How To Create A WordPress Post – Pt. 2

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

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This tutorial shows you how to create a post in WordPress using the WordPress Classic Editor interface.

To learn how to create a post in WordPress using the WordPress Gutenberg interface, go here: WordPress Gutenberg Content Editor.

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In Part 1 of this tutorial on how to create a new WordPress Post, we looked at the following sections:

  • WordPress Post Content Types
  • WordPress Post Section Features

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

As we state repeatedly 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 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 actually create a post in WordPress that will help you get effective results in your business.

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

Let’s start by reviewing some helpful guidelines for adding content to blog posts.

WordPress – Content Guidelines

Below are a number of 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=”Add Your Title Here” href=”http://yourdomain.com/”>Anchor Text</a>).
  • Use Paragraphs: Break up your content into paragraphs to make it more readable. Tip: If you use double spacing 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, 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 Visual Editor.
  • Use HTML: You don’t have to use HTML to create richly formatted posts, as WordPress will automatically do this if you use the 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 hitting the publish button. There are a number of WordPress spell check plugins available.
  • Focus On Content Quality: A useful way to focus only on the content without distractions is to compose your post drafts using a plain text editor, then copy and paste your content into the WordPress editor.
  • Think Before You Post: Anything you make public could be viewed 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 your posts before publishing. Don’t rant … think!
  • Consider Who You Are Writing For: Think about who will read your content and take all appropriate measures and precautions you think may be necessary to ensure that your privacy is protected.
  • Make Use Of Comments: Comments let site users 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 consider this when deciding whether to allow people to comment on your posts. Also, make sure that visitors can contact you privately if required (e.g. using a contact form).
  • Worry About Web Design Later: How your site looks is important, but it’s often not essential to 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 look with a few clicks of the mouse anytime you want, using Themes. Remember that great content is what attracts and keeps your readers engaged, so focus on publishing great content and worry about little things later – With WordPress, you can change anything and everything you want any time!
  • Use Graphics And Videos: Pictures and videos help make your content colorful and interesting and can help readers engage better with your content. We provide additional tutorials and articles on inserting images and adding videos to 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 the section below will explain.
  • Write Often: If you need great ideas for posting content on your web site, then subscribe to our FREE email training series on growing your business with content marketing here:

Next Step …

Now that we have gone over a few guidelines for posting content on your site, the next step is to examine the options you have for saving WordPress posts.

Saving Posts - Options

Once you have added content to your post, it’s time to save it.

By default, WordPress autosaves your work at regular intervals …

Your content is auto-saved at regular intervals

(WordPress auto-saves your work at regular intervals)

Learn more about the WordPress autosave feature here:

This helps to prevent losing your content if something unexpectedly goes wrong with your internet access, or if you click something that accidentally closes your post, or close 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 modify this in the “Published on:” values …

Post Publisher - Published on: module

(Publish Box – Published on: module)

Until your post is published, the post will not be visible to blog readers. 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 as a draft or publish it online using the “Save” and “Publish” options in the Publish section …

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

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 WordPress Post

Select Draft from the drop-down menu and click the ‘OK’ button…

How To Create A Post In WordPress

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

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

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

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

In ‘Preview Mode’ you can see what the post will look like when published, but your content is not made visible to your web visitors …

In 'Preview Mode' your content is not made visible to online visitors

(In ‘Preview Mode’ your post is not made visible to your online visitors)

You can preview your content in a new window without saving or publishing it first by clicking the Preview button in the “Publish” box …

How To Create A Post In WordPress

Once your content is ready for publishing, click the ‘Publish’ button …

How To Create A Post In WordPress

Once your post has gone live, click View Post to open your published post in a new browser window …

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

Your content will now be visible to your blog readers and can be linked to via its unique web address …

How To Create A WordPress Post

Make sure that all of your content has been added and formatted correctly …

How To Create A Post In WordPress

Note: Once your post is published, the button changes from ‘Publish’ to ‘Update’ …

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

You can revert the status back 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 …

How To Create A WordPress Post

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

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

Select Draft from the drop-down menu and click the ‘OK’ button…

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

In the “Status:” field, click the ‘Save Draft’ button …

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

Your post will be resaved as a ‘draft’ post and the content will no longer be made visible to your site visitors.

Note: searching for posts that were previously published will lead to a ”page not found” page (called a ’404 Error’ page) …

'404' page

(’404 Error’ page)

Next Step …

Now that you know how to create, save and publish a post, let’s review the steps involved in the process of creating a new WordPress post.

How To Create A New WP Post – Quick Summary

In this final tutorial section, we summarize the steps involved in creating and optimizing a new post using WordPress.

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

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

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

After deciding on a topic to post about the next step is to write the content, and then publish online. WordPress makes publishing content easy.

Note: An optimized post helps your website get indexed faster by search engines. We provide separate articles on optimizing content for SEO.

The image below summarizes the steps involved in creating, optimizing and posting new content to your site or blog:

How To Post Content To WordPress - Review

(How To Post Content In WordPress – Quick Summary)

  1. In your WordPress dashboard menu, choose Posts > Add New to bring up the ‘Add New Post’ section.
  2. Add your post content (title & content body). Also, make sure that your site’s Permalinks are already set up and change the Post Slug if required.
  3. If you have installed an SEO plugin, complete this module. This should only take an extra couple of minutes, but it will help your content rank better in the search engines.
  4. Type or paste your Post Excerpt in the ‘Excerpt’ module.
  5. Select a Post Category to file your post under.
  6. Add keywords to the 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 post in WordPress! To learn how to edit to the content or delete a post that you no longer want, see this tutorial: Editing And Deleting A Post In WordPress

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