Creating a New Post

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In this article we will go through how to create a new post in WordPress.

If your website is a blog, has a news section or any section that uses Posts to display content then this article is for you. We will explain how to add a new post in WordPress. How to add a category and featured image and use all the features to your advantage and make it have good SEO (Search Engine Optimisation).

Lets start by going to the WordPress Dashboard, if you don’t know how to do this simply type in the domain name of your website and put /wp-admin at the end. For example https://smartyxweb.com/wp-admin < this is our URL for administrators to log in. (Don’t worry we have great security)

Any problems or if you need help logging in please contact the live chat or give us a call.

So your in the Dashboard? Great!

Creating a New Post in WordPress

In the left column you will see “Posts” simply hover over posts and click on new post. (See Image Below)

Adding a Post in WordPress
How to add a new Post in WordPress

You will be greeted with the page to add a new post to your website.

The WordPress Editor comes with a clean interface with lots of great features.

First you can put in a Title – This will be the title displayed across your website, try to make it short and sweet.

Adding a Title to a WordPress Post

Once you have added a title you can start adding content to the post under the post using the space underneath. WordPress Posts works in blocks, to add a block you can start typing, press the + icon to add blocks or press / to select a block quickly.

Adding a block in the WordPress Editor.
How to add a block in the WordPress Editor

All content is wrapped in a block. WordPress comes with all the standard blocks required for common content items such as paragraph, columns, images, gallery, embeds, shortcodes, widgets, and more.

WordPress Plugins can add extra blocks but in this article we will focus on the main content for a post.

Adding Images and Other Media

So to add an image, video or other media in WordPress you simply add the image block, select Upload if the media hasn’t already been uploaded.

Adding an Image in WordPress
Adding an Image in WordPress

WordPress also comes with a gallery block that can be used to display images in rows and columns with a grid layout.

Adding image gallery

While the gallery block is powerful, you may need other advanced gallery features like albums, image sorting, etc. In that case, we recommend using one of these WordPress gallery plugins.

Want to embed a video in your content? No problem.

The default WordPress editor comes with embed blocks for all popular providers.

Embed blocks

You can also just copy and paste the video URL to a paragraph block, and WordPress will automatically convert it into a video embed block.

Embedding a YouTube video in WordPress

While you use the video block to upload videos directly to your website, we recommend against that because it will slow down your website and can even crash your WordPress hosting server.

Instead, we recommend uploading your videos on a service like YouTube or Vimeo, and then embed it in your WordPress posts.

For more details, see our guide on why you should never upload videos to your WordPress site.

Adding Categories and Tags

WordPress allows you to sort your posts into categories and tags. These taxonomies help you organize your content into sections and topics.

They also help with SEO and make it easier for your users to find the content they are looking for.

The categories and tags meta boxes are located in the right-hand column, under the Document settings.

Adding Featured Image

A featured image (also known as post thumbnail) is the main article image which represents the content. They’re prominently displayed on your website on single posts, blog archive pages, as well as on the homepage of news, magazine, and blog websites.

Almost all WordPress themes support the featured image functionality. You will find the option to add a featured image to your post in the right column under the Document settings.

Adding a featured image to your WordPress post

Simply click on the ‘Set featured image’ button and then select or upload the image you want to be used as the featured image.

It’s important that you don’t confuse featured images with cover images which is a new feature. See our article on cover image vs featured image for more details.

Adding Excerpts (Article Summary)

Excerpts are the summary of a blog post or article. Most WordPress themes can automatically generate the excerpt from the first few lines of your post.

However, this automatic excerpt may not always be meaningful or catchy. In that case, you may want to manually add an excerpt.

You can do so by adding it in the excerpt box located under document settings column on the right.

Adding excerpt to your WordPress post

Changing Post URL Slug or Permalink

By default, WordPress uses SEO friendly URLs for your blog posts. It automatically uses your post’s title as the permalink.

However, some users may want to change it to be more SEO and user friendly. There are two ways to do that.

