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 drive more visitors to your web site. With WordPress, publishing your content online is as easy as 1-2-3:

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

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

Once you know what topic you will post content about, the next step is to simply get your content written, and then publish it online. WordPress makes this very easy.

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

The following sections are covered:

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

How To Create A WordPress Post

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

To get the maximum benefit of using WordPress posts, however, we recommend going through all of the articles and tutorials we publish on this site about WordPress, as we’ve designed these to guide you through the process of growing your business presence online using the WordPress CMS platform.

As you can see in the diagram below, WordPress is a really powerful tool and has many parts that work together to produce great results for your business online …

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

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WordPress Posts

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

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

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 - A Step-By-Step Guide For WordPress Beginners

(Post)

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

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

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

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

A new Post is created …

Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A WordPress Post

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

The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A New 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:

In the next section, you will learn about the main types of content you can add to WordPress.

What Types Of Content Can You Add To WordPress Posts?

WordPress allows you to go well beyond creating content with simple text and images. You can also add videos, audio recordings, downloadable documents, etc. to your posts, and just about any other type of content that you want to distribute or share online.

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

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

Text-Based Content

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

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

(WordPress Visual Editor)

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

How To Create A New WP Post

(WordPress Content Editor Tab And Menu Buttons)

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

How To Create A Post In WordPress

(WordPress SEO Plugin And Post Excerpt)

Media

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

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

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

Scripts

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

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

(Use Shortcodes To Add Content To WordPress Posts)

Many scripts can be added to posts that let you manage the content that displays in your content from an external location (e.g. manage advertising banners).

Content can also be added to WordPress posts by inserting the code directly into the file templates, which requires knowing how to edit code.

To learn more about adding scripts to WordPress Posts, see the tutorials below:

Next Step …

Now that you know what type of content you can add to your posts, the next step is to explore the WordPress Post panel features.

Post Editor

In this section, we explore the WordPress Post screen and the function of each post option.

Description Of Post Features

The Post Section contains several features that let you control your post settings …

post section options

(Post Editor Options)

Let’s review each of these functions:

1 – Title Section

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

How To Create A WP Post

(Post Title Field)

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

Please note the following:

  • You can enter sentences, numbers and various symbols (e.g. a vertical pipe) for your post title.
  • Choose a unique title for every post you create. Using identical post titles can cause problems.
  • WordPress automatically removes common symbols like apostrophes, commas, hyphens and quotation marks from the “post slug” to create a valid URL 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 - Step-By-Step Guide

(Using Symbols In Post Titles)

2 – Post Editing Area

This is the blank area of the editor where you add the content in …

WP Post Editor

(WordPress Post Content Section)

3 – Publish Box Feature

This section is where you manage the status of your posts …

WP Post Publisher Feature

(WordPress Post Publisher Section)

Post Status
  • Published – Published posts can be seen by your site visitors, either publicly or privately (see “Post Visibility Settings” section below).
  • Draft – A draft post is not available to visitors and registered 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 for publication by a user with Editor permissions.

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

Post Preview

The Publish module also includes a Preview button that lets you view your posts before going live …

How To Create A New WordPress Post

(WordPress Post Preview)

Post Visibility

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

(Post Visibility Settings)

(Post Visibility Settings)

  • Public – Setting a post to Public makes it visible to all online visitors after publishing the post.
  • Password protected – Making a post Password protected allows you to protect your content with a password.
  • Private – a Private post is only visible to you (if you are the site administrator) and/or registered users who have been assigned editor or administrative privileges. You must be logged in to view a private post.

Additional publish settings allow you to modify post publish 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 Statuses

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

How To Create A WP Post

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 …

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

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

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

Click the button to save your post manually without publishing.

Publish

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

How To Create A Post In WordPress

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 to publish your post …

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

To learn how to schedule posts in WordPress, see this tutorial:

4 – Post Format Section

Some WordPress Themes let you customize how your posts are displayed using Post Formats …

Post Format

(WordPress Post Formats)

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

5 – Post Categories

Categories help you classify your site’s post into topics and keep content organized for your blog readers …

Post Categories

(Post Categories)

If you organise posts by categories, your blog readers can then narrow their search by specific categories to see all posts belonging to that category.

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

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

You can also manage your categories by selecting Posts > Categories from the administration menu …

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

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

6 – Post Tags

Tags allow you to organize your posts in more granular detail …

Post Tags Section

(WordPress Post Tags)

Related posts display to blog readers when a post tag is clicked.

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

Tags

(Tags Display Differently In Different WordPress Themes)

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

Tags Displayed In A WordPress Post

(Tags Displayed In A WordPress Theme)

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

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

(Post Tags Section)

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

7 – Featured Post Image

Featured images are controlled by your active WordPress theme.

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

Featured Post Image

(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

(Post Editor – Screen Options Section)

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

8 – Hidden Post options

Several modules inside the Post admin area are hidden by default, and will only display in the admin area if you select them the Screen Options area …

Hidden Post Features

(Additional Post options)

Below are some of the features that can be activated for posts in your Screen Options panel.

Excerpt

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

Post Excerpt Section

(Post Excerpt Box)

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 …

WP Post - Send Trackbacks Section

(Post – Send Trackbacks Box)

If you link to other WordPress blogs, they’ll be notified automatically using 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 URL with a space.

Learn more about WordPress trackbacks and pingbacks here:

Custom Fields

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

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

(WP Post – Custom Fields Settings)

Custom Fields are normally used in conjunction with plugins, but you can manually edit the information added by plugins in your post.

Discussion

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

How To Create A Post In WordPress

(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 one can post a comment on that specific post.
  • If you uncheck Allow trackbacks and pingbacks, then no visitors 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 the WordPress Discussion Settings.

Learn how to configure WordPress discussion settings here:

Post Slug

The post slug is a user-friendly (and search engine friendly) post URL that WordPress automatically creates from your post title …

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

(Post – Permalinks URL)

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

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

(WordPress Post – Slug Field)

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 post URL, even if you change the post slug, select a new category for your post, or display your post under a different parent page.
  • The permalink is automatically created based on the title you specify for your post.
  • Punctuation such as commas, quotes, apostrophes, and invalid URL symbols are removed and spaces are substituted with dashes to separate each word in your permalink.
  • 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 option displays a list of all your site’s registered authors and allows you to change the author of the post by choosing a new author from the drop-down menu …

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

(Post – Post Author Module)

Note: This module only displays on your post if you have multiple registered users on your web site with authoring rights.

Learn more about assigning different post authors in WordPress here:

Next Step …

Now that you know a little more about the Post features are, the next step is to actually create a post in WordPress that will help you get effective results.

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

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Originally published as How To Create A WordPress Post – Pt. 1.