In Part 1 of this step-by-step tutorial on creating a new post in WordPress, we covered the following:
- WordPress Post Content Types
- WordPress Post Features
To review Part 1 of this 2-part tutorial series, go here: How To Create A New WP Post – Part One
As we repeatedly state throughout this site, WordPress provides an easy-to-use, powerful and flexible content management system application 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 WordPress post is very easy. In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a new post in WordPress.
Let’s begin by reviewing some useful guidelines for adding content to posts.
WordPress – Content Guidelines
Below are some helpful guidelines and best practices for posting content:
- 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=”Your Descriptive Title Goes Here” href=”http://yourdomain.com/”>Your Link</a>).
- Use Paragraphs: Use paragraphs to make your content more readable. Tip: If you use double spacing between paragraphs, WordPress will automatically detect these and insert HTML paragraph tags (<p>) into your writing.
- Use Headings: If you plan to write a long post, consider using 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 Content Editor.
- Use HTML: You don’t have to know HTML to create formatted content, as WordPress will automatically do this if you use the Content Editor. Having some basic knowledge of HTML, however, will allow you to control different styling elements in your content (e.g. styled boxes and headings).
- 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 Writing The Content: An excellent way to focus on writing 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 Publish: Everything that you publish can be seen by lots of 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 everything before publishing. Don’t rant … think!
- Consider Who You Are Writing For: Think about who will read your posts and take all appropriate measures and precautions that you think may be required when writing your content to protect your privacy and the privacy of others.
- Make Use Of Comments: Comments let your site users interact with you and share their ideas. You control 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 posts. Also, make sure that visitors can contact you privately if they need to (e.g. use 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 writing to grow a readership, and then change your entire site’s look with just a few clicks of the mouse anytime you want, thanks to WordPress Themes. Remember that it’s great content that attracts and keeps your readers engaged, so focus on publishing great content and worry about other things afterwards – you can change anything and everything any time you want with WordPress!
- Use Pictures And Videos: Videos and graphics help make your pages and posts more eye-catching and help readers engage better with your posts. We provide additional tutorials on inserting images and embedding videos to your pages and posts.
- Save As You Go: Save your posts frequently to prevent losing your work to accidents or computer errors. You can even do this without publishing your content as the section below will explain.
- Publish Regularly: We have created an entire email training series designed to help you come up with limitless content ideas for your site: [INSERT DETAILS/OPT-IN FORM ABOUT CONTENT CREATION EMAIL TRAINING SERIES]
Next Step …
Now that we have reviewed a few guidelines for posting content on your site, the next step is to examine saving a post in WordPress.
Saving WordPress Posts - Options
Once you have added content to your post, it’s time to save it.
By default, WordPress autosaves your posts at regular intervals …
(Your posts is autosaved at regular intervals)
The WordPress autosave feature helps prevent losing your information if something unexpectedly goes wrong with your internet access, or if you happen to click something and accidentally close your post, or close an application in the middle of your session.
WordPress records the time and date of posts when a post is first auto-saved.
You can modify this record in the “Published on:” options …
(Post Publisher – Published on: fields)
Until a post is published, it will not be visible to blog readers. Instead, the post will be saved as a “Draft” post until published …
You can save a post as a draft or publish it online using the “Save” and “Publish” options in the Publish area …
To save a post as a “Draft”, go to the Publish > Status section of your Post screen 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 post will be saved as a draft post. Click on Preview post to preview your content …
You can see what the post will look like when published in ‘Preview’ mode, but your content is not visible to web visitors …
(In ‘Preview Mode’ your post is not made visible to your blog readers)
Your post can be previewed in a new window without saving or publishing it first by clicking ’Preview’ in the “Publish” box …
When you are ready to make the post go live, click ’Publish’ …
After publishing your new post, click View Post to open your published post in a new browser window …
The content will now be made visible to online visitors and can be accessed via its unique URL …
Check to make sure that the content is displaying correctly …
Note: After publishing your post, the button changes from ‘Publish’ to ‘Update’ …
You can revert the status of a post from ‘Published’ to ‘Draft’ or ‘Pending Review’ at any time simply by clicking on the Edit link in 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 screen and click on Edit …
Select Draft from the drop-down menu and click the ‘OK’ button…
With ‘Draft’ displayed in the “Status:” field, click on Save Draft …
Your post will update to a ‘draft’ post and no longer be available to blog readers.
Note: typing in the web address of a post that was previously published will lead to a “not found” error message (this is called a ’404 Not Found’ error page) …
(’404 Error’ page)
Next Step …
Now that you know how to create, save and publish a post in WordPress, let’s briefly go over all of the steps involved in creating a new post.
Creating A New Post Using WordPress – Quick Summary
In this final section of the tutorial, we summarize the steps involved in creating and optimizing a new post using WordPress.
As mentioned in Part One of this tutorial, with WordPress, getting your content published online is as easy as 1-2-3:
- Think …
- Write …
After thinking through what you would like to post content about the next step is to just get the content written, and then get it published online. WordPress makes publishing content easy.
Note: An optimized post helps your content in the search engines. We address content search engine optimization in separate tutorials and articles.
The screenshot below summarizes the steps involved in creating, optimizing and posting new content to your website:
(How To Create A WordPress Post – Summary Of Steps)
- Choose Posts > Add New in your WP admin menu 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 edit the Post Slug if required.
- If you have installed an SEO plugin, enter the search engine optimization metatags into the SEO fields in this section. This will only take an extra minute or two, but it will help your content rank better in the search engines.
- Add a Post Excerpt in the ‘Excerpt’ module.
- Select a Post Category to file your post under.
- Enter keywords into 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 and publish a new WordPress post! To learn how to edit to WordPress posts or remove a post that you no longer need, see this tutorial: Editing And Deleting Posts In WordPress - Part One
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