WordPress provides an easy-to-use, powerful and flexible CMS platform to publish information about your business online.
Publishing content regularly can help grow your business presence online. Publishing your content online with WordPress is as easy as 1-2-3:
- Think …
- Write …
After thinking through what to write about, the next step is to write, and then publish it online. WordPress makes this easy.
In this comprehensive two-part step-by-step tutorial you are going to learn how to create a WordPress post.
We’ll cover the following areas:
- 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
- Creating A WordPress Post – Recap
This tutorial explains the basic steps to creating posts on your WordPress web site.
In order to get the most benefit of using WordPress posts, however, we recommend going through all of the articles and tutorials published on this site about WordPress, as we have designed these to help you grow your business online using the WordPress CMS platform.
As you can see in the diagram below, WordPress is a very powerful web marketing tool and has many features that work together to deliver great results for you online …
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- WordPress Posts – Types Of Content That Can Be Added
- Post Panel Options
- Description Of WordPress Post Options
- 3 – Post Publishing Settings
- 4 – WordPress Post Formats
- 5 – Post Categories
- 6 – Post Tags
- 7 – Featured Post Image
- 8 – Hidden Post Modules
- Description Of WordPress Post Options
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 tutorial:
WordPress Posts are what you will mostly use for writing and publishing new content in WordPress …
How To Create A WordPress Post
To create a new WordPress post, do the following:
Log into your WordPress site, then go to your navigation menu and select Posts > Add New…
A new, blank Post is created …
You can now start adding your title of the post and content either by typing or pasting your content in …
WordPress offers both a Visual Editor and an HTML Editor for adding text.
We show you how to use the WordPress editor in a separate article.
Complete the tutorials below to learn the basics of creating, editing and publishing content in WordPress Posts.
WordPress Posts – Types Of Content That Can Be Added
WordPress lets you go well beyond adding content with 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.
The WordPress content management system lets you easily insert and edit the following types of content into Posts:
You can add plain, formatted and/or hyperlinked text in a variety of fonts and styles to your posts …
(WP Visual Editor)
The WordPress Editor lets you format and style your text as you go …
(WP Visual Editor Tab And Menu Buttons)
Depending on how you configure your site’s plugins and settings, you can also insert “meta” text into posts (i.e. the post titles, keywords and post descriptions that appear in search listings), custom excerpts, etc.
(WordPress SEO Plugin And Excerpt Section)
You can also add or embed media content in WordPress, such as video embeds, audios, downloadable content (e.g. PDF reports), graphics, etc. …
We discuss how to use media with WordPress in other tutorials.
Many scripts can be inserted into posts to help you control the content that appears on your site from a remote location (e.g. manage subscription forms).
Content can also be added to WordPress posts by inserting the code directly into the file templates, although this requires having some knowledge of editing code.
For examples of adding content via scripts inside WordPress Posts, see these tutorials:
- Add Currency Conversion To Your Site
- How To Create And Add Tables To WordPress Posts And Pages
- Creating Colourful Graphs And Charts In WordPress Pages
- Embedding Code Into Your Content
Next Step …
Now that you know what kind of content you can add to your posts, the next step is to learn about the WordPress Post screen features.
Post Panel Options
In this section, you will learn about the WordPress Post section and the function of each post option.
Description Of WordPress Post Options
The Post Area contains a range of features that allow you to manage the settings of your post …
(Post Screen Options)
Let’s review these modules:
1 – Title Section
This area contains a field that lets you type or paste in the title of your post …
(WP Post Title Field)
- You can use sentences, numbers and a combination of words, number and 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 apostrophes, commas, quotes and hyphens from the “post slug” to create a valid URL 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 Editor
This is the large area of the editor where the content gets added into …
3 – Post Publishing Settings
This section lets you control your post publishing status …
(Publish Box Feature)
- Published – A published post can be viewed by your site visitors, either publicly or privately (see “Visibility Settings” section below).
- Draft – A draft post can only be seen 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 registered user with Editor permissions.
We show you assigning user permissions with WordPress in separate step-by-step tutorials.
