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How To Create A WordPress Post – Pt. 1

This tutorial shows you how to create a post in WordPress using the WordPress Classic Editor interface.

To learn how to create posts in WordPress using the WordPress Gutenberg interface, go here: WordPress Gutenberg Content Editor.

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

Publishing content regularly can help drive more visitors to your site. Publishing your content online with WordPress is as easy as 1-2-3:

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

After thinking about what you will write about, the next step is to simply get your content written, and then publish. With WordPress, this is very easy.

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

We’ll cover the following sections:

This tutorial provides a detailed explanation of the basic steps you need to know to add and publish content on your WordPress web site.

To get the most benefit of using WordPress posts, however, we also recommend going through 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 CMS.

As you can see in the diagram below, WordPress is an extremely powerful marketing tool with many elements that work together to produce great results online …

(click image to enlarge)

WordPress Posts

WordPress provides users with two main content publishing types: WordPress Posts and WordPress Pages.

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

WordPress Posts are the content type that you will mostly use for writing and publishing new content in WordPress …

(Post)

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

Follow the steps below to create a new WordPress post:

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

A blank Post is created …

The next step is to add the post title and post body content either by 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:

Now, let’s explore the main types of content you can add to WordPress.

What Kind Of Content Can Be Added To WordPress Posts?

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 anything else that you need.

In this section, you will learn about the different types of content that can be added to WordPress posts:

Text

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

(WP Visual Content Editor)

The WordPress WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) 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 posts (i.e. the titles, keywords and descriptions that will appear in search results), post excerpts, etc.

(SEO Plugin And Post Excerpt Section)

Media

You can also easily add or embed media-based content in WordPress, such as videos, audio files, shareable content (e.g. PDF reports), graphics, etc. …

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

Scripts

With WordPress you can add dynamic content elements (e.g. tables and 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 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 knowing how to edit code.

For examples of adding scripts inside WordPress Posts, see these tutorials:

Next Step …

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

WordPress Post Editor

In this section, you will learn about the WordPress Post panel and the function of each post feature.

WordPress Post Options

The Post Area contains a number of features that let you modify your post parameters …

(WordPress Post Editor)

Let’s review each of these sections:

1 – Post Title Section

This module contains a field that lets you type in the title of your post …

(Post Title)

Note:

(Using Symbols In Post Titles)

2 – Post Content Area

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

(Post Editing Section)

3 – Publish Options

This section lets you specify the options and settings that control your publishing status …

(Post Publishing Section)

Post Status

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

Preview

The Publish box also includes a Preview button that allows you to view your posts before going live …

(WordPress Post Preview)

Visibility

You can specify a number of post visibility settings …

(WP Post Visibility Settings)

Additional publish settings 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.

Save Posts Statuses

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

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 …

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

Click the button to save your post manually without publishing.

Publish Post

Click the Publish button to make the post live …

You can also edit the publishing time of your posts by clicking the Edit link next to the “Publish immediately” section and specifying the date and time when you would like the post to be published …

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

4 – Post Format

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

(WordPress Post Formats)

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

5 – Post Categories

Post categories help you classify your blog posts into topics and keep content organized for site visitors …

(Post Categories Module)

If you organise posts into categories, visitors can then browse specific categories to view all posts published under that particular category.

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

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

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

6 – WordPress Post Tags

Post Tags are like sub-categories for your posts …

(Post Tags Module)

Posts that use similar tags get linked together.

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

(Tags)

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

(WP Post Tags)

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

(Post Tags Module)

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

7 – Featured Post Image

Featured images are controlled by the active theme you have installed on your site.

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

(Featured Post Image)

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

(Post Editor – Screen Options Section)

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

8 – Additional Post Modules

Some features in the Post administration area are hidden by default, and will only display in your admin area if selected in the Screen Options area …

(Additional Post options)

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

WordPress Post Excerpt Section

The Excerpt module lets you add a brief “teaser” that will display in selected areas of your web site, such as your blog page, category page, archives page, and search results pages …

(WP 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 have linked to them in your post …

(Post – Send Trackbacks Section)

If you link to other WordPress blogs, they’ll be notified automatically using a feature called 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.

Learn more about WordPress trackbacks and pingbacks here:

Custom Fields

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

(WordPress Post – Custom Fields Options)

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

Discussion

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

(WP Post – Discussion Module)

This option is useful if you want to enable interactivity and notifications on individual 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 the post title …

(WP Post – Permalinks URL)

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

(WP Post – Slug Box)

Quick Note About Your Permalink URL

(Post – Permalinks URL)

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

Post Author

The Post Author module displays a list of all your site’s registered authors and lets you change the author of the post by selecting a new author from the drop-down menu …

(WordPress Post – Post Author Field)

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

Learn more about assigning different post authors in WordPress here:

Next Step …

Now that you know more about what the WordPress Post editor sections are, the next step is to learn how to actually create a new WordPress post.

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This is the end of part one of this tutorial

To keep reading, click the link below:

How To Create A Post In WordPress – Part Two

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