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.

WP TutorialWordPress provides an easy-to-use, powerful and flexible way to manage your content online.

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

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

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

Once you have thought about what you will write about, the next step is to just write the content (or get it written for you), and then get it published. WordPress makes this easy.

In this two-part tutorial series you are going to learn how to create a WordPress post.

The following sections are covered:

  • Types Of Content You Can Publish In WordPress
  • Sections Of A WordPress Post
  • Recommended Guidelines For Adding Content In WordPress
  • WordPress Post – Saving Options
  • Posting Content In WordPress – Quick Recap

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

This step-by-step tutorial explains the basic steps to creating posts on your WordPress site.

In order to get the most benefit from using WordPress posts, however, we recommend going through all of the articles and tutorials we publish about WordPress, as we’ve designed these to guide you through the process of growing your business online using the WordPress Content Management System.

As you can see in the diagram below, WordPress is an extremely powerful marketing tool and has many features that need to work together in order to create great results for your business online …

How To Create A WP Post

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Posts

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

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

WordPress Posts are what you will mostly use when writing and publishing new content in WordPress …

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

(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 your navigation menu and choose Posts > Add New

How To Create A WP Post

A new, blank Post is created …

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

You can now start to add the post title and content by either typing or pasting the content in …

Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A WordPress 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 more about creating, editing and publishing content in WordPress Posts.

Types Of Content That Can Be Added To WordPress

WordPress lets you go well beyond adding content featuring just simple text and images. You can also add media-rich content to your posts, and just about anything else that you need to distribute or share online.

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

WordPress lets you easily insert and edit the following types of content into your Posts:

Text-Based Content

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

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(WordPress Content Editor)

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

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

(WordPress Visual Editor Tab And Menu Buttons)

Depending on how you configure your site’s plugins and settings, 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 Post In WordPress

(WordPress SEO Plugin And Excerpt)

Media-Based Content

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

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

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

Scripts

WordPress allows you to add complex types of content (e.g. charts) directly into posts and pages using scripts like Javascript, shortcodes, and plugins

How To Create A New WordPress Post

(WP Shortcodes)

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

You can also add content 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 to WordPress Posts, see the tutorials below:

Next Step …

Now that you know what kind of content can be added to your posts, the next step is to learn more about the WordPress Post area.

WordPress Post Panel Options

In this section, we explore the WordPress Post panel and what all of the different post features do.

Description Of WordPress Post Options

The Post Section contains a range of section modules that let you manage your post parameters …

WordPress post screen

(Post Panel)

Let’s briefly review these sections:

1 – Title

This section contains a field where you can add your post title …

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(WP Post Title Field)

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

Please note:

  • You can use phrases, numbers and a combination of words, number and 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 create issues.
  • WordPress automatically removes common symbols like apostrophes, commas, quotations and hyphens from the “post slug” to create a valid URL for your post. Your Post title will still display these symbols, they just won’t appear in the post URL.

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(Using Symbols In Post Titles)

2 – Post Content Area

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

WordPress Content Editor

(Post Content Area)

3 – Post Publishing Section

This section lets you control the status of your post …

Post Publishing Feature

(WordPress Post Publisher Feature)

Post Status
  • Published – A published post will display on the front end of your site to all visitors unless you’ve set it as a Private post (see “Post Visibility Settings” section below).
  • Draft – A draft post can only be seen 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 by a user with Editor permissions.

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

Post Preview

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

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

(WordPress Post Preview)

Visibility

You can select different 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 the post has been published.
  • Password protected – Making a post Password protected means that your post content can only be viewed by users with the correct password.
  • Private – a Private post is only visible to you (if you’re 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 settings in the Publish box 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 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.

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Note: If your post has not been published yet, then either …

Save Draft button will display in the Publish area if your post status is set to Draft …

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

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Click the button to save posts without publishing.

Publish

Click Publish to publish the post on your website or blog …

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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 to publish the post …

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

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

4 – WordPress Post Formats

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

Post Format Module

(WordPress Post Formats)

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

5 – Post Categories Module

Categories help keep content organized for your blog readers …

Post Categories Section

(WordPress Post Categories)

If you organise your posts by categories, visitors can then narrow their search using specific categories to see all posts listed under that particular topic.

You can add new categories as you are composing a new post by clicking the + Add New Category link in this module …

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

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

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

6 – Post Tags Module

Tags allow you to finetune how you organise WordPress posts …

WordPress Post Tags

(WordPress Post Tags)

A list of related posts is displayed 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 WordPress theme, tags may or may not show up in your post …

Tags Displayed In A Theme

(WordPress Post Tags)

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

Post Tags

(Tags May Display Differently In Different WordPress Themes)

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

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(Post Tags)

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

7 – Featured Post Image

Featured images are controlled by the active theme you are using.

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

Featured Image Section

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

WP Post Editor - Screen Options Section

(Post Editor – Screen Options Panel)

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

8 – Additional Post Features

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

Additional Post Settings

(Additional Post Screen Modules)

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

Post Excerpt

The Excerpt option lets you add post excerpts that will display in selected areas of your web site, such as the blog page, categories page, archives page, 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’ve linked to them in your post …

WP Post - Send Trackbacks Field

(WP Post – Send Trackbacks Field)

If you link to other WordPress blogs, they’ll be notified automatically using a feature called 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 - Step-By-Step Guide For WordPress Beginners

(Post – Custom Fields Box)

Custom Fields are normally used together with certain plugins, but you can edit information added by plugins in your post.

Discussion

The Discussion module lets you turn the discussion options on/off for any specific post …

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

(Post – Discussion Section)

This section is useful if you want to enable interactivity and notifications on your posts.

  • Check all boxes to Allow Comments and Allow trackbacks and pingbacks on your posts.
  • If you uncheck Allow Comments, then no one can post comments on that specific post.
  • If you uncheck Allow trackbacks and pingbacks, then no one can post pingbacks or trackbacks to that specific 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 is normally created by WordPress from your post title …

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(WordPress Post – Permalinks URL)

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

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(Post – Slug Module)

Quick Note About Permalink URLs

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(WP Post – Permalinks URL)

  • Permalink stands for “permanent link“. It is also referred to as a user-friendly URL, SEO-friendly URL, or pretty URLs.
  • 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 post category, or move your post to a different parent page.
  • The permalink is automatically generated 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 permalink.
  • Your permalink appears below the post 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

The Post Author feature displays a list of all registered site members with author permissions and lets you change the author of the post by choosing a new post author from the drop-down menu …

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(Post – Post Author Section)

Note: This section only displays on your post if there are multiple authors on your website.

Learn more about assigning different post authors in WordPress here:

Next Step …

Now that you have a better understanding of what the Post functions are, the next step is to actually create a post in WordPress that will help you get effective results.

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

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Creating A New WordPress Post – Part Two

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"This is an awesome training series. I have a pretty good understanding of WordPress already, but this is helping me to move somewhere from intermediate to advanced user!" - Kim Lednum

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