The Publish module also includes a Preview button that allows you to view your post before publishing …
(WordPress Post Preview)
You can specify a number of post visibility settings …
(Post Visibility Settings)
- Public – Setting a post to Public makes it visible to all website visitors after publishing your post.
- Password protected – Password-protecting a post makes your post content accessible only to users with the correct password.
- Private – a Private post is only visible to you (if you are the site administrator) and/or users who have been assigned editor or administrative permissions. You must be logged in to view a private post.
Additional settings in the Publish section allow you to modify post publish dates (even schedule posts to be published at a later date), copy your post to a new draft, or delete your post by moving it to the trash.
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.
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 your post status is set to Pending Review …
Click the button to save your posts without publishing.
Click Publish to publish the post on your website …
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 to publish your post …
To learn how to schedule posts in WordPress for publishing at a future date, see this tutorial: Scheduling WordPress Posts
4 – WordPress Post Formats
Some WordPress Themes allow you to customize how your posts display using Post Formats …
We explain how to use WordPress post formats in other tutorials and articles.
5 – Post Categories
Categories help classify your blog posts into topics and keep content organized for site visitors …
(Post Categories Module)
If you assign posts to a category, your visitors can then browse specific categories to view all posts published under that particular category.
You can add a new category when creating a new post by clicking the + Add New Category link …
You can manage all your post categories by selecting Posts > Categories in the dashboard menu …
We cover using WordPress post categories in other articles and tutorials.
6 – Post Tags
Tags allow you to organize WordPress posts in more granular detail …
Posts with the same tags get linked together.
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 …
(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 Display Differently In Different WP Themes)
You can add new tags to your blog posts by typing in keywords separated by commas into the “Tags” feature and clicking the Add button …
We cover using tags in another tutorial.
7 – Featured Post Image
Featured images are controlled by your active theme.
If your WordPress theme supports Post Thumbnails, then the “Featured Image” module should be visible in the Post editing area …
(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) …
(Post Editor – Screen Options Section)
We show you how to use WP-related image features in a separate article.
8 – Hidden Post Modules
By default, some options are hidden in the Post administration screen, and will only display in the admin area if selected in the Screen Options area …
(Additional Post Features)
Let’s take a look at some of the options that can be activated for posts in the Screen Options panel.
We discuss how to use each of the sections described below in separate tutorials and articles.
This section lets you add a post excerpt that will display in selected areas of your web site, such as the blog page, category page, post archives, and search post pages …
(Post Excerpt Module)
Trackbacks let you notify legacy blog systems that you have linked to them in your post …
(WordPress Post – Send Trackbacks Box)
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 field, and separating each address with a space.
Trackbacks and pingbacks are discussed in other articles and tutorials.
Custom Fields let you add specific information to your site and/or modify the way your posts are displayed …
(WordPress Post – Custom Fields Settings)
Custom Fields are generally used together with certain WordPress plugins. The Custom Fields feature lets you manually edit custom content added by a plugin in your post.
The Discussion option lets you turn the discussion options on/off for a particular post …
(WP Post – Discussion Section)
This section 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 one can 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 for 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 managed by the WordPress Discussion Settings.
The post slug is a user-friendly URL that WordPress automatically creates from your post title …
(WordPress Post – Permalinks URL)
This section lets you modify the post slug, which is also known as your Permalink URL …
(Post – Slug Box)
(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 will find your post and change all links on your blog to point to the correct post URL, even if you edit the post slug, select a new post category, or move your post to a different parent page.
- WordPress automatically creates the permalink for your post based on your post title.
- Commas, quotes, apostrophes, and invalid URL symbols are removed and spaces are substituted with dashes to separate each word in your permalink.
- Your permalink displays 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).
How to set up permalinks for your WordPress blog is covered in more detail in a separate step-by-step tutorial.
The Post Author module displays a list of all registered authors on your site and allows you to change the post author attribute by selecting a new author from the drop-down menu …
(Post – Post Author Box)
Note: This module only displays on your post editing screen if there are multiple persons assigned the role of author on your website.
Next Step …
Now that you have a better understanding of the Post sections do, the next step is to learn how to actually create an effective post for your business in WordPress.
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