If you frequent an online discussion board, then you are probably already familiar with the concept of a featured topic.
A sticky forum post is where a specific entry does not get replaced by newer entries while older threads appear down the screen.
Like online forums, WordPress allows you to ‘pin’ posts to the top of your blog page while your newer entries display below the pinned item and older items get pushed further down the page.
In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a sticky post.
Before completing this tutorial, make sure that you’re familiar with basic features of WordPress like:
- Understanding the difference between Posts vs Pages
- How to create WordPress blog posts
- Editing blog posts in WordPress
- How to use the WordPress inline editor (Quick Edit)
- Setting up a WordPress blog post page
- How to set the number of blog posts to display on your blog post page
Featured WordPress Posts
In WordPress, posts are shown at the top of your blog post page in reverse chronological order (i.e. newest posts first) …
(Newer posts get displayed at the top of the blog posts 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 new blog posts get published, older posts will get pushed down the blog page.
In WordPress, you can set your posts as Sticky if you would like your visitors to read these before other posts. Sticky posts will stay pinned above your regular posts until you uncheck the ‘Sticky’ option on the Edit screen for that particular post.
Here’s how to make a WordPress post sticky:
Log into your WordPress dashboard, then go to the navigation menu and choose choose Posts > All Posts …
(Posts Menu – All Posts)
The Posts screen will appear, displaying all the posts on your site …
(WP Posts Screen)
Once you get to this screen, you have two ways to make posts sticky. Let’s take a look at each of these methods:
Making A Post In WordPress Sticky - Quick Edit Method
In the Posts screen, search for the post you want to edit, then hover over the title to display the options menu and click on Quick Edit …
(’Quick Edit’ link)
The inline editor displays all of your editing options. Locate the ‘Make this post sticky’ option …
(’Make post sticky’ checkbox – Inline editor screen)
Tick Make this post sticky …
(Quick Edit options – ‘Make this post sticky’)
Click Update to save your changes …
(Update your settings)
Featured Posts - Post Edit Method
If you are adding a new post or editing content in an existing one, you can make the post sticky by clicking on Publish > Visibility: Public > Edit …
(Publish box – Visibility settings)
Select ‘Stick this post to the front page’ then click OK, and update your new settings …
The Table of Posts will change your blog post status to “Sticky” …
Visitors will see your sticky post at the very top of the page, followed by your most recent posts …
(Featured posts are added to the top of the blog summary page and other regular posts get pushed down the page)
Depending on the active WordPress theme you are using, your sticky posts could also be made to stand out differently than normal posts.
For example, it can have a distinctive label and highlight color …
(Featured posts can display differently than other posts)
Here’s the same sticky blog post using another theme …
(Sticky posts can stand out from regular posts)
Your post will stay sticky for as long as you want.
How To Unstick Your Posts
Unsticking posts in WordPress is as simple as reversing the process used to make your posts sticky.
To unstick a post, go back to to the Posts > All Posts and click on the ‘Sticky’ link above the table to return all post entries assigned as sticky …
(List sticky posts – Table of Posts)
Hover your mouse over the post title to view the options menu and click on Quick Edit …
(’Quick Edit’ link)
Deselect the ‘Make this post sticky’ box and click the ‘Update’ button …
(Deselect 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 …
(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 …
(Post publish section)
Your post is no longer sticky and will behave like all of your other posts.
Congratulations, now you know how to make blog posts stick.
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