How To Make WordPress Posts Sticky

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

What Is A Sticky Post?If you participate in online discussion boards, then you are probably already familiar with the concept of a featured or “sticky” post.

With a sticky forum post, the item is fixed to the top of the page while older threads are pushed lower down the thread.

Like online forums, WordPress also lets you display important posts at the top of your blog page while the newer entries appear below the pinned item and older post entries get pushed further down your page.

This tutorial explains how to create sticky posts in WordPress.

Important

You will really benefit from this tutorial if you already have a good understanding of basic WordPress features like:

Featured WordPress Posts

In WordPress, posts appear at the top of your blog post page in reverse chronological order (i.e. most recently published items first) …

Newer posts show at the top of the blog page while older posts get pushed down the page

(Latest posts get added to the top of your blog summary page while older entries get pushed down the page)

Depending on how many posts you have configured your site’s settings to display on your blog page, as new blog posts are published, older posts will get pushed further down the blog page.

In WordPress, you can set posts as Sticky if you would like your visitors to view these before all other posts. Sticky posts will appear above all other posts until you uncheck the ‘Sticky’ option on your Post Edit screen.

Here’s how to make your post sticky:

Go to the Dashboard and choose Posts > All Posts

Posts - All Posts

(WP Posts Menu – All Posts)

The Posts screen will appear, displaying all the posts you have created …

Table Of Posts

(Table Of Posts)

Once you get to this screen, you have two ways of making your posts sticky:

Making Your Post Sticky Using Quick Edit

In the Posts area, locate the post item you want to edit, hover your mouse over the item’s title to display the options menu and click on Quick Edit

Click on 'Quick Edit'

(’Quick Edit’ feature)

The Quick Edit inline editor displays all your editing options. Locate the ‘Make this post sticky’ option …

Inline editor - Sticky post option

(Inline editor - Make this post sticky checkbox)

Select the Make this post sticky check box …

'Make this post sticky' checkbox - Inline editor section

(’Make post sticky’ checkbox – Inline editor screen)

Click Update to save your new settings …

Click 'Update' to save your settings

(Quick Edit – ’Update’ button)

Sticky WordPress Posts Using Post Edit Method

If you are adding a new post or editing content in an existing post, you can make the post sticky by going to Publish > Visibility: Public > Edit

Publishing section - Visibility > Edit

(Post publish section – Visibility settings)

Select ‘Stick this post to the front page’ then click OK, and remember to click Update to save your changes when finished …

Publish box

(Publish post section)

Your Table of Posts will change your blog post to “Sticky” …

Sticky post

(’Sticky’ post status)

Your sticky post will be featured at the top of your blog page even as new posts are added …

Featured posts display at the top of your blog posts page while your regular posts get pushed further down

(Sticky posts get displayed at the top of the blog posts summary page while other entries get pushed down the page)

Depending on the active WordPress theme you are using, your sticky posts can also stand out from regular posts.

For example, it could have a distinct label and highlight color …

Sticky posts can stand out from regular posts

(Sticky posts can appear differently than other posts)

Here’s the same example with another theme installed …

Sticky posts can stand out from regular posts

(Featured posts can stand out from regular posts)

Your post will now remain sticky for as long as you like.

Unsticking Blog Post Entries

Unsticking posts is as simple as reversing the process used to make your posts sticky.

To unstick a post, go to the Table of Posts in your WP administration area and click on the ‘Sticky’ link at the top of the post list to view all items with a sticky status …

List sticky posts - Table of Posts

(Posts screen – Sticky posts menu)

Click on Quick Edit

Click on 'Quick Edit'

(Click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link)

Uncheck ’Make this post sticky’ and click the ‘Update’ button to save your new changes …

Untick the box to unstick your post

(Unselect the box to unstick the post)

Alternatively, if you are editing an existing blog post, you can unstick your post by going to Publish > Visibility: Public > Edit

Post publishing section - Visibility settings

(Publish section – Visibility settings)

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

Post publishing box

(Publishing section)

Your post will now behave like every other regular post.

What Is A Sticky Post?

Congratulations! Now you know how to make posts stick.

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Originally published as How To Make WordPress Posts Sticky.