How To Create A WordPress Post – Part 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 WordPressWordPress provides an easy-to-use, powerful and flexible content management system application to publish information about your business online.

Publishing content regularly can help grow your business online faster. With WordPress, publishing content online is as easy as 1-2-3:

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

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

After deciding on the topic you plan to write about, the next step is simply to get your content written, and then publish it online. With WordPress, this is very easy.

This step-by-step WordPress tutorial explains how to create a new WordPress post.

We’ll cover the following sections:

  • Types Of Content You Can Publish In WordPress
  • Features Of A WordPress Post
  • Guidelines For Adding Content In WordPress
  • Options For Saving Your WordPress Posts
  • Posting Content In WordPress – Summary Of Steps

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

This tutorial covers the basic steps you need to know to add and publish content on your WordPress-driven website.

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

As you can see in the diagram below, WordPress is a very powerful marketing tool with 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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WordPress Posts

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

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

WordPress Posts are the content type that you will mostly use for writing and publishing new content on your WordPress site …

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

(WordPress Post)

How To Create A Post In WordPress

Follow the steps below to create a new WordPress post:

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

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

A new Post is created …

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

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

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

WordPress offers both a Visual Editor and an HTML Editor for adding text.

We cover how to use the WordPress editor in a separate tutorial.

In the next section, we explore the main kinds of content you can add to WordPress.

Types Of Content That Can Be Added To WordPress Posts

WordPress lets you go well beyond creating content with simple text and images. You can also add media-rich content to your posts, and just about any other type of content that you can imagine.

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

In this section, we explore the different kinds of content that can be added to WordPress:

Text-Based Content

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

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(WordPress Visual Content Editor)

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

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(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 pages and posts (e.g. the post titles, keywords and descriptions that appear in search results), custom excerpts, etc.

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

(WordPress SEO Plugin And Post Excerpt Section)

Media

You can also add or embed media-based content into WordPress Posts, such as embedded videos, audio files, downloadable files (e.g. PDF reports), diagrams, etc. …

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We explain how to use the WordPress media editor in a separate step-by-step tutorial.

Scripts

WordPress allows you to add more complex types of content elements (e.g. tables) directly into posts and pages using scripts like Javascript, shortcodes, and plugins …

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

(WP Shortcodes)

Many scripts allow you to manage the content that appears on your site from an external location (e.g. manage opt-in forms).

Content can also be added to WordPress posts by inserting the code directly into the file templates, which requires knowing how to edit code.

To learn more about adding content via scripts to WordPress Posts, see these tutorials:

Next Step …

Now that you know what kind of content you can add to your posts, the next step is to explore the Post screen options.

Post Panel Features

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

Post Sections

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

post section

(WordPress Post Editor Options)

Let’s briefly review these features:

1 – Post Title Section

This section contains a field where you can type or paste in the title of your post …

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

(Post Title Field)

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

Please note the following:

  • You can use phrases, numbers and various other characters (e.g. a hyphen) for your post title.
  • Choose a unique title for every post you create. Using identical post titles can cause problems.
  • WordPress will automatically remove common symbols like commas, apostrophes, hyphens and quotation 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.

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(Using Symbols In Post Titles)

2 – Post Editor

This is the blank section of the editor where you add the content in …

Post Content Section

(Post Editing Section)

3 – Post Publishing Feature

This section lets you specify the settings and options that manage your post publishing status …

WP Publish Box Feature

(WordPress Post Publisher Module)

Post Status
  • Published – A published post can be viewed by online visitors, either publicly or privately.
  • 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 site user with Editor permissions.

We cover specifying user roles in WordPress in other step-by-step tutorials.

Post Preview

The Publish section also includes a Preview button that allows you to preview your posts before going live …

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(WordPress Post Preview)

Visibility

You can specify a number of post visibility settings …

(WP Post Visibility Settings)

(WP Post Visibility Settings)

  • Public – This makes your post visible to all site visitors after the post has been published.
  • 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 registered users with editor or administrative permissions. You must be logged in to view a private post.

Additional settings in the Publish box allow you to change post publish dates (even schedule posts to be published at a later date), copy a post to a new draft, or delete your post by moving it to the trash.

Save Posts 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.

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

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

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

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

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Click the button to save your post without publishing.

Publish Post

Click Publish to make the post live …

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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 to publish the post …

How To Create A WP Post

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

4 – Post Format Section

Many WordPress Themes let you customize your post’s presentation using Post Formats …

WordPress Post Formats

(Post Format Section)

We discuss using WordPress post formats in other tutorials and articles.

5 – WordPress Post Categories

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

Post Categories

(WordPress Post Categories)

If you organize your posts by categories, your visitors can then search using specific categories to view all posts belonging to that category.

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

How To Create A Post In WordPress

You can manage all post categories by selecting Posts > Categories from your administration menu …

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

We discuss managing WP post categories in separate articles and tutorials.

6 – Post Tags

Tags allow you to organise WordPress posts in more granular detail …

Post Tags Module

(Post Tags Section)

WordPress groups posts with the same tag together.

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

WordPress Post Tags

(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 are using …

Tags

(WP Post Tags)

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

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

(Post Tags Section)

We cover how to manage WP tags in another tutorial.

7 – Featured Image

Featured images are controlled by your theme.

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

Featured Image Section

(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 Section

(WP Post Editor – Screen Options Panel)

We explain how to manage WP-related image features in another tutorial.

8 – Additional Post Section Modules

By default, several options are hidden inside the Post admin area, and will only display in your admin area if you select them the Screen Options area …

Hidden Post options

(Hidden Post options)

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

We show you how to use each of the sections below in separate tutorials.

WordPress Post Excerpt Module

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

Post Excerpt Field

(Post Excerpt Box)

Send Trackbacks

Trackbacks let you notify legacy blog systems that you’ve linked to them …

WP Post - Send Trackbacks Field

(WP Post – Send Trackbacks Field)

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 web address with a space.

We explain trackbacks and pingbacks in other articles and tutorials.

Custom Fields

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

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

(Post – Custom Fields Module)

Custom Fields are normally used together with certain plugins, but you can edit custom content added by plugins in your post.

Discussion

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

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(WP Post – Discussion Options)

This section is used to enable interactivity and notifications on your 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 visitors will be able to post pingbacks or trackbacks to that 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 your site’s Discussion Settings.
Slug

The post slug is a user-friendly web address that is automatically created from the post title …

How To Create A New WordPress Post

(Post – Permalinks URL)

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

How To Create A Post In WordPress

(WordPress Post – Slug Box)

Quick Note About Your Permalink URL

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(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 will find your post and change all links on your site to point to the correct post URL, even if you edit the post slug, change the post category, or move your post to a different parent page.
  • WordPress automatically creates the permalink for your post 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 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).

We explain how to set up permalinks in a separate step-by-step tutorial.

Post Author

The Post Author section displays a list of all registered site members with author privileges and allows you to change the post author attribute by choosing a new post author from the drop-down menu …

How To Create A WordPress Post

(Post – Post Author Box)

Note: This section only displays on your post if you have multiple authors on your website.

Next Step …

Now that you know a little more about what the WordPress Post features 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 - The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide For WordPress Beginners

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This is the end of part 1 of this tutorial

To view the rest of this tutorial, click on the link below:

Creating A New Post In WordPress – Part 2

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