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 For BeginnersThis 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. With WordPress, publishing your content online is as easy as 1-2-3:

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

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

After deciding on the topic you plan to post about, the next step is to just write, and then publish. With WordPress, this is very easy.

In this comprehensive 2-part tutorial you will learn how to create a post in WordPress.

We’ll cover the following topics:

  • WordPress Post Content Types
  • Sections Of A WordPress Post
  • Recommended Guidelines For Adding Content In WordPress
  • WordPress Post – Saving Options
  • How To Post Content To WordPress – Recap

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

This step-by-step tutorial explains the basic steps to getting your content published on your WordPress-driven website.

To get the maximum benefit from using WordPress posts, however, we recommend reading all of the content published on this site about WordPress, as these are designed to help you grow your business online using the WordPress CMS.

As you can see in the diagram below, WordPress is a really powerful business marketing tool and has many parts that work together to deliver great results online …

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

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WordPress Posts

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

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

WordPress Posts are the content type that 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 WP Post

To create a new WordPress post, do the following:

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

How To Create A Post In WordPress

A blank Post is created …

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

You can now start to add the post title and content either by typing or pasting the content in …

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

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 sections below to learn the basics of creating, editing and publishing WordPress Posts.

WordPress Post Content Types

WordPress allows you to go well beyond adding content with just simple text and images. You can also add videos, audios, downloadable files, etc. to your posts, and just about anything else that you need to distribute or share online.

How To Create A WP Post

In this section, we explore the main types of content you can add to your WordPress posts:

Text-Based Content

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

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

(WordPress Visual Content Editor)

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

Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A WordPress Post

(WP Visual Content Editor Tab And Menu Buttons)

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

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

(SEO Plugin And Post Excerpt)

Media

You can also add or embed media content in WordPress, such as video embeds, audio files, shareable content (e.g. PDF reports), images, etc. …

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

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

Scripts

With WordPress you can add more complex types of content elements (e.g. multi-column text boxes) directly into posts and pages using scripts like Javascript, shortcodes, and plugins

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

(Use Shortcodes To Add Content To WordPress)

Many scripts allow you to manage the content that displays on your site 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 knowing how to edit code.

To learn more about adding scripts inside WordPress Posts, see the tutorials below:

Next Step …

Now that you know what kind of content can be added to your posts, the next step is to learn more about the WordPress Post section.

WordPress Post Editor

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

Post Options

The Post Section includes several features that allow you to modify the parameters of your post …

WordPress post section features

(WordPress Post Editor Options)

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

1 – Post Title Section

This area contains a field that lets you add the title of your post …

How To Create A WP Post

(WP Post Title Field)

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

Note:

  • You can use phrases, numbers and various 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 automatically removes common symbols like apostrophes, commas, quotations and hyphens from the “post slug” to display valid URLs 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

(Using Symbols In Post Titles)

2 – Post Editor

This is the blank section of the editor where you compose the content …

Post Editor

(WP Post Editing Module)

3 – Publish Box Module

This section lets you control your post status …

WP Post Publisher Feature

(Post Publisher Section)

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’ privileges.
  • Pending Review – A post marked as pending review is similar to a draft post, but needs to be reviewed and approved by a 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 allows you to view your post before publishing …

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

(WP Post Preview)

Post Visibility

You can select different post visibility settings …

(WordPress Post Visibility Settings)

(Post Visibility Settings)

  • Public – This makes your post visible to all online visitors after publishing your post.
  • Password protected – Password-protecting a post makes your post 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 other users with editor or administrative privileges. You must be logged in to view a private post.

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

Save Post Status

WordPress will autosave your post as you go 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

Note: If your post has not been published yet, then either …

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

Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A WP Post

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

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

Click the button to save your post without publishing.

Publish Post

Click Publish to make the post live on your website …

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

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 your post to be published …

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

To learn how to schedule WordPress blog posts, see this tutorial:

4 – Post Format Module

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

Post Format

(WordPress Post Formats)

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

5 – Post Categories Module

Categories help you classify your site’s post into topics and keep your content organized for your site visitors …

Post Categories

(Post Categories)

If you organize your posts using categories, your visitors can then narrow their search using specific categories to see all posts belonging to that particular category.

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

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

You can also manage your categories by selecting Posts > Categories in the administration menu …

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

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

6 – Post Tags

Tags are like index entries for your posts …

Post Tags Section

(WordPress Post Tags)

WordPress groups posts with the same tag together.

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

WordPress Post Tags

(WordPress Tags May Display Differently In Different Themes)

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

Tags

(WP Tags Display Differently In Different Themes)

You can add new tags to your blog posts by typing in comma-separated keywords into the “Tags” feature and clicking 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 – WordPress Post Featured Image

Featured images are controlled by the active theme you have installed on your site.

If your WordPress theme allows you to display Post Thumbnails, then the “Featured Image” module should be visible in the “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 the option has been selected in the Screen Options area (if it’s not there, then your theme may not support Featured Images) …

WordPress Post Editor - Screen Options Area

(Post Editor – Screen Options Section)

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

8 – Hidden Post Modules

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

Additional Post Modules

(Hidden Post Screen Features)

Below are some of the options that you can activate for posts in the Screen Options area.

Post Excerpt

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

WP Post Excerpt Box

(WP 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 …

WP Post - Send Trackbacks Field

(WP 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 box, 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 New Post In WordPress - Step-By-Step Guide

(WordPress Post – Custom Fields Section)

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

Discussion

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

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

(WP Post – Discussion Section)

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 one will be able to post comments on that post.
  • If you uncheck Allow trackbacks and pingbacks, then no one can post pingbacks or trackbacks for that post.

Notes:

  • If you are editing a previously published post, the Discussion module will also show any comments that you have received for the post.
  • 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 (and search engine friendly) URL that is automatically created by WordPress from your post title …

How To Create A New WordPress Post

(Post – Permalinks URL)

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

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

(Post – Slug Box)

Quick Note About Your Permalink URL

How To Create A Post In WordPress

(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 blog post, WordPress finds your post and changes all links on your blog to point to the correct destination URL, even if you change the post slug, select a new post category, or display your post under a different parent page.
  • The permalink is automatically created 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 displays 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

This module displays a list of all registered site members with author privileges and lets you change the author of the post by selecting a new author from the drop-down menu …

How To Create A Post In WordPress

(Post – Post Author Module)

Note: This module only displays on your post editor 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 what the Post area modules are, the next step is to actually create a post in WordPress that will help you grow your business.

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

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This is the end of section one of this tutorial

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

How To Create A New Post In WordPress – Part 2

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