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 For BeginnersWordPress provides an easy-to-use, powerful and flexible tool to manage your content online.

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

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

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

After deciding on a topic to write about, the next step is to simply write it, and then get it published. WordPress makes this easy.

In this two-part detailed 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
  • Sections Of A WordPress Post
  • Guidelines For Adding Content To WordPress Posts
  • Options For Saving WordPress Posts
  • Creating A New Wp Post – Recap

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

This tutorial covers the basic steps you need to know to create a post on your WordPress-powered site.

In order to get the maximum benefit of using WordPress posts, however, we recommend going through all of the articles and tutorials we publish about WordPress, as these are designed to guide you through the process of growing your business presence online using WordPress.

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

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

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Posts

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

To learn about the differences between using WordPress Posts and WordPress Pages to publish content online, see the tutorial below:

WordPress Posts are the content type that you will mostly use when writing and publishing new content in WordPress …

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

(Post)

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

To create a new WordPress post, do the following:

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

How To Create A Post In WordPress

A new, blank Post is created …

How To Create A Post In WordPress

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

How To Create A New WordPress Post

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

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

Let’s take a look now at the main kinds of content that can be added to posts.

WordPress Post Content Types

WordPress lets you go well beyond creating content with just simple text and images. You can also add videos, audios, downloadable files, etc. to your posts, and just about anything else that you can imagine.

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

With WordPress you can add and edit the following kinds of content in your Posts:

Text-Based Content

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 - The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide For WordPress Beginners

(WordPress Visual Content Editor)

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

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

(WordPress Visual Content Editor Tab And Menu Buttons)

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

How To Create A WP Post

(SEO Plugin And Excerpt)

Media-Based Content

You can also easily add or embed media content in WordPress, such as video embeds, audio files, downloadable content (e.g. PDF documents), flowcharts, and more …

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

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

Scripts

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

How To Create A Post In WordPress

(Use Shortcodes To Insert Content Into WordPress Posts)

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

You can also add content to WordPress posts by inserting the code directly into the file templates, which requires knowing how to edit code.

To learn more about adding content via plugins 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 screen options.

Post Editor Features

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

Post Features

The Post Screen includes various section modules that allow you to modify the parameters of your post …

WordPress post screen options

(WordPress Post Section Options)

Let’s take a look at these modules:

1 – Post Title Section

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

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

(WP Post Title)

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

Please note:

  • You can enter sentences, numbers and a combination of words, number and other characters (e.g. a comma) for your post title.
  • Choose a unique title for every post you create. Using identical post titles can cause problems.
  • WordPress will automatically remove common symbols like commas, apostrophes, quotes and hyphens 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.

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

(Using Symbols In Post Titles)

2 – Content Editor

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

Post Content Section

(Post Editing Area)

3 – Post Publishing Module

This section is where you manage your post publishing status …

Post Publishing Feature

(WP Post Publisher Section)

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

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

Preview

The Publish section also includes a Preview button that lets you view your post before making your post live …

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

(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 website visitors after the post has been published.
  • Password protected – Making a post Password protected allows you to protect your posts with a 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 change publish 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 Posts 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 save your post manually without publishing.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click the button to save without publishing.

Publish Status

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

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

You can also edit the time when your post gets published by clicking the Edit link above the “Publish” button and specifying the date and time to publish your post …

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

To learn how to schedule posts in WordPress for publishing at a later date, see this tutorial:

4 – WordPress Post Formats

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

WordPress Post Formats

(Post Format)

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 site visitors …

Post Categories Module

(Post Categories)

By assigning your posts to categories, your visitors can then narrow their search by specific categories to see all posts saved under that category.

To add new categories as you are entering a new post, click the + Add New Category link in this section …

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

To manage post categories, select Posts > Categories from your dashboard menu …

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

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

6 – Post Tags Module

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

Post Tags

(Post Tags)

WordPress links posts with identical tags.

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

WordPress Post Tags May Display Differently In Different Themes

(Post Tags)

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

Tags In A WordPress Post

(Tags)

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

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

(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 have installed on your site.

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

WordPress Post Featured Image

(Featured Image Section)

If you can’t see the Featured Image section in your sidebar, check to see that this option has been selected in the Screen Options area (if the checkbox is not there, then your theme may not support Featured Images) …

Post Editor - Screen Options Area

(Post Editor – Screen Options Area)

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

8 – Hidden Post Features

By default, a number of functions are hidden in the Post editing area, and will only display in the admin area if you select them the Screen Options area …

Additional Post Features

(Additional Post Modules)

Below are some of the settings that you can activate for posts in the Screen Options area.

Post Excerpt Section

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

Post Excerpt Module

(WordPress 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 in your post …

WP Post - Send Trackbacks Field

(Post – Send Trackbacks Box)

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 box, 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 New Post In WordPress

(Post – Custom Fields Box)

Custom Fields are normally used together with WordPress plugins. The Custom Fields function allows you to edit the information added by plugins in your post.

Discussion

This option lets you turn the discussion options on/off for any specific post …

How To Create A New WP Post

(Post – Discussion Area)

This section 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 can post a comment on that post.
  • If you uncheck Allow trackbacks and pingbacks, then no one can post pingbacks or trackbacks for that 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 your site’s Discussion Settings.

Learn how to configure WordPress discussion settings here:

Post Slug

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

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

(WordPress Post – Permalinks URL)

This feature allows you to change the post slug, which is also known as your Permalink URL

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

(Post – Slug Section)

Quick Note About Your Permalink URL

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

(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 URL for your post, WordPress finds your post and changes all links on your website to point to the correct destination URL, even if you edit the post slug, change the category for your post, or move your post to a different parent page.
  • The permalink is automatically generated based on your post title.
  • Commas, quotes, apostrophes, and invalid URL symbols are removed and spaces are substituted with dashes to separate each word in your post URL.
  • Your permalink appears 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 module displays a list of all your site’s registered authors and allows you to change the post author by choosing a new post author from the drop-down menu …

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

(WP Post – Post Author Box)

Note: This module only displays on your post if you have multiple persons assigned the role of author on your site.

Learn more about assigning different post authors in WordPress here:

Next Step …

Now that you have a better understanding of the WordPress Post screen features do, the next step is to learn how to actually create an effective post for your business in WordPress.

How To Create A New WordPress Post

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This is the end of part 1 of this tutorial

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How To Create A Post In WordPress – Part Two

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Author: Martin Aranovitch

Martin Aranovitch is the founder of WPCompendium.org and the author of The Small Business Digital Manager. WPCompendium.org provides hundreds of FREE detailed step-by-step tutorials that will teach you how to use WordPress to grow your business online at minimal cost with no coding skills required!

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