WordPress provides an easy-to-use, powerful and flexible content management system application to publish information about your business online.
Publishing content regularly can help grow your business presence online faster. With WordPress, getting content published online is as easy as 1-2-3:
- Think …
- Write …
After deciding on a topic to write about, the next step is to simply write the content (or get it written for you), and then publish online. WordPress makes this very easy.
In this comprehensive 2-part tutorial you are going to learn how to create a WordPress post.
We’ll cover the following sections:
- Types Of Content You Can Publish In WordPress
- Sections Of A WordPress Post
- Guidelines For Adding Content In WordPress
- Options For Saving WordPress Posts
- Posting Content In WordPress – Review
This tutorial provides a detailed explanation of the basic steps you need to learn to create a post on your WordPress-powered site.
To get the most benefit from using WordPress posts, however, we recommend reading all of the articles and tutorials we publish about WordPress, as we have designed these to guide you through the process of growing your business presence online using the WordPress platform.
As you can see in the diagram below, WordPress is a really powerful tool and has many features that need to work together in order to deliver great results online …
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WordPress provides website owners with two main content publishing types: WordPress Posts and WordPress Pages.
To learn about the difference between using WordPress Pages and WordPress Posts to publish content online, see this article:
WordPress Posts are the content type that you will mostly use for writing and publishing new content in WordPress …
The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A New Post In WordPress
To create a new post in WordPress, do the following:
Log into your WordPress site, then go to the navigation menu and choose Posts > Add New…
A blank, new Post is created …
You can now add your post title and body content by either typing or pasting the content in …
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 tutorials below to learn more about creating, editing and publishing content in WordPress Posts.
WordPress Post Content Types
WordPress lets you 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 need to distribute online.
In this section, we explore the different types of content you can add to posts:
You can insert plain, formatted and/or hyperlinked text in a variety of fonts and styles into your content …
(WP Content Editor)
The WordPress WYSIWYG Editor lets you format and style your text as you go …
(WordPress Visual Content Editor Tab And Menu Buttons)
Depending on how you configure your site’s plugins and settings, you can also insert “meta” text into your posts (e.g. the post titles, keywords and post descriptions that appear in search listings), post excerpts, etc.
(WordPress SEO Plugin And Excerpt Module)
You can also add or embed media-based content in WordPress, such as videos, audios, shareable files (e.g. PDF reports), banners, etc. …
To learn how to use the WordPress media editor, go here:
Many scripts allow you to manage the content that appears in your content from a remote location (e.g. manage advertising banners).
Content can also be added 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 scripts inside WordPress Posts, see the tutorials below:
- How To Add Currency Conversion To Your Site
- How To Insert Tables With WordPress
- How To Create Mobile-Responsive Charts And Graphs In Posts And Pages In WordPress
- Inserting Scripts And Snippets Of Code Into WordPress Content
Next Step …
Now that you know what type of content you can add to posts, the next step is to learn more about the Post panel features.
Post Section Options
In this section, we explore the WordPress Post section and what each of the different post features do.
WordPress Post Features
The Post Area includes various features that allow you to manage your post settings …
Let’s take a look at these modules:
1 – Title Section
This module contains a field where you can insert the title of your post …
(WP Post Title Field)
Please note the following:
- You can use sentences, numbers and various symbols (e.g. a comma) for the title of your post.
- Choose a unique title for each post you create. Using identical post titles can create problems.
- WordPress automatically removes common symbols like apostrophes, commas, hyphens and quotation marks 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.
(Using Symbols In Post Titles)
2 – Post Editor
This is the large section of the WordPress editor where you add your content in …
(WordPress Post Content Section)
3 – Post Publish Section
This is where you specify the settings and options that manage the status of your post …
(WordPress Post Publisher Module)
- Published – Published posts can be seen by online visitors, either publicly or privately.
- Draft – A draft post is not visible to visitors and regular site users 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 registered site user with Editor privileges.
To learn how to assign user permissions in WordPress, see this tutorial:
The Publish box also includes a Preview button that allows you to view your posts before going live …
(WordPress Post Preview)
You can specify a number of visibility settings for your posts …
(WordPress Post Visibility Settings)
- Public – This makes your post visible to all site visitors after publishing the post.
