WordPress can sometimes feel a bit intimidating with all its options and features — but it really is an amazing platform that is so easy to use. Today I wanted to show you how you can easily setup and publish your blog posts over on your WordPress website.
This tutorial will focus on how to add a new blog post in WordPress using the Gutenberg editor.
Table of Contents:
- Creating a blog post in WordPress
- Formatting your blog post
- Updating your post’s permalink
- Adding categories and tags
- Selecting a featured image
- Additional settings
- Preview & saving your blog post
- How to schedule or publish your blog post
Check out our step-by-step tutorial showing you how you can easily add a new blog post in WordPress. Video not your thing? Scroll down and read our full tutorial.
Creating a blog post in WordPress
On your WordPress dashboard to go Posts >> then select Add New to start prepping your latest blog post.
Here you will see all the different fields available. Let’s first start with setting up our blog post title and content.
In the Add Title field you will enter your blog post’s title. After you enter your title you can then start writing out your blog post below — or copy and paste it into the main content area.
When creating blog content, make sure to write posts that include headers to help divide the content, internal and external link, and don’t forget to include keywords and phrases as well to help with SEO.
Formatting your blog post
One (of the many) really great features of the Gutenberg editor is how easy they made it to add different types of “blocks” into a blog post. A “block” is basically styled content that you can easily integrate into a post. WordPress defines a block as:
“Blocks are a great new tool for building engaging content. With blocks, you can insert, rearrange, and style multimedia content with very little technical knowledge. Instead of using custom code, you can add a block and focus on your content.” -via WordPress.org
Each block has different editing tools available which you can find in the Editor Toolbar that appears when you hover over a block and also within the sidebar of your editing page.
Here are a of my favorite blocks available:
Heading: Change your text style by using the heading option. Using headings within your content helps create an easy to read layout and also helps search engines understand the structure of your content
Lists: This allows you to create bullet-point or numbered lists.
Image: Insert images within your blog post to add fun visual elements to your content. In the block settings column don’t forget to add the image’s Alt Text to help with your website’s accessibility and SEO.
Media & Text: Create a 2 column layout with an image and text. Allows you to easily format an image with text and create fun layouts for your content.
Buttons: Always useful when setting up a call-to-action section within your blog post.
YouTube or Vimeo: This allows you to easily embed a video into your blog post. All you need is the URL for your video and insert it into the block.
There are plenty more blocks available and depending on your WordPress theme or plugins, you might have even more options available. Test them out over on your blog or feel free to use the Gutenburg test page that WordPress has over on their website.
Tip: Don’t forget to click on Save Draft while you are working on your blog post. This way you avoid losing the work that you have been doing. This will only save the post but it won’t publish it just yet.
Blog post settings
On the right hand side of your blog post editor, you will find the Post tab that has some extra settings available for your blog post. Let’s go over these options.
Updating your post’s permalink
In the Permalink section you can update the post’s URL. This is usually automatically setup once you enter your post title, but it can be updated to a shorter and more SEO friendly version.
For example, the original permalink for my blog post titled “Five Tips for a Highly Productive Meeting was: five-tips-for-a-highly-productive-meeting
But to make it more SEO friendly a bit shorter I updated it to: five-tips-productive-meeting
Adding categories and tags
Every blog post you set up, you should always include a category and a few tags. This not only helps keep your blog content organized and easy to browse through — but it’s another beneficial SEO tool.
We wrote a full blog post to help you understand how to use both categories and tags and how to integrate them to your blog posts.
Read — Categories and Tags on WordPress: How to Use Them
Selecting a featured image
The featured image will be the main image that is displayed on your main blog page or homepage. This image doesn’t have to be within the blog post — you can think of it as a thumbnail for the post.
Just drag and drop your image in this section or click Set Featured Image to select an image from the media library.
Adding an excerpt
This section is optional. If you want to include a short summary of the blog post, you can enter here. This will then be displayed as the excerpt within the main blog page or the homepage.
The Discussion tab gives you the option to remove comments from this post. By default the post will allow comments. To disable comments just uncheck these boxes.
Yoast SEO settings and other features
If you have the Yoast SEO plugin you will see this section at the bottom of the page. Here you can make edits to the SEO Title and Meta descriptions — plus review your blog post’s readability.
Setting this up is optional but highly suggest taking advantage of this feature to help with your blog posts SEO.
Tip: Research keywords and keyphrases for your blog post and use these within these three settings to help with the blog post’s SEO. You can use tools such as the SEMrush Keyword Magic Tool or Keyword Tool to help you find keywords and keyphrases that are being searched for.
You might also see other features available within the bottom portion of the post editor page. This all depends on what plugins and/or theme you have installed on your website. Review this options and make sure to take advantage of them.
Preview & save your blog post
Before scheduling or publishing your blog post, always make sure to preview the post first.
To do this click on the Preview link on the top right hand side and select Preview in new tab. Always make sure to check the links, images, and layout to avoid any errors within the post.
You can always go back and make additional edits.
How to schedule or publish your blog post
If you are happy with your blog post and its settings and want to immediately publish the blog post, select the Publish button on the upper right hand side and this will immediately publish the blog post to your blog and make it visible for everyone to enjoy.
To schedule your blog post instead, go to the Status & Visibility section on the right hand side.
In this section select the Immediately link, and then select a date and time.When you set the time and date click on the Schedule button on the upper right hand side. Your blog post will then appear on your blog on the scheduled date.
Go back to the Post page by clicking on the WordPress icon on the left hand side. You will see all your blog posts listed out including the new post that we just scheduled.
Thinking about blogging for your business but not sure how to make time to create quality content? Check out our Creating Quality Content for Your Blog post to learn some of our tricks.
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