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 One of this tutorial on creating a new WordPress Post, we covered the following:

  • Types Of Content You Can Publish In WordPress
  • Sections Of A WordPress Post

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

As we repeatedly state 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 as a business marketing tool to help you grow online.

As you will see very shortly, creating a WordPress post is very easy. In this tutorial, you are going to learn how to actually create an effective post for your business in WordPress.

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

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

Guidelines For Posting Content

Here are some 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 your links and images (e.g. <a title=“Descriptive Title Goes Here” href=”http://yourdomain.com/”>Your Link</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 a long post, consider using headings to break up your post sections. In HTML, headings are set using tags like h1, h2, h3, h4, 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” menu in your WordPress 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, allows you to control different styling elements in your content (e.g. columned text and nested layouts).
  • Spell Check & Proof: Check your spelling and proof everything before posting your content live. There are a number of WordPress spell check tools available.
  • Focus On Content Quality: A useful way to focus on writing content with no distractions is to compose your posts in a plain text editor, then copy and paste your content into the WordPress editor.
  • Think Before You Publish: Anything that you publish can be viewed by many people and picked up by search engines, making it harder to take things back. Take take your time and think about what you are planning to write and review your posts before you hit the publish button. Don’t rant … think!
  • Consider Who You Are Writing For: Think about who will read your posts and take any appropriate measures and precautions you think may be necessary to ensure that your privacy is protected.
  • Make Use Of Commenting: Comments let site users interact with you and share their ideas. You have control over your site’s comments and you can delete any comments that you don’t want published on your site, so consider this when deciding whether you will or will not allow people to comment on your posts. Also, make sure that visitors can contact you privately if they need to (e.g. using a contact form).
  • Worry About Little Things 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 writing to grow a readership, and then change your entire site’s look with just a few clicks of the mouse whenever you want, thanks to WordPress Themes. Remember that great content is what attracts and keeps your readers engaged, so focus on publishing quality content and worry about other things later – With WordPress, you can change anything and everything any time you want!
  • Use Videos And Graphics: Images and videos help make your pages and posts more interesting and can help readers engage better with your posts. We provide additional tutorials on adding images and adding videos to your content.
  • Save As You Go: Save your posts regularly to avoid losing your work to accidents or computer errors. You can even do this without publishing your content as you will see in a moment.
  • Publish Often: If you need help coming up with endless ideas for posting content on your web site, we recommend subscribing to our email training series on growing your business online with content marketing here:

Next Step …

Now that we have gone over some guidelines for posting content on your site, the next step is to learn about saving posts.

Saving WordPress Posts

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

WordPress will auto-save your work at regular intervals …

Your posts is autosaved at regular intervals

(WordPress will auto-save your posts at regular intervals)

Learn more about the WordPress autosave feature here:

The WordPress autosave feature helps prevent loss of valuable information 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 time and date of posts when a post is first autosaved.

You can modify this information by editing the settings in the “Published on:” module …

Post Publishing - Published on: options

(Publish Box – Published on: options)

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

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

You can save a post in ‘draft’ status or publish it live using the “Save” and “Publish” options in the Publish area …

How To Create A Post In WordPress

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

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

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

How To Create A New WP Post

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

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

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

How To Create A Post In WordPress

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

In 'Preview Mode' your content is not visible to blog readers

(In ‘Preview Mode’ your content is not made visible to blog readers)

Your post can also be previewed without saving or publishing it first by clicking on the Preview button in the “Publish” box …

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

Once you are ready to publish your post, click on Publish

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

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

How To Create A New WordPress Post

The content will now be visible to site visitors and can be accessed via its unique URL …

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

Make sure that the content has been added and formatted correctly …

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

Note: Once publishing a post, the button changes from ‘Publish’ to ‘Update’ …

How To Create A WP Post

You can always change the post status from ‘Published’ to ‘Draft’ or ‘Pending Review’ just by clicking on the Edit link in the Status field and selecting an option from the Status drop-down menu …

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

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

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

Select Draft from the drop-down menu and click OK

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

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

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

Your post will revert to a ‘draft’ post and no longer be visible to web visitors.

Note: searching for a post that was previously published will lead to a “not found” error message (called a ’404 Not Found’ page) …

'404 Not Found' error page

(’404 Not Found’ error page)

Next Step …

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

Creating A New WordPress Post – Quick Summary Of Steps Involved

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

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

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

How To Create A New WP Post

After thinking about what topic you will write about the next step is to simply write it, and then publish. With WordPress, publishing content is very easy.

Note: An optimized post helps your website get indexed faster by search engines. We address Post search engine optimization in other tutorials and articles.

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

How To Create A Post In WordPress - Review

(Creating A New WP Post – Summary)

  1. In your WordPress dashboard menu, select Posts > Add New 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 an SEO plugin installed, enter your search engine optimization metatags into the SEO section. This only takes an extra minute or two, but it can help your content rank better in the search engines.
  4. Type or paste your Post Excerpt into the ‘Excerpt’ box.
  5. Select a Category to file your post under.
  6. Enter tags into your Tags section (tip: you can 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! To learn how to edit to WordPress posts and delete a post that you no longer want, go here: Editing And Deleting A WordPress Post - Part 1

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