If you frequent an online discussion board, then you are probably familiar with the concept of featured or “sticky” topics.
A featured or sticky post is where a selected item does not get replaced by more recent entries while older threads display further down the screen.
Like online forums, WordPress also lets you ‘pin’ important posts to the top of your blog page and your newer posts display below the pinned entry and older posts get pushed down the page.
In this step-by-step tutorial, we explain how to create sticky posts in WordPress.
You will really benefit from the tutorial below if you already have a good understanding of basic features of WordPress like:
- Knowing the difference between Posts vs Pages
- Creating new posts
- Editing a blog post in WordPress
- Using Quick Edit
- How to create a post page in WordPress
- How to set the number of posts to show on your blog page
Make WordPress Posts Sticky
In WordPress, posts are listed on your blog page with the newest post entries shown at the top …
(Latest posts get added to the top of your blog summary page while older entries get pushed down the page)
Depending on how many blog posts you have set up your site’s settings to display on your blog page, when newer posts get published, older posts will display further down the blog page.
In WordPress, you can mark some of your posts as Sticky if you want to make them appear above all other posts. Sticky posts will appear above all other regular posts until you uncheck the ‘Sticky’ option on the Edit screen for that particular post.
Here’s how to make your blog post sticky:
In your Dashboard menu, click on Posts > All Posts …
(Posts Menu – All Posts)
The Posts screen will appear, displaying all the posts you have created …
(Table Of Posts)
You have a couple of ways to make blog posts sticky:
Featured Posts - Quick Edit Method
In the Posts screen, find the entry you want to edit, hover your mouse over the post title to view the options menu and click on Quick Edit …
(Click on ‘Quick Edit’)
The inline editor expands to display all of the options for editing your post. Find the ‘Make this post sticky’ option …
(’Make this post sticky’ option – Quick Edit section)
Select the Make this post sticky check box …
(Quick Edit - Sticky post option)
Click the ‘Update’ button to save your changes …
(Click the ‘Update’ button to save your new settings)
Featuring WordPress Posts - Post Edit Method
If you are adding a new blog post or editing an existing post, you can make your post sticky by going to Publish > Visibility: Public > Edit …
(Post publishing box – Visibility settings)
Select ‘Stick this post to the front page’ then click OK, and update your changes …
(Publish post box)
Your blog post status will now be marked as “Sticky” …
The sticky post will be featured at the top of your blog page even as new posts are added …
(Sticky posts are added to the top of the blog page while regular entries get pushed down the page)
Depending on the active theme you are using, your sticky posts may also stand out from other posts.
For example, your sticky post can have a distinct label or highlight color …
(Sticky posts can stand out from regular posts)
Here’s the same example with a different theme installed …
(Sticky posts can appear differently than other posts)
Your post will stay sticky for as long as you want.
How To Unstick Your WordPress Post In WordPress
Unsticking a WordPress post is as simple as reversing the process.
To unstick a post, return to your Table of Posts and select the ‘Sticky’ link on the Posts menu to view all posts listed as sticky …
(List all sticky posts – Table of Posts)
Click on Quick Edit …
(Click on ‘Quick Edit’)
Untick the ‘Make this post sticky’ checkbox and click the ‘Update’ button …
(Deselect the box to unstick your post inside the Quick Edit function)
Alternatively, if you are editing an existing blog post, you can unstick your post by going to Publish > Visibility: Public > Edit …
(Post publish box – Visibility > Edit)
Deselect ‘Stick this post to the front page’ then click OK and remember to update your new settings …
(Publish post box)
Your post will now behave like all other regular posts.
Congratulations! Now you know how to make your blog posts sticky.
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