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.

Learn How To Use WPWordPress provides an easy-to-use, powerful and flexible content management system application to publish information about your business online.

Publishing content regularly can help drive more visitors to your website or blog. Getting your content published online with WordPress is as easy as 1-2-3:

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

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

Once you have thought about what topic to have content written 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 tutorial shows you how to create a WordPress post.

We’ll cover the following areas:

  • Types Of Content You Can Publish In WordPress
  • Features Of A WordPress Post
  • Recommended Guidelines For Adding Content In WordPress
  • WordPress Post – Saving Options
  • How To Post Content To WordPress – Recap

How To Create A Post In WordPress

This tutorial provides a comprehensive explanation of the basic steps to creating a post on your WordPress site.

In order to get the most benefit of using WordPress posts, however, we also recommend going through all of the articles and tutorials published on this site about WordPress, as we have designed these to help you grow your business presence online using the WordPress Content Management System.

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

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

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WordPress Posts

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

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

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

How To Create A New WP Post

(Post)

How To Create A WP Post

To create a new WordPress post, do the following:

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

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

A new, blank Post is created …

How To Create A Post In WordPress

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

How To Create A WP Post - 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:

Go through the tutorials below to learn more about creating, editing and publishing WordPress Posts.

Types Of Content That Can Be Added To WordPress

WordPress lets you go well beyond adding content featuring just simple text and images. You can also add videos, audio recordings, downloadable documents, etc. to your posts, and just about any other type of content that you need.

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

The WordPress CMS lets you insert and edit the following kinds of content into your Posts:

Text

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

How To Create A WordPress Post

(WordPress Visual Editor)

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

Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A WP Post

(WP Visual Content Editor Tab And Menu Buttons)

Depending on the configuration of your site’s plugins and settings, you can also insert “meta” text into pages and posts (e.g. the post titles, descriptions and keywords that display in search listings), custom excerpts, etc.

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

(SEO Plugin And Excerpt)

Media

You can also add or embed media-based content into WordPress Posts, such as video embeds, audios, downloadable content (e.g. PDF documents), graphics, etc. …

How To Create A New WordPress Post

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

Scripts

With WordPress you can also add more complex types of content (e.g. multi-column objects) directly into posts and pages using scripts like Javascript, shortcodes, and plugins

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

(Use Shortcodes To Add Content To WordPress)

Many scripts allow you to control the content that appears on your site from an external location (e.g. manage advertising banners).

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.

To learn more about adding content via plugins inside 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 explore the Post section options.

WordPress Post Editor Options

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

Post Sections

The Post Section includes several section modules that allow you to manage the settings of your post …

post panel options

(Post Editor Features)

Let’s briefly review these areas:

1 – Post Title Section

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

How To Create A WP Post

(Post Title)

How To Create A Post In WordPress

Please note:

  • You can enter phrases, numbers and various 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 cause problems.
  • WordPress automatically removes common symbols like apostrophes, commas, quotations and hyphens from the “post slug” to create a valid URL 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 Editing Section

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

WordPress Post Editor

(Content Editor)

3 – Publish Box Feature

This is where you manage your publishing status …

WordPress Post Publisher Section

(Post Publishing Section)

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 is not visible to visitors and registered users unless they are also an 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 permissions.

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

Preview

The Publish box also includes a Preview button that lets you view the post content before going live …

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

(WordPress Post Preview)

Post Visibility

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

(Post Visibility Settings)

(WP Post Visibility Settings)

  • Public – Setting a post to Public makes it visible to all site visitors after your post has been published.
  • Password protected – Making a post Password protected makes your post content only accessible 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 section allow you to change publish dates (even schedule a post 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 Post Status

WordPress will autosave your post at regular intervals to ensure that your work is not lost (see “Saving Posts” section of this tutorial), but you can also save your post manually without publishing.

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

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 WP Post - Step-By-Step Guide

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

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

Click the button to save your posts without publishing.

Publish

Click Publish to publish your post …

A Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A 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 the post …

Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A WordPress Post

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

4 – WordPress Post Formats

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

WordPress Post Formats

(Post Format Section)

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

5 – Post Categories Section

Post categories help keep content organized for your blog readers …

Post Categories Section

(WordPress Post Categories)

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

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

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

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

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

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

6 – WordPress Post Tags

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

Post Tags Module

(Post Tags)

Clicking on a tag in a blog post displays other posts tagged with the same keywords.

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

Tags

(WordPress 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 use …

WordPress Post Tags

(Post Tags)

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

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

(WordPress Post Tags)

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

7 – WordPress Post Featured Image

Featured images are controlled by your theme.

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

Featured Post Image

(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 it’s not there, then your theme may not support Featured Images) …

WordPress Post Editor - Screen Options Panel

(WordPress Post Editor – Screen Options Area)

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

8 – Hidden Post Modules

By default, a number of features are hidden in the Post administration screen, and will only display in your admin area if their boxes are checked in the Screen Options area …

Hidden Post Modules

(Additional Post Section Features)

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

WordPress Excerpt Section

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

WordPress Post Excerpt Box

(WordPress 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 …

WP Post - Send Trackbacks Module

(Post – Send Trackbacks Box)

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 address with a space.

Learn more about WordPress trackbacks and pingbacks here:

Custom Fields

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

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

(Post – Custom Fields Options)

Custom Fields are normally used together with WordPress plugins. The Custom Fields module allows you to manually edit the information added by a plugin in your post.

Discussion

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

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

(Post – Discussion Area)

This section is useful if you want to enable interactivity and notifications on individual 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 post.
  • If you uncheck Allow trackbacks and pingbacks, then no one can post pingbacks or trackbacks for that post.

Notes:

  • If you are editing a post that has been previously published, 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) URL that is normally created by WordPress from your post title …

How To Create A Post In WordPress

(Post – Permalinks URL)

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

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

(WP Post – Slug Box)

Quick Note About Permalinks

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

(WP 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 blog 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 move your post to a different parent page.
  • The permalink is automatically generated based on your post title.
  • Commas, quotes, apostrophes, and invalid URL characters are removed and spaces are substituted with dashes to separate each word in your permalink.
  • 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).

Learn how to set up and use permalinks in WordPress here:

Post Author

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

How To Create A New WP Post

(Post – Post Author Module)

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

Learn more about assigning different post authors in WordPress here:

Next Step …

Now that you have a better understanding of all the Post modules do, the next step is to learn how to actually create a post in WordPress that will help you grow your business.

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

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This is the end of part 1 of this tutorial

To view Part Two, click on the link below:

How To Create A WordPress Post – Part 2

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