How To Make A Post On WordPress
Written by TJ Marsh Tuesday, 4 December 2012
Enter the WordPress Admin Panel and Click the Post tab. This will open up a list of option within the Post section. To write a new blog post click on the Add New link. If you wish to write a page instead of a post you would select the Page tab. For information on writing pages click here. Before publishing your posts be sure to read about how to write for the web.
Writing Your Post
Give the Post a descriptive Title. This title will appear at the top of your post and will become the linked text that links to this post in other pages. It also becomes the default file name for the post unless you use the Permalink editing feature just below the title box to specify a specific, perhaps shorter, file-name in the URL path. You would use the permalink editor to give the URL file-name a shorter version than the title of the post. If your post is titled “This is the Best Blog Post Ever” the default URL to that page would be something like www.domain.com/this-is-the-best-blog-post-ever/ which is rather long. By editing the permalink name you could enter best blog post and the URL would then become www.domain.com/best-blog-post/Write your content into the Text Editor area. Use the graphic editing icons to format your text. For more on how to format your content with the editing buttons click here. Note: If you previously wrote your text using a word processor, like Microsoft Word, you will transfer lots of formatting when copying and pasting the text from Word into your WordPress editor. It will produce much unnecessary code (click to “html view” to see). To avoid this first paste your text into a simple text editor like Notepad (all Microsoft operating systems include the Notepad program). This will strip all the formatting from Word into pure text. Then copy and paste from Notepad into WordPress. You will now need to add your formatting, such as bold sections, headlines or bullets, as you would like it displayed on your website. There is a button in the text editor options for pasting text from MS Word, but it is fickle and does not reformat everything. Best to just turn it into plain text then reformat to cleaner HTML code with the WP editor buttons.
Below the text editor and on the right sidebar are a number of features and advanced options for your posts. Here you assign things like categories, tags, allow or disallow comments, etc.. .Categories – attach your post to a Category. You can add new Categories here on the fly using the Add New Category link at the bottom of that box. Categories can be also managed from the Categories link under the Post tab. If you neglect to assign the post to a category your it will be assigned to your default category. Categories are important so be sure to select the correct category before publishing your post. Try to avoid publishing then changing your category and re-publishing. Search engines index new WP post very fast, sometimes within minutes. You don’t want them to index the post at one URL only to republish it again under another URL because you changed a category, meanwhile the old URL will throw a page not found error to the search engine the next time they go to crawl it. Tags – assign tags to your Post. Tags are another form of categorization of your posts. If your WP theme displays tags then you may wish to use keywords related to the post in the Tags box. Separate them by comma’s. Excerpt – you can use excerpts to write a brief description of the post. Some wordpress themes (templates) will display the excerpt on the main blog page instead of the full post. The link to the post will then take the visitor to the full content. Use this if you know your theme is set up for using excerpts. Comments and Pings – you may open a post to accept user comments or keep it closed to comments by selecting and un-selecting the check boxes. You can also set the comment defaults in the Options/Discussion Tab. The ping feature will display links to other blogs that had linked to your post. If pings are selected then links to their posts where they had referenced you will automatically appear in your list of comments once their site has pinged yours.Password Protect this Post – you may make a post password protected using this option. Trackbacks – this would be used to manually ping another blog and notify you linked to them. This is for pinging older blog systems that do not automatically detect pings. It would require you know the blog is running on another platform. Easier to just ignore this one. Custom Fields – this is an advanced option we won’t cover here. You likely won’t need it.
SEO Feature (Search Engine Optimization)
If your site uses an SEO plugin, we recommend All-in-One-SEO-Pack, you would enter your title tag and description meta tags for the post using that feature. For more detail on Search Optimization and how to use the SEO plugin click here.
Saving and Publishing your Posts
As you write your posts, WordPress will begin to autosave your post as a draft. Use the Save or Publish buttons when you are ready. Before publishing the post you can use the Preview button to see how it will look first. Right click on the Preview button then open it in a new window or new tab so you can easily jump back to the write post page. When you click the Publish button you will then be redirected to a new Write Post page. The little calendar option just below the Save and above the Publish buttons will allow you to post date your blog posts. They will remain unpublished and then later go live on the site at your preset date and time. Click the edit link and those options will appear for you. Your drafts will not be published live onto the website until you select the Publish button. To edit draft posts you’ve not yet completed or published click on the Posts tab. Here will be the full list of your posts. It will indicate which are published and un-published. Click the Title link of your draft post to continue editing and then publish it.
This concludes how to make a post on WordPress!