How To Make WordPress Posts Sticky

Learn what a sticky post is and how to make WordPress posts sticky.

What Does A Sticky Post Do?If you frequent an online discussion group, then you will already be familiar with the concept of ”sticky” or featured topics.

A sticky topic is where a specific entry does not get replaced by newer entries while older threads get pushed further down the screen.

Like forums, WordPress allows you to ’stick’ important posts to the top of your blog page while the newer blog posts get added below the pinned entry and older items get pushed down your page.

In this step-by-step tutorial, you will learn how to create sticky posts.

Important Info

Before completing this tutorial, you should already be familiar with basic features of WordPress like:

Featured WordPress Posts

In WordPress, blog posts appear at the top of your blog page in reverse chronological order (i.e. newest entries first) …

Latest posts get displayed at the top of your blog page and older posts get pushed further down

(Latest posts get added to the top of the blog posts summary page and older items get pushed down the page)

Depending on how many posts your site’s settings is set up to display on your blog page, when new blog posts get published, older posts will appear down the blog page.

You can set your posts as Sticky if you would like your readers to read these before other posts. Sticky posts will appear above your regular posts until you deselect the ‘Sticky’ option on your Post Edit screen.

Here is how to make any WordPress post sticky:

Go to the Dashboard and click on Posts > All Posts

Posts Menu - All Posts

(Posts – All Posts)

The Posts screen will appear, displaying all your posts …

Table Of Posts

(WP Posts Table)

Once you get to this screen, you have a couple of ways of making your posts sticky. Let’s take a look at each of these:

Making A WordPress Post Sticky Using The Quick Editor

Locate the post item you want to edit, then hover over the title to view the options menu and click on Quick Edit

Click on the 'Quick Edit' link

(’Quick Edit’ function)

The Quick Edit inline editor expands and displays the editing options. Find the ‘Make this post sticky’ option …

Inline editor settings - 'Make this post sticky'

(Inline editor - Make this post sticky checkbox)

Tick Make this post sticky

'Make post sticky' option - Inline editor section

(Quick Edit options – ‘Make this post sticky’)

Update your settings …

Click the 'Update' button to save your changes

(Update your settings)

Sticky Posts Using Post Edit

If you are adding a new blog post or editing your post content, you can make your post sticky by going to Publish > Visibility: Public > Edit

Publishing section - Visibility > Edit

(Publish section – Visibility settings)

Tick the checkbox next to ‘Stick this post to the front page’ then click OK, and update your changes when finished …

Publish post box

(Publish post box)

Your Table of Posts will now show your blog post status as “Sticky” …

Sticky post

(’Sticky’ post status)

Visitors will see the sticky post at the very top of the page, followed by your most recent posts …

Featured posts get listed at the top of your blog page while your regular items are pushed further down the page

(Sticky posts are added to the top of the blog page while other regular entries get pushed down the page)

Depending on the active WordPress theme you are using, your sticky post could also stand out from normal blog posts.

For example, it can have a distinct label or highlight color …

Featured posts can stand out from other posts

(Sticky posts can appear differently from other posts)

Here’s the same example with another theme …

Sticky posts can stand out from other posts

(Featured posts can display differently than other posts)

Your post will now remain sticky until you “unstick” it.

Unsticking Blog Posts

Unsticking posts is easy.

To unstick a post, go to your Table of Posts in your WP admin dashboard and select the ‘Sticky’ link above the post list to display all post entries assigned a sticky status …

List sticky posts - Table of Posts

(Posts screen – Display sticky posts)

Click on Quick Edit

Click on the 'Quick Edit' link

(Click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link)

Uncheck ’Make this post sticky’ and click the ‘Update’ button …

Deselect the box to unstick the post inside the inline editor

(Deselect the box to unstick the post)

Alternatively, when editing content in an existing post, you can unstick your post by going to Publish > Visibility: Public > Edit

Publish post section - Visibility > Edit

(Publishing box – Visibility settings)

Click the checkbox next to ‘Stick this post to the front page’ then click OK and remember to update your new settings when finished …

Publishing box

(Publish box)

Your post will no longer be sticky and will behave like every other post.

What Happens When You Make A Post Sticky?

Congratulations, now you know how to make blog posts stick.

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"These tutorials have so much information and are easy to understand. If you use WordPress or plan to in the future these will help you with everything you need to know." - Valisa (Mesa, Arizona)

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Originally published as How To Make WordPress Posts Sticky.