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 step-by-step 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 New Post In WordPress – Part 1

As we state repeatedly throughout this site, WordPress provides an easy-to-use, powerful and flexible CMS platform 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 see very shortly, 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.

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

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

Guidelines For Posting Content

Below 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 your links and images (e.g. <a title=”Add Your Title Here” href=”http://yourdomain.com/”>Your Link</a>).
  • Use Paragraphs: Use paragraphs to make your content 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, 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” drop-down menu in your Visual 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 WordPress Editor. Having some basic 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 publishing your content. There are a number of WordPress spell check tools available.
  • Focus On Content Quality: An excellent way to focus on writing quality content with no distractions is to write your initial content in a plain text editor, then copy and paste your content into WordPress.
  • Think Before You Publish: Anything you make public could be viewed by lots of people and logged by search engines, making it harder to make the content “unseen”. Take a moment to think about what you are writing and review your posts before you hit the publish button. Don’t rant … think!
  • Consider Your Target Readers: Consider who will read your posts and take all appropriate measures and precautions that you think may be necessary to ensure that your privacy is protected.
  • Make Use Of Comments: Comments let site visitors 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 published in your posts, so take this into account when deciding whether to allow people to comment on your posts. Also, make sure that visitors can contact you privately if required (e.g. use a contact form).
  • Worry About Web Design 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 as far as web design is concerned, you can just start writing to grow a readership, and then change your entire site’s design with just a couple of mouse clicks anytime you want, using WordPress Themes. Remember that it’s great content that attracts and keeps your readers engaged, so focus on publishing quality content and worry about other things afterwards – you can change anything and everything anytime you want with WordPress!
  • Use Images And Videos: Pictures and videos help make your pages and posts more interesting and help readers engage better with your posts. We provide additional tutorials on adding images and adding videos to your content.
  • Save Your Posts: Save your posts frequently 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.
  • Write Regularly: If you need great topics for posting content on your website or blog, then subscribe to our email training series here:

Next Step …

Now that we have gone over some guidelines for posting content on your site, the next step is to learn about different ways to save a post.

Saving A Post In WordPress - Options

After adding content to your post, the next step is learning how to save it.

By default, WordPress autosaves your posts at regular intervals …

WordPress will auto-save your work at regular intervals

(Your work is auto-saved at regular intervals)

Learn more about the WordPress autosave feature here:

This helps to prevent loss of valuable information if something unexpectedly goes wrong with your internet access, or if you happen to click something and accidentally close your web browser, or terminate an application while you’re working.

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

You can change this record by editing the “Published on:” settings …

Post Publisher - Published on: section

(Publish Box – Published on: options)

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 WordPress Post - The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide For WordPress Beginners

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

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

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

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

Choose Draft from the ’Status’ drop-down menu and click OK

How To Create A WP Post

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

How To Create A Post In WordPress

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

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

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

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

(In ‘Preview Mode’ your post is not visible to site visitors)

You can preview your content in a new browser window without saving or publishing it first by clicking ’Preview’ in the “Publish” box …

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

Once your post is ready to go live, click on Publish

How To Create A Post In WordPress

After publishing your new post, click View Post to open your published post in a new window …

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

Your published post should now be visible to site visitors and can be linked to via its unique web address …

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

Make sure that all of your content has been added and formatted correctly …

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

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

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

You can easily change the status of a post back from ‘Published’ to ‘Draft’ or ‘Pending Review’ at any time just 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 editor screen and click on Edit

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

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

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

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

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

Your post will update to ’draft’ status and will no longer be visible to online visitors.

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

'404' page

(’404 Not Found’ page)

Next Step …

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

Posting Content In WordPress – Quick Summary

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, getting your content published online with WordPress is as easy as 1-2-3:

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

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

After thinking about what you plan to have content written about the next step is simply to write, and then publish. WordPress makes publishing content easy.

Note: Optimized posts help your content in the search engines. We provide separate articles and tutorials about optimizing content for search engines.

The screenshot below summarizes the steps involved in creating, optimizing and posting new content to your site:

Creating A New WordPress Post - Quick Review Of Steps

(Posting Content In WordPress – Summary Of Steps Involved)

  1. In your WP admin menu, choose Posts > Add New to bring up the ‘Add New Post’ panel.
  2. Add your post content (title & body). Also, make sure that you have already set up your site’s Permalinks and modify the Post Slug if required.
  3. If you have an SEO plugin installed, complete this area. This only takes an extra minute or two, but it will help your content to rank better in the search engines.
  4. Enter your Post Excerpt into the ‘Excerpt’ section.
  5. Select a Post Category to file your post under.
  6. Enter keywords into 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 a new WordPress post! To learn how to make changes to WordPress posts and delete posts that you no longer want, see this tutorial: How To Edit And Delete WordPress Posts

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