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How To Make WordPress Posts Sticky

If you are a member of online discussion boards, then you may already be familiar with the concept of featured or “sticky” topics.

A featured or sticky post is where an item does not get displaced by newer entries while older threads display down the screen.

Like forums, WordPress allows you to display posts at the top of your blog post page and your newer entries appear below the pinned item and older entries get pushed further down the page.

This tutorial explains how to create a sticky post in WordPress.

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

Sticky Posts

By default, WordPress typically shows your blog posts in reverse chronological order on your blog post page with the latest post entries listed at the top …

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

Depending on how many posts your site is set up to display on your blog page, when newer posts get published, older posts will get pushed further down the page.

You can set some of your posts as Sticky if you would like your visitors to read these before other posts. Sticky posts will remain at the top of your blog page until you uncheck the ‘Sticky’ option on your Post Edit screen.

To make any blog post sticky, follow the steps below:

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

(Posts Menu – All Posts)

The Posts screen will appear, displaying all your posts …

(WP Posts Table)

Here you have a couple of methods of making WordPress posts sticky:

Sticky Posts Using Quick Edit Method

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

(’Quick Edit’ feature)

The Quick Edit inline editor displays several options. Locate the option to make posts sticky …

(Inline editor options – ‘Make this post sticky’)

Tick Make this post sticky

(Inline editor options – ‘Make this post sticky’)

Update your settings …

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

Making 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 clicking on Publish > Visibility: Public > Edit

(Post publish box – Visibility settings)

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

(Post publish box)

Your Table of Posts will change your blog post status to “Sticky” …

(’Sticky’ post status)

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

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

Depending on your WordPress theme, your sticky post can also stand out from normal blog posts.

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

(Featured posts can appear differently from other posts)

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

(Featured posts can appear differently than regular posts)

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

How To Unstick A Blog Post

Unsticking your post in WordPress is as simple as reversing the process.

To unstick a post, go to your Table of Posts in the WP administration area and click on the ‘Sticky’ link above the list of posts to display all post entries assigned a sticky status …

(Sticky posts menu – Table of Posts)

Click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link …

(’Quick Edit’ feature)

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

(Deselect the box to unstick your post inside the Quick editor)

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

(Publish section – Visibility settings)

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

(Publish section)

Your post will no longer be sticky and will behave like all other posts.

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

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