In Part One of this tutorial on how to create a new post in WordPress, we looked at the following:
- WordPress Post Content Formats
- WordPress Post Section Features
To review Part 1 of our step-by-step tutorial, go here: How To Create A Post In WordPress – Part One
As we state repeatedly throughout this site, WordPress provides an easy-to-use, powerful and flexible content management system tool to publish information about your business online.
The more you understand WordPress, the better you can use it to grow your business online.
As you will see very shortly, creating a new WordPress post is very easy. In this tutorial, you are going to learn how to create a new WordPress post.
Let’s start by reviewing some useful guidelines for posting content on WordPress.
WordPress – Content Guidelines
Below are some useful guidelines and best practices for posting content on WordPress:
- Practice Accessibility: Stay compliant with web standards for accessibility and help your users by including ALT and TITLE descriptions with your links and images (e.g. <a title=”This Is Where Your Title Goes” href=”http://yourdomain.com/”>Hyperlink Text</a>).
- Use Paragraphs: Use paragraphs to make your content 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 long posts, then use headings to break up your post sections. In HTML, headings are set using tags like h1, h2, and so on. You can also add headings by highlighting content in the body of your post, and then selecting one of the heading options from the “Format Style” menu in your WordPress Content Editor.
- Use HTML: You don’t have to know HTML to create formatted posts, as WordPress will automatically do this if you use the Content Editor. Having some basic knowledge of HTML, however, allows you to control different styling elements in your content (e.g. styled boxes and tables).
- Spell Check And Proof: Check your spelling and proof everything before posting your content. There are a number of spell check plugins available for WordPress.
- Focus On Content Quality: A useful way to focus only on the content with no distractions is to write your post drafts in a plain text editor, then copy and paste this into WordPress.
- Think Before You Post: Anything that you publish could be viewed 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 writing and review your posts before you hit the publish button. Don’t rant … think!
- Consider Your Target Audience: Think about who will read your content and take all appropriate measures or precautions you think will be required to ensure that your privacy is protected.
- Make Use Of Commenting: Comments let your site users interact with you and share their ideas. You have control over your site’s comments and you can delete any comments that you don’t want displayed on your site, so take this into account when deciding whether to allow people to comment on your site. Also, make sure that people can contact you privately if they need to (e.g. use a contact form).
- Worry About Web Design Later: How your website looks is important, but it’s often not essential in terms of getting your point across. In fact, because WordPress is so flexible when it comes to web design, 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 whenever you want, using WordPress Themes. Remember that great content will attract and keep your readers engaged, so focus on publishing quality content and worry about little things afterwards – With WordPress, you can change anything and everything you want any time!
- Use Pictures And Videos: Videos and graphics help make your posts and pages more interesting and can help readers engage better with your posts. We provide additional tutorials and articles about adding images and adding videos into your pages and posts.
- Save As You Go: Save your posts frequently to avoid losing your work to accidents or computer errors. You can even do this without publishing your content as the section below will explain.
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Next Step …
Now that we have covered some guidelines for posting content on your site, the next step is to learn about the options you have for saving a post.
Saving Your WordPress Post - Options
After adding content to your post, it’s time to save it.
By default, WordPress autosaves your work at regular intervals …
(Your post is autosaved at regular intervals)
Learn more about the WordPress autosave feature here:
The WordPress autosave feature helps prevent loss of valuable information if something unexpectedly goes wrong with your computer or internet access, or if you happen to click something and accidentally close your browser window, or close an application in the middle of your session.
The time and date of posts are automatically recorded when the post is first auto-saved.
You can change this by modifying the “Published on:” settings …
(Publish Box – Published on: fields)
Until a post is published, it will not be visible to web visitors. Instead, the post will be saved as a “Draft” post until published …
You can save a post in ‘draft’ status or publish it online using the “Save” and “Publish” options in the Publish area …
To save your post as a “Draft”, go to the Publish > Status section of your Post screen and click on Edit …
Choose Draft from the ’Status’ menu and click the ‘OK’ button…
With Draft displayed in the “Status:” field, click on Save Draft…
Your post will be saved and updated as a draft post. Click on Preview post to preview your content …
In ‘Preview Mode’ you can see what the post will look like when published, but the content will not be visible to web visitors …
(In ‘Preview Mode’ your post is not visible to your site visitors)
You can also preview your post without saving or publishing it first by clicking ’Preview’ in the “Publish” section …
Once you are ready to go live, click on Publish …
After the new post is published, click View Post to open the post in a new window …
The published post will now be visible to blog readers and can be linked to via its unique web address …
Make sure that all of the content has been added and formatted correctly …
Note: Once your post is published, the button changes from ‘Publish’ to ‘Update’ …
You can easily revert the status of a post from ‘Published’ to ‘Draft’ or ‘Pending Review’ at any time just by clicking on the Edit link next to the Status field and selecting another option from the Status drop-down menu …
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 …
Choose Draft from the Status drop-down menu options and click the ‘OK’ button…
In the “Status:” field, click the ‘Save Draft’ button …
Your post will update to a ‘draft’ post and the content will no longer be available to blog readers.
Note: typing in the web address of a post that was previously published will lead to a ”page not found” page (called a ’404 Error’ page) …
(’404 Not Found’ page)
Next Step …
Now that you know how to create, save and publish posts using WordPress, let’s summarize the steps involved in the process of creating a new WordPress post.
Creating A New WP Post – Summary Of Steps Involved
In this final tutorial section, we briefly summarize the steps involved in creating and optimizing a new post using WordPress.
As mentioned in Part One of this tutorial, publishing content online with WordPress is as easy as 1-2-3:
- Think …
- Write …
After deciding on a topic to have content written about the next step is simply to write the content, and then publish online. With WordPress, publishing content is very easy.
Note: An optimized post helps your content perform better with search engines. We address Post SEO in other tutorials and articles.
The screenshot below provides a summary of the steps involved in creating, optimizing and posting new content to your site:
(How To Post Content To WordPress – Quick Summary Of Steps)
- In your WP dashboard menu, choose Posts > Add New to bring up the ‘Add New Post’ section.
- Add your post content (post title & content body). Also, make sure you have already set up your site’s Permalinks and modify the Post Slug if required.
- If you have installed an SEO plugin, complete this module. This only takes an extra couple of minutes, but it will help your content rank better in the search engines.
- Enter a Post Excerpt into the ‘Excerpt’ module.
- Select a Post Category to file your post under.
- Add tags to the Post Tags section (tip: you can use the same keywords you entered into the SEO section in Step 3).
- Publish your post.
Congratulations! Now you know how to create and publish a new post in WordPress! To learn how to make changes to the post content and remove posts that you no longer need, see this tutorial: Editing And Deleting A WordPress Post - Part 1
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