How To Create A WordPress Post – Part 2

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create and publish a new post on your WordPress site or blog.

WP TutorialIn Part 1 of this step-by-step tutorial on how to create a new post in WordPress, we covered the following sections:

  • Types Of Content You Can Publish In WordPress
  • WordPress Post Section Features

To review Part 1 of this comprehensive two-part tutorial series, go here: How To Create A New Post In WordPress – Part One

As we repeatedly state throughout this site, WordPress provides an easy-to-use, powerful and flexible tool to manage your content online.

The more you understand WordPress, the better you can use it as a business marketing tool to help you grow online.

As you will soon discover, creating a new WordPress post is very easy. In this tutorial, you are going to actually create a post in WordPress that will help you grow your business.

How To Create A New Post In WordPress - The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide For WordPress Beginners

Let’s begin by reviewing some useful guidelines for posting content in WordPress.

Post Content Guidelines

Below are a number of useful guidelines and best practices for posting content:

  • Practice Accessibility: Stay compliant with web standards for accessibility and help your users by including ALT and TITLE descriptions will all links and images (e.g. <a title=”Your Descriptive Title Goes Here” href=”http://yourdomain.com/”>Linked Text</a>).
  • Use Paragraphs: Break up your content into paragraphs to make it more readable. Tip: If paragraphs are separated using double spaces, WordPress will automatically detect these and insert HTML paragraph tags (<p>) into your writing.
  • Use Headings: If you plan to write a long post, use headings to break up your post sections. In HTML, headings are set using tags like h1, h2, and so on. You can also insert headings by highlighting content in the body of your post, and then selecting one of the heading options from the “Format Style” drop-down menu in your WordPress Content Editor.
  • Use HTML: You don’t have to use HTML to create richly formatted content, as WordPress will automatically do this if you use the WordPress Content Editor. Having some basic knowledge of HTML, however, will allow you to control different styling elements in your content (e.g. styled boxes and tables).
  • Spell Check & Proof: Check your spelling and proof everything before publishing your content. There are a number of spell check tools available for WordPress.
  • Focus On Content Quality: A great way to focus on writing content without distractions is to write your post drafts using a text editor, then copy and paste this into the WordPress editor.
  • Think Before You Publish: Everything you make public could be seen by many people and logged by search engines, making it harder to make the content “unseen”. Take your time to plan and think about what you are planning to write and review everything before publishing. Don’t rant … think!
  • Consider Who You Are Writing For: Think about who will read your content and take any appropriate measures or precautions that you think will be required when writing your content to protect your privacy.
  • Make Use Of Comments: Comments allow site visitors to interact with you and share their ideas. You have control over what gets posted on your site and you can delete any comments that you don’t want displayed in your posts, so consider this fact when deciding whether you will or will not allow people to comment on your site. Also, make sure that visitors can contact you privately if they need to (e.g. use a contact form).
  • Worry About Little Things Later: How your website looks is important, but it’s often not essential to getting your point across. In fact, because WordPress is so flexible as far as web design is concerned, you can just start publishing content to grow a readership, and then change your entire site’s design with just a few clicks of the mouse anytime you want, thanks to Themes. Remember that great content will attract and keep your readers engaged, so focus on publishing quality content and worry about little things later – you can change anything and everything anytime you want with WordPress!
  • Use Videos And Graphics: Pictures and videos help make your content colorful and attractive and can help readers engage better with your information. We provide additional tutorials and articles about adding images and embedding videos to your posts.
  • Save Your Posts: Save your posts regularly to avoid losing your work to accidents or computer errors. You can even do this without publishing your content as you will see in a moment.
  • Write Often: We have created an entire email training series designed to help you come up with limitless content ideas for posting great content on your site: [INSERT DETAILS/OPT-IN FORM ABOUT CONTENT CREATION EMAIL TRAINING SERIES]

Next Step …

Now that we have gone over some guidelines for posting content on your site, the next step is to look at different ways to save posts.

Saving Posts - Options

After adding content to your post, it’s time to save it.

By default, WordPress will auto-save your posts at regular intervals …

Your content is auto-saved at regular intervals

(WordPress auto-saves your content at regular intervals)

The WordPress autosave feature helps to prevent losing your information if something unexpectedly happens to your computer or internet access, or if you click something that accidentally closes your browser window, or close an application while you’re working.

WordPress automatically records the time and date of your post when the post is first autosaved.

