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 …

WordPress For Beginners

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 tutorial on creating a new WordPress Post, we covered the following:

  • WordPress Post Content Formats
  • WordPress Post Section Features

To review Part 1 of this comprehensive step-by-step tutorial, 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 WordPress post is very easy. In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a post in WordPress that will help you get effective results.

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

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

WordPress Posts – Content Guidelines

The following are useful 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 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 paragraphs are separated with 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 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 Visual Editor.
  • Use HTML: You don’t have to know HTML to create formatted content, as WordPress will automatically do this if you use the WordPress Content Editor. Having a little knowledge of HTML, however, will allow you to control different styling elements in your content (e.g. columned sections and headings).
  • Spell Check And Proof: Check your spelling and proof everything before posting your content. There are a number of WordPress spell check plugins available.
  • Focus On The Content: A useful way to focus only on the content with no distractions is to compose your initial content using a text editor, then copy and paste your content into WordPress.
  • Think Before You Post: Everything you make public could 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 writing and review everything before publishing. Don’t rant … think!
  • Consider Your Readers: Consider who will read your posts and take any appropriate measures or precautions you think will be necessary when writing your content to ensure that your privacy is protected.
  • Make Use Of Commenting: Comments let your site users interact with you and share their ideas. You control 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 required (e.g. using 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 when it comes to web design, you can just start publishing content to grow a readership, and then change your entire site’s design with just a couple of mouse clicks anytime you want, thanks to WordPress 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 afterwards – you can change anything and everything any time you want with WordPress!
  • Use Graphics And Videos: Videos and pictures help make your pages and posts attractive and can help readers engage better with your content. We provide additional tutorials and articles on inserting images and adding videos into your pages and posts.
  • 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 the section below will explain.
  • Publish Often: If you need endless content ideas for your website, then subscribe to our email training series here:

Next Step …

Now that we have reviewed some guidelines for posting content on your site, the next step is to learn about saving posts.

Saving Posts - Options

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

WordPress autosaves your work at regular intervals …

Your posts is auto-saved at regular intervals

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

Learn more about the WordPress autosave feature here:

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

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

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

Post Publishing - Published on: options

(Post Publishing – Published on: module)

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

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

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

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 editor screen and click on Edit

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

Select Draft from the options menu and click OK

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

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

How To Create A Post In WordPress

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

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

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

In 'Preview Mode' your content is not visible to site visitors

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

You can also preview your content in a new window without first saving or publishing it by clicking on the Preview button in the “Publish” area …

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

When your content is ready to go live, click ’Publish’ …

How To Create A WP Post

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

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

Your content will now be visible to your site visitors and can be accessed via its unique URL …

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

Check to make sure that your content is displaying correctly …

How To Create A Post In WordPress

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

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

You can change the status back from ‘Published’ to ‘Draft’ or ‘Pending Review’ at any time 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 WordPress Post

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 New WP Post - A Step-By-Step Guide For WordPress Beginners

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

How To Create A New Post In WordPress

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

How To Create A WordPress Post

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

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

'404 Error' page

(’404 Not Found’ page)

Next Step …

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

How To Create A New WP Post – Quick Review 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 1 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 WordPress Post - The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide For WordPress Beginners

After thinking through what topic to post about the next step is to get your content written, and then publish online. With WordPress, publishing content is really easy.

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

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

How To Post Content In WordPress - Steps

(Creating A Post In WordPress – Quick Recap)

  1. Select Posts > Add New in your WP dashboard menu to bring up the ‘Add New Post’ section.
  2. Add your post content (title & content body). Also, make sure your Permalinks have already been set up and edit the Post Slug if required.
  3. If you have installed an SEO plugin, complete this module. This will only take an extra minute or two, but it will help your content to rank better in the search engines.
  4. Add a Post Excerpt in the ‘Excerpt’ field.
  5. Select a Post Category to save your post under.
  6. Enter keywords into your Post 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 a new post! To learn how to make changes to WordPress posts and remove posts that you no longer need, go here: Editing And Deleting WordPress Posts - Part One

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"I am beyond impressed with what you have put together. I can tell that you put a ton of hard work into building what you have. You have the absolute best content on WordPress I have ever seen!" - Robert T. Jillie

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