In Part 1 of this step-by-step tutorial on how to create a new WordPress Post, we covered the following:
- 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 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 see very shortly, creating a new WordPress post is very easy. In this tutorial, you will learn how to actually create a post in WordPress that will help you grow your business.
Let’s start by reviewing some helpful guidelines for adding content to blog posts.
WordPress Post 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 will all images and links (e.g. <a title=”Your Descriptive Title Goes Here” href=”http://yourdomain.com/”>Hyperlink 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 long posts, then use headings to break up your post sections. In HTML, headings are set using tags like h1, h2, h3, h4, 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 Content Editor.
- Use HTML: You don’t have to use HTML to create formatted content, as WordPress will automatically do this if you use the WordPress Editor. Having a little knowledge of HTML, however, allows you to control different styling elements in your content (e.g. columned text and headings).
- Spell Check And Proof: Check your spelling and proof everything before publishing your content. There are a number of WordPress spell check tools available.
- Focus On The Quality Of Your Content: A useful way to focus on writing content with no distractions is to compose your post drafts in a plain text editor, then copy and paste this into WordPress.
- Think Before You Post: Anything that you publish can be seen by many people and logged by search engines, making it harder to take things back. Take your time to plan and think about what you are writing and review everything before you hit the publish button. Don’t rant … think!
- Consider Your Readers: Think about who will read your content and take all appropriate measures or precautions you think may be necessary to ensure that your privacy and the privacy of others is protected.
- Make Use Of Comments: Comments allow your visitors to 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 you will or will not allow people to comment on your posts. 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 site looks is important, but it’s often not essential in terms of getting your point across. In fact, because WordPress is so flexible as far as web design is concerned, you can just start writing to grow a readership, and then change your entire site’s design with just a couple of mouse clicks whenever you want, using Themes. Remember that it’s great content that attracts and keeps your readers engaged, so focus on publishing quality content and worry about other things later – With WordPress, you can change anything and everything any time you want!
- Use Pictures And Videos: Pictures and videos help make your content attractive and colorful and help readers engage better with your posts. We provide additional tutorials and articles about adding images and embedding videos into your blog content.
- Save Your Posts: Save your posts frequently 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 Regularly: We have created an entire email training series designed to help you come up with limitless content for posting great content on your site: [INSERT DETAILS/OPT-IN FORM ABOUT CONTENT CREATION EMAIL TRAINING SERIES]
Next Step …
Now that we have covered a few guidelines for posting content on your site, the next step is to look at different options available for saving posts in WordPress.
Saving WordPress Posts - Options
Once you have added content to your post, the next step is learning how to save it.
WordPress will auto-save your content at regular intervals …
(Your work is autosaved at regular intervals)
Autosaving helps to prevent losing your valuable content if something should unexpectedly happen to your internet access, or if you happen to click something that accidentally closes your web browser, or close an application while you’re working.
WordPress records the date and time of posts when the post is first autosaved.
You can edit this information in the settings in the “Published on:” feature …
(Post Publisher – Published on: module)
Until a post is published, the content will not be visible to online visitors. Instead, it will be saved as a “Draft” post until published …
You can save your post in ‘draft’ status or publish it live using the “Save” and “Publish” options in the Publish section …
To save posts 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 on Save Draft…
Your content will be saved and updated as a draft post. Click on Preview post to preview your draft post …
In ‘Preview Mode’ you can see what your post will look like when published, but your content will not be visible to online visitors …
(In ‘Preview Mode’ your content is not visible to your blog readers)
You can preview your content in a new window without first saving or publishing it by clicking on the Preview button in the “Publish” section …
When your post is ready for publishing, click on Publish …
Once your post has gone live, click View Post to open it in a new browser window …
Your published post should now be visible to your online visitors and can be accessed via its unique URL …
Check to make sure that all of the content has been added and formatted correctly …
Note: After publishing your post, the button changes from ‘Publish’ to ‘Update’ …
You can change the status of a post from ‘Published’ to ‘Draft’ or ‘Pending Review’ 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 published posts as a ‘draft’ post, go to the Publish > Status section of your post editor 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 visible to your site visitors.
Note: typing in the web address of posts that were previously published will lead to a “not found” message (this is called a ‘404′ page) …
Next Step …
Now that you know how to create, save and publish a post in WordPress, let’s briefly go over all the steps involved in creating a new WordPress post.
How To Create A WP Post – Quick Summary
In this final section of the tutorial, we summarize the steps involved in creating and optimizing a new WordPress post.
As mentioned in Part 1 of this tutorial, with WordPress, getting content published online is as easy as 1-2-3:
- Think …
- Write …
Once you have thought about what you would like to post about the next step is to just write it, and then publish it online. WordPress makes publishing content easy.
Note: Optimized WordPress posts help your content in the search engines. We cover content SEO in separate articles.
The image below provides a summary of the steps involved in creating, optimizing and posting new content to your WordPress site:
(Posting Content To WordPress – Review)
- Choose Posts > Add New in your WP admin menu to bring up the ‘Add New Post’ section.
- Add your post content (title & content body). Also, make sure you have already set up your site’s Permalinks and edit the Post Slug if required.
- If you have an SEO plugin installed, complete this module. This will only take an extra couple of minutes, but it can help your content rank better in the search engines.
- Type or paste your Post Excerpt into the ‘Excerpt’ box.
- Select a Category to save your post under.
- Add keywords to the Post Tags section (tip: 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 WordPress post! To learn how to edit to your post content and delete posts that you no longer need, go here: Editing And Deleting WordPress Posts
"If you're new to WordPress, this can stand on its own as a training course and will stay with you as you progress from beginner to advanced and even guru status." - Bruce (Columbus, Ohio)
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