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 To Use WPIn Part 1 of this tutorial on how to create a new WordPress Post, we looked at the following:

  • WordPress Post Content Types
  • WordPress Post Features

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

As we state repeatedly throughout this site, WordPress provides an easy-to-use, powerful and flexible way to manage your content 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 will actually create a new post 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 adding content to posts.

WordPress Posts – Content Guidelines

The following are useful guidelines and best practices for posting content with WordPress:

  • Practice Accessibility: Stay compliant with web standards for accessibility and help your users by including ALT and TITLE descriptions will all links and images (e.g. <a title=”Add Descriptive Title Here” href=”http://yourdomain.com/”>Your Link</a>).
  • Use Paragraphs: Break up your content into paragraphs to make it more readable. Tip: If using double spacing between 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, 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 add 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 Editor.
  • Use HTML: You don’t have to know HTML to create formatted posts, as WordPress will automatically do this if you use the Visual 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 hitting the publish button. There are a number of spell check plugins available for WordPress.
  • Focus On Adding Value With Quality Content: A great way to focus on writing content with no distractions is to write your post drafts in a text editor, then copy and paste this into the WordPress editor.
  • Think Before You Post: Everything that you publish could be seen by many people and logged by search engines, making it harder to make the content “unseen”. Take a moment to think about what you are planning to write and review everything before you hit the publish button. Don’t rant … think!
  • Consider Who You Are Writing For: Consider who will read your content and take any appropriate measures or precautions you think may be required to protect your privacy.
  • Make Use Of Commenting: Comments allow site visitors to 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 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 visitors can contact you privately if required (e.g. use 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 a couple of mouse clicks whenever you want, thanks to WordPress Themes. Remember that great content will attract and keep your readers engaged, so focus on publishing quality content and worry about little things later – With WordPress, you can change anything and everything you want any time!
  • Use Pictures And Videos: Images and videos help make your posts and pages more interesting and help readers engage better with your information. We provide additional tutorials and articles on adding images and adding videos into your posts and pages.
  • Save Your Posts: 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.
  • Post Regularly: If you need help coming up with endless ideas for content that you can post on your website, then subscribe to our email training series on content marketing here:

Next Step …

Now that we have gone over some guidelines for posting content on your site, the next step is to look at different options available for saving your post.

Saving Posts In WordPress - Options

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

WordPress autosaves your content at regular intervals …

Your posts is autosaved at regular intervals

(Your content is autosaved at regular intervals)

Learn more about the WordPress autosave feature here:

Autosaving helps prevent losing your information if something should unexpectedly happen to your internet access, or if you click something and accidentally close your post, or terminate an application while you’re working.

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

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

Post Publishing - Published on: feature

(Post Publishing – Published on: feature)

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

How To Create A WordPress Post

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

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

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

How To Create A WP Post

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When you are ready to go live, click ’Publish’ …

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

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

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

Your post will now be made visible to your site visitors and can be accessed via its unique web address …

How To Create A WP Post

Check to make sure that all of your content is displaying correctly …

How To Create A New WP Post

Note: Once your post is published, the button changes from ‘Publish’ to ‘Update’ …

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

You can always 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 Post In WordPress

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 WP Post

Select 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 New Post In WordPress

Your post will be resaved as a ‘draft’ post and the content will no longer be available to your blog readers.

Note: searching for posts that were previously published will lead to a ”page not found” message (this is called a ’404 Not Found’ error page) …

'404 Error' page

(’404 Not Found’ error page)

Next Step …

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

How To Create A WP Post – Summary Of Steps Involved

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

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

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

How To Create A Post In WordPress

Once you know what you will write about the next step is to get the content written, and then publish it online. With WordPress, publishing content is very easy.

Note: Optimized WordPress posts help your content get indexed by search engines. We address content search engine optimization in separate tutorials.

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

How To Create A WordPress Post - Review

(Posting Content In WordPress – Quick Review Of Steps Involved)

  1. In your WP admin menu, click Posts > Add New to bring up the ‘Add New Post’ section.
  2. Add your post content (post title & content body). Also, make sure that you have already set up your site’s Permalinks and change the Post Slug if required.
  3. If you have an SEO plugin installed, complete this area. This should only take an extra couple of minutes, but it can help your content to rank better in the search engines.
  4. Add your Post Excerpt in the ‘Excerpt’ box.
  5. Select a Category to save your post under.
  6. Add keywords 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 post! To learn how to edit to WordPress posts and remove a post that you no longer need, see this tutorial: Editing And Deleting A WordPress Post

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