Learn How to Create a New WordPress Post

This tutorial explains how to create new posts on your WordPress website. First you need to log in your site wp-admin panel and go to Posts -> Add New.

On this page you will see the WordPress posts editor. The most important parts of this page are:

Post Title – enter the title of your post in this field. On your website it will be shown above your content.
Post Content – you can use the WordPress editor to add the actual content of your post. Note that it has two tabs – Visual (use the editor to format your text) and Text (add your HTML code directly).

Add Images and Media

Between the title and content fields, there is a large Add Media button. You will need to click on it when you want to upload an image or any other media to your WordPress post. This will launch the media uploader in a popup window.

Simply click on the select files button to upload images or any other media to your WordPress site. You can also create image galleries and audio playlists from uploaded files.

Publishing Options

The WordPress post edit screen is divided into two columns. The column on your left contains the post title and content editor. On your right hand side, you have different meta boxes to configure post settings.

The top most meta box in this column is labeled Publish. This is where all the publishing options for your posts are managed.

1. Save Draft button stores a draft of the post or page that you are working on. WordPress also auto-saves your posts as you write them.

2. Preview button shows a live preview of your post. You can use it to see how your post will look after publishing.

3. Status allows you to set a status for your post. WordPress automatically handles post status for drafts and published posts. Unless you are using a plugin to add custom statuses, you don’t need to worry about this option.

4. Click on the Edit link next to visibility to expand it. The first option under visibility will allow you to make your post sticky on front-page. Sticky posts in WordPress are like featured content that are displayed on top of all other posts.

5. The next option allows you to password protect a post in WordPress.

6. The third option under visibility is labeled private. This allows you to privately publish a post on your WordPress site. The private posts will be visible to users who have the editing privileges on your site.

7. Click on the edit link next to Publish, and WordPress will display the time and date options. You can use this option to schedule posts or create back dated post in WordPress.

8. Move to trash allows you to delete a WordPress post. Deleted posts live under trash, and you can restore them if you need to for up to 30 days.

9. Finally, the publish button makes your WordPress post public. Remember if you scheduled a post, then it will appear on your site on the scheduled date and time.

Adding Categories and Tags

You can sort your posts into categories and tags. The categories and tags meta boxes usually appear in the right hand column, below the publish meta box.

Categories and tags help you organize your content in a meaningful and browsable format. Not only your users can easily find your content, it also boosts your site’s SEO.

Featured Image (Post Thumbnails)

Most WordPress themes support featured images or post thumbnails for articles. Usually it is the last box in right hand column on the post edit screen.

Simply click on set featured image link, and it will bring up the media uploader popup. You can select an image from your previous uploads or upload a new image from your computer.

Once you enter the content of your first WordPress post and selected Category and added tags, you need to Publish it or save it as Draft for later Changes. If you click the Preview button, you can get a preview of how the post will look once it’s published. Publishing brings your post to your actual website.

That’s it! You can now go to the front page of your blog to check out the newly created blog post.

Options Added by WordPress Plugins

Many WordPress plugins will also add their own settings panels on the post edit screen.

For example, Yoast WordPress SEO plugin adds its own settings panel.

We hope this article helped you learn how to add a new post in WordPress and utilize all the features available to you.