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

To review Part 1 of our tutorial, go here: How To Create A Post In WordPress – 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 to grow your business online.

As you will see very shortly, creating a new 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.

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

Posts – Content Guidelines

Here are a number of helpful 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 examine different options available for saving a post.

Saving A Post - Options

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

By default, WordPress autosaves your content at regular intervals …

(WordPress autosaves your work at regular intervals)

Learn more about the WordPress autosave feature here:

Autosaving helps to 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 browser window, or terminate an application while you’re working.

The time and date of posts are automatically recorded when a post is first autosaved.

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

(Post Publisher – Published on: feature)

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

You can save a post in ‘draft’ status or publish it live 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 editor and click on Edit

Choose Draft from the ’Status’ drop-down menu and click OK

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 content …

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

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

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

Once you are ready to go live, click ’Publish’ …

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

Your content should now be visible to online visitors and can be accessed via its unique URL …

Check to make sure that your content is displaying correctly …

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

You can easily change the status from ‘Published’ to ‘Draft’ or ‘Pending Review’ anytime 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 screen and click on Edit

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

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

Your post will update to a ‘draft’ post and no longer be visible to web visitors.

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

(’404 Error’ page)

Next Step …

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

How To Post Content In WordPress – Quick Summary

In this final tutorial section, we go over a quick summary of the steps involved in creating and optimizing a new WordPress post.

As mentioned in Part One of this tutorial, publishing your content online with WordPress is as easy as 1-2-3:

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

After deciding what you are going to post content about the next step is simply to write, and then get it published. WordPress makes publishing content easy.

Note: Optimized WordPress posts help your site perform better with search engines. We address WordPress Post SEO in separate articles and tutorials.

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

(How To Create A New WP Post – Recap)

  1. In your WP admin menu, click Posts > Add New to bring up the ‘Add New Post’ screen.
  2. Add your post content (title & content body). Also, make sure you have already set up your site’s Permalinks and edit the Post Slug if required.
  3. If you have installed an SEO plugin, complete this area. This will only take an extra couple of minutes, but it will help your content rank better in the search engines.
  4. Add a Post Excerpt in the ‘Excerpt’ box.
  5. Select a Category to save your post under.
  6. Enter tags into 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 and publish a new post! To learn how to make changes to WordPress posts and delete posts that you no longer need, see this tutorial: Editing And Deleting Posts In WordPress - 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