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How To Make WordPress Posts Sticky

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

A featured or sticky topic is where an entry stays fixed to the top of the thread while older threads get pushed further down the screen.

Like forums, WordPress also lets you feature important blog posts at the top of your blog post page and the newer items show below the featured entry and older posts get pushed further down the page.

This tutorial explains how to make any WordPress post on your site sticky.

Before completing the tutorial below, you should already be familiar with basic features of WordPress like:

How To Make A Post In WordPress Sticky

In WordPress, blog posts are listed in reverse chronological order on your blog page with the newest post entries at the top …

(Most recent posts get added to the top of your blog posts summary page and older posts get pushed down the page)

Depending on how many posts your site’s settings is configured to display on your blog page, when new posts get published, older posts will appear further down the page.

You can set posts as Sticky if you would like your visitors to see these before other posts. Sticky posts will stay pinned at the top of your blog page until you deselect the ‘Sticky’ option on the Edit screen for that particular post.

Here is how to make a WordPress post sticky:

Log into your WP Dashboard and select Posts > All Posts

(Posts – All Posts)

The Posts screen will load in your browser, displaying a list of all your posts …

(Posts Table)

You have a couple of ways of making your posts sticky:

Featuring WordPress Posts - Quick Edit Method

Locate the entry you would like to edit, then hover your mouse over the item’s title to display the options menu and click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link …

(Click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link)

The inline editor expands and displays your post editing options. Locate Make this post sticky

(’Make this post sticky’ option – Inline editor section)

Select Make this post sticky

(’Make this post sticky’ checkbox – Quick Edit screen)

Click Update to save your changes …

(Update your settings)

Sticky Posts - Post Edit Method

If you are adding a new blog post or editing content in an existing post, you can make the post sticky by clicking on Publish > Visibility: Public > Edit

(Publish post section – Visibility > Edit)

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

(Publish post box)

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

(Post status: Sticky)

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

(Featured posts show at the top of the blog posts page while your regular items are pushed down the page)

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

For example, your sticky post could have a distinct label and highlight color …

(Featured posts can stand out from regular posts)

Here’s the same sticky post with a different theme installed …

(Featured posts can stand out from other posts)

Your blog post will now remain sticky for as long as you want.

How To Unstick Blog Post Entries

Unsticking posts in WordPress is easy.

To unstick a post, navigate to the Table of Posts in the WordPress administration area and select the ‘Sticky’ link on the Posts menu to display all post entries assigned a sticky status …

(Sticky menu – Posts section)

Click on Quick Edit

(Click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link)

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

(Uncheck the box to unstick the post)

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

(Publish post section – Visibility settings)

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

(Publish box)

Your post will now behave like all of your other posts.

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

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