There is no right or wrong order to writing a post in WordPress, but we’ll start from the top and give you the step-by-step details for filling in each of the blanks on the Write Post panel. WordPress has two post editing modes, basic and advanced. Typically, the basic mode is the default for writing new posts.We will take you first through the basic post screen.
- Drafts are posts that have been saved rather than published. If you have posts you have written and saved, thereby creating a Draft, they will be listed above the Write Post title. Click on the title link to open that posts’ Write Post edit screen, edit the post, and when you are ready, click Publish and it will be released to your site and to the world. At the default membership level you will only be able to “save”. It will not show up on the site for others to read until it has been reviewed by someone at “Editor” level or above and set to ‘publish’ status. Someone at “Author” level can ‘publish’ their own posts but not those of others.
- This is where you enter the title of your post. You can use any words or phrases. Avoid using the same title twice as that will cause problems. You can use commas, apostrophes, quotes, hypens/dashes, and other typical symbols in the post like “My Site – Here’s Lookin’ at You, Kid”. WordPress will clean it up for the link to the post, called the post-slug.
The Discussion section hosts two checkbox choices. One is for Allowing Comments and the other is for Allowing Pings. If Allowing Comments is unchecked, no one can post comments to this particular post. If Allowing Pings is unchecked, no one can post pingbacks or trackbacks to this particular post.
To keep this particular post private so that only those with the password can read it, enter a password here. Be sure and write it down somewhere safe.
The list of categories on your site is found here. By default, the uncategorized category will be checked, unless you have already changed the name of that category. Check the categories and sub-categories the post belongs in and make sure to uncheck “uncategorized” if applicable.
An Excerpt is a summary or brief teaser of your posts featured on the front page of your site as well as on the category, archives, and search non-single post pages. WordPress handles Post Excerpts in two ways. One is by an explicit excerpt and the other is through the use of the Quicktag button more. If you want to have a summary of the post show, rather than the first paragraph or so, write the summary of your post in the excerpt field.
Quicktags are buttons right above the Post editing textarea box. These buttons produce HTML tags for bold, italic, image, link, lists, and more. Click on these to add their HTML tags and the tag will either be reproduced in the editing area or a window will pop-up asking you to fill in the details, and when you are done, the information will be in the editing area.
Post Editing Area
The big blank box is where you enter your writing, links, links to images, and any information you want to display on your site is the Post Editing Textarea or editing box.
Save and Continue Editing
Below the Post Editing textarea box are three buttons. The first one is Save and Continue Editing. If you would like to save the post to your database, but continue working on it, click this button. Below in the Preview screen, you will then see your post. Using this button, the post will not be published unless the Publish check box is checked (if you have publish capability) below in the Post Status area.
In theory, clicking the Save button will save your post. But it is a conditional save based on your user capabilities. Once you have clicked Save, the Write Post screen will clear and you will be ready to add another post.
If your capability is “Contriubutor” or above, to publish your post to your site, click the Publish button.