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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 tool to manage your content online.

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

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

Once you have thought about what to post about, the next step is simply to write the content, and then publish online. With WordPress, this is easy.

In this 2-part detailed step-by-step tutorial series you will learn how to create a WordPress post.

The following sections will be covered:

This step-by-step tutorial covers the basic steps to getting your content published on your WordPress-powered web site.

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 platform.

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

(click image above to enlarge)

Posts

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

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

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

(WordPress Post)

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

To create a new post in WordPress, do the following:

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

A new Post is created …

The next step is to add your post title and post content by either typing or pasting your 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:

In the next section, we explore the main types of content that can be added to your WordPress posts.

WordPress Posts – Content Types

WordPress lets you go well beyond adding content containing 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.

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

Text-Based Content

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

(WordPress Visual Editor)

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

(WP Visual Content Editor Tab And Menu Buttons)

Depending on how you configure your site’s settings and plugins, you can also add “meta” text to posts and pages (i.e. the post titles, keywords and descriptions that appear in search results), custom excerpts, etc.

(SEO Plugin And Post Excerpt)

Media-Based Content

You can also add or embed media content in WordPress, such as embedded videos, audio files, downloadable files (e.g. PDF reports), infographics, and more …

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

Scripts

WordPress lets you add dynamic content elements (e.g. multi-column objects) directly into posts and pages using scripts like Javascript, shortcodes, and plugins

(Use Shortcodes To Insert Content Into WordPress Posts)

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

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 scripts in WordPress Posts, see the tutorials below:

Next Step …

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

Post Panel Features

In this section, we explore the WordPress Post area and what all of the different WordPress post features do.

WordPress Post Sections

The Post Area contains various features that allow you to manage the settings of your post …

(WordPress Post Area)

Let’s briefly review these functions:

1 – Post Title Section

This module contains a field where you can add the title of your post …

(WP Post Title)

Please note the following:

(Using Symbols In Post Titles)

2 – Post Editor

This is the blank area of the WordPress editor where you compose your content …

(WordPress Post Editing Section)

3 – Post Publisher Section

This is where you manage your post publishing status …

(Post Publishing Section)

Status

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

Preview

The Publish section also includes a Preview button that allows you to view the post before going live …

(WP Post Preview)

Post Visibility

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

(WP Post Visibility Settings)

Additional settings in the Publish section allow you to change publish dates (even schedule posts to be published at a later date), copy a post to a new draft, or delete your post by moving it to the trash.

Save Posts 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 manually save your post without publishing.

Note: If your post has not been published yet, then either …

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 without publishing.

Publish

Click Publish 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 want the post to be published …

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

4 – Post Format Section

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

(WordPress Post Formats)

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

5 – Post Categories

Categories help you classify your site’s posts into topics and keep your content organized for site visitors …

(Post Categories)

If you organize your posts by categories, your visitors can then narrow their search by specific categories to see all posts belonging to that topic.

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

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

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

6 – Post Tags

Tags allow you to finetune the way you organize your posts …

(Post Tags Section)

A list of related posts is displayed to site visitors when post tags are clicked.

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

(WP Post 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 have installed …

(Tags)

You can add new tags to your blog posts by typing in tags separated by commas into the “Tags” area and clicking the Add button …

(Post Tags Module)

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

7 – WordPress Post Featured Image

Featured images are controlled by your theme.

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

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

8 – Hidden Post Settings

Some features inside 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 Settings)

Let’s take a look at some of the settings that you can activate for posts in the Screen Options area.

Excerpt

This section lets you add a post summary that will display in selected areas of your website or blog, such as the blog page, categories page, post archives, and search post pages …

(Post Excerpt Field)

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 …

(Post – Send Trackbacks Box)

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 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 …

(WordPress Post – Custom Fields Section)

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

Discussion

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

(Post – Discussion Module)

This section is useful if you want 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 the post title …

(WordPress Post – Permalinks URL)

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

(WordPress Post – Slug Section)

Quick Note About Permalink URLs

(WP Post – Permalinks URL)

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

Post Author

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

(Post – Post Author Field)

Note: This section only displays on your post editing screen if you have multiple authors on your web site.

Learn more about assigning different post authors in WordPress here:

Next Step …

Now that you have a better understanding of all what the WordPress Post features do, the next step is to actually create a new post in WordPress.

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This is the end of part 1 of this tutorial

To view the rest of this tutorial, click on the link below:

Creating A Post In WordPress – Part Two

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