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.

WP TutorialIn Part One of this step-by-step tutorial on how to create a new WordPress Post, we looked at the following:

  • WordPress Post Content Formats
  • Features Of A WordPress Post

To review Part 1 of our tutorial, go here: How To Create A New 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 soon discover, creating a WordPress post is very easy. In this tutorial, you are going to actually create an effective post for your business in WordPress.

How To Create A Post In WordPress

Let’s begin by reviewing some helpful guidelines for posting content in WordPress.

Post Content Guidelines

Below are a number of 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 images and links (e.g. <a title=”Add Descriptive Title Here” href=”http://yourdomain.com/”>Linked Text</a>).
  • Use Paragraphs: Break up your content into paragraphs to make it more readable. Tip: If double spacing is used between your 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 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 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. styled sections and nested layouts).
  • Spell Check & Proof: Check your spelling and proof everything before posting your content. There are a number of spell check tools available for WordPress.
  • Focus On Adding Value With Quality Content: A useful way to focus only on the content without distractions is to compose your post drafts in a text editor, then copy and paste your content into WordPress.
  • Think Before You Post: Anything that you publish could be viewed by many people and logged 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 everything before you hit the publish button. Don’t rant … think!
  • Consider Your Audience: Consider who will read your content and take all appropriate measures or precautions you think will be necessary when writing content to ensure that your privacy and the privacy of others 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 site and you can delete any comments that you don’t want displayed on your site, so consider this 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. use a contact form).
  • Worry About Little Things 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 design with just a few clicks of the mouse anytime you want, using Themes. Remember that great content will attract and keep your readers engaged, so focus on publishing great content and worry about other things later – With WordPress, you can change anything and everything any time you want!
  • Use Videos And Images: Images and videos help make your content colorful and attractive and can help readers engage better with your information. We provide additional tutorials on inserting images and adding videos to your content.
  • Save Often: 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.
  • Write Regularly: We have created an entire email training series designed to help you come up with limitless content ideas for your site:

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

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

WordPress will auto-save your work at regular intervals …

WordPress autosaves your content at regular intervals

(WordPress autosaves your work at regular intervals)

Learn more about the WordPress autosave feature here:

This helps prevent loss of content if something should unexpectedly go wrong with your internet access, or if you happen to click something and accidentally close your browser window, or terminate an application in the middle of your work session.

WordPress records the time and date of your post when a post is first autosaved.

You can modify this record by modifying the “Published on:” settings …

Post Publishing - Published on: feature

(Publish Box – Published on: section)

Until a post is published, the content will not be visible to site visitors. Instead, the post will be saved in Draft status until published …

How To Create A Post In WordPress

You can save a post as a draft or publish it live using the “Save” and “Publish” functions in the Publish area …

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

To save posts as a “Draft”, go to the Publish > Status section of your Post editor and click on Edit

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

Choose Draft from the ’Status’ options menu and click OK

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

With ‘Draft’ displayed in the “Status:” field, click the ‘Save Draft’ button…

How To Create A New Post In WordPress - The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide For WordPress Beginners

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

How To Create A New WP Post

You can see what your post will look like when published in ‘Preview’ mode, but the content is not made visible to your online visitors …

In 'Preview Mode' your post is not made visible to web visitors

(In ‘Preview Mode’ your content is not visible to your web visitors)

You can also preview your content without first saving or publishing it by clicking ’Preview’ in the “Publish” area …

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

Once you are ready to make the post go live, click on Publish

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

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

How To Create A New Post In WordPress - The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide For WordPress Beginners

The post is now visible to online visitors and can be linked to via its unique web address …

How To Create A New WP Post

Review everything to make sure that the content is displaying correctly …

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

Note: After publishing your post, the button changes from ‘Publish’ to ‘Update’ …

How To Create A Post In WordPress

You can revert the post status from ‘Published’ to ‘Draft’ or ‘Pending Review’ 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 New Post In WordPress - A Step-By-Step Guide

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

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

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

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

In the “Status:” field, click on Save Draft

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

Your post will revert to a ‘draft’ post and the content will no longer be available to your online visitors.

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 Not Found' error page

(’404 Not Found’ page)

Next Step …

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

Creating A Post In WordPress – Summary Of Steps

In this final tutorial section, 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:

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

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

After deciding on the topic you plan to post content about the next step is to just write, and then publish it online. With WordPress, publishing content is easy.

Note: Optimized posts help your site perform better with search engines. We provide separate tutorials and articles on optimizing content for SEO.

The image below provides a summary of the steps involved in creating, optimizing and posting new content to your site:

How To Post Content In WordPress - Summary

(Posting Content In WordPress – Recap)

  1. Choose Posts > Add New in your WP admin menu to bring up the ‘Add New Post’ section.
  2. 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.
  3. If you have installed an SEO plugin, add the search engine optimization content into the SEO section. This only takes an extra minute or so, but it can help your content to rank better in the search engines.
  4. Add your Post Excerpt in the ‘Excerpt’ section.
  5. Select a Post Category to file your post under.
  6. Add tags to your 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 and publish a new post! To learn how to edit to your content and remove posts that you no longer want, go here: How To Edit And Delete A Post In WordPress

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Originally published as How To Create A WordPress Post – Pt. 2.