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 How To Use WordPressWordPress provides an easy-to-use, powerful and flexible way to manage your content online.

Publishing content regularly can help you grow your business presence online faster. Getting your content published online with WordPress is as easy as 1-2-3:

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

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

After deciding on a topic to have content written about, the next step is to just write the content, and then publish. WordPress makes this really easy.

In this 2-part step-by-step tutorial series you are going to learn how to create a new post in WordPress.

We’ll cover the following areas:

  • WordPress Post Content Types
  • Sections Of A WordPress Post
  • Guidelines For Adding Content To WordPress Posts
  • Options For Saving WordPress Posts
  • Creating A New Post Using WordPress – Recap

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

This tutorial explains the basic steps you need to know to create a post on your WordPress-powered web site.

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

As you can see in the diagram below, WordPress is an extremely powerful web marketing tool with many elements that need to work together in order to deliver great results for your business online …

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

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Posts

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

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

Main Differences Between WP Posts Vs Pages

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

Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A WP Post

(Post)

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

Follow the steps below to create a new WordPress post:

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

How To Create A New WP Post

A blank Post is created …

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

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

How To Create A New WP Post

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

We discuss how to use the WordPress content editor in other tutorials.

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

Types Of Content You Can Add To WordPress Posts

WordPress allows you to go well beyond creating content containing just 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.

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

In this section, we explore the main types of content you can add to WordPress:

Text-Based Content

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

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

(WordPress Visual Editor)

The WordPress WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) 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 the configuration of your site’s settings and plugins, you can also add “meta” text to posts (e.g. the post titles, keywords and post descriptions that display in search results), post excerpts, etc.

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

(WordPress SEO Plugin And Post Excerpt Module)

Media

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

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

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

Scripts

WordPress allows you to add dynamic content (e.g. multi-column text boxes) directly into posts and pages using scripts like Javascript, shortcodes, and plugins …

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

(Use Shortcodes To Add Content To WordPress)

Many scripts can be added to posts that let you control the content that appears on your site from a remote location (e.g. manage opt-in forms).

You can also add content 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 in WordPress Posts, see these tutorials:

Next Step …

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

WordPress Post Area

In this section, you will learn about the WordPress Post screen and what each of the different post options do.

Description Of Post Sections

The Post Screen contains various features that let you control your post parameters …

WordPress post section

(WordPress Post Editor Options)

Let’s briefly review each of these modules:

1 – Title

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

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

(WordPress Post Title Field)

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

Note:

  • You can enter sentences, numbers and a combination of words, number and other characters (e.g. a hyphen) for the title of your post.
  • Choose a unique title for every post you create. Using identical post titles can cause problems.
  • WordPress automatically removes common symbols like commas, apostrophes, hyphens and quote marks from the “post slug” to display 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 WP Post Titles)

2 – Content Editor

This is the large area of the editor where your content gets entered into …

Content Editor

(WordPress Post Editing Area)

3 – Post Publisher Feature

This section lets you control your publishing status …

WordPress Publish Box Feature

(Publish Box Section)

Status
  • Published – A published post will display on the front end of your site to all visitors unless it’s visibility is set to Private (see “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 registered user with Editor permissions.

We show you assigning user permissions with WordPress in separate step-by-step tutorials.

Post Preview

The Publish section also includes a Preview button that lets you view your posts before going live …

How To Create A Post In WordPress

(WP Post Preview)

Post Visibility

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

(Post Visibility Settings)

(WP Post Visibility Settings)

  • Public – This makes your post visible to all site visitors after publishing the post.
  • Password protected – Password-protecting a post 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’re the site administrator) and/or registered users with editor or administrative privileges. 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 your post to a new draft, or set your post for deletion by moving it to the trash.

Save Statuses

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 yet been published, 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 - Step-By-Step Guide For WordPress Beginners

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

How To Create A WordPress Post

Click the button to save posts without publishing.

Publish

Click the Publish button to publish the post …

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

You can also edit the publishing time of your posts by clicking the Edit link above the “Publish” button and specifying the date and time to publish the post …

How To Create A WordPress Post

To learn how to schedule WordPress posts for publishing at a future date, see this tutorial: How To Schedule WordPress Posts For Publishing At A Future Date

4 – Post Format

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

Post Format Module

(WordPress Post Formats)

We cover WordPress post formats in separate tutorials and articles.

5 – WordPress Post Categories

Categories help keep content organized for site visitors …

WordPress Post Categories

(Post Categories Module)

If you classify your posts into categories, site users can then narrow their search using specific categories to see all posts listed under that particular topic.

To add new categories when you create a new post, click the + Add New Category link in this module …

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To manage all your post categories, select Posts > Categories from the admin menu …

How To Create A New WordPress Post

We discuss how to manage WordPress post categories in a separate article.

6 – Post Tags

Post Tags allow you to finetune how you organise posts …

WordPress Post Tags

(Post Tags)

Posts using the same tags are grouped together.

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

Post Tags

(WordPress Post Tags)

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

Tags Displayed In A Post

(WordPress Tags May Display Differently In Different Themes)

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

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

(Post Tags)

We cover managing post tags in other articles.

7 – Featured Post Image

Featured images are controlled by your theme.

If your WordPress theme allows you to display Post Thumbnails, then the “Featured Image” module should be visible in the Post editing area …

Featured Image Section

(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) …

WordPress Post Editor - Screen Options Area

(WordPress Post Editor – Screen Options Section)

We explain managing WP-related image features in another tutorial.

8 – Additional Post Modules

By default, several settings are hidden in the Post editing area, and will only display in your admin area if their boxes are checked in the Screen Options area …

Additional Post Screen Features

(Additional Post Settings)

Below are some of the sections that can be activated for posts in your Screen Options area.

We provide separate articles about each of the sections below.

Post Excerpt Section

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

Post Excerpt Field

(WP Post Excerpt Field)

Send Trackbacks

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

Post - Send Trackbacks Box

(WordPress Post – Send Trackbacks Section)

If you link to other WordPress blogs, they’ll be notified automatically using 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 field, 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 specific information to your site and/or modify the way your posts are displayed …

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

(WordPress Post – Custom Fields Module)

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

Discussion

This module allows you to turn the discussion options on/off for a given post …

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

(Post – Discussion Module)

This section is used to enable interactivity and notifications on your posts.

  • Check all boxes to Allow Comments and Allow trackbacks and pingbacks on your posts.
  • If you uncheck Allow Comments, then no blog visitors 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 post.

Notes:

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

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

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

(Post – Permalinks URL)

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

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(WordPress Post – Slug Field)

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 URLs.
  • When you set a Permalink URL for a post, WordPress will find your post and change all links on your website to point to the correct destination URL, even if you edit the post slug, select a new post category, or display your post under a different parent page.
  • The permalink is automatically generated based on the post title.
  • Punctuation such as 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 post 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

This feature displays a list of all your site’s registered authors and allows you to change the post author attribute by selecting a new post author from the drop-down menu …

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(WP Post – Post Author Section)

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

Next Step …

Now that you have a better understanding of the Post area features are, the next step is to learn how to actually create a new post in WordPress.

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

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This is the end of section one of this tutorial

To view Part 2, click the link below:

Creating A WordPress Post – Part 2

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Author: Martin Aranovitch

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