You can change this record by modifying the “Published on:” settings …

Publish Box - Published on: section

(Post Publishing – Published on: feature)

Until a post is published, it will not be visible to site visitors. Instead, it will be saved in Draft status until published …

The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A Post In WordPress

You can save a post in ‘draft’ status or publish it online using the “Save” and “Publish” options in the Publish box …

How To Create A New Post In WordPress - The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide

To save a post as a “Draft”, go to the Publish > Status section of your Post screen and click on Edit

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

Select Draft from the ’Status’ drop-down menu and click OK

How To Create A WP Post

With ‘Draft’ displayed in the “Status:” field, click on Save Draft

How To Create A New WordPress Post - The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide

Your content will be saved as a draft post. Click on Preview post to preview your content …

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

You can see what your post will look like when published in ‘Preview’ mode, but the content is not visible to web visitors …

In 'Preview Mode' your post is not visible to your site visitors

(In ‘Preview Mode’ your content is not made visible to your blog readers)

Your content can also be previewed in a new window without first saving or publishing it by clicking the Preview button in the “Publish” box …

How To Create A WP Post

When you are ready to go live, click ’Publish’ …

How To Create A Post In WordPress - Step-By-Step Guide For WordPress Beginners

Once your new post is published, click View Post to open the post in a new browser tab …

Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A New Post In WordPress

Your post will now be visible to your online visitors and can be accessed via its unique web address …

How To Create A New Post In WordPress - The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide For WordPress Beginners

Make sure that the content has been added and formatted correctly …

How To Create A New WP Post - The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide For WordPress Beginners

Note: Once a post has been published, the button changes from ‘Publish’ to ‘Update’ …

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

You can always revert the status back from ‘Published’ to ‘Draft’ or ‘Pending Review’ just by clicking on the Edit link in the Status field and selecting another option from the Status drop-down menu …

How To Create A WordPress Post - The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide

For example, to resave your published post as a ‘draft’ post, go to the Publish > Status section of your post screen and click on Edit

How To Create A WordPress Post - The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide For WordPress Beginners

Choose Draft from the Status drop-down menu options and click the ‘OK’ button…

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

In the “Status:” field, click on Save Draft

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

Your post will update to ’draft’ status and the content will no longer be available to blog readers.

Note: searching for a post that was previously published will lead to a “not found” message (this is called a ‘404′ page) …

'404 Not Found' error page

(‘404′ page)

Next Step …

Now that you know how to create, save and publish WordPress posts, let’s briefly go over the steps involved in creating a new post in WordPress.

Posting Content In WordPress – Summary

In this final tutorial section, we go over a quick summary of the steps involved in creating and optimizing a new post using WordPress.

As mentioned in Part One of this tutorial, with WordPress, getting content published online is as easy as 1-2-3:

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

How To Create A WordPress Post

Once you have thought through what topic to write about the next step is to write, and then publish online. With WordPress, publishing content is really easy.

Note: An optimized WordPress post helps your content get indexed by search engines. We cover WordPress Post SEO in separate articles and tutorials.

The screenshot below provides a summary of the steps involved in creating, optimizing and posting new content to your WordPress site:

Posting Content To WordPress - Quick Summary

(Creating A WP Post – Quick Summary)

  1. In your WordPress dashboard menu, click Posts > Add New to bring up the ‘Add New Post’ section.
  2. Add your post content (title & content body). Also, make sure your site’s Permalinks have already been set up and modify the Post Slug if required.
  3. If you have an SEO plugin installed, add the search engine optimization metatags into this section. This will only take an extra minute or two, but it will help your content rank better in the search engines.
  4. Enter a Post Excerpt into the ‘Excerpt’ box.
  5. Select a Post Category to save your post under.
  6. Enter tags into your Tags section (tip: use the same keywords you entered into the SEO section in Step 3).
  7. Publish your post.

Congratulations! Now you know how to create a new WordPress post! To learn how to make changes to the content and remove a post that you no longer need, see this tutorial: Editing And Deleting Posts In WordPress - Part One

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Author: Martin Aranovitch

Martin Aranovitch is the founder of WPCompendium.org and has authored hundreds of FREE WordPress tutorials for non-techies and beginners. WPCompendium.org provides detailed step-by-step tutorials that will teach you how to use WordPress with no coding skills required and grow your business online at minimal cost!