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How to create blog post in WordPress – Free basic guide

Are you new to WordPress, maybe you just hosted your new website and are ready to start your blogging journey?
You login to your admin panel and dive into the add post editor. Everything looks complicated, you have seen all the features but don’t know how to use most of them.

Even most professionals don’t know some of the hidden features in the post editing page.
In this tutorial. you are going to learn all the features in the post-editing screen. This guide will help you to create a better WordPress blog post.

Before creating your post, first, let’s create a category for the post. So, after you have login to your WordPress dashboard hover over the post tab then select the ‘Category’ button.

How to create blog post in WordPress - add category

When you are in the category screen. Add the name of the category (e.g blog, marketing, WordPress e.t.c) you can call it whatever you want. When you are done click the ‘Add new category’ button.

Now let’s go back to our main topic, how to create blog post in WordPress.

In this guide. You will learn how to use the new WordPress editor known as Gutenberg. Also learn how to use the old classic editor.

How to use wordpress Gutenberg editor

Step one: using the add post title and content block.
The WordPress editor has good looking writing interface, first, you will see where you will enter your post title.

How to create blog post in WordPress - add post title

After post title the next part is to add the contents. So click on the ‘add block’ button to add your contents.

How to create blog post in WordPress - add block

In this block is where you will put all the elements you want in your posts such as paragraphs, gallery, columns, images, embeds, shortcodes, widgets, and more.

Adding image block

You can easily add images to your content by chosen the image block and then select the image you want to upload.

How to create blog post in WordPress - add image

They are three ways to add an image to your post. You can choose an already uploaded image in your media library or upload a new image from your device or enter the URL of the image from another source.

This WordPress editor also enables you to create an image gallery for your post. To use it, simply add the ‘image gallery block’ to display the image in a grid layout.

Step two: Embed video in your content

The WordPress editor provides you with ‘embed block’ which allows adding video or audio files to your content from popular services like youtube, Vimeo, Facebook, Spotify, and more.

Step three: adding category and tag

WordPress gives you the ability to structure your post into categories and tags. This process enables you to arrange your post into sections and topics.

It also helps in boosting your site SEO and makes it easy for your readers to find the contents they want to read.
To use the category and tag meta box, you can locate it at the right-hand column, under the ‘Document settings.

When you locate it, choose the category you want from the drop-down, and at the tag section, enter your tags.

Step four: adding a featured image

You will see the ‘add featured image’ button at the right-hand column under the Document settings. Click on the button to select or upload the image you want to use for the post.

A featured image in WordPress is the image that will be displayed on a single post or home page of your website and every WordPress theme support this feature.

Step five: Adding excerpts

Excerpts are the short summary of your blog post, some WordPress themes automatically create the excerpts from the first line of your post but they may not be able to draw the attention of the audience.

So, to write a proper summary for your post, use the excerpts box which is located under the Document settings.

Step six: Changing the permalink

WordPress automatically generates a friendly SEO link for your post, but some advanced users may want to tweak it to be more SEO-friendly.

They are two ways to do this, it can be done using Yoast SEO plugin or using the WordPress permalink changer which is under the document settings.
The permalink tab is for advanced users who know about SEO, I advise beginners to leave it the way it is.

Step seven: turn off/on the comment

Maybe you don’t want readers to comment on some of your posts, I don’t advise you to disallow your users from having conversations on your post, but if you want to turn it off.

Go to the ‘Discussion tab’ under the document tab, it is automatically allowed, click on the allow checkbox to disallow it.

Step eight: Publishing your post

After you are done with adding your post and included some of the elements you want in the content, the next step is the make the post go-live.

To do this you will use the special WordPress ‘Publish’ button.
In this part, you will learn how to publish your content immediately or schedule your post.

To schedule your post. Click on the immediate button. A box will pop up where you will be asked to enter the date and time you want the post to be published.

If you don’t want to schedule the post. You can simply click on the publish button and the post will go live.

How to create post with wordpress classic editor

The WordPress classic editor is easy to use but not much advanced to what is needed in creating better content for this new age blogging atmosphere.

Once you click on the add new post button. The first thing you will see on the editing screen is the title and content box.

Adding an image in the classic editor

Below the permalink, you will see the big ‘add media’ button.

Simply click on the upload files to upload an image or choose an already uploaded image from the media library.

You can also add your post to a category, add tags, choose a featured image for your content. The buttons to do all this are located at the right-hand column of your screen.

When you are done adding the features you want. Click the publish button.

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