Hey, reader are you trying to add a new post in WordPress? But having some trouble. Don’t worry In this post, we will guide you on how to create a new post on WordPress. Other than this, we will walk you through all the features you have on the add new post screen, and how to utilize them efficiently.
We divided this guide into three sections so that you can easily find what you’re looking for:
- How to add a new post in WordPress using the default editor (Gutenberg)
- How to add a new post in WordPress using the classic editor
- Bonus tips to create osm blog posts
So, are you ready? let’s get started.
How To Add A New Post In WordPress Using Gutenburg?
2018 was the year when WordPress introduced the new block-based editor known as Gutenberg. People love this editor because of its clean design, but don’t let the looks mislead you.
Behind its simple interface, there are tons of great features tucked away. We’ll reveal all of them one by one and guide you on how you can use them and unlock their true potential.
To create a new post, open the WordPress dashboard and click on the Post > New option. You will see a post editor page.
-Add Title and Content Blocks
The Gutenberg block editor comes with a clean writing interface. At the top of the post, enter your post title. For example- My First Post.
On the top-left side (above the title), you have a few keys let’s learn about them one by one. First, (from the left), you have the add block key using that you can insert blocks to the post editor.
Next, you have Undo and Redo key using that you can undo the changes you made before saving or publishing the post.
Next, you have the information icon. Click on it and it will show you your post stats like the number of words, paragraphs, headings, and blocks the post has.
Last we have the block navigation button using that you can quickly jump to a block in your post.
In WordPress Gutenberg editor, all the content elements are wrapped in blocks. Using it, you can easily add all the content items like paragraphs, images, gallery, embed video, shortcodes, widgets, etc in one click.
To add content to your post, you need to add blocks. Click on the Add block buttons on the screen and you will see all the blocks. Now click on the block that you want to use and start adding the content.
Note: There are some WordPress plugins that add their blocks automatically to the list when you installed them. This gives you easy access and you can add them directly in your post from here.
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-Add Images, Videos, & Other Media
Want to add an image, simply add the image block and then select or upload the image from your device. You can use the insert from URL option to import an image using its URL.
If you want to add text and images next to each other, then pick the ‘Media & Text’ block. This block wraps the text around the image.
Other than this you can use the Gallery block to display images in rows and columns. Simply add the Gallery block and then select or upload the images from your system.
If you want to embed a video in your post you can do that as well. The latest WordPress editor comes with embed blocks and supports almost all popular platforms like YouTube, Vimeo, video press, Tiktok, Dailymotion, etc.
You can also add the video by copy and paste the video URL to a paragraph block. WordPress will automatically convert it into a video embed block.
Uploading videos directly to your website can slow down your website speed, instead of that, you can upload them on servers like Youtube, Vimeo, Tik Tok, etc, and then embed them.
The WordPress post edit screen is divided into two columns. The left column is where you write your content, and the right column is where you find all the important post settings including publishing options.
Let’s take a look at publishing options.
1.First, we have the Save draft option which is a very useful option. It allows you to quickly save the changes made to your post.
2.Next, we have the Preview option, using that you can preview your post in a new tab.
3.Next is Publish option which is used to make the post live. After you edit your post, click the Publish button to make it live.
4.Using this option you can control whom you want to show this post. By default it is ‘Public’ but you can change that to anything else. Click on Public and you will see other options as Public, Private, Password Protected, pick the one you want and that it.
- WordPress also gives you the freedom to control when you want to publish your post. By default, it will publish the post immediately, but if you want to change it, you can do that. Click on immediately and then pick a date when you want to publish your post.
6. Using the ‘Stick to front page’ you can make a post sticky or featured, and make it appear at the top of other posts.
7. Using the Pending Review you can add a custom status to the post as ‘Pending review’. This feature is helpful for those websites where contributors can only save the posts but can’t publish them.
