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How To Create A WordPress Post – Pt. 1

WordPress provides an easy-to-use, powerful and flexible tool to manage your content online.

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

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

Once you know what you will write about, the next step is to simply write, and then get it published. WordPress makes this very easy.

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

We’ll cover the following sections:

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

In order to get the maximum benefit from using WordPress posts, however, we also recommend going through all of the articles and tutorials we publish about WordPress, as these are designed to guide you through the process of growing your business presence online using the WordPress CMS platform.

As you can see in the diagram below, WordPress is a really powerful tool and has many parts that work together to deliver great results for you online …

(click image to enlarge)

WordPress Posts

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

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

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

(Post)

How To Create A 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 Post is created …

The next step is to begin adding the post title and 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 content editor, go here:

Go through the tutorial sections below to learn the basics of creating, editing and publishing content in WordPress Posts.

Types Of Content You Can Add To WordPress

WordPress allows you to go well beyond adding content featuring simple text and images. You can also add media-rich content to your posts, and just about anything else that you can imagine.

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

Text-Based Content

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

(WP Content Editor)

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

(WP Visual Editor Tab And Menu Buttons)

Depending on how you configure 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 appear in search listings), post excerpts, etc.

(WordPress SEO Plugin And Post Excerpt)

Media-Based Content

You can also add or embed media-based content in WordPress, such as embedded videos, audios, downloadable files (e.g. PDF documents), images, and more …

To learn how to use media with WordPress, go here:

Scripts

With WordPress you can add more complex types of content elements (e.g. charts) directly into posts and pages using scripts like Javascript, shortcodes, and plugins

(WordPress Shortcodes)

Many scripts allow you to control the content that appears on your site 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 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 can be added to WordPress posts, the next step is to explore the Post area.

Post Panel Features

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

WordPress Post Sections

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

(Post Panel Features)

Let’s review each of these sections:

1 – Post Title

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

(Post Title)

Please note the following:

(Using Symbols In WP Post Titles)

2 – Post Editor

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

(Post Content Section)

3 – Post Publishing Settings

This is where you specify the settings and options that manage your publishing status …

(WordPress Publish Box Section)

Status

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

Preview

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

(WordPress Post Preview)

Post Visibility Settings

You can select different post visibility settings …

(WP Post Visibility Settings)

Additional settings in the Publish section allow you to modify publishing dates (even schedule posts 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 Statuses

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.

Note: If your post has yet been published, then either …

Save Draft button will display in the Publish section 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 post without publishing.

Publish Post

Click Publish to publish the post on your site …

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 want your post to be published …

To learn how to schedule WP blog posts for publishing at a later date, see this tutorial:

4 – WordPress Post Formats

Many WordPress Themes let you customize how your posts appear using Post Formats …

(Post Format Section)

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

5 – WordPress Post Categories

Post categories help keep your content organized for site visitors …

(WordPress Post Categories)

If you assign posts to categories, your site visitors can then search through specific categories to view all posts belonging to that category.

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

You can manage your categories by selecting Posts > Categories in the administration menu …

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

6 – Post Tags Module

Tags are like mini-categories for your posts …

(Post Tags)

WordPress links posts with the same tag together.

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

(Tags)

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

(Tags In A Post)

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

(Post Tags Module)

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

7 – Featured Image

Featured images are controlled by your WordPress theme.

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

(WordPress Post Featured 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) …

(Post Editor – Screen Options Area)

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

8 – Hidden Post Settings

By default, a number of options are hidden in the Post admin panel, and will only display in your admin area if you select them the Screen Options area …

(Hidden Post Screen Features)

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

WordPress Excerpt Section

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

(WordPress Post Excerpt Module)

Go here to learn more about using post excerpts in WordPress:

Send Trackbacks

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

(Post – Send Trackbacks Box)

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 field, and separating each web URL with a space.

Learn more about WordPress trackbacks and pingbacks here:

Custom Fields

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

(Post – Custom Fields Options)

Custom Fields are normally used together with certain WordPress plugins. The Custom Fields function allows you to manually edit information added by plugins in your post.

Discussion

This module is used to turn the discussion options on/off for any specific post …

(WP Post – Discussion Options)

This option is used to enable interactivity and notifications on individual blog posts.

Notes:

Learn how to configure WordPress discussion settings here:

Post Slug

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

(Post – Permalinks URL)

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

(Post – Slug Module)

Quick Note About Your Permalink URL

(Post – Permalinks URL)

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

Post Author

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

(WP Post – Post Author Box)

Note: This feature only displays on your post if there are multiple persons assigned the role of author on your site.

Learn more about assigning different post authors in WordPress here:

Next Step …

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

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This is the end of part 1 of this tutorial

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How To Create A New WP Post – Part Two

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