You can click on the post title, and you’ll notice the option to change the permalink above the title field. Alternatively, you can change it from the Permalink tab under the document settings column.

Changing a post's URL slug or Permalink

Changing Author

If you run a multi-author WordPress site, then you can also change a post’s author and assign it to a different author on your website.

You will find the option to change author under the ‘Status and Visibility’ tab in the right column.

Change post author

Turn Comments On / Off

WordPress comes with a built-in commenting system that allow users to leave comments on your post. You can turn off comments for individual posts from the Discussion tab under the Document tab.

Turn off comments for a post

You’ll also see the option to allow pingbacks and trackbacks. These allow you and other blogs to notify each other when they link to an article.

However, it is mostly used for spam, so we recommend completely disabling pingbacks and trackbacks.

Options Added by WordPress Plugins

Most popular WordPress plugins will also add their own options to the post edit screen. Some will be available as blocks while others will be available as meta boxes.

For example, WPForms, the best WordPress contact form plugin adds a block to insert contact forms in your posts and pages.

WPForms block in WordPress post

Another great example would be Yoast SEO. They add a meta box below the editor for SEO settings and another one in the top toolbar.

Yoast SEO metabox

Publishing Options

The default WordPress edit screen is divided into two columns. The left column is where you write content, and the right column has all post settings including publishing options.

Let’s take a look at publishing options in the right column.

Publish options

1. Save draft link allows you to quickly save changes you made to a WordPress post. The editor will also automatically save your changes as you write.

2. The preview button will open a live preview of your post or page in a new browser tab.

3. Once you are done editing your post, you can click on the Publish button to make your post go live.

4. WordPress gives you a few options to control the visibility of your post. The default option is ‘Public’ but clicking on it will show you options to make a post private or password protected.

Post visibility options

5. WordPress also allows you to control when a post is published. The default option is to publish immediately, but you can also schedule your posts to publish later or even select a past date.

Post publish date and time

6. Checking the box next to ‘Stick to front page’ will make a post sticky or featured. This makes the specific post appear on top of other posts. Learn more about sticky posts and what you can do with them.

7. Pending review option will add a custom status next to your post as ‘Pending review’. This feature is particularly helpful on multi-author blogs where contributors can just save posts and not publish them.

8. If you want to delete a post, then you can click on ‘Move to trash’ button. WordPress will send the post to trash. Deleted posts will remain in the trash folder for upto 30 days. After that, they will be deleted permanently.

Edit Screen Options

WordPress allows you to show and hide panels from the edit screen. You can do so by clicking on the three-dot menu at the top-right corner of the screen and then clicking on the ‘Options’ button.

Screen options

This will bring up a popup where you can check or uncheck the panels.

Show or hide panels from post edit screen

Other Post Edit Screen Options

There are many other options on the post edit screen. Most of them are related to the appearance of the post edit screen and the editor itself.

Let’s explore them.

When you click on the three-dot menu icon at the top right corner of the screen, you will see options to move block toolbar to the top, spotlight mode, fullscreen mode, switch between visual editor or code editor, manage reusable blocks, and keyboard shortcuts.

Editor settings

Next to it, you will see a button with the gear icon. Clicking on it will show/hide the right document and block settings column.

Hide settings column

On the top-left corner of the screen, there are a few more buttons. First, from the right, you will see the block navigation button which allows you to quickly jump to a block in your post.

Block navigation

Next, you will see the information icon. Clicking on it will show you post stats like the number of words, paragraphs, headings, and blocks.

Post stats

After that, you have Undo and Redo buttons which allow you to undo changes you made to your posts before saving or publishing them.

Undo and redo buttons

Finally, you have the add block button which allows you to insert blocks to the post editor.

The default WordPress editor is quite powerful.

We encourage you to explore it on your own when writing blog posts and pay attention to the individual block settings. Each block has different settings, and you’ll discover a lot of neat tricks there.

If you get stuck and need help simply contact support.

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