In Part One of this step-by-step tutorial on how to create a new WordPress Post, we covered the following:
- WordPress Post Content Formats
- WordPress Post Section Features
To review Part 1 of this comprehensive step-by-step tutorial, 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 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 soon discover, 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 get effective results in your business.
Let’s start by reviewing some useful guidelines for posting content in WordPress.
WordPress Posts – Content Guidelines
Here are a number of useful 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 links and images (e.g. <a title=”Add Your Title Here” href=”http://yourdomain.com/”>Linked Text</a>).
- Use Paragraphs: Make your content more readable by breaking up your writing into paragraphs. Tip: If paragraphs are separated using 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, 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 insert 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 Content 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 WordPress Editor. Having some basic knowledge of HTML, however, will allow 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 WordPress spell check plugins available.
- Focus On Writing The Content: An excellent way to focus on writing content without distractions is to write your post drafts in a text editor, then copy and paste your content into the WordPress editor.
- Think Before You Post: Everything you make public can be viewed by many people and picked up by search engines, making it harder to take things back. Take your time to plan and think about what you are planning to write and review your posts before publishing. Don’t rant … think!
- Consider Your Target Audience: Consider who will read your posts and take all appropriate measures and precautions that you think may be required to ensure that your privacy and the privacy of others is protected.
- Make Use Of Comments: Comments let site visitors interact with you and share their ideas. You control what gets posted on your website and you can delete any comments that you don’t want published in your posts, so consider this fact when deciding whether you will or will not 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 Site 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 design with a couple of mouse clicks anytime you want, using 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 Pictures And Videos: Videos and graphics help make your content more eye-catching and help readers engage better with your content. We provide additional tutorials on inserting images and embedding videos into your posts and pages.
- Save Often: 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.
- Post Often: If you need help coming up with great ideas for content that you can post on your website or blog, then subscribe to our email training series here:
Next Step …
Now that we have covered some guidelines for posting content on your site, the next step is to look at the options you have for saving posts.
Saving A Post In WordPress
After adding content to your post, the next step is learning how to save it.
WordPress autosaves your work at regular intervals …
(Your content is autosaved at regular intervals)
Learn more about the WordPress autosave feature here:
This helps to prevent losing your valuable content if something unexpectedly goes wrong with your computer or internet access, or if you click something that accidentally closes your browser window, or terminate an application while you’re working.
WordPress automatically records the date and time of your post when a post is first autosaved.
You can edit this information by adjusting the “Published on:” values …
(Publish Box – Published on: module)
Until a post is published, it will not be visible to site 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” functions in the Publish section …
To save your post as a “Draft”, go to the Publish > Status section of your Post editor and click on Edit …
Choose Draft from the options 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 content …
In ‘Preview Mode’ you can see what your post will look like when published, but the content is not visible to your site visitors …
(In ‘Preview Mode’ your post is not visible to your web visitors)
You can preview your content in a new window without saving or publishing it first by clicking on the Preview button in the “Publish” box …
When you are ready to make the post go live, click the ‘Publish’ button …
After publishing your post, click View Post to open the post in a new browser tab …
Your new post is now visible to site visitors and can be accessed via its unique URL …
Make sure that all of your content has been added and formatted correctly …
Note: Once a post has been published, the button changes from ‘Publish’ to ‘Update’ …
You can easily revert the status from ‘Published’ to ‘Draft’ or ‘Pending Review’ anytime just 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 …
Choose Draft from the Status drop-down menu options and click OK…
In the “Status:” field, click on Save Draft …
Your post will revert to ’draft’ status and 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” 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 WordPress posts, let’s briefly go over the steps involved in the process of creating a new post.
Creating A New WordPress Post – Quick Review Of Steps
In this final tutorial section, 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 …
After deciding on the topic you will have content written about the next step is to just get the content written, and then get it published. WordPress makes publishing content easy.
Note: An optimized WordPress post helps your site get indexed faster by search engines. We provide separate articles and tutorials about optimizing WordPress posts for SEO.
The image below provides a quick summary of the steps involved in creating, optimizing and posting new content to your site:
(How To Post Content To WordPress – Quick Summary)
- In your WP admin menu, click Posts > Add New to bring up the ‘Add New Post’ screen.
- Add your post content (post title & body). Also, make sure you have already set up your site’s Permalinks and change the Post Slug if required.
- If you have installed an SEO plugin, complete this section. This only takes an extra minute or so, but it can help your content to rank better in the search engines.
- Type or paste your Post Excerpt in the ‘Excerpt’ section.
- Select a Post Category to file your post under.
- Add keywords to your 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! To learn how to make changes to WordPress posts or delete a post that you no longer need, go here: How To Edit And Delete WordPress Posts
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