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 TutorialWordPress provides an easy-to-use, powerful and flexible CMS application to publish information about your business online.

Publishing content regularly can help grow your business online faster. With WordPress, getting your content published online 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

After deciding on the topic you plan to post content about, the next step is to simply write the content, and then publish. WordPress makes this very easy.

This tutorial explains how to create a new post in WordPress.

The following areas will be covered:

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

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

This step-by-step tutorial explains the basic steps you need to learn to add and publish content on your WordPress site.

To get the most benefit of using WordPress posts, however, we also recommend reading all of the articles and tutorials published on this site about WordPress, as these are designed to help you grow your business online using WordPress.

As you can see in the diagram below, WordPress is a really powerful business 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 - Step-By-Step Guide

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WordPress Posts

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

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

WordPress Pages Vs Posts – Understanding The Main Differences

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

How To Create A WP Post

(Post)

Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A WP Post

Follow the steps below to create a new WordPress post:

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

How To Create A Post In WordPress

A new, blank Post is created …

How To Create A Post In WordPress

You can now start adding your title of the post and content by either 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.

We show you how to use the WordPress content editor in separate tutorials.

Complete the sections below to learn more about creating, editing and publishing WordPress Posts.

What Kind Of Content Can We Add To WordPress Posts?

WordPress allows you to go well beyond adding content that features 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 want to distribute online.

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

WordPress lets you insert and edit the following types of content into your Posts:

Text

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

How To Create A Post In WordPress

(WordPress Visual Content Editor)

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

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

(WP Visual Editor Tab And Menu Buttons)

Depending on the configuration of your site’s plugins and settings, 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 WP Post - The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide

(WordPress SEO Plugin And Excerpt)

Media-Based Content

You can also easily add or embed media-based content in WordPress, such as videos, audios, downloadable content (e.g. PDF reports), infographics, etc. …

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

We discuss how to use media in WordPress in another article.

Scripts

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

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

(Use Shortcodes To Insert Content Into WordPress)

Many scripts can be inserted into posts that let you manage the content that displays in your content 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 having some knowledge of editing code.

For examples of adding content via scripts to WordPress Posts, see the tutorials below:

Next Step …

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

WordPress Post Area

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

Post Sections

The Post Panel contains a range of section modules that allow you to manage your post settings …

WordPress post screen features

(Post Section Options)

Let’s take a look at each of these functions:

1 – Title

This module contains a field that lets you type or paste in your post title …

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

(WP Post Title Field)

How To Create A New WP Post

Please note the following:

  • You can use phrases, numbers and a combination of words, number and other characters (e.g. an exclamation mark) 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, quotations and hyphens 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.

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

(Using Symbols In WordPress Post Titles)

2 – Post Editor

This is the blank section of the WordPress editor where your content gets inserted into …

Post Editing Module

(WordPress Post Editor)

3 – Publish Box Feature

This is where you control your post status …

WordPress Post Publishing Module

(Publish Box Module)

Post Status
  • Published – Published posts will display on your site to all visitors unless it’s visibility is set to Private (see “Post Visibility Settings” section below).
  • Draft – A draft post is not available to site visitors and registered site members 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 registered user with Editor privileges.

We explain specifying user roles with WordPress in a separate article.

Preview

The Publish section also includes a Preview button that lets you preview the post before making your post live …

How To Create A New Post In WordPress - 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)

(Post Visibility Settings)

  • Public – This makes your post 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 publish settings allow you to modify post publishing dates (even schedule a post 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 Posts 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.

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

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 WordPress Post

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

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

Click the button to save without publishing.

Publish Status

Click the Publish button to publish the post …

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

You can also edit the time when your post gets published by clicking the Edit link above the “Publish” button and specifying the date and time when you would like the post to be published …

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

To learn how to schedule posts in WordPress for publishing later, see this tutorial: How To Schedule WP Blog Posts For Publishing Later

4 – Post Format

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

Post Format Section

(Post Format Section)

We cover WordPress post formats in separate tutorials.

5 – Post Categories Module

Categories help keep your content organized for your site visitors …

WordPress Post Categories

(WordPress Post Categories)

If you organise posts into categories, visitors can then browse specific categories to see all posts listed under that category.

You can add a new category as you are entering a new post by clicking the + Add New Category link in this section …

How To Create A Post In WordPress

To manage your categories, select Posts > Categories in your administration menu …

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

We discuss how to use post categories in a separate tutorial.

6 – Post Tags Section

Tags are like micro-categories for your blog posts …

Post Tags Section

(Post Tags)

WordPress links posts with the same tag together.

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

Tags Display Differently In Different WordPress Themes

(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 have installed …

WP Post Tags

(Tags)

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

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

(Post Tags)

We discuss managing WP tags in a separate tutorial.

7 – Featured Post Image

Featured images are controlled by your active theme.

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

Featured Image

(Featured Image Section)

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 option is not there, then your theme may not support Featured Images) …

Post Editor - Screen Options Section

(WordPress Post Editor – Screen Options Area)

We discuss using WordPress-related image features in a separate article.

8 – Additional Post Modules

A number of functions inside the Post administration panel are hidden by default, and will only display in the admin area if selected in the Screen Options area …

Additional Post options

(Hidden Post Area Features)

Let’s review some of the modules that you can activate for posts in the Screen Options panel.

We provide separate tutorials and articles on each of the sections described below.

Excerpt

This module 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 post pages …

WP Post Excerpt Field

(WordPress Post Excerpt Box)

Send Trackbacks

Trackbacks let you notify legacy blog systems that you have linked to them in your post …

Post - Send Trackbacks Section

(WP Post – Send Trackbacks Field)

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 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

(WordPress Post – Custom Fields Settings)

Custom Fields are normally used in conjunction with WordPress plugins. The Custom Fields section allows you to edit the information added by plugins in your post.

Discussion

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

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

(Post – Discussion Module)

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 visitors can post comments on that post.
  • If you uncheck Allow trackbacks and pingbacks, then no blog visitors will be able to 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 controlled by your site’s Discussion Settings.
Slug

The post slug is a user-friendly (and search engine friendly) web address that WordPress automatically creates from your post title …

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

(WP Post – Permalinks URL)

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

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

(WordPress Post – Slug Box)

Quick Note About Permalink URLs

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

(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 URL for your blog post, WordPress will find your post and change all links on your website to point to the correct destination URL, even if you change the post slug, select a new category for your post, or move your post to a different parent page.
  • WordPress automatically creates the permalink for a 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 displays below the 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).

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

Post Author

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

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

(Post – Post Author Field)

Note: This module only displays on your post editor if you have multiple persons assigned the role of author on your website.

Next Step …

Now that you know more about the Post features do, the next step is to actually create an effective post for your business in WordPress.

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

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Creating A New Post In WordPress – Part Two

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