In Part 1 of this tutorial on creating a new WordPress Post, we covered the following:
- WordPress Post Content Types
- Sections Of A WordPress Post
To review Part 1 of our comprehensive step-by-step tutorial, go here: How To Create A New Post In WordPress – Part One
As we state repeatedly throughout this site, WordPress provides an easy-to-use, powerful and flexible CMS platform to publish information about your business 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 see very shortly, creating a WordPress post is very easy. In this tutorial, you will learn how to actually create a WordPress post.
Let’s start by reviewing some useful guidelines for posting content on WordPress.
WordPress – Content Guidelines
The following are helpful 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 images and links (e.g. <a title=”Your Descriptive Title Goes Here” href=”http://yourdomain.com/”>Linked Text</a>).
- Use Paragraphs: Make your content more readable by breaking up your writing into paragraphs. Tip: If double spaces are used between paragraphs, 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” drop-down menu in your WordPress Editor.
- Use HTML: You don’t have to know HTML to create formatted content, as WordPress will automatically do this if you use the Visual Editor. Having some basic knowledge of HTML, however, will allow you to control different styling elements in your content (e.g. columned text 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 Adding Value With Quality Content: An excellent way to focus on writing great content with no distractions is to compose your initial content using a text editor, then copy and paste your content into the WordPress editor.
- 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 a moment to think about what you are planning to write and review your posts before publishing. Don’t rant … think!
- Consider Your Target Audience: Think about who will read your content and take all appropriate measures and precautions that you think may be necessary to protect your privacy.
- Make Use Of Commenting: Comments let site visitors interact with you and share their ideas. You have control over what gets posted on your website or blog and you can delete any comments that you don’t want displayed in your posts, so take this into account when deciding whether you will or will not allow people to comment on your posts. Also, make sure that people can contact you privately if they need to (e.g. use a contact form).
- Worry About Site Design 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 look with just a couple of mouse clicks whenever you want, thanks to WordPress Themes. Remember that great content will attract and keep your readers engaged, so focus on publishing great content and worry about other things afterwards – With WordPress, you can change anything and everything any time you want!
- Use Videos And Images: Pictures and videos help make your content interesting and can help readers engage better with your content. We provide additional tutorials and articles about inserting images and embedding videos to your posts and pages.
- Save As You Go: 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.
- Post Often: We have created an entire email training series designed to help you come up with limitless content ideas for your site:
Next Step …
Now that we have reviewed a few guidelines for posting content on your site, the next step is to examine the options you have for saving WordPress posts.
Saving A Post In WordPress
Once you have added content to your post, it’s time to save it.
WordPress will auto-save your posts at regular intervals …
(WordPress autosaves your content at regular intervals)
Learn more about the WordPress autosave feature here:
Autosaving helps prevent loss of information if something should unexpectedly go wrong with your internet access, or if you click something that accidentally closes your post, or terminate an application while you’re working.
The date and time of your post are automatically recorded when a post is first auto-saved.
You can edit this information in the settings in the “Published on:” section …
(Post Publishing – Published on: section)
Until a post is published, it will not be visible to site 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 section …
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’ drop-down menu and click the ‘OK’ button…
With ‘Draft’ displayed in the “Status:” field, click the ‘Save Draft’ button…
Your post will be saved as a draft post. Click on Preview post to preview your saved content …
In ‘Preview Mode’ you can see what your post will look like when published, but the content is not visible to your blog readers …
(In ‘Preview Mode’ your post is not visible to your web visitors)
You can also preview your content without first saving or publishing it by clicking on the Preview button in the “Publish” area …
Once your content is ready for publishing, click on Publish …
After publishing the new post, click View Post to open it in a new browser tab …
Your content should now be visible to blog readers and can be linked to via its unique web address …
Go over everything to make sure that all of the content has been added and formatted correctly …
Note: Once publishing a post, the button changes from ‘Publish’ to ‘Update’ …
You can easily revert the status back from ‘Published’ to ‘Draft’ or ‘Pending Review’ at any time simply by clicking on the Edit link in the Status field and selecting an 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 editor screen and click on Edit …
Choose Draft from the drop-down menu options and click the ‘OK’ button…
With ‘Draft’ displayed in the “Status:” field, click on Save Draft …
Your post will be resaved as ’draft’ status and no longer be available to site visitors.
Note: searching for a post that was previously published will lead to a ”page not found” error message (called a ’404 Not Found’ error page) …
(’404 Not Found’ page)
Next Step …
Now that you know how to create, save and publish a post, let’s briefly go over all of the steps involved in the process of creating a new WordPress post.
How To Post Content To WordPress – Summary Of Steps Involved
In this final tutorial section, we review the steps involved in creating and optimizing a new WordPress post.
As mentioned in Part 1 of this tutorial, with WordPress, publishing your content online is as easy as 1-2-3:
- Think …
- Write …
After deciding on the topic you would like to post content about the next step is simply to write it, and then publish. WordPress makes publishing content easy.
Note: An optimized post helps your content in the search engines. We provide separate articles on optimizing posts for search engines.
The image below provides a quick summary of the steps involved in creating, optimizing and posting new content to your site using WordPress:
(How To Post Content In WordPress – Quick Recap)
- Select Posts > Add New in your WP admin menu to bring up the ‘Add New Post’ section.
- Add your post content (post title & body). Also, make sure you have already set up your site’s Permalinks and change the Post Slug if required.
- If you have an SEO plugin installed, complete this section. 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’ field.
- Select a Category to save your post under.
- Add tags to your 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 a new post! To learn how to edit to your content and delete posts that you no longer want, see this tutorial: How To Edit And Delete WordPress Posts
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