8. If you are running a multi-author website, then you can use this feature and manage the posts efficiently. This option helps to change the post’s author. To use this feature click on the Author tab and then select the author from the drop-down.
9. Want to delete the post, then you can use the ‘Move to trash’ button. This feature will send the posts to the trash bin. The deleted post will remain there for 30 days, after that WordPress will remove them permanently.
-Add Categories and Tags
Move forward, and you will see Categories and Tags. You can use them to sort your posts as per their categories and tags.
Other than the SEO benefit they also help users to find the content they are looking for.
-Adding Featured Image
Next, we have a featured image option. It is also known as the post thumbnail and it is the main image that represents the article. They’re displayed on your website on single posts, blog archive pages, as well as on the homepage of news, magazine, and blog websites.
All WordPress themes support the featured image functionality. You will find the option in the right column under the Document settings.
To add a features Image click on the ‘Set featured image’ button and then upload the image you want to use.
(Note- Please don’t mix feature images and cover images, both of them are two different things.)
-Changing Post URL or Permalink
WordPress is a highly optimized and SEO-friendly platform. It automatically fetches your post’s title as the permalink.
However, if you want to change it to something else then you can do that. In the URL Slug type in the text you want to use, save the changes and now this is your new Permalink for this post.
-Adding Excerpts (Summary of the Post)
Next, we have the Excerpt option. It is like a summary of the blog post. The first few lines of your post are used as an excerpt. Normally WordPress generates the excerpt from the post automatically but sometimes the automatic excerpt may not sound meaningful or catchy.
In that case, you can add an excerpt manually. Just type in the excerpt you want to add in the excerpt box.
-Turn Comments On / Off
WordPress’s built-in comment system helps you manage all the comments. You can use these features to allow users to post comments on your post. If you want to turn off comments for individual posts go to the Discussion tab and un-tick the Allow Comments option.
-Additional Options Added by WordPress Plugins
When you install new WordPress plugins some plugins automatically add their options to the post edit screen. Some will be available as meta box while others will be available as blocks.
For example, NinjaForms, which is one of the best contact form plugins adds a block option to the post edit screen. You can use it to insert contact forms in your posts and pages. Just search for Ninja form and add the block. Next, select the form and it will add the form in the post.
-Add/Edit Screen Options
In WordPress, you can decide which options you want on your post edit screen and which not. Click on the three-dot menu at the top-right corner and then scroll down and click on the ‘Preferences’ button.
This will show you all the options on your screen, tick the one you want on your screen and they will be added to your screen.
-Other Post Edit Screen Options
There are many other options on the post edit screen. Let’s explore them.
Click on the three-dot menu icon and you will see options like this on your screen. Other than this you will see options like switch between visual editor or code editor, manage reusable blocks, and keyboard shortcuts. Tick them if you want to add them to your screen.
Next, you have the Setting button (the one with the gear icon). Using it you can show/hide the document and block the settings column.
How To Add A Post In WordPress Using The Classic Editor?
The default WordPress editor is quite clean and powerful, but if you are using the Classic Editor then this section is for you.
Please note that the classic editor will only support until the end of 2021. We strongly recommend all our users switch to the new WordPress editor (Gutenberg).
-Post Title and Content Boxes
Click on Post>Add new option and the classic editor will open the edit post section.
1.At the top of the page, you can add the Post title, like we added My First Post.
2.Just below the post title, you can see its Permalink. By default, WordPress uses your post title for permalink, but if you want to edit it, click on Edit and then type in the text you want and save it.
3.Next, we have Add Media and Add Form Using the Add media you can upload images and media files in your post. Click on it, then select the file you want to upload. Other than this you can use the additional options like Create Gallery, Create Audio Playlist, Create video Playlist, Featured Images, etc. which are available on Add media page.
Using the Add Form feature can insert forms like contact form in your post.
4. This is the toolbar area where you can find multiple text formatting options, you can use them to add style to your content.
