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How To Create A WordPress Post – Pt. 2

In Part 1 of this step-by-step tutorial on creating a new WordPress Post, we covered the following:

To review Part 1 of this comprehensive tutorial, go here: How To Create A WordPress Post – Part One

As we repeatedly state throughout this site, WordPress provides an easy-to-use, powerful and flexible tool 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 actually create an effective post for your business in WordPress.

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

WordPress Posts – Content Guidelines

The following are helpful guidelines and best practices for posting content on WordPress:

Next Step …

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

Saving A Post

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

WordPress autosaves your content at regular intervals …

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

Learn more about the WordPress autosave feature here:

The WordPress autosave feature helps to prevent losing your valuable information if something unexpectedly goes wrong with your computer or internet access, or if you click something that accidentally closes your post, or close an application while you’re working.

WordPress automatically records the time and date of posts when a post is first auto-saved.

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

(Publish Box – Published on: section)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Your content can be previewed in a new browser window without first saving or publishing it by clicking the Preview button in the “Publish” area …

Once your post is ready for publishing, click the ‘Publish’ button …

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

The published post will now be made visible to your blog readers and can be linked to via its unique web address …

Review everything to make sure that all of your content has been added and formatted correctly …

Note: Once a post has been published, the button changes from ‘Publish’ to ‘Update’ …

You can change the status from ‘Published’ to ‘Draft’ or ‘Pending Review’ 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 a published post as a ‘draft’ post, go to the Publish > Status section of your post editor screen and click on Edit

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

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

Your post will be saved as ’draft’ status and no longer be available to your online visitors.

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

(’404 Not Found’ error page)

Next Step …

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

How To Create A New WP Post – Quick Summary Of Steps Involved

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 1 of this tutorial, with WordPress, publishing your content online is as easy as 1-2-3:

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

After deciding on a topic to have content written about the next step is to simply write it, and then get it published online. WordPress makes publishing content easy.

Note: An optimized post helps your website or blog get indexed faster by search engines. We address WordPress Post SEO in separate tutorials.

The screenshot below summarizes the steps involved in creating, optimizing and posting new content to your WordPress site:

(How To Create A New Post In WordPress – Quick Review Of Steps Involved)

  1. Click Posts > Add New in your WP admin menu to bring up the ‘Add New Post’ section.
  2. Add your post content (post title & body). Also, make sure you have already set up your site’s Permalinks and modify the Post Slug if required.
  3. If you have an SEO plugin installed, add your search engine optimization metatags into the SEO area. This will only take 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’ section.
  5. Select a Post Category to file your post under.
  6. Add keywords to 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 in WordPress! To learn how to edit to your content and remove a post that you no longer want, go here: Editing And Deleting A Post In WordPress - Part 1

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