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 WordPress Post, we looked at the following sections:

  • WordPress Post Content Types
  • Features Of A WordPress Post

To review Part 1 of this comprehensive step-by-step tutorial, go here: How To Create A Post In WordPress – 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 see very shortly, creating a WordPress post is very easy. In this tutorial, you will actually create a post in WordPress.

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

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

Guidelines For Posting Content

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 images and links (e.g. <a title=”Add Descriptive Title Here” href=”http://yourdomain.com/”>Anchor Text</a>).
  • Use Paragraphs: Make your content more readable by breaking up your writing into paragraphs. 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, use headings to break up your post sections. In HTML, headings are set using tags like h1, h2, 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” menu in your WordPress Editor.
  • Use HTML: You don’t have to know HTML to create formatted content, as WordPress will automatically do this if you use the Content Editor. Having some basic knowledge of HTML, however, allows you to control different styling elements in your content (e.g. styled sections and headings).
  • Spell Check And Proof: Check your spelling and proof everything before hitting the publish button. There are a number of WordPress spell check tools available.
  • Focus On Content Quality: An excellent way to focus on writing great content with no distractions is to compose your post drafts in a plain text editor, then copy and paste this into WordPress.
  • Think Before You Publish: Everything that you publish can be seen by many people and picked up 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 your posts before you hit the publish button. Don’t rant … think!
  • Consider Your Target Audience: Think about who will read your posts and take any appropriate measures or precautions that you think will be necessary to protect your privacy.
  • Make Use Of Comments: Comments let your site visitors interact with you and share their ideas. You have control over what gets posted on your website or blog and you can delete any comments that you don’t want displayed on your site, so take this into account when deciding whether to allow people to comment on your site. Also, make sure that people can contact you privately if required (e.g. using a contact form).
  • Worry About The Design 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 just a couple of mouse clicks anytime you want, thanks to Themes. Remember that it’s great content that will attract and keep 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 Videos And Images: Videos and pictures help make your posts and pages colorful and interesting and can help readers engage better with your content. We provide additional tutorials about inserting images and embedding videos into your site content.
  • Save Often: Save your posts frequently 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.
  • Write Often: If you need endless ideas for posting content on your website, we recommend subscribing to our email training series here:

Next Step …

Now that we have gone over a few guidelines for posting content on your site, the next step is to examine the options you have for saving a post.

Saving A Post - Options

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

By default, WordPress will auto-save your content at regular intervals …

Your posts is auto-saved at regular intervals

(WordPress will auto-save your content at regular intervals)

Learn more about the WordPress autosave feature here:

The WordPress autosave feature helps to prevent losing your valuable content if something unexpectedly happens to your internet access, or if you click something and accidentally close your web browser, or close an application while you’re working.

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

You can change this in the settings in the “Published on:” options …

Post Publisher - Published on: module

(Publish Box – Published on: feature)

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

How To Create A New WP Post

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

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

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

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

Select Draft from the options menu and click OK

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

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

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

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

How To Create A New WP Post

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

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

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

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

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

When you are ready to make the post go live, click on Publish

How To Create A WP Post

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

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

Your published post will now be visible to online visitors and can be linked to via its unique URL …

How To Create A WP Post

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

How To Create A Post In WordPress

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

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

You can 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 another option from the Status drop-down menu …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Your post will update to ’draft’ status and will no longer be visible to your blog readers.

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

'404 Not Found' error page

(’404 Error’ page)

Next Step …

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

How To Post Content In WordPress – Quick Recap

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

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 WP Post

Once you know what you plan to write about the next step is to just write the content (or get it written for you), and then get it published online. With WordPress, publishing content is really easy.

Note: Optimized WordPress posts help your content get indexed by search engines. We provide separate articles on optimizing WordPress posts for search engines.

The image below summarizes the steps involved in creating, optimizing and posting new content to your website or blog using WordPress:

How To Post Content In WordPress - Review

(How To Create A New WP Post – Recap)

  1. Choose Posts > Add New in your WP dashboard menu 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 modify the Post Slug if required.
  3. If you have installed an SEO plugin, add your search engine optimization content into the SEO area. This only takes an extra minute or two, but it will help your content rank better in the search engines.
  4. Enter your Post Excerpt into the ‘Excerpt’ module.
  5. Select a Category to file your post under.
  6. Enter tags 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 and publish a new post! To learn how to make changes to the content and remove posts that you no longer need, see this tutorial: How To Edit And Delete A WordPress Post - Part One

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