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.

WordPress TutorialWordPress provides an easy-to-use, powerful and flexible content management system application to publish information about your business online.

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

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

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

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

In this 2-part tutorial you are going to learn how to create a WordPress post.

The following areas are covered:

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

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

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

In order to get the maximum benefit from using WordPress posts, however, we also 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 presence online using the WordPress Content Management System.

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

How To Create A New WordPress Post

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WordPress Posts

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

To learn about the differences between using WordPress Posts and WordPress 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 on your site …

How To Create A WordPress Post

(WordPress Post)

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

To create a new post in WordPress, do the following:

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

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

A new Post is created …

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

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

A 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:

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

What Types Of Content Can Be Added To WordPress Posts?

WordPress allows you to go well beyond adding content featuring just simple text and images. You can also add videos, audio recordings, downloadable files, etc. to your posts, and just about any other type of content that you need to distribute or share online.

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

In this section, you will learn about the different types of content that can be added to WordPress:

Text

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

How To Create A WP Post

(WP Visual Editor)

The WordPress Visual 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 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 and pages (e.g. the post titles, descriptions and keywords that appear in search listings), custom excerpts, etc.

How To Create A Post In WordPress

(WordPress SEO Plugin And Excerpt)

Media

You can also easily add or embed media-based content into WordPress Posts, such as videos, audios, shareable content (e.g. PDF reports), flowcharts, and more …

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

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

Scripts

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

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

(WordPress Shortcodes)

Many scripts allow you to control the content that appears 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, although this requires having some knowledge of editing code.

To learn more about adding content via scripts inside WordPress Posts, see these tutorials:

Next Step …

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

Post Screen Options

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

Description Of Post Sections

The Post Section contains several features that let you modify the parameters of your post …

WordPress post screen

(WordPress Post Section Options)

Let’s take a look at these sections:

1 – Title Section

This section contains a field that lets you enter the title of your post …

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

(WP Post Title)

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

Please note:

  • You can enter phrases, numbers and various other characters (e.g. a hyphen) for your post title.
  • Choose a unique title for every post you create. Using identical post titles can cause problems.
  • WordPress automatically removes common symbols like commas, apostrophes, hyphens and quote marks from the “post slug” to display a valid URL for your post. Your Post title will still display these symbols, they just won’t appear in the post URL.

How To Create A New WP Post

(Using Symbols In WordPress Post Titles)

2 – Content Editor

This is the large, blank section of the WordPress editor where the content gets added into …

Content Editor

(Post Content Section)

3 – Publish Box Module

This section lets you control your post status …

WordPress Publish Box Feature

(Post Publishing Feature)

Post Status
  • Published – Published posts can be viewed by online visitors, either publicly or privately.
  • Draft – A draft post can only be viewed 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 for publication by a user with Editor privileges.

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

Post Preview

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

How To Create A Post In WordPress

(WordPress Post Preview)

Visibility Settings

You can select different post visibility settings …

(WP Post Visibility Settings)

(WP Post Visibility Settings)

  • Public – This makes your post visible to all site visitors after your post has been published.
  • Password protected – Password-protecting a post means that your post can only be accessed by somebody you give the password to.
  • Private – a Private post is only visible to you (if you are the site administrator) and/or site users with editor or administrative privileges. You must be logged in to view a private post.

Additional publish settings allow you to edit 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 WordPress Post - Step-By-Step Guide For WordPress Beginners

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 WordPress Post

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

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

Click the button to save your post manually without publishing.

Publish Status

Click Publish to make the post live …

How To Create 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 when you want the post to be published …

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

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

4 – Post Format

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

Post Format

(WordPress Post Formats)

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

5 – Post Categories Module

Post categories help you classify your blog post into topics and keep content organized for your blog readers …

WordPress Post Categories

(Post Categories Section)

If you assign posts to categories, your blog readers can then search through specific categories to view all posts belonging to that particular topic.

To add a new category when creating a new post, click the + Add New Category link in this module …

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

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

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

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

6 – WordPress Post Tags

Post Tags allow you to finetune the way WordPress posts can be organized …

Post Tags Section

(Post Tags)

Posts that use identical tags get grouped together.

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

WP Post Tags May Display Differently In Different Themes

(WordPress Post Tags)

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

Tags In A WordPress Post

(Tags)

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

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

(Post Tags)

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

7 – Featured Image

Featured images are controlled by your active theme.

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

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) …

Post Editor - Screen Options Section

(Post Editor – Screen Options Panel)

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

8 – Additional Post Features

By default, some options are hidden in the Post administration panel, and will only display in your admin area if their boxes are checked in the Screen Options area …

Additional Post Features

(Hidden Post Modules)

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

Post Excerpt Module

This module lets you add a brief “teaser” that will display in selected areas of your web site, such as the blog page, category page, post archives page, and search results pages …

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 have linked to them in your post …

WordPress Post - Send Trackbacks Field

(Post – Send Trackbacks Module)

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 web 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 - Step-By-Step Guide

(WP Post – Custom Fields Section)

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

Discussion

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

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

(WP Post – Discussion Module)

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 comments on that specific post.
  • If you uncheck Allow trackbacks and pingbacks, then no one will be able to 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 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) web address that is automatically created from your post title …

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

(WP Post – Permalinks URL)

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

How To Create A New WP Post

(Post – Slug Field)

Quick Note About Permalink URLs

How To Create A Post In WordPress

(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 URL for a post, WordPress finds your post and changes all links on your site to point to the correct post URL, even if you change the post slug, select a new post category, 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 characters are removed and spaces are substituted with dashes to separate each word in your post URL.
  • Your permalink is shown 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 option displays a list of all your site’s registered authors and allows you to change the author of the post by choosing a new author from the drop-down menu …

How To Create A New WP Post

(Post – Post Author Section)

Note: This feature only displays on your post editor 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 what the Post modules are, the next step is to learn how to actually create an effective post for your business in WordPress.

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

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This is the end of part one of this tutorial

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

Creating A New WP Post – Part 2

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"Wow! I never knew there's so much to learn about WordPress! I bought one of the WordPress for Dummies three years ago, such authors need to be on this course!" - Rich Law, Create A Blog Now

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