Many bloggers think that adding a new post in WordPress is quite accessible but many WordPress beginners find the interface a bit overwhelming. Many of the couldn’t find the hidden gems on the posts screen. In this guide, I am going to show you every feature on the add new post screen so that you can add new post in WordPress properly and fully utilize all the features provided by WordPress.
Title and Content Boxes
Title and Content Boxes are the most noticeable areas on the Add New Post screen (see the screenshot below).
You can switch between visual editor and text editor, but while writing a post do not switch between visual editor and text editor as this could mess up your post’s formatting.
Visual Editor is good for the beginners as it has many formatting buttons and a nice visual layout for the content area. The text editor is a plain text editor where you can actually see the HTML or write your own.
The first main thing you need to add is post’s title. If you are using SEO Friendly URL, then WordPress will automatically generate the post URL based on the title of your blog post. If you want to edit the post URL then you can edit the URL by clicking on the edit button.
The second main thing is content area. The content area is an area where you will write your post. You can also use many formatting options from the toolbar or use one of the many keyboard shortcuts available which will speed up your writing process.
Below the content editor, you can see the word count for your post. When you write your blog post, WordPress will automatically save a draft of your post.
Add Images and Media
You can see a large Add Media button between the title and content fields. To upload an image or any other media to your WordPress post, you will need to click on it. This will open the media uploader in a popup window.
Now simply click on the select files button to upload images or any other media to your WordPress site. You can also create image galleries and audio playlists from uploaded files.
The left-side of WordPress post edit screen contains the post title and content editor and on the right-hand side, you have different meta boxes to configure post settings.
The top most meta box in this column is labeled Publish. This is where all the publishing options for your posts are managed.
1. Save Draft button is used to save your post in draft. WordPress auto-saves your posts in the draft as you write them.
2. The preview button is used to see a live preview of your post to see how your post will look after publishing.
3. The status button shows the status of your post. WordPress automatically handles post status for drafts and published posts.
4. Click on the Edit button next to visibility option to expand it. The first option will allow you to make your post sticky on the front page. Sticky posts in WordPress are like featured content that is displayed on top of all other posts.
5. The next option is used to protect a post with a password in WordPress.
6. The private option under visibility is private. This will allow you to privately publish a post on your WordPress site. The private posts will be visible to users who have the editing privileges on your site.
7. Click on the edit link next to Publish, and WordPress will display the time and date options. You can use this option to schedule posts or create backdated post in WordPress.
8. Move to trash button is used to delete a WordPress post. Deleted posts live under trash, and you can restore them if you need it within 30 days.
9. The publish button makes your WordPress post publish publically. You can also schedule a post, then it will appear on your site on the scheduled date and time.
Adding Categories and Tags
The categories and tags meta boxes usually appear in the right-hand column, below the publish meta box. Using categories and tags you can sort your posts into different categories and tags.
This will help you to organize your content in a meaningful and browsable format. Not only your users can easily find your content, it also boosts your site’s SEO.
Featured Image (Post Thumbnails)
There are many WordPress themes that support featured images or post thumbnails for articles. Usually, it is the last box in the right-hand column on the post edit screen.
You just need to click on set featured image link, and it will show you the media uploader popup and then you just need to select an image which you want to set as your featured image.
Bonus Tips for Creating WordPress Posts
WordPress comes with a great set of tools available right out of the box to create new content and write posts. However, there are much more tools and tips that you can use to improve your writing and editorial experience.
We hope this article helped you learn how to add a new post in WordPress and utilize all the features available to you. Don’t forget to share with your friends on Facebook and Twitter.