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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 you grow your business online. Getting content published online with WordPress is as easy as 1-2-3:

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

After deciding on the topic you would like to post about, the next step is to simply write, and then publish it. WordPress makes this really easy.

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

The following areas are covered:

This tutorial provides a detailed explanation of the basic steps to adding and publishing content on your WordPress-driven site.

In order to get the most benefit from using WordPress posts, however, we also recommend going through all of the articles and tutorials we publish on this site about WordPress, as we have designed these to help you grow your business online using the WordPress Content Management System.

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

(click image above to enlarge)

Posts

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

To learn about the differences between using WordPress Posts and WordPress Pages 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 …

(WordPress Post)

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

To create a new WordPress post, do the following:

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

A blank, new Post is created …

You can now begin adding your post title and content either by 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:

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

WordPress Posts – Types Of Content That Can Be Added

WordPress allows you to go well beyond adding content containing simple text and images. You can also add videos, audio recordings, downloadable files, etc. to your posts, and just about anything else that you need to distribute or share online.

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

Text

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

(WP Visual Editor)

The WordPress WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) Editor lets you format and style your text as you go …

(WordPress Content Editor Tab And Menu Buttons)

Depending on the configuration of your site’s plugins and settings, you can also insert “meta” text into posts (i.e. the post titles, descriptions and keywords that appear in search listings), post excerpts, etc.

(SEO Plugin And Excerpt)

Media

You can add or embed media content in WordPress, such as embedded videos, audio files, shareable content (e.g. PDF documents), graphics, and more …

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

Scripts

WordPress allows you to add more complex types of content elements (e.g. multi-column text boxes) directly into posts and pages using scripts like Javascript, shortcodes, and plugins

(Use Shortcodes To Add Content To WordPress Posts)

Many scripts allow you to control the content that displays in your content from an external location (e.g. manage opt-in forms).

You can also add content to WordPress posts by inserting the code directly into the file templates, which requires knowing how to edit code.

To learn more about adding content via scripts inside 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 learn more about the Post area.

Post Section

In this section, you will learn about the WordPress Post panel and what each of the different WordPress post features do.

WordPress Post Options

The Post Screen includes various features that let you manage the settings of your post …

(Post Section Options)

Let’s review these features:

1 – Title Section

This area contains a field where you can enter the title of your post …

(Post Title)

Please note the following:

(Using Symbols In Post Titles)

2 – Content Editor

This is the large, blank section of the editor where you compose the content …

(Content Editor)

3 – Post Publishing Settings

This section is where you specify the settings and options that control your post status …

(Post Publisher Module)

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 …

(WP Post Preview)

Post Visibility

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

(Post Visibility Settings)

Additional publish settings allow you to modify publication dates (even schedule posts to be published at a later date), copy your post to a new draft, or set your post for deletion by moving it to the trash.

Save Post Status

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 yet been published, then either …

Save Draft button will display in the Publish area if your post status is set to Draft …

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

Click the button to manually save your post without publishing.

Publish Status

Click Publish to make the post live on your website …

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 …

To learn how to schedule posts in WordPress for publishing at a future date, see this tutorial:

4 – WordPress Post Formats

Some 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 Module

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

(Post Categories Section)

When you assign your posts to categories, visitors can then narrow their search using specific categories to view all posts published under that category.

You can add a new category when you create a new post by clicking the + Add New Category link …

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

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

6 – Post Tags

Post Tags allow you to finetune how WordPress posts can be organized …

(Post Tags Module)

Clicking on a tag in a blog post displays similarly tagged posts.

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

(WordPress Post Tags)

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

(Post Tags)

You can add new tags to your blog posts by typing in comma-separated keywords into the “Tags” feature and clicking the Add button …

(Post Tags)

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

7 – Featured Post Image

Featured images are controlled by the active WordPress theme you are using.

If your WordPress theme supports Post Thumbnails, then the “Featured Image” module should be visible in the Post editing area …

(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 the checkbox 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 Modules

By default, several features are hidden inside the Post admin area, and will only display in your admin area if selected in the Screen Options area …

(Additional Post Screen Modules)

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

Excerpt Section

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

(Post Excerpt Field)

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

Send Trackbacks

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

(Post – Send Trackbacks Box)

If you link to other WordPress blogs, they’ll be notified automatically using a feature called 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 custom information to your site and/or modify the way your posts are displayed …

(WordPress Post – Custom Fields Module)

Custom Fields are generally used together with certain WordPress plugins, but you can modify custom content added by a plugin in your post.

Discussion

This section is used to turn the discussion options on/off for a given post …

(Post – Discussion Options)

This option is useful if you want to enable interactivity and notifications on a post-by-post basis.

Notes:

Learn how to configure WordPress discussion settings here:

Post Slug

The post slug is a user-friendly post URL that WordPress automatically creates from the post title …

(WP Post – Permalinks URL)

This module lets you edit the post slug, which is also known as your Permalink URL

(Post – Slug Field)

Quick Note About Permalink URLs

(Post – Permalinks URL)

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

Post Author

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

(WordPress Post – Post Author Module)

Note: This section only displays on your post editing area if you have multiple registered users on your web site with authoring privileges.

Learn more about assigning different post authors in WordPress here:

Next Step …

Now that you know more about what the WordPress Post area sections are, the next step is to actually create a post in WordPress.

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This is the end of part one of this tutorial

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

Creating A Post In WordPress – Part Two

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"This is an awesome training series. I have a pretty good understanding of WordPress already, but this is helping me to move somewhere from intermediate to advanced user!" - Kim Lednum

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