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Creating & Publishing WordPress Posts

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There are two ways to post to your blog:

1. Go to the Toolbar across the top; you’ll see this little plus sign with the word New next to it. I can hover over it and create a new post through here.

But I can also get there through the Sidebar Menu. Notice Posts is one of the choices there. I can hover over posts and go to Add New. Either of those will take us to the same place.

Publishing your post:

If you’ve got your post done, you’re going to want to publish it so that the world can see it.

I could go and hit this giant Publish button, which will publish my post immediately and allow people to view it right away.

However, I don’t want to do that. I want to go into my Settings Gear, because I want to talk about how that document’s going to behave before I publish it.

One of the things that I can do is go through Status & Visibility. So I’m going to click on that, and you’ll notice Visibility is currently set to Public. That means that once I publish this, it’s out in the world and anybody can see it. However, I can change that to Private, so that only people logged in can see it. Another option is Password Protected, meaning only those with a special password can view the post.

It's important to note that I can publish a post now, but have it appear at a later time. Meaning, I could say I’m going to create it now, but I don’t want it to show up until tomorrow at 8 AM. So I can schedule a date and time for it to be posted. I can also feature content from an older site on a new site. I can take an old site’s content and predate it so that it has the date and the time it was originally posted, even though I am creating it today.

I have other options as well. I can stick this to the landing screen. I can mark it Pending Review. Some people only have that choice—if they can’t publish their own content. What "pending review" would allow the editor or administrator to see is that someone has content that’s ready to be posted, but a moderator needs to approve it first.

You’ll notice, I can also move this to the trash if I want to get rid of it. I have three different revisions, meaning different versions that I’ve saved that I can go back to if I made a mistake.

You also have the ability to set categories and tags for your post, and if appropriate, you can set a featured image. You can do a manual excerpt here. And you can even set up whether or not people are allowed to comment on the post that you create.

I’m not going to do anything other than publish right now. I’ll make it visible for everybody, so all I need to do is click that giant Publish button. Notice the message, "Are you ready to publish?" Double-check your settings before you publish. Notice "Always show pre-publish checks" here.

I’m going to click this giant Publish button now. It’s publishing. There’s the green bar to tell me it worked. And I’m going to go back here, and there’s the default post that came when I originally installed WordPress, but if I refresh my site, you’ll notice it has my post.

There it is, in addition to the previous one, which is pushed down because this is the newer one. Tada!

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