How To Make WordPress Posts Sticky

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

What Does A Sticky WordPress Post Do?If you are a member of online forums, then you may already be familiar with the concept of a “sticky” topic.

A featured or sticky post is where a specific entry stays at the top of the page while older threads are pushed further down the thread.

Like online forums, WordPress allows you to ’fix’ posts to the top of your blog page while your newer items appear below the featured entry and older posts get pushed down your page.

This tutorial explains how to create sticky posts in WordPress.

Important Info

To get the most benefit from this tutorial, you should already understand basic WordPress features like:

Featured Posts

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

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

(Newer posts get added to the top of the blog page while older items get pushed further down the page)

Depending on how many blog posts you have set up your site to display on your blog page, latest posts get listed at the top of your blog page and older entries get pushed further down.

In WordPress, you can mark posts as Sticky if you want them to display above all other posts. Sticky posts will remain at the top of your blog post page until you deselect the ‘Sticky’ option on your Post Edit screen.

Here is how to make a WordPress post sticky:

In the WP Dashboard menu, select Posts > All Posts

WP Posts Menu - All Posts

(WP Posts Menu – All Posts)

The Posts screen will load in your browser, displaying a list of all the posts on your site …

WP Posts Table

(Table Of Posts)

There are a couple of methods to make your blog posts sticky. Let’s take a look at each of these:

Making Posts In WordPress Sticky Using The Quick Edit Function

Search for the item you would like to edit, hover over the title of the post to display the options menu and click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link …

Click on the 'Quick Edit' link

(’Quick Edit’ function)

The Quick Edit inline editor expands and displays your editing options. Locate Make this post sticky

Quick Edit options - 'Make this post sticky'

(’Make this post sticky’ option – Inline editor section)

Select Make this post sticky

'Make post sticky' option - Quick Edit screen

(’Make this post sticky’ option – Inline editor screen)

Update your settings …

Click the 'Update' button to save your changes

(Quick Edit – Update)

Sticky WordPress Posts Using Post Edit Method

If you are adding a new post or editing your post content, you can make the post sticky by clicking on Publish > Visibility: Public > Edit

Publish section - Visibility > Edit

(Publish section – Visibility > Edit)

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

Publish box

(Publish section)

The status of your post will now be changed to “Sticky” …

Sticky Post status

(Sticky post)

The featured post will be fixed to the top of your blog post page when new posts are added …

Featured posts display at the top of the blog summary page and all other items are pushed down the page

(Sticky posts are added to the top of the blog summary page and your regular entries are pushed down the page)

Depending on your theme, your sticky posts can also display differently than normal posts.

For example, your sticky post could have a distinctive label or highlight color …

Sticky posts can stand out from other posts

(Sticky posts can stand out from other posts)

Here’s the same example using another theme …

Sticky posts can appear differently than regular posts

(Featured posts can stand out from other posts)

Your post will stay sticky until you make a decision to “unstick” it.

How To Unstick Your WordPress Posts

Unsticking your post is as simple as reversing the process.

To unstick a post, go to your Table of Posts in your WordPress admin area and select the ‘Sticky’ link on the Posts menu to display all items assigned a sticky status …

List sticky posts - Table of Posts

(Sticky posts menu – Posts section)

Hover your mouse over the item’s title to view the options menu and click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link …

'Quick Edit' function

(Click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link)

Deselect the ‘Make this post sticky’ checkbox and click the ‘Update’ button to save your new settings …

Unselect the box to unstick the post inside the Quick editor

(Uncheck the box to unstick your post)

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

Post publishing box - Visibility settings

(Publish box – Visibility > Edit)

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

Publish section

(Publish section)

Your post will now behave like all regular posts.

Why Make A WordPress Post Sticky?

Congratulations! Now you know how to make your blog posts sticky.

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