Writing & Editing

Posts

Posts are what make your blog a blog — they’re servings of content that are listed in reverse chronological order (newest to oldest) on your blog page.

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.

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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.


How to Create a New Post

There are several ways to publish new posts.

Use the Write Button in the Toolbar

The easiest way 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).

Write Post from Toolbar
Click Write in your WordPress Toolbar to start writing a new post

If you have more than one blog or site, you’ll have the option to select which site you want to create a post for.

Posts - Select Site
Select the blog you want to write a new post for.

If you click Write from the WordPress.com toolbar that appears (only for you) at the top of your site, or from WP Admin, you will be taken directly to the editor for that specific site.


Click Add New Post from My Site

Click My Sites → Site → Posts and then click the Add New Post button on the right side. This will take you to the WordPress Editor where you can add your content before publishing your new blog post.


Publish Posts by Email

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

Post by email
Post by email

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Publish your Post

Once you’ve clicked Write or gone to My Site → 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.

Post - Create Post
Create your new blog post in the WordPress Editor

When you’re done, click the Publish button to publish your new blog post.

Post - Publish Post
Publish your new blog post

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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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Edit and Update a Post

You can edit a post that has already been published.

Go to My Site → 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.

Click here to learn more about editing your posts.

Update Post
Click Update to push your post changes live

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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.”

post-id

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The WP Admin Dashboard Editor

The instructions from this guide are referring to the WP Admin dashboard. You can get to this dashboard by adding /wp-admin to the end of your site’s url (e.g.: example.wordpress.com/wp-admin)

You can also create and publish posts with the dashboard editor. Go to Posts → Add New from your WP Admin dashboard:

WP Admin - Add New Post

It’s pretty much the same as the editor described in the previous page, but it also allows you to use the writing helper.


See the Post Screen support page for more details.


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Go Back and Edit Posts

To edit or delete a post (whether it’s a draft or has already been published), go to Posts → All Posts in your dashboard:

Posts - All Posts

Here you’ll see a list of all of your posts. Clicking Edit under the name of a post will take you to the dashboard editor, where you can make changes. To delete a post, click Trash.

Edit Post

See the Edit Posts Screen support page for more details.

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