- Password protected – Making a post Password protected makes 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 logged-in users who have been assigned editor or administrative privileges. You must be logged in to view a private post.
Additional settings in the Publish section allow you to change publishing dates (even schedule a post to be published at a later date), copy your post to a new draft, or delete your post by moving it to the trash.
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.
Note: If your post has not been published yet, then either …
A Save Draft button will display in the Publish area if your post status is set to Draft …
Or Save as Pending, if your post status is set to Pending Review …
Click the button to save your posts without publishing.
Click the Publish button to publish the post on your website or blog …
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 to publish the post …
To learn how to schedule WP posts and pages, see this tutorial:
4 – Post Format Section
Many WordPress Themes allow you to customize your post’s presentation using Post Formats …
(Post Format Module)
To learn more about using WordPress post formats, go here:
5 – WordPress Post Categories
Categories help keep content organized for your site visitors …
If you organize posts by categories, visitors can then browse specific categories to view all posts belonging to that topic.
You can add new categories when you create a new post by clicking the + Add New Category link …
To manage your post categories, select Posts > Categories from the administration menu …
To learn more about using WordPress post categories, go here:
6 – Post Tags
Post Tags allow you to finetune the way you organize posts …
(Post Tags Section)
A list of related posts is displayed to blog readers when post tags are clicked.
Note: The way tags display on your site is controlled by your theme. Depending on your active WordPress theme, tags may or may not display in your post …
Or they may display differently … even in different areas of your page, again, depending on which theme you are using …
(WordPress Post Tags May Display Differently In Different WP Themes)
To add new tags to your blog posts, type in comma-separated tags into the Tags feature and click the Add button …
To learn how to use WordPress post tags, go here:
7 – WordPress Post Featured Image
Featured images are controlled by your active theme.
If your theme allows you to display Post Thumbnails, then the “Featured Image” module should be visible in the “Edit Post” screen …
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) …
(Post Editor – Screen Options Panel)
To learn how to add post thumbnails to WordPress, go here:
8 – Hidden Post Screen Features
A number of settings in the Post admin panel are hidden by default, and will only display in your admin area if you select them the Screen Options area …
(Additional Post options)
Let’s review some of the functions that can be activated for posts in your Screen Options area.
This module lets you add post “teasers” that will display in selected areas of your blog, such as the blog page, post categories page, post archives, and search results pages …
(WordPress Post Excerpt Field)
Go here to learn more about using post excerpts in WordPress:
Trackbacks are a way to notify legacy blog systems that you have linked to them in your post …
(WP Post – Send Trackbacks Section)
If you link to other WordPress blogs, they’ll be notified automatically using 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 URL with a space.
Learn more about WordPress trackbacks and pingbacks here:
Custom Fields let you add custom information to your site and/or modify the way your posts are displayed …
(Post – Custom Fields Settings)
Custom Fields are normally used in conjunction with plugins. The Custom Fields setting allows you to manually edit the information added by plugins in your post.
This module allows you to turn the discussion options on/off for a specific post …
(WP Post – Discussion Options)
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 one will be able to post a comment on that specific post.
- If you uncheck Allow trackbacks and pingbacks, then no one can post pingbacks or trackbacks to that post.
- 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 controlled by your site’s Discussion Settings.
Learn how to configure WordPress discussion settings here:
The post slug is a user-friendly (and search engine friendly) URL that is automatically created from your post title …
(Post – Permalinks URL)
This module lets you edit the post slug, which is also known as your Permalink URL …
(Post – Slug Module)
Quick Note About WordPress Permalinks
(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 finds your post and changes all links on your website to point to the correct destination URL, even if you edit the post slug, change the category for your post, or display your post under a different parent page.
- WordPress automatically generates the permalink for a post based on the post title.
- 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).
Learn how to set up and use permalinks in WordPress here:
The Post Author option displays a list of all registered authors on your site and allows you to change the author of the post by choosing a new author from the drop-down menu …
(WordPress Post – Post Author Module)
Note: This section only displays on your post if you have multiple persons assigned the role of author on your web site.
Learn more about assigning different post authors in WordPress here:
Next Step …
Now that you know a little more about what the Post sections are, the next step is to actually create an effective post for your business in WordPress.
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