish Post Status

Click the Publish button to publish the post on your site …

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

You can also edit the publishing time of your posts by clicking the Edit link above the “Publish” button and specifying the date and time when you would like your post to be published …

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

To learn how to schedule WP blog posts, see this tutorial:

4 – Post Format

Some WordPress Themes allow you to customize how your posts display using Post Formats …

Post Format

(Post Format)

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

5 – Post Categories Section

Post categories help keep content organized for your blog readers …

Post Categories

(WordPress Post Categories)

When you assign posts to categories, your blog readers can then browse specific categories to see all posts belonging to that category.

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

How To Create A New WordPress Post

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

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

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

6 – Post Tags Section

Post Tags allow you to organise WordPress posts in more granular detail …

Post Tags

(Post Tags)

Related posts display to site visitors when they click on one of your post tags.

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

Tags In A WordPress Theme

(WP Post Tags)

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

Post Tags

(WordPress Post Tags)

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

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

(Post Tags Module)

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

7 – Featured Image

Featured images are controlled by the active theme you have installed on your site.

If your WordPress theme allows you to display 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 it’s not there, then your theme may not support Featured Images) …

Post Editor - Screen Options Area

(WordPress Post Editor – Screen Options Section)

To learn how to add post thumbnails to WordPress, go here:

8 – Additional Post Features

By default, several features are hidden inside the Post editing panel, and will only display in the admin area if selected in the Screen Options area …

Hidden Post Area Settings

(Hidden Post Area Options)

Below are some of the modules that you can activate for posts in your Screen Options panel.

Post Excerpt

The Excerpt section lets you add post summaries that will display in selected areas of your website, such as your blog page, category page, archives page, and search post pages …

Post Excerpt Section

(WP 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’ve linked to them …

WordPress Post - Send Trackbacks Section

(Post – Send Trackbacks Module)

If you link to other WordPress blogs, they’ll be notified automatically using pingbacks.

For blogs 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 provide a way to add specific information to your site and/or modify the way your posts are displayed …

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

(Post – Custom Fields Box)

Custom Fields are normally used in conjunction with WordPress plugins, but you can edit custom content added by plugins in your post.

Discussion

The Discussion module is used to turn the discussion options on/off for any particular post …

How To Create A WordPress Post

(WordPress Post – Discussion Options)

This section is useful if you want 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 can post comments on that post.
  • If you uncheck Allow trackbacks and pingbacks, then no one can post pingbacks or trackbacks for that specific post.

Notes:

  • If you are editing a previously published post, the Discussion module will also show any comments that you have received for the post.
  • 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 post URL that WordPress automatically creates from the post title …

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

(Post – Permalinks URL)

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

How To Create A WordPress Post

(Post – Slug Module)

Quick Note About Permalinks

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

(WP Post – Permalinks URL)

  • Permalink stands for “permanent link“. It is also referred to as a user-friendly URL, SEO-friendly URL, or pretty links.
  • When you set a Permalink URL for your blog 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, select a new post category, or move your post to a different parent page.
  • WordPress automatically generates the permalink for your post based on the title you specify for your post.
  • Commas, quotes, apostrophes, and invalid URL characters are removed and spaces are substituted with dashes to separate each word in your post URL.
  • Your permalink is shown below the post 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

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

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

(Post – Post Author Section)

Note: This feature only displays on your post editing area if there are multiple registered users on your web site with authoring privileges.

Learn more about assigning different post authors in WordPress here:

Next Step …

Now that you know more about the WordPress Post screen features are, the next step is to actually create a post in WordPress that will help you grow your business.

How To Create A New WP Post

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