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.
Before going through this tutorial, we recommend knowing basic WordPress features like:
- The difference between WordPress Posts vs Pages
- How to create a post in WordPress
- How to edit a WordPress post
- Using the WordPress inline editor (Quick Edit function)
- Setting up a post page in WordPress
- How to specify the number of blog posts to display on your blog post page
In WordPress, blog posts show at the top of your blog post page in reverse chronological order …
(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 Menu – All Posts)
The Posts screen will load in your browser and display a table of all your WordPress posts …
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 ‘Quick Edit’)
The Quick Edit inline editor expands to display all your post editing options. Find the ‘Make this post sticky’ option …
(Quick Edit settings – ‘Make this post sticky’)
Tick Make this post sticky …
(’Make post sticky’ checkbox – Inline editor screen)
Update your settings …
(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 …
(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 …
Your Table of Posts will show your post status as “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 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)
Here’s the same sticky blog post with a different WordPress theme …
(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 …
(Sticky menu – Posts screen)
Click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link …
(’Quick Edit’ function)
Untick the ‘Make this post sticky’ checkbox and click the ‘Update’ button …
(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 settings)
Deselect ‘Stick this post to the front page’ then click OK and remember to click Update to save your changes when finished …
Your post will now behave like every other regular post.
Congratulations, now you know how to make your blog posts sticky.
"If you're new to WordPress, this can stand on its own as a training course and will stay with you as you progress from beginner to advanced and even guru status." - Bruce (Columbus, Ohio)
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