This post, we will explain you about every feature on the add new post screen so that you can fully avail all the features available.

Add new post in WordPress and use all  features

Title and Content Boxes

Title and Content Boxes are very  noticeable areas on the Add New Post screen

add new post in WordPress and use all features

 

 

User can switch between visual and text editor when writing a post.However we do not recommend switching as this can mess up your post’s editing.

Visual Editor is a friendly text editor that has formatting buttons and a nice visual layout for the content area.Whereas, a text editor is a plain text editor where actual HTML can be seen.Or write your own HTML.The first area for text is the area where you add the post’s title.

As you write, WordPress automatically saves a draft of your post.WordPress cleans up your autosave temporary draft and it replaces it with a new one.So you will not lose your data due to internet disconnection.

Add Images and Media

There is a large Add Media button between the title and the content fields.Click on the Add Media button when you need to insert an image to your WordPress post.This will open the media uploader in a popup window.

Just hit on the chosen files button to load images to your WordPress site.

Publishing Options

WordPress post editscreen has two columns.The column on left has the post title and content editor.And the column on the right-hand side has different meta boxes for post settings.

The first box in this column is labeled Publish.All the publishing options for your posts are managed in this column.

 

1. Save Draft button saves a draft of the post that you are currently working on.

2. The preview button is to display a live preview of your post. You can use this to see how your post will look after publishing.

3. Status button is to set a status for your post.

4. Hit on the Edit link next to visibility to expand it. The first option under visibility will let you make your post sticky on front-page. Sticky posts are like featured content that are displayed on top of all other posts.

5. Hit on the edit link which is next to Publish, and WordPress will show the time and date options.This option can be used schedule posts or create back dated post in WordPress.

6. Move to trash lets you to delete a WordPress post. If you want to restore trash posts you can restore within a month .

7. The publish button makes your WordPress post public.

Adding Categories and Tags

You can put your posts into categories and tags. The categories and tags meta boxes normally appear in the right-hand column.

Categories and tags let you organize your content in a meaningful and browsable format. Users can easily find content, it also boosts your site’s SEO.

Featured Image

WordPress themes support featured images for articles. It is the last box in right-hand column on the post edit screen.

Featured image option on post edit screen in WordPress

Just click on set featured image link.The media uploader will popup. Select an imager or upload a new image from your computer.

Screen Options

Some of the options on the post edit screen are hidden by default.Beginners noramlly don’t use these options.But, you may need them later.

Just  tap on the Screen Options button on the top right corner of the page. This will bring  a menu with checkboxes next to option names.

You will see some of the options are already checked. If you want to add other options just check those options, and they  will appear on your post edit page.

Let’s look at few of these options and what they do.

Excerpts

If you check this box .It adds a meta box below your content editor. It is good to use this box to add a short summary  for your post.

Send Trackbacks

Send Trackbacks option let’s you  notify other web owners that you have linked to their content.

Trackback feature is usually misused by spammers alot.That is why many site owners simply disable them.

Custom Fields

This option will show a user interface for custom fields below your post editor. You can use it to manually enter custom information in posts.

Discussion

Although comments are the best way to engage your audience. But sometimes you don’t want to have comments for your posts.

The discussion option displays a meta box below post editor. You can turn on/off comments for post.

Slug

A slug is a cleaner title which can be used in URLs.

http://example.com/2015/07/this-is-post-slug

WordPress automatically generates a post slug and displays it as the post URL just below the post title.  URL slug can be edit by hiting  on the edit link below the post title.

Options Added by WordPress Plugins

Right now default WordPress post edit settings are explained. Many WordPress plugins also add their own settings panels on the post edit screen.

For example, Yoast WordPress SEO plugin has its own settings panel.

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