How To Make WordPress Posts Sticky

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

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

A featured or sticky post is where a specific item is fixed to the top of the board while older threads appear lower down the page.

Like online forums, WordPress also lets you display important posts at the top of your blog page while the newer posts show below the featured item and older items get pushed down your page.

In this tutorial, we show you how to create sticky posts in WordPress.

Useful Info

Before going through this tutorial, we recommend knowing basic WordPress features like:

Sticky Posts

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

Latest posts get listed at the top of the blog page and older posts get pushed further down

(Newer posts get added to the top of your blog summary page and older entries get pushed down the page)

Depending on how many posts you have configured your site to display on your blog page, most recent posts appear at the top of your blog summary page and older items get pushed down the blog page.

You can set 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 a post sticky, follow the steps below:

Log into your WordPress dashboard, then go to the admin navigation menu and choose choose Posts > All Posts

Posts - All Posts

(Posts Menu – All Posts)

The Posts screen will load in your browser and display a table of all your WordPress posts …

WP Posts Screen

(Posts Table)

You have two methods of making your posts sticky. Let’s take a look at each of these methods:

Featuring WordPress Posts - Quick Edit Method

Find the post item you would like to edit, hover over the title to display the options menu and click on Quick Edit

Click on the 'Quick Edit' link

(Click on ‘Quick Edit’)

The Quick Edit inline editor expands to display all your post editing options. Find the ‘Make this post sticky’ option …

Inline editor settings - 'Make this post sticky'

(Quick Edit settings – ‘Make this post sticky’)

Tick Make this post sticky

Inline editor options - 'Make this post sticky'

(’Make post sticky’ checkbox – Inline editor screen)

Update your settings …

Quick Edit - Update

(Quick Edit – ’Update’ button)

Sticky WordPress Posts Using The Post Editor

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 box - Visibility settings

(Post publish section – Visibility settings)

Click the checkbox next to ‘Stick this post to the front page’, click OK, and remember to click Update to save your settings …

Post publish section

(Publish box)

Your Table of Posts will show your post status as “Sticky” …

Post status: Sticky

(Sticky Post status)

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

Featured posts are added to the top of the blog posts summary page while your regular entries are pushed further down the page

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

Depending on your WordPress theme, your sticky posts may also stand out from regular blog posts.

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

Featured posts can stand out from other posts

(Featured posts can stand out from other posts)

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

Featured posts can stand out from other posts

(Featured posts can display differently from other posts)

Your blog post will stay sticky for as long as you want.

How To Unstick Your WordPress Posts

Unsticking WordPress posts is easy.

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

Display sticky posts - Posts screen

(Sticky menu – Posts screen)

Click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link …

Click on 'Quick Edit'

(’Quick Edit’ function)

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

Untick the box to unstick the post

(Unselect the box to unstick your post)

Alternatively, if you are editing an existing post, you can unstick your post by going to Publish > Visibility: Public > Edit

Publishing section - Visibility > Edit

(Publishing section – Visibility settings)

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

Publishing section

(Publish box)

Your post will now behave like every other regular post.

How To Make A Featured WordPress Post

Congratulations, now you know how to make your blog posts sticky.

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