If you frequent online discussion groups, then you are probably already familiar with the concept of a featured topic.
With a featured or sticky post, the item is fixed to the top of the board while older threads appear down the screen.
Like forums, WordPress also lets you ‘pin’ important blog posts to the top of your blog page while your newer posts appear below the featured item and older post entries get pushed further down your page.
In this step-by-step tutorial, you are going to learn how to create sticky WordPress posts.
You will really benefit from the tutorial below if you are already familiar with basic WordPress features like:
- Understanding the difference between Posts vs Pages
- Creating new blog posts in WordPress
- How to edit a WordPress blog post
- How to use the WordPress Quick Edit feature
- How to create a blog post page
- How to specify the number of posts to display on your blog post page
WordPress lists blog posts on your blog page with the newest items at the top …
(Newer posts get listed at the top of the blog page while older posts get pushed down the page)
Depending on how many posts you have configured your site to display on your blog page, most recent posts get listed at the top of the blog posts summary page and older entries get pushed further down.
You can set posts as Sticky if you would like your readers to read these before other posts. Sticky posts will remain fixed to the top of your blog page until you deselect the ‘Sticky’ option on the Edit screen for that particular post.
To make your blog post sticky, follow the steps below:
In your WP Dashboard, select Posts > All Posts …
(Posts Menu – All Posts)
The Posts screen will appear, displaying all your posts …
(WordPress Posts Table)
You have two ways to make your blog post sticky:
Featured Posts Using The Quick Editor
Locate the entry you want to edit, then hover over the title to view the options menu and click on Quick Edit …
(’Quick Edit’ link)
The Quick Edit inline editor displays all your post editing options. Locate Make this post sticky …
(’Make this post sticky’ checkbox – Inline editor screen)
Tick the Make this post sticky checkbox …
(’Make post sticky’ option – Inline editor screen)
Click the ‘Update’ button to save your settings …
(Update your settings)
Featured Posts - Post Edit Method
If you are adding a new post or editing your post content, you can make the post sticky by going to Publish > Visibility: Public > Edit …
(Post publishing section – Visibility > Edit)
Check ‘Stick this post to the front page’, click OK, and update your settings …
The Table of Posts will change your blog post status to “Sticky” …
Your featured post will remain fixed to the top of your blog post page when new posts get added …
(Sticky posts get added to the top of the blog page while regular entries get pushed down the page)
Depending on the theme you have installed, your sticky posts can also stand out from other blog posts.
For example, it could 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 theme installed …
(Sticky posts can stand out from regular posts)
Your post will now remain sticky until you make a decision to “unstick” it.
How To Unstick Post Entries
Unsticking posts is really easy.
To unstick a post, go back to to the Table of Posts and click on the ‘Sticky’ link above the table to view all posts that have been assigned the status of sticky …
(Table of Posts – Sticky menu)
Hover your mouse over the post title to display the options menu and click on Quick Edit …
(Click on ‘Quick Edit’)
Uncheck ’Make this post sticky’ and click the ‘Update’ button …
(Unselect the box to unstick your post)
Alternatively, if you are editing content in an existing post, you can unstick your post by going to Publish > Visibility: Public > Edit …
(Publishing section – Visibility settings)
Click the checkbox next to ‘Stick this post to the front page’ then click OK and remember to update your changes when finished …
(Post publishing box)
Your post is no longer sticky and will behave like every other regular post.
Congratulations, now you know how to make blog posts sticky.
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