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 How To Use WordPressThis 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 way to manage your content online.

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

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

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

After deciding on the topic you will have content written about, the next step is to write the content (or get it written for you), and then publish online. WordPress makes this easy.

This tutorial explains how to create a new WordPress post.

We’ll cover the following areas:

  • Types Of Content You Can Publish In WordPress
  • WordPress Post Section Features
  • Guidelines For Adding Content In WordPress
  • WordPress Post – Saving Options
  • How To Create A New Post Using WordPress – Quick Recap

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

This tutorial provides a comprehensive explanation of the basic steps to creating posts on your WordPress site.

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

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 produce great results online …

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

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Posts

WordPress provides users with two content publishing types: Pages and Posts.

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

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

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

(WP Post)

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

To create a new WordPress post, do the following:

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

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

A blank, new Post is created …

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

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

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

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

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

Complete the tutorial sections below to learn more about creating, editing and publishing content in WordPress Posts.

What Kind Of Content Can I Add To WordPress Posts?

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

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

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

Text-Based Content

You can add, edit and format text in a variety of fonts and styles to your posts …

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

(WP Visual Content Editor)

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

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

(WP Content Editor Tab And Menu Buttons)

Depending on how you configure your site’s settings and plugins, you can also add “meta” text to posts (i.e. the post titles, descriptions and keywords that will display in search results), custom excerpts, etc.

Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A WordPress Post

(SEO Plugin And Post Excerpt)

Media-Based Content

You can also easily add or embed media content in WordPress, such as embedded videos, audios, downloadable files (e.g. PDF reports), photos, etc. …

How To Create A WP Post

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

Scripts

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

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

(WP Shortcodes)

Many scripts allow you to manage the content that displays on your site from a remote location (e.g. manage advertising banners).

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

For examples of adding scripts in WordPress Posts, see these tutorials:

Next Step …

Now that you know what type of content can be added to WordPress posts, the next step is to learn more about the Post panel features.

Post Panel Options

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

WordPress Post Options

The Post Panel includes a number of features that allow you to control the parameters of your post …

post panel

(WordPress Post Area)

Let’s take a look at these features:

1 – Title Section

This module contains a field that lets you type in your post title …

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

(WP Post Title)

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

Please note:

  • You can use phrases, numbers and a combination of words, number and other characters (e.g. a comma) for the title of your post.
  • Choose a unique title for each post you create. Using identical post titles can cause issues.
  • WordPress will automatically remove common symbols like apostrophes, commas, hyphens and quote marks from the “post slug” to create 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 Post In WordPress

(Using Symbols In Post Titles)

2 – Post Editing Section

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

WordPress Post Content Area

(WP Post Content Area)

3 – Post Publisher Feature

This section is where you specify the options and settings that manage the status of your post …

Post Publishing Module

(Post Publisher Feature)

Post Status
  • Published – Published posts will display on the front end of 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 accessed 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 user with Editor permissions.

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

Preview

The Publish module also includes a Preview button that allows you to view the post content before publishing …

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

(WordPress Post Preview)

Post Visibility Settings

You can specify a number of post visibility settings …

(Post Visibility Settings)

(Post Visibility Settings)

  • Public – This makes your post visible to all website visitors after the post has been published.
  • Password protected – Making a post Password protected means that the content in your post can only be viewed by people you give a password to.
  • 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 permissions. You must be logged in to view a private post.

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

Save Status

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 New Post In WordPress

Note: If your post has yet been published, then either …

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

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

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

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Click the button to save your posts without publishing.

Publish Status

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

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

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 when you want your post to be published …

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

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

4 – WordPress Post Formats

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 keep content organized for your site visitors …

Post Categories

(Post Categories Section)

If you classify your posts into categories, your blog readers can then narrow their search using specific categories to see all posts saved under that category.

You can add a new post category when you create a new post by clicking the + Add New Category link in this section …

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

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

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

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

6 – WordPress Post Tags

Post Tags allow you to finetune the way you organise posts …

WordPress Post Tags

(Post Tags)

Clicking on a tag brings up related posts.

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

WP Post Tags

(WP Post Tags)

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

WordPress Post Tags

(WordPress Tags May Display Differently In Different WP Themes)

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

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

(Post Tags)

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

7 – Featured Image Section

Featured images are controlled by your active theme.

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

Featured Image

(Featured Image Module)

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 Panel

(Post Editor – Screen Options Panel)

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

8 – Hidden Post options

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

Additional Post Features

(Hidden Post options)

Let’s take a look at some of the modules that can be activated for posts in the Screen Options area.

WordPress Post Excerpt Module

This module lets you add post summaries that will display in selected areas of your blog, such as your blog page, category page, post archives page, and search post pages …

Post Excerpt Module

(WP Post Excerpt Section)

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 …

Post - Send Trackbacks Section

(Post – Send Trackbacks Section)

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 box, and separating each address with a space.

Learn more about WordPress trackbacks and pingbacks here:

Custom Fields

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

How To Create A WordPress Post

(Post – Custom Fields Options)

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

Discussion

The Discussion option is used to turn the discussion options on/off for a given post …

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

(WP Post – Discussion Settings)

This option is useful if you want 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 one can post comments on that specific post.
  • If you uncheck Allow trackbacks and pingbacks, then no visitors will be able to post pingbacks or trackbacks to 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 URL that WordPress automatically creates from your post title …

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

(Post – Permalinks URL)

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

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

(Post – Slug Section)

Quick Note About Permalink URLs

How To Create A WP Post - 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 URLs.
  • When you set a Permalink URL for your blog post, WordPress finds your post and changes all links on your website to point to the correct post URL, even if you change the post slug, change the category for your post, or display your post under a different parent page.
  • WordPress automatically generates the permalink for a post based on the title you specify for your post.
  • 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 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 section displays a list of all registered site members with author permissions and allows you to change the post author by selecting a new author from the drop-down menu …

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

(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 know more about the WordPress Post features do, the next step is to learn how to actually create a post in WordPress.

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

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This is the end of section 1 of this tutorial

Click on the link below to view the rest of this tutorial:

Creating A Post In WordPress – Part 2

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"These tutorials have so much information and are easy to understand. If you use WordPress or plan to in the future these will help you with everything you need to know." - Valisa (Mesa, Arizona)

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