How to add and publish a post in WordPress

Before you create a new blog post in WordPress it is important to understand what the difference between Pages and Posts is.

  • Think of pages as being for static content that won’t change regularly like a Contact or About page
  • Think of Posts as news updates that get added regularly

Click on Posts > Add New:

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  • Enter your post title in the upper field
  • Enter your post body content in the main post editing box below it

Page attributes

Featured images

A Featured Image is used by some theme to display an image at the top of the page. To add a Featured Image in the sidebar click on Set Featured Image.

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Tags

Adding tags provides an easy way to group related posts together and to quickly tell readers what a post is about. Tags also make it easier for people to find your content. Tags are different to categories in that they are more specific. To add a tag simply type it into the text area. You can add more than one tag at a time by separating them by commas. You can also choose from the most used tags on your blog by clicking Choose from the most used tags.

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Categories

Like tags, categories provide an easy way to group related posts together and to quickly tell readers what a post is about. Categories are much broader than tags. You can add a category to a post by ticking it or add a new category by clicking Add New Category.

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Publishing your post

Status

Status refers to the publish status: Published, Draft or Pending Review. If you wish to change the status then click on the Edit status button in the sidebar and select your desired status.

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Visibility

By changing the visibility you decide who can see your page. The three options are:

  • Public – anyone can see
  • Private – only you can see
  • Password Protected – anyone who knows the password can see

The default visibility is public. To change the visibility click on Edit visibility in the side menu and select your desired visibility.

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Publish

You can decide when you want your page published. Enter a date in the future or you can even set it to a date in the past.

To set the publish date click on Edit date in the sidebar.

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When you are finished editing your page click Publish.

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When you are ready, click Publish.

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