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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 1 of this tutorial on how to create a new WordPress Post, we looked at the following areas:

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

As we state repeatedly throughout this site, WordPress provides an easy-to-use, powerful and flexible way 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 WordPress post is very easy. In this tutorial, you are going to actually create a post in WordPress.

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

WordPress – Content Guidelines

Below are some 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 the options you have for saving posts in WordPress.

Saving Posts In WordPress

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

By default, WordPress autosaves your content at regular intervals …

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

Learn more about the WordPress autosave feature here:

The WordPress autosave feature helps prevent losing your content if something should unexpectedly happen to your computer or internet access, or if you click something that accidentally closes your web browser, or terminate an application while you’re working.

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

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

(Post Publisher – Published on: module)

Until your post is published, the post 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 live using the “Save” and “Publish” functions in the Publish box …

To save your post as a “Draft”, go to the Publish > Status section of your Post 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 the ‘Save Draft’ button…

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

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

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

You can also preview your post without saving or publishing it first by clicking ’Preview’ in the “Publish” box …

When your content is ready to go live, click on Publish

Once the post has been published, click View Post to open the post in a new window …

Your content will now be made visible to online visitors and can be linked to via its unique web address …

Make sure that all of the content is displaying correctly …

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

You can change the status of a post back from ‘Published’ to ‘Draft’ or ‘Pending Review’ at any time simply by clicking on the Edit link next to 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 screen and click on Edit

Select Draft from the Status drop-down menu 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 available to web visitors.

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

(’404 Not Found’ page)

Next Step …

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

Posting Content In WordPress – Summary

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

As mentioned in Part 1 of this tutorial, publishing content online with WordPress 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 simply to write, and then publish it. WordPress makes publishing content easy.

Note: Optimized posts help your content in the search engines. We address WordPress Post SEO in other tutorials.

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

(Creating A New Post In WordPress – Quick Recap)

  1. In your WP admin menu, choose Posts > Add New to bring up the ‘Add New Post’ section.
  2. Add your post content (post title & content body). Also, make sure that your Permalinks are already set up and edit the Post Slug if required.
  3. If you have installed an SEO plugin, enter the search engine optimization content into this module. This only takes an extra couple of minutes, but it can help your content rank better in the search engines.
  4. Enter a Post Excerpt into the ‘Excerpt’ field.
  5. Select a Post Category to file your post under.
  6. Add tags to your Post 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 post! To learn how to make changes to WordPress posts or remove posts that you no longer need, go here: Editing And Deleting Posts In WordPress

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