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 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 platform to publish information about your business online.

Publishing content regularly can help drive more visitors to your website. With WordPress, getting your 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

After deciding on the topic you would like to post about, the next step is to just write the content, and then publish it online. With WordPress, this is really easy.

This step-by-step tutorial explains how to create a post in WordPress.

The following topics will be covered:

  • WordPress Post Content Formats
  • WordPress Post Features
  • Recommended Guidelines For Adding Content To WordPress Posts
  • Options For Saving Your WordPress Posts
  • Posting Content To WordPress – Quick Recap

How To Create A WP Post

This step-by-step tutorial covers the basic steps to adding and publishing content on your WordPress-powered site.

To get the maximum benefit of using WordPress posts, however, we also recommend reading all of the articles and tutorials published on this site 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 a very powerful tool and has many parts that work together to create great results for you online …

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

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WordPress Posts

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

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

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

How To Create A WP Post

(WP Post)

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

Follow the steps below to create a new WordPress post:

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

How To Create A New WordPress Post

A blank Post is created …

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

You can now start adding the post title and post body content by either typing or pasting the 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 different types of content that can be added to your WordPress posts.

What Type Of Content Can You Add To Posts?

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

How To Create A Post In WordPress

In this section, you will learn about the main kinds of content that can be added to WordPress posts:

Text-Based Content

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

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

(WordPress Visual Content Editor)

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

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

(WP Visual Editor Tab And Menu Buttons)

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

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

(WordPress SEO Plugin And Excerpt)

Media-Based Content

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

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

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

Scripts

WordPress allows you to add dynamic content elements (e.g. multi-column text boxes) directly into posts and pages using scripts like Javascript, shortcodes, and plugins

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

(Use Shortcodes To Insert Content Into WordPress Posts)

Many scripts can be added to posts to help you control the content that appears on your site from a remote 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 in 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 section features.

Post Section

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

Description Of Post Options

The Post Screen contains several features that let you manage your post parameters …

post screen features

(Post Area)

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

1 – Title Section

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

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

(WordPress Post Title)

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

Please note:

  • You can enter sentences, numbers and various symbols (e.g. a comma) for the title of your post.
  • Choose a unique title for each post you create. Using identical post titles can create issues.
  • WordPress automatically removes common symbols like commas, apostrophes, hyphens and quotation marks from the “post slug” to display 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 New Post In WordPress

(Using Symbols In WordPress Post Titles)

2 – Post Editor

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

WP Post Editing Module

(WordPress Post Editor)

3 – Publish Box Section

This is where you control your publishing status …

Post Publisher Feature

(WP Post Publisher Module)

Post Status
  • Published – Published posts can be viewed by your site visitors, either publicly or privately.
  • Draft – A draft post is not available to visitors and regular users unless they are also an administrator.
  • 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 permissions.

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

Post Preview

The Publish module also includes a Preview button that lets you preview your posts before going live …

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

(WordPress Post Preview)

Post Visibility Settings

You can specify a number of post visibility settings …

(Post Visibility Settings)

(WP Post Visibility Settings)

  • Public – This makes your post visible to all online visitors after publishing the 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 registered users with editor or administrative permissions. You must be logged in to view a private post.

Additional settings in the Publish box allow you to modify 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 at regular intervals to ensure that your work is not lost (see “Saving WordPress Posts” section of this tutorial), but you can also save your post manually without publishing.

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

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

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

How To Create A Post In WordPress

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

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

Click the button to save posts without publishing.

Publish

Click Publish to make the post live …

Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A WordPress Post

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 …

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

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

4 – Post Format

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

Post Format

(Post Format Module)

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

5 – Post Categories Section

Categories help keep your content organized for blog readers …

WordPress Post Categories

(Post Categories Module)

If you classify your posts into categories, visitors can then browse specific categories to see all posts belonging to that topic.

To add new post categories when entering a new post, click the + Add New Category link …

How To Create A New WordPress Post

To manage all categories, select Posts > Categories from the dashboard menu …

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

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

6 – Post Tags

Post Tags allow you to finetune how your posts can be organized …

WordPress Post Tags

(Post Tags Module)

Posts that use the same tags are grouped together.

Note: The way post 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 Post Tags Display Differently In Different WordPress Themes

(Tags Display Differently In Different WP Themes)

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

WordPress Post Tags

(Tags)

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

How To Create A New WP Post

(WordPress Post Tags)

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

7 – WordPress Post Featured Image

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 your “Edit Post” screen …

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) …

WP Post Editor - Screen Options Panel

(Post Editor – Screen Options Area)

To learn how to add post thumbnails to WordPress, go here:

8 – Hidden Post Features

Several functions inside the Post editing area are hidden by default, and will only display in the admin area if their boxes are checked in the Screen Options area …

Hidden Post Settings

(Additional Post Features)

Let’s review some of the settings that can be activated for posts in the Screen Options area.

Post Excerpt Section

This section lets you add post “teasers” that will display in selected areas of your website, such as the blog page, categories page, post archives, and search results pages …

WP Post Excerpt Field

(WP Post Excerpt Box)

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

Send Trackbacks

Trackbacks are a way to notify legacy blog systems that you have linked to them …

Post - Send Trackbacks Module

(Post – Send Trackbacks Module)

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 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 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 Section)

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

Discussion

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

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

(Post – Discussion Settings)

This option 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 will be able to post a comment on that specific post.
  • If you uncheck Allow trackbacks and pingbacks, then no blog 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 managed 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) post URL that WordPress automatically creates from your post title …

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

(Post – Permalinks URL)

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

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

(Post – Slug Box)

Quick Note About WordPress Permalinks

The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A New 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 a blog post, WordPress finds your post and changes all links on your blog to point to the correct destination URL, even if you edit the post slug, change the post category, or display your post under a different parent page.
  • WordPress automatically generates the permalink for your post 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 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

The Post Author option displays a list of all registered site members with author privileges and allows you to change the author of the post by selecting a new post author from the drop-down menu …

Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A WordPress Post

(WordPress Post – Post Author Module)

Note: This section only displays on your post editing screen if there are multiple persons assigned the role of author on your website.

Learn more about assigning different post authors in WordPress here:

Next Step …

Now that you know a little more about the WordPress Post screen modules do, 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

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This is the end of part one of this tutorial

Click below to access the rest of this tutorial:

Creating A New Post In WordPress – Part 2

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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.