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.

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WordPress For BeginnersWordPress 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 web site. Publishing your content online with WordPress is as easy as 1-2-3:

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

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

After deciding on a topic to write about, the next step is to just write it, and then publish it online. WordPress makes this very easy.

This step-by-step WordPress tutorial will show you how to create a post in WordPress.

We’ll cover the following areas:

  • WordPress Post Content Formats
  • WordPress Post Section Features
  • Recommended Guidelines For Adding Content In WordPress
  • Options For Saving Your WordPress Posts
  • How To Create A Wp Post – Recap

How To Create A Post In WordPress

This tutorial explains the basic steps to creating posts on your WordPress site.

In order to get the most benefit of using WordPress posts, however, we recommend reading all of the articles and tutorials published on this site about WordPress, as we’ve designed these to guide you through the process of growing your business online using WordPress.

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

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

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Posts

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

To learn about the difference between using Pages and Posts to publish your content online, see the tutorial below:

WordPress Posts are what you will mostly use for writing and publishing new content to your website or blog …

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

(WordPress Post)

How To Create A WordPress Post

Follow the steps below to create a new WordPress post:

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

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

A new Post is created …

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

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

How To Create A Post In WordPress - The Ultimate 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:

In the next section, you will learn about the different kinds of content that can be added to WordPress.

WordPress Posts – Types Of Content That Can Be Added

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

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

In this section, we explore the main types of content that can be added to WordPress posts:

Text-Based Content

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

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

(WordPress Visual Content Editor)

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

How To Create A WP Post

(WordPress Content Editor Tab And Menu Buttons)

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

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

(SEO Plugin And Post Excerpt Section)

Media-Based Content

You can also easily add or embed media content in WordPress, such as videos, audios, downloadable content (e.g. PDF reports), infographics, and more …

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

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

Scripts

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

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

(Use Shortcodes To Add Content To WordPress)

Many scripts can be added to posts that let you control the content that displays in your content from a remote location (e.g. manage subscription 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 scripts to WordPress Posts, see the tutorials below:

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 WordPress Post panel.

Post Editor Options

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

Description Of WordPress Post Features

The Post Section includes a number of features that allow you to manage your post parameters …

post section options

(Post Area)

Let’s review these areas:

1 – Title

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

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

(Post Title Field)

How To Create A Post In WordPress

Note:

  • You can use phrases, numbers and a combination of words, number and other characters (e.g. an exclamation mark) 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 quotation 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 Post In WordPress

(Using Symbols In WordPress Post Titles)

2 – Post Content Section

This is the large section of the WordPress editor where you add your content in …

Content Editor

(WP Post Editing Area)

3 – Publish Box Section

This section is where you control your post status …

Post Publishing Feature

(WordPress Post Publishing Module)

Post Status
  • Published – A published post can be viewed by online visitors, either publicly or privately (see “Post Visibility Settings” section below).
  • 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 permissions.

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

Preview

The Publish module also includes a Preview button that allows you to preview your post before publishing it …

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

(WP Post Preview)

Visibility

You can select different visibility settings for your posts …

(WordPress Post Visibility Settings)

(Post Visibility Settings)

  • Public – This makes your post visible to all website visitors after publishing the post.
  • Password protected – Making a post Password protected makes the content in your post 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 logged-in users who have been assigned editor or administrative privileges. You must be logged in to view a private post.

Additional publish settings allow you to edit post publish 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 Post In WordPress

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

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

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

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

How To Create A WP Post

Click the button to save posts without publishing.

Publish Status

Click Publish to publish your post on your website or blog …

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

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 the post …

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

To learn how to schedule WP posts for publishing later, see this tutorial:

4 – Post Format Section

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

Post Format Module

(WordPress Post Formats)

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

5 – Post Categories

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

WordPress Post Categories

(WordPress Post Categories)

If you assign your posts to categories, your visitors can then browse specific categories to view all posts belonging to that topic.

To add a new post category when entering a new post, click the + Add New Category link …

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

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

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

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

6 – Post Tags Section

Tags allow you to organise posts in a very granular way …

Post Tags

(Post Tags)

A list of related posts is displayed to site visitors when post tags are clicked.

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

WordPress Post Tags May Display Differently In Different Themes

(WordPress Post 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 have installed …

Post Tags

(WP Post Tags Display Differently In Different Themes)

You can add new tags to your blog posts by typing in comma-separated tags into the “Tags” section and clicking the Add button …

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

(Post Tags)

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

7 – Featured Post Image

Featured images are controlled by your active WordPress theme.

If your WordPress theme supports Post Thumbnails, then the “Featured Image” module should be visible in your Post editing screen …

Featured Image Module

(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) …

Post Editor - Screen Options Area

(Post Editor – Screen Options Panel)

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

8 – Additional Post Area Options

A number of features inside the Post administration panel are hidden by default, and will only display in the admin area if you select them the Screen Options area …

Additional Post Section Features

(Additional Post options)

Let’s review some of the options that you can activate for posts in the Screen Options area.

Post Excerpt Section

The Excerpt module lets you add post excerpts that will display in selected areas of your website, such as the blog page, category page, post archives page, and search post pages …

WordPress Post Excerpt Module

(Post Excerpt Section)

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 Section

(Post – Send Trackbacks Field)

If you link to other WordPress blogs, they’ll be notified automatically using a feature called 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 web address with a space.

Learn more about WordPress trackbacks and pingbacks here:

Custom Fields

Custom Fields provide a way to add custom information to your site and/or modify the way your posts are displayed …

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

(Post – Custom Fields Options)

Custom Fields are generally used in conjunction with certain WordPress plugins, but you can modify the information added by plugins in your post.

Discussion

This section allows you to turn the discussion options on/off for any given post …

How To Create A New WP Post

(WordPress Post – Discussion Area)

This option 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 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 managed 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) web address that is automatically created by WordPress from the post title …

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

(WP Post – Permalinks URL)

This feature allows you to edit the post slug, which is also known as your Permalink URL

Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A WordPress Post

(Post – Slug Module)

Quick Note About Permalinks

Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A WordPress Post

(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 post URL, even if you change 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.
  • 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 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:

Post Author

The Post Author feature displays a list of all registered authors on your site and lets you change the post author by choosing a new author from the drop-down menu …

How To Create A Post In WordPress

(Post – Post Author Module)

Note: This feature only displays on your post editor if you have multiple registered users on your web site with authoring permissions.

Learn more about assigning different post authors in WordPress here:

Next Step …

Now that you know more about the WordPress Post functions do, the next step is to learn how to actually create an effective post for your business in WordPress.

How To Create A Post In WordPress

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This is the end of part 1 of this tutorial

To view Part 2, click the link below:

How To Create A New WP Post – Part 2

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Author: Martin Aranovitch

Martin Aranovitch is the founder of WPCompendium.org and the author of The Small Business Digital Manager. WPCompendium.org provides hundreds of FREE detailed step-by-step tutorials that will teach you how to use WordPress to grow your business online at minimal cost with no coding skills required!

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