How To Make WordPress Posts Sticky

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

How To Make A WordPress Post StickyIf you participate in an online forum, then you may already be familiar with the concept of a featured post.

A sticky forum post is where a specific entry does not get displaced by more recent entries while older threads appear lower down the page.

Like online forums, WordPress also lets you feature important blog posts at the top of your blog page and your newer posts get added below the pinned entry and older entries get pushed down your page.

In this step-by-step tutorial, you will learn how to create sticky WordPress posts.

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You will really benefit from this tutorial if you are already familiar with basic features of WordPress like:

How To Make Posts Sticky

In WordPress, posts appear on your blog page with the newest items at the top …

Most recent posts get added to the top of the blog posts page and older posts get pushed further down

(Most recent posts get displayed at the top of the blog posts summary page and older entries get pushed further down the page)

Depending on how many posts you have set up your site’s settings to display on your blog page, newer posts show at the top of your blog posts summary page while older items get pushed further down.

You can set your posts as Sticky and make them appear above all other posts. Sticky posts will remain pinned above all other regular posts until you uncheck the ‘Sticky’ option on the Edit screen for that particular post.

To make a blog post sticky, do this:

Log into the Dashboard and click on Posts > All Posts

Posts Menu - All Posts

(Posts – All Posts)

The Posts screen will appear, displaying all your posts …

WP Posts Screen

(WP Posts Screen)

There are a couple of ways to make blog posts sticky. Let’s take a look at these:

Make A WordPress Post Sticky - Quick Edit Method

Find the post you want to edit, hover over the item’s title to view the options menu and click on Quick Edit

'Quick Edit' function

(’Quick Edit’ feature)

The Quick Edit inline editor displays the options for editing your post. Locate Make this post sticky

Quick Edit - Sticky post option

(’Make post sticky’ checkbox – Quick Edit section)

Tick the Make this post sticky checkbox …

Inline editor - Make this post sticky checkbox

(’Make this post sticky’ option – Quick Edit section)

Update your settings …

Update your settings

(Click the ‘Update’ button to save your new settings)

Make WordPress Posts Sticky Using Post Edit Method

If you are adding a new post or editing an existing one, you can make your post sticky by going to Publish > Visibility: Public > Edit

Publish section - Visibility > Edit

(Publish box – Visibility settings)

Select ‘Stick this post to the front page’, click OK, and remember to update your changes …

Post publishing section

(Post publish box)

Your Table of Posts now shows your blog post as “Sticky” …

Post status: Sticky

(Sticky Post status)

Your featured post will stay pinned to the top of your blog post page when new posts are added …

Sticky posts get added to the top of your blog page while other items are pushed further down the page

(Sticky posts get added to the top of your blog posts summary page while other posts get pushed further down)

Depending on the theme you have installed, your sticky posts could also stand out from regular blog posts.

For example, it can have a distinctive label or highlight color …

Sticky posts can appear differently from other posts

(Sticky posts can appear differently than other posts)

Here’s the same example with a different WordPress theme installed …

Sticky posts can appear differently than regular posts

(Featured posts can stand out from other posts)

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

Unsticking A Post

Unsticking your post in WordPress is really easy.

To unstick a post, return to your Posts > All Posts and select the ‘Sticky’ link at the top of the table to display all entries listed as sticky

Display all sticky posts - Table of Posts

(Posts section – Display sticky posts)

Hover your mouse over the post title to display the options menu and click on Quick Edit

Click on 'Quick Edit'

(Click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link)

Untick the ‘Make this post sticky’ checkbox and click the ‘Update’ button to save your new settings …

Uncheck the box to unstick your post inside the Quick Edit function

(Unselect the box to unstick your post inside Quick Edit)

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

Publish post box - Visibility > Edit

(Publish box – Visibility settings)

Deselect the checkbox next to ‘Stick this post to the front page’ then click OK and remember to update your settings …

Publishing box

(Publish post box)

Your post will now behave like all other posts.

What Does A Sticky WordPress Post Do?

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

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