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How To Make WordPress Posts Sticky

If you frequent an online discussion group, then you are probably familiar with the concept of “sticky” posts.

A featured or sticky post is where a selected item does not get displaced by newer entries while older threads move further down the page.

Like online forums, WordPress allows you to ‘pin’ important blog posts to the top of your blog post page while the newer entries show below the pinned item and older items get pushed further down the page.

This tutorial explains how to create sticky WordPress posts.

Before going through this tutorial, you should already understand basic features of WordPress like:

Sticky Posts

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

(Latest posts get added to the top of the blog page and older posts get pushed further down)

Depending on how many posts your site is set up to display on your blog page, as new posts are published, older posts will display down the blog page.

You can mark your posts as Sticky if you would like your readers to see these before other posts. Sticky posts will stay pinned above all other regular posts until you deselect the ‘Sticky’ option on your Post Edit screen.

To make a blog post sticky, do this:

In the Dashboard, choose Posts > All Posts

(Posts – All Posts)

The Posts screen will appear, displaying all the posts on your site …

(Posts Screen)

There are two ways to make blog posts sticky. Let’s take a look at each method:

Featured WordPress Posts Using Quick Edit Method

Search for the post entry you would like to edit, hover your mouse over the post title to view the options menu and click on Quick Edit

(’Quick Edit’ feature)

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

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

Select Make this post sticky

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

Click the ‘Update’ button to save your settings …

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

Sticky WordPress Posts Using Post Edit Method

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)

Check ‘Stick this post to the front page’ then click OK, and update your settings …

(Publish post box)

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

(Post status: Sticky)

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

(Sticky posts get added to the top of your blog posts page while other regular entries are pushed down the page)

Depending on the theme you have installed, your sticky posts can also display to visitors differently than regular blog posts.

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

(Featured posts can display differently from other posts)

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

(Sticky posts can stand out from other posts)

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

How To Unstick WordPress Posts

Unsticking posts in WordPress is really easy.

To unstick a post, return to the Table of Posts and click on the ‘Sticky’ link above the list of posts to return all post entries with a sticky status …

(Table of Posts – Display sticky posts)

Click on Quick Edit

(Click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link)

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

(Deselect the box to unstick your post)

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

(Publishing section – Visibility > Edit)

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

(Post publishing box)

Your post will now behave like every other post.

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

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