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 participate in an online forum, then you should already be familiar with the concept of featured posts.

A sticky topic is where a selected entry displays at the top of the thread while older threads are pushed down the thread.

Like online forums, WordPress also lets you ‘pin’ important blog posts to the top of your blog page and the newer items display below the featured item and older entries get pushed down the page.

This step-by-step tutorial explains how to create a sticky post in WordPress.

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For this tutorial, it helps if you’re already familiar basic features of WordPress like:

Making Posts Sticky

In WordPress, posts generally appear at the top of your blog page in reverse chronological order …

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

(Most recent posts display at the top of your blog posts summary page while older entries get pushed down the page)

Depending on how many blog posts you have set up your site to display on your blog page, most recent posts display at the top of the blog summary page while older entries get pushed down the page.

In WordPress, you can mark some of your posts as Sticky if you want them to appear above all other posts. Sticky posts will continue to display above all other posts until you deselect the ‘Sticky’ option on your Post Edit screen.

To make your blog post sticky, follow the steps below:

In your WordPress Dashboard, select Posts > All Posts

Posts Menu - All Posts

(Posts – All Posts)

The Posts screen will appear, displaying all your posts …

Posts Table

(Posts Screen)

There are two ways of making a post sticky:

Featured Posts - Quick Edit Method

Locate the item you would like to edit, hover over the item’s title to view the options menu and click on Quick Edit

Click on 'Quick Edit'

(’Quick Edit’ link)

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

'Make this post sticky' checkbox - Quick Edit screen

(Inline editor settings – ‘Make this post sticky’)

Tick Make this post sticky

Quick Edit settings - 'Make this post sticky'

(’Make post sticky’ option – Quick Edit screen)

Update your settings …

Click 'Update' to save your new changes

(Quick Edit – ’Update’ button)

How To Make A WordPress Post Sticky Using The Post Editor

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

Publish section - Visibility settings

(Publish post box – Visibility settings)

Check ‘Stick this post to the front page’ then click OK, and update your settings when finished …

Publishing box

(Publish section)

Your blog post status will now be marked as “Sticky” …

Post status: Sticky

(’Sticky’ post status)

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

Sticky posts are added to the top of your blog page while other regular items get pushed down the page

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

Depending on the active theme you are using, your sticky post may also display differently than your normal blog posts.

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

Featured posts can appear differently than other posts

(Featured posts can appear differently from regular posts)

Here’s the same sticky post with a different WordPress theme installed …

Featured posts can display differently from other posts

(Featured posts can stand out from other posts)

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

How To Unstick Post Entries

Unsticking posts in WordPress is as simple as reversing the process.

To unstick a post, navigate to your Table of Posts and select the ‘Sticky’ link at the top of the table to view all posts with a sticky status …

Display sticky posts - Posts section

(Sticky posts menu – Table of Posts)

Click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link …

'Quick Edit' link

(Click on ‘Quick Edit’)

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

Uncheck the box to unstick the post

(Uncheck the box to unstick your post)

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

(Publish post section – Visibility settings)

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

Publish box

(Publishing box)

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

What Is A Sticky WordPress Post?

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

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