A simple guide to help users to create a blog post in WordPress. Blog posts can be used as articles, recipes, whitepapers, news updates or stories.

WordPress makes it very easy to add a blog post so you can talk to your audience.

Create a blog post in WordPress

Once logged in to your admin area, notice the left hand menu. This menu is your way to almost all the tools that WordPress has to offer.

In this tutorial we start with the menu item labelled Posts.

How to add a WordPress post

Clicking menu item ‘Posts’ will take you to a list of posts within your blog. Drafts (posts that are not available to the public) and fully published posts are listed here.

You can create a new blog post one of two ways:

  • Click Add New at the top of the Posts page.
  • Hover over the left hand menu link labelled ‘Posts’ and then click Add New.

Writing a blog post

It is a good idea to research a key phrase before you start to write your post. A great tool is MOZ’s Keyword Explorer – on which you can search 10 keywords per month for free.

Find a key phrase that has low competition. As a small business you don’t need to rank for keywords that have thousands of searches.

Your researched key phrase should be the title of your post.

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WordPress slugs

A slug is  the part of the URL (or address) that identifies the web page or post. For example the slug for this very page is “create-a-blog-post-in-wordpress”, which you can see in the address bar.

In WordPress the slug is taken directly from the first title entered, but it can be manually changed. Be decisive when it comes to choosing a slug. Changing a slug later will mean a broken link on Google search result pages.

Choose a slug that contains your keywords but is not too long nor complicated. Keep it to as few as 4-6 words.

If you’d like to change the slug hit the EDIT button, located next to the Permalink, under the title field.

Edit the WordPress slug

Once you have edited the slug click okay and then save the post.

Saving a WordPress blog

WordPress drafts

Within WordPress posts can be saved as DRAFTS, which you can come back to later.

I do this whilst I am editing a post, so that it is not published on the live site.

To save a draft whilst in the WordPress post editor scroll to the top of the page and find the box on the right hand side labelled Publish. If you haven’t saved the post already you will see a SAFE DRAFT button.

Save post as a draft in WordPress

The post will not be displayed on the public side of the website, but will be stored in the database so you can come back to it at a later date.

Please note: If you are logged into WordPress as an administrator you WILL be able to see your draft on the public facing website. This is so that you can test it.

Publish a WordPress blog post

Once the blog post is finalised publish it using the blue Publish button within the Publish box on the top right hand side of the page.

Schedule a WordPress blog post

WordPress allows you to publish a blog post in the future.

Again, look at the Publish box on the right hand side. A calendar icon is used as a bullet point next to a date. The date would usually be the date you first published this post. If you hit EDIT at the end of the line and change the date to a future date, then WordPress will publish the post in the future.

Schedule a WordPress post

Switching between draft post and published post

There could be a time when you come back to your post and would like to make edits, without them being public. In this case you can switch between having the post saved as a draft, and having it published. Go to the Publish box, find the Status of the post and click Edit.

A menu will appear in which you can chose the status of the post. Hit OK then hit update.

Switch between a public and a draft post

Categorising your blog post

Notice the Categories box over on the right hand side of the screen, under the Publish box. You can add a category from here, or choose which category the blog post belongs to.

Categorise your posts so that visitors can find things easily and create a simple hierarchy with good keywords.

Just tick the box next to the relevant category and save your post.

Add a new category from a blog post

You can add a new category by clicking on the “+Add New Category” link under the Categories box.

Type in the name of your new category, choose a Parent Category if you have one, otherwise just leave this drop down box saying ‘Parent Category’. Now click the button ‘Add New Category‘.

There will be an automatic tick next to your newly created category. This means your post will be listed under that category.

Blogging to support your website

Blogging can be great fun, and invaluable support for your website. We are fortunate that WordPress makes it so easy for business owners to add news and updates to their own sites.

If you are not yet convinced read my posts ‘Why blog?’ and ‘How a blog can increase traffic to a website‘.

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