5. This is the content area where you are going to add all the content.
6. In Classic editor, you can easily switch between the Text editor and Visual editor while writing the post. Visual Editor is a beginner-friendly text editor which offers a clean visual layout for the content area. Text Editor is a plain text editor where you can directly write/edit the HTML code.
7. You can see total Word counts that you used to write the post.
8. While you were writing the post, WordPress will autosave a draft of your post and stored it in your WordPress database (temporarily)
When you edit it or write more content, WordPress will clean up the draft and replaces it with the new one.
This small process ensures that you never lose your content due to internet problems or hardware failure.
-Post Publishing Option
You just learned how to create a post using the classic editor, let’s move forward and learn how to publish the post. On the right-hand side, you have the Post publishing options. All these options are located under the Publish column, let’s explore them one by one.
1.The Save Draft button will save a draft copy of the post/ page and save it in the system.
2.Next we have the Preview option using that you can view how your post will look after publication.
3.The Status feature tells you if the post is Published or is in Draft. You can change it as per your choice.
4.Next is the Visibility option, which is by default on Public. Click on It and it will show you more options. The first option is Stick this post to the front page that will make your post sticky on the main page. It’s like featured posts that are displayed on top of all other posts.
5.Using the Password Protected features you can lock your post by assigning a password. Only people with the password can unlock it and read it.
6.The Private option allows you to publish a post privately on your Website. These posts are only visible to users who have the editing privileges of your site.
7.Next we have the time and date options. Use this option to schedule posts and publish them on a specific date.
8.Using the Move to trash feature you can delete the post and move it into the trash bin. The deleted post will stay in the trash bin for 30 days and then be deleted permanently.
9.Last we have the Publish button, which can make your WordPress post live.
-Adding Categories and Tags
To manage and sort your posts you can use the categories and tags. You can create a post category or assign it a tag and sort it effortlessly. You can find the categories and tags options in the right-hand column below publish meta box.
-Featured Image (Post Thumbnails)
Next, we have the Featured Image option. Almost all the WordPress themes support this feature. To set a featured image click on the set featured image option, and then select the image you want to use from your computer.
-Show on Screen Options
Some of the options on the post edit screen are hidden by default to give the user a clean editing experience. These options are not commonly used by beginners. However, you may want to use them. Follow the steps and learn how to add additional features to your post.
First, click on the Screen Options button on the top right corner of the page. This will show you a list of options with checkboxes next to them.
As you can see some of the options are already checked. Now check the box that you want to add and it will appear on your post edit page.
Use this box to add a short summary of your post, just one to two lines is enough.
Using the Discussion feature you can control the comments and pingbacks and trackbacks. Untick the check the box if don’t want your audience to comment on your post.
Slug is a post URL that is generated by WordPress automatically. If you want to edit or change it then click on the edit and type in what you want to.
Well, if you are running a multi-author blog then you can use this feature and assign the author as per their post. Choose the author from the drop-down and save it.
-Options Added By WordPress Plugins
So far, we have explained all the WordPress post edit settings. Some WordPress plugins add their own settings panels on the post edit screen which is quite handy. You can directly access them and use them in your post. For example, SEO Plugin the Yoast adds its own settings panel in the post edit page. Using it you can optimize your post and rank for multiple keywords.
Bonus Tips To Grow Your Blog
Be Consistent- Make sure you publish helpful content on regular basis, if you are busy or unable to write then you can hire a content writer who can write for you. Want to hire a content writer visit Fiverr and hire professionals at reasonable prices.
You can start with 1 to 2 posts a week and then increase your pace.
Write Helpful Content– Make sure you understand who your audience is. Write the content that they want to read, which can add some value to them.
Start Promoting- Share your posts with your colleges, friends, and family and ask them to share them with their friends and colleges. The more you share the more people will notice you and the more people will visit you.
We hope this post answer all your queries. If you have any query you can comment below.