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.

Learn To Use WordPressWordPress provides an easy-to-use, powerful and flexible tool to manage your content online.

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

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

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

Once you know what topic you plan to post about, the next step is to simply get the content written, and then publish. With WordPress, this is very easy.

In this detailed two-part tutorial series you will learn how to create a post in WordPress.

We’ll cover the following sections:

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

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

This step-by-step tutorial provides a comprehensive explanation of the basic steps you need to learn to add and publish content on your WordPress web site.

In order to get the most benefit from using WordPress posts, however, we recommend reading all of the articles and tutorials we publish about WordPress, as we’ve designed these to help you grow your business presence online using the WordPress CMS platform.

As you can see in the diagram below, WordPress is an extremely powerful marketing tool with many parts that work together to create great results online …

How To Create A Post In WordPress

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Posts

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

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

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

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

(Post)

Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A WP Post

Follow the steps below to create a new WordPress post:

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

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

A blank, new Post is created …

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

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

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

Now, let’s explore the main types of content you can add to WordPress.

What Kind Of Content Can Be Added To WordPress?

WordPress allows you to go well beyond creating content with simple text and images. You can also add media-rich content to your posts, and just about anything else that you want to distribute online.

How To Create A WordPress Post

With WordPress you can easily add and edit the following kinds of content to Posts:

Text

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

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

(WP Visual Editor)

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

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

(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 posts (e.g. the titles, keywords and descriptions that display in search listings), custom excerpts, etc.

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

(SEO Plugin And Excerpt)

Media-Based Content

You can also easily add or embed media-based content into WordPress Posts, such as embedded videos, audio files, shareable files (e.g. PDF documents), graphics, etc. …

How To Create A WordPress Post

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

Scripts

With WordPress you can also add complex types of content elements (e.g. charts) 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)

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

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.

For examples of adding content via plugins inside WordPress Posts, see the tutorials below:

Next Step …

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

WordPress Post Section Options

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

Post Options

The Post Section includes a range of section modules that let you manage your post settings …

post section features

(Post Section Options)

Let’s briefly review each of these areas:

1 – Post Title

This section contains a field where you can insert the title of your post …

How To Create A New WP Post

(Post Title)

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

Note:

  • You can enter phrases, numbers and various symbols (e.g. an exclamation mark) for the title of your post.
  • Choose a unique title for every post you create. Using identical post titles can create issues.
  • WordPress will automatically remove common symbols like apostrophes, commas, hyphens and quote 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 WordPress Post - Step-By-Step Guide

(Using Symbols In WP Post Titles)

2 – Content Editor

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

WP Post Editing Area

(Post Editor)

3 – Post Publisher Section

This section is where you control your post status …

WordPress Publish Box Section

(Post Publisher Feature)

Status
  • Published – Published posts can be viewed by your site visitors, either publicly or privately (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 for publication by a registered site user with Editor privileges.

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

Preview

The Publish box also includes a Preview button that lets you preview your post content before going live …

How To Create A New WP Post

(WP Post Preview)

Post 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 site visitors after the post has been published.
  • Password protected – Password-protecting a post makes your post content only available to users with the correct password.
  • Private – a Private post is only visible to you (if you are the site administrator) and/or registered users with editor or administrative privileges. You must be logged in to view a private post.

Additional settings in the Publish section allow you to change post publication dates (even schedule a post to be published at a later date), copy your post to a new draft, or delete your post 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 save your post manually without publishing.

How To Create A New Post In WordPress - 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 your post status is set to Draft …

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

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

How To Create A Post In WordPress

Click the button to save without publishing.

Publish Status

Click Publish to make the post live …

How To Create A New WordPress Post - 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 the post …

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

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

4 – WordPress Post Formats

Some WordPress Themes allow you to customize your post’s presentation using Post Formats …

Post Format Module

(WordPress Post Formats)

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

5 – Post Categories Module

Post categories help keep content organized for your site visitors …

WordPress Post Categories

(WordPress Post Categories)

By assigning your posts to categories, your blog readers can then search specific categories to view all posts belonging to that particular category.

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

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

To manage post categories, select Posts > Categories in your admin menu …

How To Create A Post In WordPress

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

6 – Post Tags Module

Post Tags are like mini-categories for your WordPress posts …

WordPress Post Tags

(Post Tags Module)

Posts that use identical tags get linked together.

Note: The way 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 …

WP Tags Display Differently In Different Themes

(WP Post Tags)

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

WP Post Tags

(WP Tags Display Differently In Different WordPress Themes)

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

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

(Post Tags)

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

7 – Featured Image Module

Featured images are controlled by your theme.

If your WordPress theme allows you to display Post Thumbnails, then the “Featured Image” module should be visible in the Post editing area …

WordPress Post Featured Image

(Featured Post Image)

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 option is 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 featured images to WordPress, go here:

8 – Additional Post Settings

By default, some options are hidden inside the Post editing area, and will only display in your admin area if you select them the Screen Options area …

Additional Post Section Features

(Hidden Post Modules)

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

Post Excerpt

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

Post Excerpt Module

(Post Excerpt Box)

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 …

WordPress Post - Send Trackbacks Section

(WP Post – Send Trackbacks Box)

If you link to other WordPress blogs, they’ll be notified automatically using a feature called 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 box, and separating each web address with a space.

Learn more about WordPress trackbacks and pingbacks here:

Custom Fields

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

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

(Post – Custom Fields Module)

Custom Fields are generally used together with WordPress plugins, but you can modify the information added by a plugin in your post.

Discussion

This module is used to turn the discussion options on/off for a specific post …

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

(Post – Discussion Area)

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 site visitors can post comments on that post.
  • If you uncheck Allow trackbacks and pingbacks, then no one can post pingbacks or trackbacks to 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 managed 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 the post title …

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

(Post – Permalinks URL)

The Slug section allows you to modify the post slug, which is also known as your Permalink URL

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

(WP Post – Slug Module)

Quick Note About WordPress Permalinks

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

(WP Post – Permalinks URL)

  • Permalink stands for “permanent link“. It is also referred to as a user-friendly URL, SEO-friendly URL, or pretty permalinks.
  • When you set a Permalink 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 edit the post slug, change the post category, 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 characters are removed and spaces are substituted with dashes to separate each word in your permalink.
  • Your permalink displays 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 option displays a list of all your site’s registered authors and lets you change the post author by choosing a new post author from the drop-down menu …

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

(Post – Post Author Field)

Note: This section only displays on your post if you have multiple registered users on your website with authoring permissions.

Learn more about assigning different post authors in WordPress here:

Next Step …

Now that you know a little more about what the Post features are, the next step is to learn how to actually create a new WordPress post.

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

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