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 WordPressIn Part One of this tutorial on how to create a new WordPress Post, we covered the following sections:

  • WordPress Post Content Types
  • Sections Of A WordPress Post

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

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

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

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

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

WordPress – Content Guidelines

The following are 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/”>Anchor 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, use headings to break up your post sections. In HTML, headings are set using tags like h1, h2, h3, 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 a little knowledge of HTML, however, will allow you to control different styling elements in your content (e.g. styled sections and nested layouts).
  • Spell Check And Proof: Check your spelling and proof everything before posting your content. There are a number of WordPress spell check tools available.
  • Focus On Writing The Content: An excellent way to focus on writing great content with no distractions is to write your posts in a plain text editor, then copy and paste this into the WordPress editor.
  • Think Before You Publish: Everything you make public can be viewed by many people and logged by search engines, making it harder to make the content “unseen”. Take take your time and 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: Think about who will read your content and take any appropriate measures and precautions you think will be necessary to protect your privacy.
  • Make Use Of Comments: Comments allow site visitors to 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 take this into account 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 they need to (e.g. use a contact form).
  • Worry About Little Things Later: How your website 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 look with a few clicks of the mouse anytime you want, thanks to WordPress 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 you want any time!
  • Use Videos And Graphics: Videos and images help make your pages and posts colorful and interesting and help readers engage better with your information. We provide additional tutorials about inserting images and embedding videos into your site content.
  • Save Often: Save your posts frequently to prevent losing your work to accidents or computer errors. You can even do this without publishing your content as the section below will explain.
  • Publish Often: We have created an entire email training series designed to help you come up with limitless content for posting great content on your site:

Next Step …

Now that we have covered a few useful guidelines for posting content on your site, the next step is to look at different ways to save a post in WordPress.

Saving Posts - Options

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

WordPress will auto-save your content at regular intervals …

WordPress auto-saves your work at regular intervals

(Your content is autosaved at regular intervals)

Learn more about the WordPress autosave feature here:

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

The date and time of posts are automatically recorded when the post is first auto-saved.

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

Publish Box - Published on: section

(Post Publisher – Published on: module)

Until a post is published, the content will not be visible to blog readers. Instead, it 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 your post in ‘draft’ status or publish it online using the “Save” and “Publish” functions in the Publish box …

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

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

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

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

Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A WP Post

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

How To Create A New 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 New WP Post

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

In 'Preview Mode' your post is not made visible to blog readers

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

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

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

Once your post is ready to go live, click ’Publish’ …

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

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

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

The published post should now be visible to your online visitors and can be linked to via its unique URL …

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

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

How To Create A New WP Post

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

How To Create A Post In WordPress

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

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

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

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

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

How To Create A New WordPress Post

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

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

Your post will revert to ’draft’ status and the content will no longer be available to blog readers.

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

'404' page

(’404 Not Found’ page)

Next Step …

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

Posting Content To WordPress – Steps

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, publishing content online with WordPress is as easy as 1-2-3:

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

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

Once you have thought about what topic you will have content written about the next step is simply to write the content (or get it written for you), and then publish it. With WordPress, publishing content is easy.

Note: An optimized post helps your website or blog get indexed faster by search engines. We provide separate articles on optimizing WordPress posts for search engines.

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

How To Create A New WordPress Post - Review

(Creating A Post In WordPress – Quick Recap)

  1. Choose Posts > Add New in your WordPress dashboard menu to bring up the ‘Add New Post’ screen.
  2. Add your post content (post title & content 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 module. This only takes 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’ module.
  5. Select a Post Category to file your post under.
  6. Enter keywords into 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 and remove posts that you no longer want, see this tutorial: Editing And Deleting A Post In WordPress - 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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Originally published as How To Create A WordPress Post – Pt. 2.