Adding a new post is one of the most fundamental skills for a WordPress user. Here, we’ll cover exactly how you can go about it.
After opening the Add New Post the screen should look like the following.
In the title bar type your title as you want it to appear when you publish the post.
While editing your post you may enable Rich text editor to get some extra editing features; however, it may cause future errors such as misalignment or otherwise messing up the formatting of your post. Besides which, WordPress automatically understands line break, image tag, quote tags, and so on. This is why we suggest disabling the editor (our article Remove Visual Editor of Your WordPress you will show how to do so).
The permalink structure is shown right below the title field. This will let you to modify the URLs of your posts. To increase your chance of ranking higher in search engines, SEO friendly structures are strongly recommended. Google gives extra weight to the URL structure, so be sure t0 follow SEO Friendly URL Structure.
Click on “add media” if you want to add any image, video, etc. You can upload a file from your computer or you can use one from your media gallery or even from a URL. From here you can resize them, or select a featured image, or add more images to your post.
Here you’ll find the word count, which will give you an idea how long your article is.
At the right side bar, there is a preview option; by using it you can see your post before publishing.
In addition, if there are multiple users submitting posts to your blog, you’ll find options such as Draft and Pending Preview here as well. These users can contribute to your blog, but all articles must be approved by an admin before being published.
Now you need to set Visibility, which is set to public by default but you may instead set it to make the post private or password protected. You can make your post password protected so that users can only see the post after inserting the password. Selecting private will keep your posts private from all public users, and only admins and registered users can view the posts.
When you make your post sticky, it shows up above all your new posts. In the article How to Make & Display Sticky Post in WordPress you will learn how to display the latest sticky posts anywhere in your WordPress theme. You can sticky your older posts as well, if you prefer.
Consistency is one the most important aspect of blogging. Readers will grow bored if you do not provide new content regularly. If you want to publish your post instantly, you can do it by clicking on “Publish”, but if you want to publish it in the next day, or in a week, or even in a year, then you can schedule accordingly. In this way, your blog is always “go live” to your visitors. Read the article Scheduling Posts in WordPress to learn how to schedule your post.
In addition, if you have many visitors from another time-zone, it can be challenging to post your articles following their schedule. You might also have found that scheduling hasn’t worked because it didn’t post an article at the right time; that may be because your blog isn’t set to the right time zone. To modify the timezone, go to Setting>>General and scroll down to Time Zone and change the setting to match the zone you wish to use.
You need to adjust the WordPress clock at times as well, because daylight savings time is not affected by adjusting time zone and you want the accurate time and date to be post stamped for your post as well. Because there is no AM and PM option, you must enter the time in Military Format. As soon as you change the date and time to a time in the future, the publish button will change into a Schedule button. Once done writing the post, simply click schedule and the post will be scheduled to be published on the specified date and time.
WordPress excerpts are most useful when you need to display a series of posts in a single page. When multiple posts are shown, it is easier for your readers to find what they want by giving them a summary of each post. You can enable this post summary functionality by using the WordPress “excerpt” command. Excerpts are useful for increasing page views. Your visitor lands on the page for the category in question, and then clicks on an additional page to read the full post. Excerpts also avoid duplicate content being created. This feature will only work if your theme is compatible with it. If you want to make your theme compatible by showing excerpts in your category page, simply open your index.php
<?php the_content(); ?>
and replace with the following.
<?php the_excerpt(); ?>
You can learn more about how to create excerpts in our How to Create Excerpt article.
Trackbacks keep track of resources or external links or references used by you in your posts. Most of the time your system automatically detects each external link and notifies the other site that it is being cited. Therefore, if that site wants they can list your link as a trackback below their comments. You may also enter URLs if you want to confirm that you send trackbacks to these specific links in the field shown in the image above.
Adding Category & Subcategory:
To organize WordPress blogs it is important to assign posts to a particular category. This will help users find the posts they’re interested in by searching for a category. The article Ways of Adding Category & Subcategory to WordPress will show you how to add your post category.
Post Tag aids in navigation and allows posts to be grouped with others of similar content. Unlike Categories, Tags have no hierarchy. But like Categories, Tag names must be unique and will be displayed under each post. When someone viewing your blog clicks on one of these Tag links, a Tag archive page with all the posts belonging to that Tag will be displayed. In addition, the Tag Cloud Widget can be added to the sidebar to display all the Tags used in a cloud (Tags are sized by number of times referenced in posts).
Custom fields are used to add extra objects to the post like Thumbnails, or an automatic Digg button without editing codes in each post. You should not use it if you are not an expert with WordPress.
In this area you can allow comments and trackbacks by selecting the appropriate options. This is a useful feature for announcement articles where user comments are not required, for example. By contrast, it is useful to allow your users to provide their comments when you’re looking for feedback on your blog.
All in One SEO:
The All in One SEO plugin that we recommended in our Recommended WordPress Plugins will let you add a custom meta title, descriptions, and keywords to all your WordPress pages. This is one of the most important things you can do for your WordPress SEO and if it is installed and activated, you will find it in your post page.
In this tab you will find options such as Categories, Tags, Send Trackback, etc. You can organize them as you like – for example, you can have Categories above Tags and so on. If you do not want to use an option, you can hide it. Select or unselect any option that you want to display. You can also select whether you want to display one column or two column layouts.
This was a lot to cover, but you should now have a general grasp on the basics of posting a new entry with all the relevant features.