How to Write a Post in WordPress

To start creating your first WordPress post, login to your WordPress dashboard and follow these basic steps:

Step 1. Open posts > Add New

You will be directed to the WordPress post editor where you can create your first post. The post editor looks something like one below.

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The visual editor is first-time user-friendly text editor. From here you can choose your formatting options such as bullet lists, bold, italics, headings, etc. When you switch to the text tab, you’ll see that it still has some same options as the visual tab, but it’s all in HTML. You still have the bold option, italics option, etc. You can switch back and forth between the two of them.

Step 2. Visual or Text (html)

When you switch to the text tab, you’ll see that it still has some same options as the visual tab, but it’s all in HTML. You still have the bold option, italics option, etc. You can switch back and forth between the two of them.

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Step 3. Write a Post

Enter your post title in the top field where it says “Enter title here” and your post body in the main window.

Writing is hard. There’s a lot to think about and keep in mind when writing, and constant distractions can make that very hard to do. If you find that all the options in the writing screen keep you from focusing on the task at hand, try out Distraction Free Writing. It hides everything that can get in the way of your writing, and helps you stay focused.  In your Add New Post or Edit Post window, click the icon that looks like a box with arrows pointing outward to the corners. This will remove the sidebars from your WordPress window so you only see the post box.

Step 4. Add Categories and Tags

Categories and tags help you organize your content to make it easier for visitors to browse through. What are the differences between categories and tags?

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  • Categories help identify what your blog is about. It helps visitors find a post on a specific subject. If a visitor wanted to read up on a specific subject, let’s say “plugins”, instead of scrolling through pages and pages trying to find a post about plugins they can go to the categories tab, find “plugins” and they will be directed to all your posts you’ve written about plugins.
  • Tags are used to describe your post in more detail. Sort of like hashtags on Twitter. Ex:

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Step 5. Set Featured Image

Featured image is the image that you want to go alongside your post. Click on the “set featured image” link to select an image.

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Different themes have the featured image set at different locations. Depending on your theme settings, looks can differ.

Step 6. Publish

On the right top side of your screen, you’ll see the publish box. This is where you manage all the publishing options for your post.

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1. The preview button shows how your post will look before you publish it.
2. Status lets you set a status for your post. You can choose from “published”, “pending review” and “draft
3.  The visibility area you can choose who views your post. You can have it either public, private, or password protected. Password protected post show up like this to your visitors:

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4. Revisions show how many times you have updated your post.
5. Shows the time your post was published. You can edit it to whatever time and date you want to show as published and you can also schedule your post if you want it posted at a certain time.
6. You can delete a post from here. You can also undo it if it was done by mistake:
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If you’re ready for your post to go live, simply click the “Publish” button.

Congratulations, you wrote your first post!