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.

WP For BeginnersWordPress provides an easy-to-use, powerful and flexible tool to manage your content online.

Publishing content regularly can help drive more visitors to your website. With WordPress, getting content published online is as easy as 1-2-3:

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

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

After thinking through what topic to write about, the next step is to just write the content (or get it written for you), and then publish. With WordPress, this is easy.

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

We’ll cover the following topics:

  • WordPress Post Content Types
  • Sections Of A WordPress Post
  • Guidelines For Adding Content To WordPress Posts
  • Options For Saving Your WordPress Posts
  • Posting Content To WordPress – Review

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

This tutorial explains the basic steps to creating blog posts on your WordPress-powered web site.

In order to get the maximum benefit from using WordPress posts, however, we also recommend going through all of the articles and tutorials we publish on this site about WordPress, as we’ve designed these to help you grow your business online using the WordPress CMS.

As you can see in the diagram below, WordPress is a really powerful marketing tool with many features that work together to create great results for you online …

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WordPress Posts

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

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

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

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

(Post)

How To Create A Post In WordPress

To create a new WordPress post, do the following:

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

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

A blank Post is created …

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

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

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

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

We show you how to use the WordPress editor in other articles.

Go through the tutorials below to learn the basics of creating, editing and publishing WordPress Posts.

What Kind Of Content Can You Add To WordPress?

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

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

With WordPress you can insert and edit the following kinds of content into your Posts:

Text

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 Post In WordPress

(WordPress Content Editor)

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

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

(WordPress Visual Editor Tab And Menu Buttons)

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

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

(WordPress SEO Plugin And Excerpt)

Media-Based Content

You can add or embed media-based content in WordPress, such as videos, audio files, downloadable files (e.g. PDF documents), images, etc. …

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

We cover how to use media in WordPress in separate step-by-step tutorials.

Scripts

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

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(WordPress Shortcodes)

Many scripts can be inserted into posts to help you control the content that displays on your site from an external location (e.g. manage advertising banners).

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

For examples of adding scripts inside WordPress Posts, see the tutorials below:

Next Step …

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

Post Section

In this section, you will learn about the WordPress Post area and the function of each post option.

WordPress Post Options

The Post Panel includes a number of section modules that allow you to control your post settings …

post area

(Post Panel)

Let’s briefly review each of these functions:

1 – Post Title Section

This area contains a field where you can add your post title …

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

(Post Title)

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

Please note the following:

  • 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 every post you create. Using identical post titles can create problems.
  • WordPress automatically removes common symbols like apostrophes, commas, hyphens and quote marks from the “post slug” to display a valid URL for your post. Your Post title will still display these symbols, they just won’t appear in the post URL.

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

(Using Symbols In WP Post Titles)

2 – Post Editing Area

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

WP Content Editor

(Content Editor)

3 – Publish Box Section

This section lets you control the status of your posts …

WP Publish Box Module

(Publish Box Feature)

Status
  • Published – Published posts can be seen by online visitors, either publicly or privately (see “Visibility Settings” section below).
  • Draft – A draft post is not available to visitors and registered members unless they are also a site administrator.
  • 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.

We explain setting user roles with WordPress in other step-by-step tutorials.

Preview

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

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

(WP Post Preview)

Visibility

You can specify a number of visibility settings for your posts …

(WordPress Post Visibility Settings)

(WordPress Post Visibility Settings)

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

Additional settings in the Publish box allow you to modify post 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 as you go to ensure that your work is not lost (see “Saving Posts” section of this tutorial), but you can also manually save your post 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 area if the post status is set to Draft …

How To Create A Post In WordPress - A 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 posts without publishing.

Publish Status

Click the Publish button to make the post live on your site …

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

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 your post …

How To Create A Post In WordPress

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

4 – Post Format Module

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

WordPress Post Formats

(Post Format)

We cover how to use WordPress post formats in other tutorials.

5 – Post Categories

Post categories help keep content organized for your site visitors …

WordPress Post Categories

(Post Categories)

If you organise your posts using categories, site users can then search specific categories to view all posts belonging to that particular topic.

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

How To Create A New WP Post

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

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

We cover how to manage post categories in other tutorials.

6 – WordPress Post Tags

Post Tags allow you to organize WordPress posts in a very granular way …

Post Tags

(Post Tags)

Posts that use identical tags are grouped together.

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

Tags Display Differently In Different WP Themes

(Tags Display Differently In Different Themes)

Or they may display differently … even in different areas of your page, again, depending on the theme you use …

WordPress Post Tags

(WordPress Tags May Display Differently In Different WordPress Themes)

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

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

(Post Tags)

We explain managing post tags in other tutorials.

7 – Featured Image

Featured images are controlled by the active theme you are using.

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

Featured Post Image

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

Post Editor - Screen Options Panel

(Post Editor – Screen Options Panel)

We explain managing WordPress-related image features in separate articles and tutorials.

8 – Hidden Post Modules

By default, several settings are hidden in the Post administration panel, and will only display in the admin area if selected in the Screen Options area …

Hidden Post Section Options

(Additional Post Section Settings)

Let’s review some of the settings that can be activated for posts in your Screen Options panel.

We provide separate tutorials about each of the sections below.

Excerpt

The Excerpt option lets you add a post summary that will display in selected areas of your website, such as the blog page, categories page, post archives, and search post pages …

Post Excerpt Module

(Post Excerpt Section)

Send Trackbacks

Trackbacks are a way to notify legacy blog systems that you have linked to them in your post …

Post - Send Trackbacks Module

(Post – Send Trackbacks Module)

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 box, and separating each web address with a space.

Trackbacks and pingbacks are discussed 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 Post In WordPress - A Step-By-Step Guide For WordPress Beginners

(WP Post – Custom Fields Settings)

Custom Fields are normally used in conjunction with certain WordPress plugins. The Custom Fields option lets you manually edit custom content added by plugins in your post.

Discussion

This module lets you turn the discussion options on/off for any particular post …

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(Post – Discussion Section)

This module 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 a comment on that specific post.
  • If you uncheck Allow trackbacks and pingbacks, then no visitors can post pingbacks or trackbacks for that specific post.

Notes:

  • If you are editing a post that has been previously published, the Discussion module will also show any comments that you have received for the post.
  • Post discussion options are managed by the WordPress Discussion Settings.
Slug

The post slug is a user-friendly URL that is normally created from your post title …

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(WP Post – Permalinks URL)

The Slug section allows you to modify the post slug, which is also known as your Permalink URL

How To Create A Post In WordPress

(Post – Slug Module)

Quick Note About WordPress Permalinks

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

(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 site 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.
  • WordPress automatically creates the permalink for your post 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 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).

We explain how to set up permalinks for your WordPress blog in a separate step-by-step tutorial.

Post Author

The Post Author option displays a list of all your site’s registered authors and lets you change the author of the post by selecting a new post author from the drop-down menu …

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

(Post – Post Author Box)

Note: This module only displays on your post if there are multiple persons assigned the role of author on your website.

Next Step …

Now that you have a better understanding of what the Post modules do, the next step is to learn how to actually create an effective post for your business in WordPress.

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

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