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 WPThis 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 site. Publishing content online with WordPress 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 write about, the next step is to just get your content written, and then publish. WordPress makes this easy.

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

The following areas will be covered:

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

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

This step-by-step tutorial explains the basic steps you need to learn to add and publish content on your WordPress-driven website.

To get the maximum benefit of using WordPress posts, however, we also recommend reading all of the content we publish about WordPress, as we have designed these to help you grow your business presence online using the WordPress Content Management System.

As you can see in the diagram below, WordPress is an extremely powerful web marketing tool and has many elements that work together to deliver great results for your business online …

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

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Posts

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

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

WordPress Posts are the content type that you will mostly use when writing and publishing new content in your website or blog …

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

(Post)

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

To create a new WordPress post, do the following:

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

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

A new Post is created …

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

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

How To Create A New WordPress Post

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 content in WordPress Posts.

What Types Of Content Can Be Added To WordPress?

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

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

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

Text-Based Content

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

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

(WordPress Visual Editor)

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

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

(WP Content Editor Tab And Menu Buttons)

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

How To Create A WordPress Post

(WordPress SEO Plugin And Excerpt Field)

Media

You can also add or embed media-based content into WordPress Posts, such as video embeds, audios, downloadable content (e.g. PDF documents), images, etc. …

How To Create A WordPress Post

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

Scripts

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

How To Create A Post In WordPress

(Use Shortcodes To Add Content To WordPress Posts)

Many scripts allow you to control the content that appears in your content from a remote location (e.g. manage opt-in forms).

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.

For examples of adding content via plugins to 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 features.

Post Editor Options

In this section, we explore the WordPress Post area and the function of each post option.

Post Sections

The Post Area contains various section modules that allow you to modify the settings of your post …

post screen

(WordPress Post Section Features)

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

1 – Post Title Section

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

How To Create A WordPress Post

(WP Post Title Field)

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

Please note:

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

(Using Symbols In WordPress Post Titles)

2 – Post Editing Section

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

Post Editor

(Post Editing Module)

3 – Post Publishing Module

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

WP Post Publishing Module

(Post Publishing Module)

Post Status
  • Published – Published posts will display on the front end of your site to all visitors unless it’s visibility is set to Private (see “Post Visibility Settings” section below).
  • Draft – A draft post can only be viewed 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 by a user with Editor permissions.

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

Preview

The Publish box also includes a Preview button that lets you view the post content before publishing it …

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

(WordPress Post Preview)

Visibility

You can select different post visibility settings …

(WordPress Post Visibility Settings)

(Post Visibility Settings)

  • Public – This makes your post visible to all site visitors after publishing your post.
  • Password protected – Making a post Password protected means that the content in your post can only be viewed by users with the correct password.
  • Private – a Private post is only visible to you (if you’re the site administrator) and/or logged-in users who have been assigned editor or administrative privileges. You must be logged in to view a private post.

Additional settings in the Publish box allow you to modify publish dates (even schedule posts 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 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.

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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 WordPress Post - A Step-By-Step Guide For WordPress Beginners

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

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

Click the button to save posts without publishing.

Publish

Click Publish to publish your post …

How To Create A New WordPress Post

You can also edit the publishing time of your posts by clicking the Edit link above the “Publish” button and specifying the date and time when you want the post to be published …

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

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

4 – Post Format Module

Some WordPress Themes allow you to customize how your posts are displayed using Post Formats …

WordPress Post Formats

(Post Format)

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

5 – Post Categories

Categories help keep content organized for blog readers …

Post Categories Module

(WordPress Post Categories)

If you organize posts using categories, site users can then browse specific categories to see all posts belonging to that category.

To add new post categories when you create a new post, click the + Add New Category link in this module …

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

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

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

6 – Post Tags

Post Tags allow you to finetune how you organize posts …

Post Tags Module

(Post Tags Section)

Clicking on a tag in a blog post displays related posts.

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

WP Tags May Display Differently In Different Themes

(Tags Display Differently In Different WordPress Themes)

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

WP Post Tags

(WordPress Tags May Display Differently In Different Themes)

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

How To Create A Post In WordPress

(Post Tags Section)

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

7 – WordPress Post Featured Image

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

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

WordPress Post Featured Image

(Featured Image Section)

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 checkbox is not there, then your theme may not support Featured Images) …

WordPress Post Editor - Screen Options Section

(WordPress Post Editor – Screen Options Area)

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

8 – Additional Post Settings

A number of features inside the Post administration panel are hidden by default, and will only display in your admin area if their boxes are checked in the Screen Options area …

Hidden Post Modules

(Hidden Post Settings)

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

Excerpt

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

Post Excerpt Section

(WordPress Post Excerpt Module)

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

(WordPress Post – Send Trackbacks Box)

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 …

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

(Post – Custom Fields Section)

Custom Fields are normally used in conjunction with certain plugins. The Custom Fields option allows you to manually edit the information added by a plugin in your post.

Discussion

The Discussion module is used to turn the discussion options on/off for any particular post …

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

(Post – Discussion Section)

This section is useful if you want to enable interactivity and notifications on your posts.

  • Check all boxes to Allow Comments and Allow trackbacks and pingbacks on your posts.
  • If you uncheck Allow Comments, then no blog visitors can post a comment on that post.
  • If you uncheck Allow trackbacks and pingbacks, then no one will be able to post pingbacks or trackbacks to that post.

Notes:

  • If you are editing a post that has been previously published, the Discussion module will also show any comments that have been made on that post.
  • 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) URL that WordPress automatically creates from your post title …

How To Create A New WP Post

(Post – Permalinks URL)

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

How To Create A New WordPress Post

(WP Post – Slug Box)

Quick Note About Permalinks

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

(WordPress 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 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, select a new category for your post, or display your post under a different parent page.
  • The permalink is automatically created based on the title you specify for your post.
  • Punctuation such as 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 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 feature displays a list of all your site’s registered authors and allows you to change the post author attribute by choosing a new post author from the drop-down menu …

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(Post – Post Author Field)

Note: This section only displays on your post editing screen if you have multiple authors on your site.

Learn more about assigning different post authors in WordPress here:

Next Step …

Now that you know a little more about what the Post modules do, the next step is to actually create an effective post for your business in WordPress.

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

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This is the end of part 1 of this tutorial

To keep reading, click on the link below:

How To Create A New WordPress Post – Part Two

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