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.

Learn How To Use WordPressIn Part 1 of this tutorial on creating a new post in WordPress, we looked at the following areas:

  • WordPress Post Content Formats
  • Sections Of A WordPress Post

To review Part 1 of this comprehensive tutorial, go here: How To Create A WP Post – 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 to grow your business online.

As you will soon discover, creating a WordPress post is very easy. In this tutorial, you are going to learn how to actually create a WordPress post.

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

Let’s begin by reviewing some useful guidelines for adding content to WordPress posts.

Posts – Content Guidelines

Below are a number of helpful 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 with your images and links (e.g. <a title=”Add Your Title Here” href=”http://yourdomain.com/”>Hyperlink Text</a>).
  • Use Paragraphs: Use paragraphs to make your content more readable. 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, then use 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 know HTML to create richly formatted content, as WordPress will automatically do this if you use the WordPress Editor. Having a little knowledge of HTML, however, will allow you to control different styling elements in your content (e.g. columned sections and headings).
  • Spell Check & Proof: Check your spelling and proof everything before posting your content. There are a number of spell check plugins available for WordPress.
  • Focus On Adding Value With Quality Content: An excellent way to focus on writing great content without distractions is to compose your posts in a text editor, then copy and paste your content into the WordPress editor.
  • Think Before You Publish: Everything that you publish could be viewed by many 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 everything before you hit the publish button. Don’t rant … think!
  • Consider Your Audience: Think about who will read your content and take any appropriate measures or precautions you think may be required to ensure that your privacy is protected.
  • Make Use Of Commenting: Comments let your site visitors interact with you and share their ideas. You control what gets posted on your website or blog and you can delete any comments that you don’t want displayed in your posts, so take this into account 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. 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 a couple of mouse clicks anytime you want, using 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 – you can change anything and everything any time you want with WordPress!
  • Use Images And Videos: Videos and graphic elements help make your pages and posts colorful and attractive and help readers engage better with your posts. We provide additional tutorials and articles on inserting images and embedding videos into your post content.
  • Save Your Posts: Save your posts regularly to prevent losing your work to accidents or computer errors. You can even do this without publishing your content as you will see in a moment.
  • Post Regularly: We have created an entire email training series designed to help you come up with limitless content ideas for posting great content on your site:

Next Step …

Now that we have covered a few guidelines for posting content on your site, the next step is to look at different options available for saving posts in WordPress.

Saving Your Posts - Options

After adding content to your post, it’s time to save it.

WordPress autosaves your content at regular intervals …

Your posts is autosaved at regular intervals

(WordPress autosaves your work at regular intervals)

Learn more about the WordPress autosave feature here:

Autosaving helps prevent loss of valuable information if something should unexpectedly go wrong with your computer, or if you click something and accidentally close your browser window, or terminate an application in the middle of your work session.

The time and date of your post are automatically recorded when the post is first autosaved.

You can edit this record in the “Published on:” settings …

Post Publisher - Published on: section

(Post Publisher – Published on: fields)

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

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

You can save your post in ‘draft’ status or publish it live using the “Save” and “Publish” functions in the Publish section …

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

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

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

How To Create A New WordPress Post

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

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

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

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

In ‘Preview Mode’ you can see what the post will look like when published, but the content is not visible to your blog readers …

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 post in a new window without saving or publishing it first by clicking ’Preview’ in the “Publish” section …

How To Create A Post In WordPress

When your content is ready to go live, click ’Publish’ …

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

After the post has been published, click View Post to open it in a new browser window …

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

The content should now be visible to your online visitors and can be accessed via its unique web address …

How To Create A New WordPress Post

Check to make sure that the content is displaying correctly …

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

Note: After a post has been published, the button changes from ‘Publish’ to ‘Update’ …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In the “Status:” field, click the ‘Save Draft’ button …

How To Create A New WP Post

Your post will be saved as ’draft’ status and will 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” error message (called a ’404 Not Found’ page) …

'404 Error' page

(‘404′ page)

Next Step …

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

Posting Content To WordPress – Review

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:

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

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

After deciding what topic you will write about the next step is to simply get the content written, and then get it published online. WordPress makes publishing content easy.

Note: Optimized posts help your content perform better with search engines. We provide separate articles about optimizing posts for search engines.

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

Posting Content To WordPress - Quick Summary Of Steps

(Creating A New WP Post – Review)

  1. Choose Posts > Add New in your WP dashboard menu to bring up the ‘Add New Post’ screen.
  2. Add your post content (title & body). Also, make sure your site’s Permalinks are already set up and change the Post Slug if required.
  3. If you have an SEO plugin installed, complete this section. This only takes an extra minute or two, but it will help your content to rank better in the search engines.
  4. Add a Post Excerpt in the ‘Excerpt’ module.
  5. Select a Category to file your post under.
  6. Add tags to the Post 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 a new WordPress post! To learn how to make changes to WordPress posts or remove a post that you no longer need, see this tutorial: How To Edit And Delete A WordPress Post - Part One

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"Wow! I never knew there's so much to learn about WordPress! I bought one of the WordPress for Dummies three years ago, such authors need to be on this course!" - Rich Law, Create A Blog Now

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Author: Martin Aranovitch

Martin Aranovitch is the owner of WPCompendium.org and the author of The WordPress User Manual. WPCompendium.org provides hundreds of FREE tutorials that show you how to use WordPress to grow your business online with no coding skills required! Get our FREE "101+ WordPress Tips, Tricks & Hacks For Non-Techies" e-course with loads of useful WordPress tips!

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