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How To Create A WordPress Post – Pt. 2

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 creating a new WordPress Post, we looked at the following sections:

To review Part 1 of our 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 tool to publish information about your business online.

The more you understand WordPress, the better you can use it to grow your business online.

As you will soon discover, creating a new WordPress post is very easy. In this tutorial, you are going to learn how to actually create an effective post for your business in WordPress.

Let’s start by reviewing some useful guidelines for adding content to WordPress posts.

WordPress Post Content Guidelines

Here are a number of useful guidelines and best practices for posting content on WordPress:

Next Step …

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

Saving WordPress Posts - Options

After adding content to your post, the next step is learning how to save it.

WordPress will auto-save your work at regular intervals …

(WordPress auto-saves your posts at regular intervals)

Learn more about the WordPress autosave feature here:

Autosaving helps prevent loss of content if something should unexpectedly go wrong with your computer, or if you happen to click something and accidentally close your browser window, or terminate an application while you’re working.

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

You can modify this information in the values in the “Published on:” feature …

(Post Publisher – Published on: feature)

Until a post is published, it will not be visible to site visitors. Instead, it will be saved in Draft status until published …

You can save your post in ‘draft’ status or publish it online using the “Save” and “Publish” options in the Publish area …

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 drop-down 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 content …

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

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

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

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

Once your post has gone live, click View Post to open your published post in a new window …

Your post is now visible to web visitors and can be linked to via its unique URL …

Make sure that all of your content is displaying correctly …

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

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

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

Choose Draft from the drop-down menu options and click OK

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

Your post will revert to ’draft’ status and will no longer be visible to online visitors.

Note: typing in the web address of a post that was previously published will lead to a “not found” error message (this is called a ’404 Not Found’ page) …

(’404 Error’ page)

Next Step …

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

How To Create A New Post In WordPress – 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 content published online is as easy as 1-2-3:

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

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

Note: An optimized WordPress post helps your content in the search engines. We address WordPress Post search engine optimization in other articles and tutorials.

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

(Creating A Post Using WordPress – Review)

  1. Select Posts > Add New in your WordPress admin menu to bring up the ‘Add New Post’ screen.
  2. Add your post content (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 installed an SEO plugin, complete this area. This will only take an extra minute or two, but it will help your content to rank better in the search engines.
  4. Enter your Post Excerpt into the ‘Excerpt’ field.
  5. Select a Post Category to save your post under.
  6. Add tags to your 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 and publish a new WordPress post! To learn how to edit to the post content or remove posts that you no longer need, see this tutorial: How To Edit And Delete A Post In WordPress - Part One

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