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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.


In Part 1 of this tutorial on creating a new post in WordPress, we covered the following sections:

To review Part One of our step-by-step tutorial, go here: How To Create A New WP Post – Part One

As we repeatedly state throughout this site, WordPress provides an easy-to-use, powerful and flexible content management system platform 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 see very shortly, creating a new WordPress post is very easy. In this tutorial, you are going to actually create a post in WordPress that will help you get effective results.

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

Post Content Guidelines

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

Next Step …

Now that we have covered a few useful guidelines for posting content on your site, the next step is to learn about saving a post.

Saving WordPress Posts

Once you have added content to your post, it’s time to save it.

By default, WordPress autosaves your posts at regular intervals …

(Your work is auto-saved at regular intervals)

Learn more about the WordPress autosave feature here:

The WordPress autosave feature helps prevent loss of content if something should unexpectedly go wrong with your computer, or if you click something that accidentally closes your post, or close an application in the middle of your session.

WordPress automatically records the time and date of your post when the post is first autosaved.

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

(Post Publisher – Published on: module)

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

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

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

Select Draft from the ’Status’ menu and click OK

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

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 the content will not be visible to your web visitors …

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

Your post can be previewed in a new window without first saving or publishing it by clicking on the Preview button in the “Publish” box …

Once your content is ready to go live, click the ‘Publish’ button …

After publishing your new post, click View Post to open your published post in a new window …

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

Check to make sure that all of the content is displaying correctly …

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

You can easily revert the post status back from ‘Published’ to ‘Draft’ or ‘Pending Review’ anytime by clicking on the Edit link in the Status field and selecting another 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 Status drop-down menu options and click the ‘OK’ button…

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

Your post will be saved as ’draft’ status and will no longer be made visible to blog readers.

Note: typing in the URL of a post that was previously published will lead to a “not found” page (this is called a ‘404′ page) …

(’404 Error’ page)

Next Step …

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

How To Create A WordPress Post – Quick Summary

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

As mentioned in Part One of this tutorial, publishing content online with WordPress 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 just get the content written, and then publish online. WordPress makes publishing content easy.

Note: An optimized WordPress post helps your content get indexed by search engines. We address Post search engine optimization in other articles.

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

(How To Create A New WordPress Post – Summary Of Steps Involved)

  1. Select Posts > Add New in your WordPress dashboard menu to bring up the ‘Add New Post’ panel.
  2. Add your post content (post title & content body). Also, make sure that your site’s Permalinks have already been set up and edit the Post Slug if required.
  3. If you have an SEO plugin installed, enter your search engine optimization metatags into this section. This should only take an extra minute or so, but it will help your content to rank better in the search engines.
  4. Type or paste your Post Excerpt in the ‘Excerpt’ section.
  5. Select a Category to file your post under.
  6. Add keywords to the 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 WordPress post! To learn how to edit to WordPress posts or delete posts that you no longer need, go here: How To Edit And Delete Posts In WordPress


"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