Writing & Editing

Posts

Posts are what make your blog a blog — they’re servings of content that are listed in reverse chronological order (i.e. newest to oldest) on your blog page. This guide explains everything you need to know about posts.

Posts are always associated with a date, which is included in the URL. Sometimes, posts are confused with pages. See Post vs. Page for an explanation of the differences.

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How to Create a New Post

There are several ways to publish new posts:

Each of these options are described in more detail below. Whichever option you choose, you will then be taken to the WordPress editor where you can start writing your post. You can immediately start typing your text, add images, and more.

Use the Write Button in the Toolbar

The quickest way to start a new post is with the Write button on the right side of the toolbar (it appears at the top of your screen when you’re logged in to WordPress.com).

the Write button in the WordPress toolbar with a box drawn around it.
Click Write in your WordPress Toolbar to start writing a new post

Click Add New Post from My Site

Go to My Site(s) → Posts and then click the Add New Post button on the right side.


Publish Posts by Email

Write your post as an email and publish it on your blog using the Post by Email feature.

an Email composer open showing the "To" field and the "Subject" line.
Post by email

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View Your Posts

To view a list of all the posts on your site, go to My Site → Posts. Here, you will see four tabs:

  • Published: Posts you have made public. Learn more.
  • Drafts: Posts you have started, but have not yet made public. Learn more.
  • Scheduled: Posts you have scheduled to be published in the future. Learn more.
  • Trashed: Posts you have deleted. Learn more.

To see more options for a post, click on the ellipses menu (the three vertical dots) next to any post. Here you will see:

  • Edit: Opens the WordPress Editor so you can make changes to the post.
  • View: See what the post looks like on your site.
  • Stats: View the stats page for the individual post.
  • Comments: Manage comments for the post.
  • Share: Share your post to social media accounts connected to your site via Publicize.
  • Copy post: Creates a duplicate copy of the post. Learn more.
  • Copy link: Copy the link (i.e. the URL) of your post to your clipboard.
  • Trash: Deletes the post and places it in the Trashed tab.
The posts, with the ellipses options clicked and expanded.

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Post Settings

When working on your post, you’ll see the Post settings on the right side of your screen.

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If the post settings are not there, you may need to click on the ⚙️ (gear) icon in the top right corner to bring up the settings.

Here you will find the following options:

  • Status & Visibility: Tells you basic information about the post, including the author, visibility status, publish date, and whether the post is sticky or not. Learn more about these settings.
  • Revisions: Allows you to see up to 20 of the most recently saved changes to the post.
  • Permalink: The URL that the post or page will appear at. By default, this is the title you give the post.
  • Categories: Only shows on Posts. Allows you to add or assign categories to the post.
  • Tags: Allows you to add or assign tags to the post.
  • Featured Image: Allows you to display unique custom header images for specific posts or set thumbnails for special features of your theme.
  • Excerpt: Write a brief excerpt for the post that may appear on various thumbnails throughout the site, or as a preview for search engine results.
  • Discussion: Choose comments and pingbacks.

In the top right above the post settings, you’ll see a toolbar that looks like this:

From left to right:

  • Switch to Draft: This allows you to turn a published post back into a draft. (If you’re working on an unpublished draft, this will say Save draft.)
  • Preview: See what your post will look like on the live site.
  • Update: Select to save changes you’ve made to a published post. (If you’re working on an unpublished draft, this will say Publish.)
  • Gear Icon: Use to toggle the Post or Block settings.
  • Jetpack Icon: Use to see Jetpack-specific options like sharing and shortlinks.
  • Ellipses Menu: (the three vertical dots) Open more post editor settings, including ways to edit the entire page via HTML, manage reusable blocks, copy the entire content of the post, focus on one block at a time, and more!

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Post Drafts

You do not have to publish your post right away. You can save a draft of your post and return to it to continue editing. When you’re writing your post, you’ll see the Save Draft button in the top right corner as shown here:

The 'Save Draft' button with an orange box around it.

Draft posts appear under the “Drafts” tab of your Posts list:

The Posts screen with the Drafts tab selected
Draft Pending Review

Checking the Pending Review option lets you flag posts that might need review from other authors or editors on your site.

the Post settings right sidebar menu with the "Pending Review" option checked and a box drawn around the "Pending Review" option.

