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How To Make WordPress Posts Sticky

If you are a member of online forums, then you should already be familiar with the concept of featured or “sticky” posts.

A sticky post is where a specific item does not get displaced by newer entries while older threads display lower down the thread.

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

In this tutorial, we will show you how to make any WordPress post sticky.

You will really benefit from this tutorial if you already have a good understanding of basic features of WordPress like:

Make Your WordPress Post Sticky

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

(Newer posts get displayed at the top of the blog page while older items get pushed further down the page)

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

In WordPress, you can mark some of your posts as Sticky if you would like your readers to see these before all other posts. Sticky posts will continue to display above all other regular posts until you deselect the ‘Sticky’ option on the Edit screen for that particular post.

To make your blog post sticky, do this:

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

(WordPress Posts Menu – All Posts)

The Posts screen will load in your browser, listing all your posts …

(WP Posts Table)

Here you have two methods to make posts sticky:

Featured Posts - Quick Edit Method

Find the item you would like to edit, hover over the title to view the options menu and click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link …

(Click on ‘Quick Edit’)

The inline editor expands to display various options. Locate Make this post sticky

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

Select the Make this post sticky checkbox …

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

Update your settings …

(Quick Edit – Update)

Make A WordPress Post Sticky - Post Edit Method

If you are adding a new post or editing your post content, you can make your 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 click Update to save your new settings …

(Publish post box)

Your post will now be displayed as “Sticky” …

(Post status: Sticky)

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

(Sticky posts show at the top of the blog posts page and other regular entries get pushed further down)

Depending on your WordPress theme, your sticky posts can also display differently than other blog posts.

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

(Sticky posts can stand out from other posts)

Here’s the same sticky blog post using another WordPress theme …

(Sticky posts can stand out from regular posts)

Your post will now remain sticky until you “unstick” it.

How To Unstick Post Items

Unsticking posts is easy.

To unstick a post, go back to to the Table of Posts in the WordPress admin area and select the ‘Sticky’ link at the top of the post entries to view all entries listed as sticky

(Table of Posts – Sticky menu)

Hover your mouse over the title of the post to display the options menu and click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link …

(Click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link)

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

(Untick the box to unstick the post inside the Quick Edit function)

Alternatively, when editing content in an existing post, you can unstick your post by clicking on Publish > Visibility: Public > Edit

(Post publish box – Visibility > Edit)

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

(Publishing section)

Your post will no longer be sticky and will behave like every other regular post.

Congratulations! Now you know how to make your blog posts sticky.


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