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.

WP TutorialWordPress provides an easy-to-use, powerful and flexible way to manage your content online.

Publishing content regularly can help drive more visitors to your site. 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 - A Step-By-Step Guide For WordPress Beginners

After thinking about what you will post about, the next step is to just write the content (or get it written for you), and then publish it online. WordPress makes this really easy.

This WordPress tutorial will show you how to create a new post in WordPress.

We’ll cover the following topics:

  • Types Of Content You Can Publish In WordPress
  • WordPress Post Features
  • Guidelines For Adding Content In WordPress
  • Options For Saving WordPress Posts
  • How To Post Content In WordPress – Review

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

This tutorial explains the basic steps you need to learn to get your content published on your WordPress-powered website.

To get the maximum benefit from using WordPress posts, however, we recommend going through all of the articles and tutorials we publish about WordPress, as we have designed these to help you grow your business presence online using the WordPress CMS platform.

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

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

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WordPress Posts

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

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

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

How To Create A Post In WordPress

(WP Post)

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

To create a new post in WordPress, do the following:

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

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

A blank Post is created …

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

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

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

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

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

Complete the tutorial sections below to learn the basics of creating, editing and publishing WordPress Posts.

What Kind Of Content Can I Add To WordPress Posts?

WordPress allows you to go well beyond creating content containing simple text and images. You can also add media-rich content to your posts, and just about anything else that you want to distribute or share online.

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

The WordPress content management system lets you easily insert and edit the following types of content into your Posts:

Text

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

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

(WordPress Visual Editor)

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

How To Create A WP Post

(WP Visual 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, descriptions and keywords that will appear in search results), custom excerpts, etc.

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

(WordPress SEO Plugin And Excerpt)

Media

You can also easily add or embed media content into WordPress Posts, such as embedded videos, audio files, downloadable content (e.g. PDF documents), flowcharts, etc. …

How To Create A WordPress Post

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

Scripts

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

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

(WP Shortcodes)

Many scripts can be inserted into posts that let you control the content that appears on your site from an external location (e.g. manage subscription forms).

You can also add content to WordPress posts by inserting the code directly into the file templates, which requires having some knowledge of editing code.

For examples of adding content via plugins in WordPress Posts, see these tutorials:

Next Step …

Now that you know what type of content you can add to your posts, the next step is to explore the WordPress Post panel.

WordPress Post Editor

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

WordPress Post Options

The Post Panel includes a number of section modules that let you manage the parameters of your post …

WordPress post area

(WordPress Post Section Options)

Let’s review each of these sections:

1 – Post Title

This section contains a field where you can insert your post title …

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

(Post Title)

How To Create A Post In WordPress

Please note the following:

  • You can use sentences, numbers and various symbols (e.g. a comma) for your title.
  • 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 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 Post In WordPress - The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide For WordPress Beginners

(Using Symbols In WP Post Titles)

2 – Post Content Section

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

WordPress Post Editor

(WP Post Editor)

3 – Publish Box Module

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

Publish Box Section

(Post Publisher Feature)

Post Status
  • Published – A published post will display on your site to all visitors unless it’s set as a Private post (see “Post 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 site user with Editor privileges.

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

Post Preview

The Publish module also includes a Preview button that allows you to view the post content before publishing it …

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(WP Post Preview)

Post Visibility

You can select different visibility settings for your posts …

(WordPress Post Visibility Settings)

(WordPress Post Visibility Settings)

  • Public – Setting a post to Public makes it visible to all site visitors after the post has been published.
  • 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 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 modify publishing 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 as you go 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 WP Post - The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide For WordPress Beginners

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 …

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

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

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

Click the button to manually save your post without publishing.

Publish

Click Publish to make the post live on your website or blog …

How To Create A New WP Post

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 WP Post

To learn how to schedule WordPress posts for publishing at a future date, see this tutorial:

4 – WordPress Post Formats

Some WordPress Themes let you 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 your blog readers …

Post Categories

(Post Categories)

If you assign posts to categories, visitors can then narrow their search using specific categories to see all posts listed under that particular topic.

To add a new post category as you are composing a new post, click the + Add New Category link in this module …

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To manage categories, select Posts > Categories in the dashboard menu …

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

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

6 – WordPress Post Tags

Tags allow you to organize posts in a more granular way …

Post Tags

(WordPress Post Tags)

Clicking on a post tag displays similarly tagged posts.

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

WP Post Tags Display Differently In Different Themes

(WP Tags Display Differently In Different WP Themes)

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

Tags In A WordPress Post

(WP Tags Display Differently In Different WP Themes)

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

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

(Post Tags)

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

7 – Featured Image

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

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

Featured Image Module

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

WordPress Post Editor - Screen Options Area

(Post Editor – Screen Options Panel)

To learn how to add featured images to WordPress, go here:

8 – Additional Post Settings

Some settings in the Post editing panel are hidden by default, and will only display in your admin area if selected in the Screen Options area …

Additional Post Screen Options

(Hidden Post Modules)

Below are some of the modules that you can activate for posts in the Screen Options panel.

WordPress Post Excerpt Section

This module lets you add a brief “teaser” that will display in selected areas of your blog, such as the blog page, categories page, archives page, and search post pages …

WordPress Post Excerpt Field

(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’ve linked to them in your post …

Post - Send Trackbacks Module

(WP 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 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 …

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

(WordPress Post – Custom Fields Box)

Custom Fields are normally used in conjunction with certain plugins, but you can edit information added by plugins in your post.

Discussion

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

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

(WordPress Post – Discussion Module)

This section is useful if you want 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 blog visitors will be able to post a comment on that post.
  • If you uncheck Allow trackbacks and pingbacks, then no blog visitors can 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 your site’s Discussion Settings.

Learn how to configure WordPress discussion settings here:

Post Slug

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

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

(WP Post – Permalinks URL)

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

How To Create A WP Post

(Post – Slug Module)

Quick Note About Permalink URLs

How To Create A Post In WordPress

(Post – Permalinks URL)

  • Permalink stands for “permanent link“. It is also referred to as a user-friendly URL, SEO-friendly URL, or pretty links.
  • When you set a Permalink for your blog post, WordPress will find your post and change all links on your blog to point to the correct destination URL, even if you change the post slug, select a new post category, or move your post to a different parent page.
  • WordPress automatically creates the permalink for a 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 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 section displays a list of all registered authors on your site and lets you change the post author by selecting a new author from the drop-down menu …

Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A WordPress Post

(Post – Post Author Field)

Note: This module only displays on your post if there are multiple authors on your site.

Learn more about assigning different post authors in WordPress here:

Next Step …

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

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

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This is the end of section one of this tutorial

To view Part Two, click on the link below:

Creating A Post In WordPress – Part Two

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