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How To Make WordPress Posts Sticky

If you are a member of online discussion boards, then you are probably familiar with the concept of “sticky” posts.

A sticky post is where a selected entry stays at the top of the forum while older threads get pushed lower down the screen.

Like forums, WordPress also lets you feature posts at the top of your blog page while your newer blog posts get added below the featured item and older post entries get pushed further down your page.

This step-by-step tutorial explains how to create sticky posts in WordPress.

To get the most benefit from this tutorial, it helps to understand basic WordPress features like:

Sticky Posts

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

(Most recent posts get displayed at the top of your blog posts summary page while older items get pushed down the page)

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

You can set some of your posts as Sticky if you would like your readers to view these before all other posts. Sticky posts will stay pinned at the top of your blog page until you deselect the ‘Sticky’ option on your Post Edit screen.

To make a WordPress post sticky, follow the steps below:

In the main menu of your Dashboard, select Posts > All Posts

(Posts – All Posts)

This brings up the Posts screen, which displays all the posts you have created …

(Table Of Posts)

You have two methods of making a WordPress post sticky:

Featured Posts - Quick Edit Method

In the Posts screen, locate the post entry you want to edit, hover over the title to view the options menu and click on Quick Edit

(Click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link)

The Quick Edit inline editor expands to display several editing options. Locate the ‘Make this post sticky’ option …

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

Tick the Make this post sticky check box …

(Quick Edit - Make this post sticky checkbox)

Click the ‘Update’ button to save your settings …

(Quick Edit – Update)

Make Your WordPress Post Sticky Using Post Edit

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

(Post publishing section – Visibility settings)

Tick the checkbox next to ‘Stick this post to the front page’ then click OK, and click Update to save your changes …

(Post publish section)

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

(Sticky Post status)

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

(Sticky posts get listed at the top of your blog page while other entries are pushed down the page)

Depending on your theme, your sticky post can also display differently than your regular posts.

For example, your sticky post can have a distinct label or highlight color …

(Sticky posts can appear differently from regular posts)

Here’s the same sticky blog post using a different theme …

(Featured posts can display differently from regular posts)

Your post will now remain sticky for as long as you like.

How To Unstick Your Post Entry

Unsticking posts in WordPress is really easy.

To unstick a post, go to the Posts section and click on the ‘Sticky’ link on the Posts menu to return all posts assigned as sticky

(Display all sticky posts – Posts section)

Click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link …

(Click on ‘Quick Edit’)

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

(Untick the box to unstick the post)

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

(Publish 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 new settings when finished …

(Publish post box)

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

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

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