This tutorial shows you how to create a post in WordPress using the WordPress Classic Editor interface.
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:
- Think …
- Write …
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
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 …
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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 …
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…
A blank, new Post is created …
The next step is to add your title of the post and post body content either by typing or pasting the content in …
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.
WordPress lets you easily add and edit the following kinds of content to Posts:
You can add, edit and format text in a variety of fonts and styles to your posts …
(WP Visual Content Editor)
The WordPress Editor lets you format and style your text as you go …
(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.
(SEO Plugin And Post Excerpt)
You can also easily add or embed media content in WordPress, such as embedded videos, audios, downloadable files (e.g. PDF reports), photos, etc. …
To learn how to use media with WordPress, go here:
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:
- How To Add Currency Conversion To Your Website
- Creating And Adding Tables In WordPress
- How To Create Stunning Graphs In Pages In WordPress
- How To Embed Snippets Of Code And Scripts Into Your Posts And Pages
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 …
(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 …
(WP Post Title)
- 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.
(Using Symbols In Post Titles)
2 – Post Editing Section
This is the large area of the WordPress editor where you add your content in …
(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 Publisher Feature)
- 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:
The Publish module also includes a Preview button that allows you to view the post content before publishing …
(WordPress Post Preview)
Post Visibility Settings
You can specify a number of 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.
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.
Note: If your post has yet been published, then either …
A Save Draft button will display in the Publish section if the post status is set to Draft …
Or Save as Pending, if the post status is set to Pending Review …
Click the button to save your posts without publishing.
Click the Publish button to publish the post on your web site …
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 …
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 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 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 …
To manage your categories, select Posts > Categories in the administration menu …
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 …
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)
Or they may display differently … even in different areas of your page, again, depending on which theme you have installed …
(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 …
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 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)
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 …
(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 …
(WP Post Excerpt Section)
Go here to learn more about using post excerpts in WordPress:
Trackbacks let you notify legacy blog systems that you have linked to them in your post …
(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 let you add specific information to your site and/or modify the way your posts are displayed …
(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.
The Discussion option is used to turn the discussion options on/off for a given post …
(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.
- 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:
The post slug is a user-friendly URL that WordPress automatically creates from your post title …
(Post – Permalinks URL)
The Slug feature allows you to modify the post slug, which is also known as your Permalink URL …
(Post – Slug Section)
Quick Note About Permalink URLs
(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:
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 …
(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.
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