In Part One of this step-by-step tutorial on creating 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 One of this 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 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 are going to actually create a post in WordPress.
Let’s begin by reviewing some helpful guidelines for adding content to blog posts.
WordPress Posts – 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 your links and images (e.g. <a title=”Descriptive Title Goes Here” href=”http://yourdomain.com/”>Hyperlink Text</a>).
- Use Paragraphs: Make your content more readable by breaking up your writing into paragraphs. Tip: If you use double spaces between your 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, h3, h4, 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” menu in your Content Editor.
- Use HTML: You don’t have to know HTML to create richly formatted content, as WordPress will automatically do this if you use the WordPress Content Editor. Having a little knowledge of HTML, however, allows you to control different styling elements in your content (e.g. styled boxes and nested layouts).
- Spell Check & 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: An excellent way to focus only on the content without distractions is to write your posts using a text editor, then copy and paste your content into the WordPress editor.
- Think Before You Publish: Anything that you publish could be seen by lots of people and picked up by search engines, making it harder to make the content “unseen”. Take take your time and think about what you are planning to write and review everything before publishing. Don’t rant … think!
- Consider Your Audience: Think about who will read your content and take any appropriate measures and precautions that you think may be necessary when writing content to ensure that your privacy and the privacy of others is protected.
- Make Use Of Comments: Comments allow your site visitors to interact with you and share their ideas. You control what gets posted on your website or blog and you can delete any comments that you don’t want published 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. using a contact form).
- Worry About Site Design 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 look with a couple of mouse clicks anytime 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 later – you can change anything and everything anytime you want with WordPress!
- Use Videos And Images: Videos and images help make your posts and pages more eye-catching and help readers engage better with your information. We provide additional tutorials about adding images and adding videos to your posts.
- Save Often: Save your posts regularly to prevent losing your work to accidents or computer errors. You can even do this without publishing your content as you will see in a moment.
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Next Step …
Now that we have gone over some guidelines for posting content on your site, the next step is to learn about different ways to save your posts.
Saving A Post In WordPress - Options
After adding content to your post, the next step is learning how to save it.
By default, WordPress autosaves your content at regular intervals …
(Your posts is autosaved at regular intervals)
The WordPress autosave feature helps to prevent losing your content if something unexpectedly goes wrong with your internet access, or if you happen to click something that accidentally closes your browser window, or close an application while you’re working.
The time and date of posts are automatically recorded when the post is first autosaved.
You can modify this record by editing the settings in the “Published on:” fields …
(Post Publishing – Published on: feature)
Until a post is published, it will not be visible to online visitors. Instead, it will be saved in Draft status 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 posts as a “Draft”, go to the Publish > Status section of your Post editor and click on Edit …
Select Draft from the ’Status’ menu and click OK…
With ‘Draft’ displayed in the “Status:” field, click the ‘Save Draft’ button…
Your content will be saved and updated as a draft post. Click on Preview post to preview your content …
In ‘Preview Mode’ you can see what your post will look like when published, but the content is not made visible to your online visitors …
(In ‘Preview Mode’ your content is not made visible to web visitors)
Your content can also be previewed in a new browser window without first saving or publishing it by clicking ’Preview’ in the “Publish” area …
Once your post is ready to go live, click the ‘Publish’ button …
Once your post has gone live, click View Post to open it in a new browser window …
The published post will now be made visible to your online visitors and can be linked to via its unique URL …
Check to make sure that all of your content has been added and formatted correctly …
Note: After a post has been published, the button changes from ‘Publish’ to ‘Update’ …
You can always revert the status back from ‘Published’ to ‘Draft’ or ‘Pending Review’ 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 …
Select Draft from the Status drop-down menu and click the ‘OK’ button…
In the “Status:” field, click on Save Draft …
Your post will revert to a ‘draft’ post and the content will no longer be made visible to your site visitors.
Note: searching for a post that was previously published will lead to a ”page not found” page (this is called a ’404 Error’ page) …
(’404 Not Found’ page)
Next Step …
Now that you know how to create, save and publish your posts in WordPress, let’s review the steps involved in creating a new WordPress post.
How To Create A WP Post – Quick Summary Of Steps Involved
In this final section of the tutorial, we review the steps involved in creating and optimizing a new WordPress post.
As mentioned in Part One of this tutorial, getting content published online with WordPress is as easy as 1-2-3:
- Think …
- Write …
After deciding on a topic to post about the next step is to simply get your content written, and then publish it online. With WordPress, publishing content is easy.
Note: An optimized WordPress post helps your content get indexed by search engines. We provide separate articles and tutorials about optimizing WordPress posts for SEO.
The screenshot below summarizes the steps involved in creating, optimizing and posting new content to your site using WordPress:
(Creating A New WP Post – Review)
- Click Posts > Add New in your WP dashboard menu to bring up the ‘Add New Post’ panel.
- Add your post content (post title & content body). Also, make sure that your Permalinks are already set up and modify the Post Slug if required.
- If you have installed an SEO plugin, complete this area. This should only take an extra couple of minutes, but it will help your content rank better in the search engines.
- Add a Post Excerpt in the ‘Excerpt’ section.
- Select a Post Category to file your post under.
- Enter tags into the 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 and publish a new post! To learn how to make changes to WordPress posts or remove a post that you no longer want, go here: Editing And Deleting A WordPress Post - Part One
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