If you use post by email and have people in the Contributor role who post via email, they will automatically be set as drafts as well as pending review.


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Publish your Post

Once you’ve clicked Write or gone to My Site → PostsAdd New Post, you will be in the WordPress Editor, where you can write the content you want to show on your new post. Here you can:

When you’re done, click the Publish button in the top right corner of the editor to publish your new blog post.

What Happens When You Publish

Clicking that Publish button is a proud moment — you’ve just finessed a piece of content and shared it with the world!

A post is different from other content types (like pages and portfolios) because several actions are triggered when you publish a new post on a public blog:

  1. The post appears as the newest entry on your blog page.
  2. The post appears in Reader feeds.
  3. Your subscribers receive an email notification.
  4. The post is shared to your connected social networks.

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Display Your Posts on a Page

There are multiple ways to display your posts on your site. Read on to learn more about each option and choose one that best suits your needs.

  • Blog Posts block
  • Make your homepage a blog
  • Set your Posts page
  • Use Category Pages
Blog Posts Block

Insert the Blog Posts block on any page to display your posts. You can use this to display your posts in a list or grid format of up to 100 blog posts. You can choose to show posts based on category, author, or tag, display featured images or excerpts, change the text color, and more. The block will automatically update itself with every post you publish.

Make Your Homepage a Blog

If you want your site’s front page to show every post you’ve published with the newest at the top, you can choose to make your homepage automatically show your latest posts. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Go to My Site → Appearance → Customize → Homepage Settings.
  2. Under ‘Your homepage displays’, select ‘Your latest posts’.
  3. Click Save Changes.

This is a classic blog option that displays only blog posts on your homepage. If you want to add other content to your homepage such as text and images, use the Blog Posts block instead.

Set Your Posts Page

If you want a classic blog page that shows all your posts in chronological order with the newest first, you can set a Posts page. This is similar to the ‘Make Your Homepage a Blog’ option above, except that the page is not your homepage. It is a separate page typically called something like ‘Blog’ or ‘News’. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Go to My Site → Appearance → Customize → Homepage Settings.
  2. Under ‘Your homepage displays’, select ‘A static page‘.
  3. Under ‘Posts page’, select your Blog page. If you do not have one yet, you can click Add New Page to create a new page. Call it something like ‘Blog’, or whatever you would like to name it.
  4. Click Save Changes.

This is a classic blog option that displays only blog posts on your posts page. If you want to add other content to your posts page such as text and images, use the Blog Posts block instead.

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If you’d like to have your posts listed from oldest to newest, you can change the default order to list posts chronologically using these instructions.

Use Category Pages

Instead of a page that shows all your blog posts, you can use Category Pages. These pages are automatically created when you use categories on your posts. The pages display posts of that specific category only.

Click the button below to learn how to do this:


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Edit and Update an Existing Post

You can edit a post that has already been published.

Go to My Site → Posts and click on the title of the post you would like to edit. This will open the post in the WordPress Editor, where you can add or remove content.

A published post will show an Update button where Publish previously was.

Click Update to push your changes live.

The Update button is marked with an orange arrow
Click Update to push your post changes live

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Delete a Post

The Trash feature allows you to remove posts without permanently deleting them right away. Items in your trash folder can be restored or permanently deleted up to 30 days after you trash them. After 30 days, they are deleted permanently.

The ellipses menu is expanded, and the Trash option is highlighted.

To delete a post, go to My Site → Posts. Click on the ellipses (three dots) menu on the right of any post, then select Trash.

To restore a page that you’ve trashed, view your trash by selecting Trashed at the top of the posts screen. Select the ellipses (three dots) menu on the right and select Restore to bring the post back.

Alternatively, select Delete Permanently to completely delete the post. This is permanent and the post cannot be restored after this action is made.

The ellipses menu of a deleted post is expanded, and the Restore option is highlighted.

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How to Find the Post ID

You can find the Post ID in the Edit Post URL on your post editor. For example, the Post ID for the following example is “125.”

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