In Part One of this tutorial on creating a new post in WordPress, we covered the following areas:
- WordPress Post Content Types
- WordPress Post Section Features
To review Part One of our step-by-step tutorial, go here: How To Create A New Post In WordPress – Part 1
As we repeatedly state 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 soon discover, creating a WordPress post is very easy. In this tutorial, you will learn how to actually create an effective post for your business in WordPress.
Let’s start by reviewing some useful guidelines for adding content to blog posts.
Posts – Content Guidelines
Here are some useful 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 links and images (e.g. <a title=”Add Descriptive Title Here” href=”http://yourdomain.com/”>Hyperlinked Text</a>).
- Use Paragraphs: Make your content more readable by breaking up your writing into paragraphs. Tip: If paragraphs are separated by double spacing, 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, 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 WordPress Content Editor.
- Use HTML: You don’t have to use HTML to create richly formatted content, as WordPress will automatically do this if you use the Content Editor. Having a little knowledge of HTML, however, will allow you to control different styling elements in your content (e.g. boxes and nested layouts).
- Spell Check & Proof: Check your spelling and proof everything before posting your content. There are a number of WordPress spell check plugins available.
- Focus On Content Quality: A useful way to focus on writing great content without distractions is to compose your initial content using a text editor, then copy and paste this into WordPress.
- Think Before You Post: Anything you make public could be viewed by lots of people and logged by search engines, making it harder to take things back. Take take your time and think about what you are writing and review your posts before you hit the publish button. Don’t rant … think!
- Consider Who You Are Writing For: Consider who will read your content and take any appropriate measures and precautions you think may be necessary when writing your content to ensure that your privacy and the privacy of others is protected.
- Make Use Of Commenting: Comments allow site users to 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 published in your posts, so consider this when deciding whether to allow people to comment on your site. Also, make sure that people can contact you privately if they need to (e.g. using a contact form).
- Worry About Web Design Later: How your website 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 publishing content to grow a readership, and then change your entire site’s look with just 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 afterwards – you can change anything and everything anytime you want with WordPress!
- Use Graphics And Videos: Videos and graphics help make your pages and posts attractive and interesting and help readers engage better with your posts. We provide additional tutorials about inserting images and adding videos to your post 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.
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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 the options you have for saving posts in WordPress.
Saving A Post
Once you have added content to your post, it’s time to save it.
By default, WordPress autosaves your posts at regular intervals …
(WordPress will auto-save your work at regular intervals)
This helps prevent losing your information if something unexpectedly goes wrong with your computer, or if you happen to click something and accidentally close your web browser, or terminate an application in the middle of your session.
WordPress automatically records the time and date of posts when the post is first auto-saved.
You can edit this information in the “Published on:” settings …
(Post Publisher – Published on: module)
Until a post is published, it will not be visible to blog readers. Instead, it will be saved as a “Draft” post until published …
You can save your post in ‘draft’ status 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’ drop-down menu and click OK…
With Draft displayed in the “Status:” field, click the ‘Save Draft’ button…
Your post will be saved and updated as a draft post. Click on Preview post to preview your draft post …
You can see what the post will look like when published in ‘Preview’ mode, but the content is not made visible to your site visitors …
(In ‘Preview Mode’ your content is not visible to blog readers)
Your post can also be previewed in a new browser window without saving or publishing it first by clicking ’Preview’ in the “Publish” area …
Once you are ready to publish your post, click ’Publish’ …
After publishing your post, click View Post to open the post in a new browser window …
The published post should now be visible to your site visitors and can be linked to via its unique web address …
Review your post to make sure that all of your content is displaying correctly …
Note: After publishing a post, the button changes from ‘Publish’ to ‘Update’ …
You can revert the status from ‘Published’ to ‘Draft’ or ‘Pending Review’ at any time by clicking on the Edit link in the Status field and selecting an option from the Status drop-down menu …
For example, to resave a published post as a ‘draft’ post, go to the Publish > Status section of your post screen and click on Edit …
Choose Draft from the drop-down menu options and click OK…
With ‘Draft’ displayed in the “Status:” field, click the ‘Save Draft’ button …
Your post will revert to a ‘draft’ post and 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 Not Found’ page) …
Next Step …
Now that you know how to create, save and publish a post using WordPress, let’s briefly summarize all of the steps involved in creating a new post.
Creating A WordPress Post – Recap
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, getting your content published online with WordPress is as easy as 1-2-3:
- Think …
- Write …
Once you have thought through what you will post content about the next step is simply to get the content written, and then get it published online. With WordPress, publishing content is really easy.
Note: An optimized post helps your content perform better with search engines. We address WordPress Post search engine optimization in separate tutorials.
The image below provides a quick summary of the steps involved in creating, optimizing and posting new content to your site or blog:
(How To Create A Post Using WordPress – Quick Recap)
- In your WP admin menu, click Posts > Add New to bring up the ‘Add New Post’ panel.
- Add your post content (post title & content body). Also, make sure your site’s Permalinks are already set up and edit the Post Slug if required.
- If you have installed an SEO plugin, type the search engine optimization content into the SEO fields in this section. This will only take an extra minute or two, but it can help your content to rank better in the search engines.
- Type or paste your Post Excerpt into the ‘Excerpt’ field.
- Select a Post Category to file your post under.
- Add keywords 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 in WordPress! To learn how to make changes to the post content and remove a post that you no longer need, go here: Editing And Deleting Posts In WordPress
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