How to create a WordPress post

In this article we will discuss how to create a new post on your WordPress site.

You can use the same steps to update en existing post.

This is the Add New Post page where you can create your new post.

* Click on the image, to open on a new tab and then you can read side by side.

<1> Title

The first box is where you’ll want to enter the title of your post.

Titles are what sell the content. They represent it in search engines, in email, and on social media.

There is no one-size-fits-all answer to how long or short your title should be. It depends what your goals are, and where your headline will appear.

Do you want this post to rank really well in search? Focus on keeping the title under 70 characters so it doesn’t get cut off in search engine results.

Are you trying to optimize your title for social sharing? According to our own analysis at HubSpot, headlines between 8–12 words in length got the most Twitter shares on average.

As for Facebook, headlines with either 12 or 14 words received the most Likes.

<2> Post Editor

Next is the Post formatting section or post editor. This is where you’ll actually type the content of your post.

If you look on the right side of the box, you’ll see two tabs. There are two modes of editing posts: Visual and Text.

The Visual tab will bring up the visual WYSIWYG editor. WYSIWYG just means “what you see is what you get.” Here you’ll see a formatting toolbar with lots of options for formatting your posts. If you’re familiar with Microsoft Word or any other word processing software, most of these icons should look familiar.

If you click the Text tab, this will reveal a plain-text HTML version of the post editor. This version of the post editor is for editing the HTML code of your post. For most users, the Visual editor is the easiest way to write posts.

<3> Excerpt

Next you can add the Excerpt.

The Excerpt is an optional summary or description of a post; in short, a post summary.

<4> Publish box

At the top of the right column on this screen you’ll see the Publish box. Here, your can save your post as a draft if you’d like to save it for later. If you click the Preview button, you can get a preview of how the post will look once it’s published.

The Status of the post will show if the post has been published, saved as a draft, if it’s pending review of if it’s been scheduled.

The next two links show the visibility of the post — or what visitors will be able to see your post. The Publish line shows whether the post will be published immediately or at a later date.

<5> & <6> Categories and Tags

The next section are for categories and tags assigned to your WordPress post. We’ll cover these two topics in more detail later.

<7> Featured Image

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.

featured image represent the contents, mood, or theme of a post or page. Posts and pages can have a single featured image, which many themes and tools can use to enhance the presentation of your site.  Featured images can increase brand recognition, social engagement, and blog credibility.

Watch the video below for a quick overview of how it works:

 

<8> Publish / Update

Hit Publish or Update button when you are good to go!

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