In Part 1 of this tutorial on how to create a new WordPress Post, we looked at the following sections:
- Types Of Content You Can Publish In WordPress
- WordPress Post Features
To review Part One of this two-part tutorial series, go here: How To Create A New WordPress Post – Part One
As we repeatedly state throughout this site, WordPress provides an easy-to-use, powerful and flexible content management system application 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 soon discover, creating a WordPress post is very easy. In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a post in WordPress.
Let’s begin by reviewing some helpful guidelines for adding content to blog posts.
Posts – Content Guidelines
Below are a number of helpful 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 with your links and images (e.g. <a title=”This Is Where Your Title Goes” href=”http://yourdomain.com/”>Hyperlinked Text</a>).
- Use Paragraphs: Make your content more readable by breaking up your writing into paragraphs. Tip: If double spaces are used 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, consider using headings to break up your post sections. In HTML, headings are set using tags like h1, h2, 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” menu in your Content Editor.
- Use HTML: You don’t have to know HTML to create richly 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. styled sections and tables).
- Spell Check And Proof: Check your spelling and proof everything before posting your content. There are a number of spell check tools available for WordPress.
- Focus On Content Quality: An excellent way to focus on writing content with no distractions is to write your post drafts in a plain text editor, then copy and paste this into WordPress.
- Think Before You Publish: Everything that you publish could be viewed by lots of people and logged by search engines, making it harder to take things back. Take your time to plan and think about what you are writing and review your posts before publishing. Don’t rant … think!
- Consider Who You Are Writing For: Think about who will read your content and take any appropriate measures or precautions you think may be required when writing your content to ensure that your privacy and the privacy of others is protected.
- Make Use Of Comments: 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 on your site, so take this into account when deciding whether you will or will not allow people to comment on your posts. Also, make sure that people can contact you privately if required (e.g. using 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 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 just 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 later – you can change anything and everything anytime you want with WordPress!
- Use Graphics And Videos: Images and videos help make your pages and posts colorful and attractive and can help readers engage better with your posts. We provide additional tutorials and articles on adding images and adding videos to your content.
- Save As You Go: 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.
- Write Regularly: We have created an entire email training series designed to help you come up with limitless content ideas for posting great content on your site: [INSERT DETAILS/OPT-IN FORM ABOUT CONTENT CREATION EMAIL TRAINING SERIES]
Next Step …
Now that we have covered some guidelines for posting content on your site, the next step is to examine the options you have for saving posts in WordPress.
Saving Posts In WordPress - Options
After adding content to your post, the next step is learning how to save it.
By default, WordPress autosaves your posts at regular intervals …
(WordPress will auto-save your work at regular intervals)
This helps prevent loss of information if something should unexpectedly go wrong with your computer or internet access, or if you click something that accidentally closes your web browser, or close an application in the middle of your session.
The date and time of posts are automatically recorded when a post is first autosaved.
You can modify this information by modifying the “Published on:” values …
(Publish Box – Published on: fields)
Until a post is published, the content will not be visible to web visitors. Instead, the post will be saved in Draft status until published …
You can save a post in ‘draft’ status or publish it online using the “Save” and “Publish” options in the Publish area …
To save your post as a “Draft”, go to the Publish > Status section of your Post screen and click on Edit …
Choose Draft from the options menu and click the ‘OK’ button…
With ‘Draft’ displayed in the “Status:” field, click on Save Draft…
Your content will be saved as a draft post. Click on Preview post to preview your draft post …
In ‘Preview Mode’ you can see what your post will look like when published, but the content will not be visible to blog readers …
(In ‘Preview Mode’ your post is not visible to your online visitors)
You can also preview your post in a new window without first saving or publishing it by clicking on the Preview button in the “Publish” area …
When you are ready to go live, click the ‘Publish’ button …
Once your post is published, click View Post to open your published post in a new browser window …
Your post will now be made visible to web visitors and can be accessed via its unique URL …
Review your post to make sure that your content has been added and formatted correctly …
Note: Once a post has been published, the button changes from ‘Publish’ to ‘Update’ …
You can easily change the post status back from ‘Published’ to ‘Draft’ or ‘Pending Review’ at any time just by clicking on the Edit link in the Status field and selecting another option from the Status drop-down menu …
For example, to resave your published post as a ‘draft’ post, go to the Publish > Status section of your post editor and click on Edit …
Select Draft from the Status drop-down menu options and click the ‘OK’ button…
With ‘Draft’ displayed in the “Status:” field, click the ‘Save Draft’ button …
Your post will update to ’draft’ status and the content will no longer be made visible to site visitors.
Note: searching for a post that was previously published will lead to a “not found” page (called a ’404 Error’ page) …
(’404 Not Found’ error page)
Next Step …
Now that you know how to create, save and publish a post, let’s review all of the steps involved in the process of creating a new WordPress post.
How To Create A Post In WordPress – Quick Review Of Steps Involved
In this final section of the tutorial, we review the steps involved in creating and optimizing a new WordPress post.
As mentioned in Part 1 of this tutorial, with WordPress, getting content published online is as easy as 1-2-3:
- Think …
- Write …
After deciding on the topic you plan to post content about the next step is simply to write the content (or get it written for you), and then publish it online. With WordPress, publishing content is easy.
Note: An optimized WordPress post helps your site get indexed faster by search engines. We cover Post SEO in separate articles.
The screenshot below summarizes the steps involved in creating, optimizing and posting new content to your website or blog using WordPress:
(How To Create A Post In WordPress – Steps)
- In your WP dashboard menu, choose Posts > Add New to bring up the ‘Add New Post’ screen.
- Add your post content (post title & content body). Also, make sure you have already set up your site’s Permalinks and modify the Post Slug if required.
- If you have installed an SEO plugin, complete this section. This only takes an extra couple of minutes, but it can help your content rank better in the search engines.
- Add a Post Excerpt in the ‘Excerpt’ field.
- Select a Post Category to save your post under.
- Add keywords to your Tags section (tip: use the same keywords you entered into the SEO section in Step 3).
- Publish your post.
Congratulations! Now you know how to create and publish a new post in WordPress! To learn how to make changes to WordPress posts or delete a post that you no longer want, go here: Editing And Deleting WordPress Posts - Part One
"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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