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 …

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WP TutorialThis 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 content management system tool to publish information about your business online.

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

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

How To Create A WP Post

Once you have thought about what topic to post about, the next step is to write, and then publish. With WordPress, this is really easy.

This WordPress tutorial explains how to create a new post in WordPress.

The following areas are covered:

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

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

This step-by-step tutorial provides a detailed explanation of the basic steps to creating a post on your WordPress-driven web site.

To get the most benefit of using WordPress posts, however, we recommend going through 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 presence online using the WordPress CMS.

As you can see in the diagram below, WordPress is a very powerful web marketing tool with many elements that need to work together in order to produce great results for your business online …

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

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WordPress Posts

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

To learn about the difference 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 for writing and publishing new content in WordPress …

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

(WP Post)

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

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

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

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

A blank, new Post is created …

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

The next step is to begin adding your title of the post and body content either by typing or pasting the 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:

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

WordPress Content Types

WordPress lets you go well beyond creating content containing 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 types of content you can add to posts:

Text

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

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

(WP Visual Content Editor)

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

How To Create A WP Post - A 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 pages and posts (i.e. the post titles, post descriptions and keywords that display in search listings), post excerpts, etc.

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

(WordPress SEO Plugin And Excerpt)

Media-Based Content

You can also add or embed media content into WordPress Posts, such as video embeds, audios, downloadable content (e.g. PDF reports), images, and more …

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

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

Scripts

With WordPress you can also add more 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 New Post In WordPress - Step-By-Step Guide For WordPress Beginners

(Use Shortcodes To Insert Content Into WordPress Posts)

Many scripts can be added to posts to help you manage the content that appears on your site 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 having some knowledge of editing code.

To learn more about adding scripts in WordPress Posts, see these tutorials:

Next Step …

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

Post Panel

In this section, we explore the WordPress Post screen and what each of the different post options do.

Description Of Post Features

The Post Panel contains a range of section modules that let you modify the parameters of your post …

WordPress post panel

(Post Screen)

Let’s take a look at each of these areas:

1 – Post Title

This area contains a field where you can insert your post title …

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

(WordPress Post Title Field)

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

Please note the following:

  • You can enter phrases, numbers and various symbols (e.g. a vertical pipe) for the title of your post.
  • 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 display valid URLs for your post. Your Post title will still display these symbols, they just won’t appear in the post URL.

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

(Using Symbols In WordPress Post Titles)

2 – Post Editing Area

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

Post Editing Module

(WordPress Post Content Area)

3 – Post Publish Options

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

Post Publisher Section

(WP Post Publisher Feature)

Post Status
  • Published – Published posts can be viewed by online visitors, either publicly or privately.
  • Draft – A draft post can only be viewed by a user with ‘Administrator’ privileges.
  • 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 user with Editor privileges.

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

Post Preview

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

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

(WordPress Post Preview)

Visibility

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

(WP Post Visibility Settings)

(Post Visibility Settings)

  • Public – Setting a post to Public makes it visible to all site visitors after publishing your post.
  • Password protected – Making a post Password protected makes your post content only accessible to users with the correct password.
  • Private – a Private post is only visible to you (if you’re the site administrator) and/or users with editor or administrative privileges. You must be logged in to view a private post.

Additional publish settings allow you to change post publication dates (even schedule a post to be published at a later date), copy a post to a new draft, or delete your post by moving it to the trash.

Save Post 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 manually save your post without publishing.

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

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

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

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

Click the button to save your post manually without publishing.

Publish Status

Click the Publish button to make the post live on your website or blog …

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

You can also edit the publishing time of your posts by clicking the Edit link next to the “Publish immediately” section and specifying the date and time to publish your post …

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

To learn how to schedule WordPress posts and pages for publishing later, see this tutorial:

4 – Post Format

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

Post Format

(Post Format Module)

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

5 – WordPress Post Categories

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

Post Categories

(Post Categories)

If you classify your posts by categories, site users can then browse specific categories to see all posts belonging to that particular category.

You can add new post categories when creating a new post by clicking the + Add New Category link in this section …

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

To manage your categories, select Posts > Categories in the administration menu …

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

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

6 – WordPress Post Tags

Tags are like sub-categories for your posts …

Post Tags Section

(Post Tags)

Clicking on a post tag displays similarly tagged posts.

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

WordPress Tags May Display Differently In Different WP Themes

(WordPress Post Tags May Display Differently In Different WP Themes)

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

Tags

(WP Post Tags May Display Differently In Different WP Themes)

You can add new tags to your posts by typing in tags separated by commas into the “Tags” section and clicking the Add button …

How To Create A New WP Post

(Post Tags)

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

7 – Featured Image

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

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

Featured Image Module

(Featured Image Section)

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 option is not there, then your theme may not support Featured Images) …

Post Editor - Screen Options Panel

(Post Editor – Screen Options Section)

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

8 – Additional Post options

By default, a number of settings are hidden in the Post admin panel, and will only display in the admin area if selected in the Screen Options area …

Additional Post Settings

(Hidden Post options)

Let’s review some of the options that you can activate for posts in your Screen Options panel.

Post Excerpt

The Excerpt section lets you add a brief “teaser” that will display in selected areas of your blog, such as your blog page, category page, post archives, and search post pages …

WP Post Excerpt Module

(Post Excerpt Field)

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

Send Trackbacks

Trackbacks let you notify legacy blog systems that you have linked to them …

Post - Send Trackbacks Box

(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 web URL 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 New Post In WordPress

(WP Post – Custom Fields Box)

Custom Fields are generally used in conjunction with certain WordPress plugins, but you can edit information added by a plugin in your post.

Discussion

The Discussion option allows you to turn the discussion options on/off for a specific post …

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

(WordPress Post – Discussion Module)

This module is used to enable interactivity and notifications on individual blog posts.

  • Check all boxes to Allow Comments and Allow trackbacks and pingbacks on your posts.
  • If you uncheck Allow Comments, then no site visitors will be able to post comments on that post.
  • If you uncheck Allow trackbacks and pingbacks, then no blog visitors can post pingbacks or trackbacks for that specific post.

Notes:

  • If you are editing a post that has been previously published, 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) web address that is automatically created from your post title …

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

(WP Post – Permalinks URL)

This section lets you modify the post slug, which is also known as your Permalink URL

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

(WP Post – Slug Section)

Quick Note About WordPress Permalinks

How To Create A Post In WordPress

(WordPress 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 for your post, WordPress finds your post and changes all links on your site to point to the correct destination URL, even if you change the post slug, select a new category for your post, or display your post under 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 characters are removed and spaces are substituted with dashes to separate each word in your permalink.
  • 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:

Post Author

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

How To Create A Post In WordPress

(WP Post – Post Author Box)

Note: This feature 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 more about what the WordPress Post functions are, the next step is to learn how to actually create a new post in WordPress.

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

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This is the end of part 1 of this tutorial

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Creating A New Post In WordPress – Part Two

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