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 how to create a new post in WordPress, we covered the following sections:

  • WordPress Post Content Types
  • WordPress Post Features

To review Part 1 of our comprehensive step-by-step tutorial, go here: How To Create A New WP Post – Part 1

As we state repeatedly throughout this site, WordPress provides an easy-to-use, powerful and flexible CMS 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 see very shortly, creating a WordPress post is very easy. In this tutorial, you will actually create a WordPress post.

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

Let’s start by reviewing some useful guidelines for posting content on WordPress.

Guidelines For Posting Content

Here 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 will all images and links (e.g. <a title=”This Is Where Your Title Goes” href=”http://yourdomain.com/”>Hyperlinked Text</a>).
  • Use Paragraphs: Break up your content into paragraphs to make it more readable. 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” drop-down menu in your WordPress Editor.
  • Use HTML: You don’t have to use HTML to create richly formatted posts, as WordPress will automatically do this if you use the Visual Editor. Having some basic knowledge of HTML, however, allows you to control different styling elements in your content (e.g. boxes and tables).
  • Spell Check & Proof: Check your spelling and proof everything before posting your content. There are a number of WordPress spell check tools available.
  • Focus On Content Quality: A great way to focus on writing quality content with no distractions is to compose your posts using a text editor, then copy and paste this into WordPress.
  • Think Before You Publish: Everything you make public could 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 publishing. Don’t rant … think!
  • Consider Who You Are Writing For: Consider who will read your posts and take all appropriate measures and precautions you think may be necessary when writing your content to protect your privacy and the privacy of others.
  • Make Use Of Commenting: Comments let your 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 in your posts, so take this into account when deciding whether to allow people to comment on your site. 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 site looks is important, but it’s often not essential in terms of getting your point across. In fact, because WordPress is so flexible when it comes to web design, you can just start writing to grow a readership, and then change your entire site’s look with a couple of mouse clicks 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 little things afterwards – With WordPress, you can change anything and everything any time you want!
  • Use Videos And Graphics: Videos and pictures help make your content more eye-catching and can help readers engage better with your information. We provide additional tutorials and articles about adding images and embedding videos into your post 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.
  • Post Often: We have created an entire email training series designed to help you come up with limitless content for your site:

Next Step …

Now that we have covered some guidelines for posting content on your site, the next step is to examine different ways to save posts in WordPress.

Saving Your WordPress Posts - Options

Once you have added content to your post, the next step is learning how to save it.

WordPress autosaves your posts at regular intervals …

WordPress autosaves your work at regular intervals

(Your content is autosaved at regular intervals)

Learn more about the WordPress autosave feature here:

Autosaving helps to prevent losing your information if something should unexpectedly go wrong with your computer or internet access, or if you happen to click something that accidentally closes your post, or terminate an application while you’re working.

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

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

Post Publisher - Published on: options

(Publish Box – Published on: fields)

Until your post is published, the post will not be visible to site visitors. Instead, the post will be saved as a “Draft” post until published …

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

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

How To Create A WordPress Post

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

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

Choose Draft from the ’Status’ menu and click OK

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

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

How To Create A New WP Post

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

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

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 made visible to your site visitors

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

You can preview your content without first saving or publishing it by clicking on the Preview button in the “Publish” section …

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

Once your content is ready for publishing, click ’Publish’ …

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

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

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

The post will now be visible to your online visitors and can be accessed via its unique URL …

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

Make sure that all of your content is displaying correctly …

How To Create A WordPress Post

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

Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A WP Post

You can revert the status back from ‘Published’ to ‘Draft’ or ‘Pending Review’ simply 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 Post In WordPress - The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide

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

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

Select Draft from the Status drop-down menu and click OK

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

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

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

Your post will update to a ‘draft’ post and will no longer be available to online visitors.

Note: typing in the URL of posts that were previously published will lead to a “not found” page (this is called a ’404 Error’ page) …

'404 Not Found' page

(’404 Error’ page)

Next Step …

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

How To Create A Post Using WordPress – Summary

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 content published online is as easy as 1-2-3:

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

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

After deciding on the topic you will write about the next step is to write it, and then publish it. WordPress makes publishing content easy.

Note: An optimized WordPress post helps your content get indexed by search engines. We cover WordPress Post SEO in separate articles.

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

How To Create A WP Post - Quick Review Of Steps

(How To Post Content To WordPress – Summary Of Steps Involved)

  1. Click Posts > Add New in your WP admin menu to bring up the ‘Add New Post’ panel.
  2. Add your post content (post title & content 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, enter your search engine optimization content into the SEO module. This will only take an extra couple of minutes, but it can help your content rank better in the search engines.
  4. Add a Post Excerpt in the ‘Excerpt’ box.
  5. Select a Post Category to save your post under.
  6. Add tags to the 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 and publish a new WordPress post! To learn how to make changes to your post content and delete a post that you no longer need, see this tutorial: Editing And Deleting Posts In WordPress

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