If you are a member of online forums, then you are probably already familiar with the concept of featured topics.
With a sticky post, the entry is fixed to the top of the board while older threads display further down the page.
Like online forums, WordPress also lets you display posts at the top of your blog post page and your newer blog posts appear below the featured entry and older items get pushed further down the page.
This tutorial explains how to make any post sticky.
To benefit the most from this tutorial, make sure to familiarize yourself with basic WordPress features like:
- The difference between Posts vs Pages
- Creating a new WordPress post
- Editing a blog post in WordPress
- How to use WordPress Quick Edit
- How to create a page for displaying a summary of your blog posts in WordPress
- How to specify the number of posts to display on the blog page
Featuring WordPress Posts
WordPress shows your blog posts in reverse chronological order on your blog page with the newest post entries listed at the top …
(Latest posts get added to the top of your blog summary page and older entries get pushed down the page)
Depending on how many blog posts you have configured your site to display on your blog page, latest posts show at the top of your blog posts summary page and older entries get pushed further down.
In WordPress, you can set your posts as Sticky if you want them to appear above all other posts. Sticky posts will continue to display above your regular posts until you deselect the ‘Sticky’ option on your Post Edit screen.
To make your blog post sticky, follow the steps below:
Go to the Dashboard and choose Posts > All Posts …
(WP Posts Menu – All Posts)
This brings up the Posts screen, which displays all your posts …
(Table Of Posts)
You have two methods to make a post sticky. Let’s take a look at these:
Sticky Posts Using Quick Edit
In the Posts area, locate the item you want to edit, hover over the post title to view the options menu and click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link …
(’Quick Edit’ link)
The Quick Edit inline editor expands to display the options for editing your post. Locate the option to make posts sticky …
(’Make this post sticky’ checkbox – Quick Edit section)
Tick the Make this post sticky check box …
(Quick Edit - Sticky post option)
Click the ‘Update’ button to save your new changes …
(Quick Edit – ’Update’ button)
How To Make A Post Sticky 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 …
(Publish box – Visibility settings)
Check ‘Stick this post to the front page’, click OK, and remember to click Update to save your new settings …
(Post publishing box)
Your Table of Posts will change your post status to “Sticky” …
Visitors will see the sticky post at the top of the blog post page, followed by other recent posts …
(Sticky posts display at the top of the blog posts summary page while other items are pushed down the page)
Depending on your active theme, your sticky posts can also display to visitors differently than regular blog posts.
For example, your sticky post could have a distinctive label and highlight color …
(Sticky posts can display differently from regular posts)
Here’s the same sticky blog post with another WordPress theme installed …
(Featured posts can display differently from regular posts)
Your blog post will stay sticky for as long as you like.
How To Unstick WP Blog Posts
Unsticking posts in WordPress is easy.
To unstick a post, navigate to the Posts > All Posts and select the ‘Sticky’ link above the list of posts to view all posts assigned a sticky status …
(Posts screen – List all sticky posts)
Click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link …
(Click on ‘Quick Edit’)
Uncheck ’Make this post sticky’ and click the ‘Update’ button to save your changes …
(Uncheck the box to unstick your post inside Quick Edit)
Alternatively, if you are editing content in an existing blog post, you can unstick your post by going to Publish > Visibility: Public > Edit …
(Publishing section – Visibility > Edit)
Deselect ‘Stick this post to the front page’ then click OK and remember to click Update to save your new settings when finished …
Your post is no longer sticky and will behave like all regular posts.
Congratulations! Now you know how to make your posts stick.
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