How to add a Post to WordPress

Watch our video to learn how to add a post to WordPress. Adding a post to WordPress is similar to adding a page, with just a just a few more options.

Quick Steps to add a post to WordPress

  • Login to WordPress
  • Go to Posts
  • Click Add New
  • Add a Title for the page
  • Try to include keywords into this title
  • Add your content to the text area
  • Either copy and paste the content from a Word document
  • Or type the text in directly
  • Make sure you use the Paste from Word icon – see image below
  • (this will preserve your formatting and stripe any unnecessary code)


  • Add a Category
  • Add 3-4 Post Tags
  • Post Tags are keywords used to help find your post
  • Add a Featured Image
  • Insert the More Tag
  • Click Publish

How to add a Post to WordPress

  • Click on the Posts panel
    Here you will see a summary of all the Posts in your site. You may see the default Post – “Hello World”
  • Click Add New
  • Add your Title for e.g. “What is WordPress”
  • Click open Screen Options tab in the top right corner
  • Tick all the boxes to view all the options available for Posts
  • Go to the content area
  • Add your text – usually 300 words minimum
  • OR get some dummy text from
  • Click Insert


Read More Tag

The read More Tag will enable a summary of your post to display on the blog page instead of the entire post

  • Place your cursor at the end of the first paragraph or where you want the summary to stop
  • Click on the Insert More Tag link
  • When the user clicks on read more it will take them to the full post


Every Post in WordPress is filed under a Category.  Categories allow the classification of your Posts into groups and subgroups helping your visitors navigate around your site.

  • Go to the Categories option
  • Click on Add New Category
  • Add your Category for e.g. “WordPress”
  • Click > Add New Category
  • Make sure Uncategorized is unchecked (the default setting)


Post Tags

Post Tags may help the user navigate to the different post categories in your site.
For e.g. some websites will have a post tag widget in the sidebar called “Quick Links”.
This allows users to view all the posts associated with a particular post tag.

  • Add some Post Tags e.g. WordPress, Make a Website, WordPress Websites
  • Click Publish
  • Go to your website in the browser > refresh
  • Click on the Blog to view your new Post
  • You should see your new Post at the top
  • Every time you create a new post it will “post” directly to the Blog page
  • The most recent Post is always placed at the top


Post options

You can see the options are similar to Pages. There are a few differences which we will discuss below.


  • Excerpts are a summary of the Post
  • You can type your own preview for the Post or just leave it blank
  • Another way of adding a preview to the Post is by using the More Tag – as previously discussed

Send Trackbacks

  • This is where you type in the URL Address or Web Address of a web page that your Post is referencing
  • This will then be viewable on the other persons website to which you are referencing- (only if they have Trackbacks enable)


This is a shorter version of the post name.


This allows you to select a formatting style for your post.


Every Post in WordPress is filed under a Category.  Categories allow the classification of your Posts into groups and subgroups helping your visitors navigate around your site.

  • All Posts need to have a Category!
  • Never place one Post in 2 Categories – this is read as duplicate content which Search Engines DO NOT like
  • Plan your Categories first before writing your Posts
  • A Category will only appear once you have added a Post to that category
  • By default WordPress will put an Uncategorized Category in for any posts without a Category

Post Tags

  • Post Tags are the subgroup of a category
  • When a Post Tag is clicked, it displays the posts linking to it
  • Categories are the main group of a Post Tag
  • Use only a few Post Tags 5-6 for a Category
  • Using keywords in Post Tags will help visitors find certain topics
  • Post Tags may help Search Engine Optimization


  • Comments can be seen inside each Post or in the Comments panel
  • Comments allow visitors to respond to Posts, add links to other resources, generate discussion, or simply compliment the author
  • The Author of a Post can choose to approve, delete, spam or reply to a comment

Add a Featured Image

A blog page usually shows a thumbnail image next to each post. In WordPress this is called a Featured Image.

  • Go to your Post
  • Go to Set featured image
  • Click > Upload Files > Select Files
  • Select your image > Open
  • Add a Title & Alternate Text
  • Click > Set featured image
  • Click Update

Original content written by Jodi Allbon 2013

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