Posts are what make your blog a blog — they’re servings of content that are listed in reverse chronological order on your blog’s front page.

Posts are always associated with a date. Sometimes, posts are confused with pages. See Post vs. Page for an explanation of the differences.

Publish a New Post

There are several ways to publish new posts. The easiest way is with the + New button on the toolbar (it appears at the top of your screen when you’re logged in to your WordPress website).

Simply hover over + New  and the menu will slide down from the top of the screen:

the +new menu

Clicking on + New will take you to the Add New Post screen.

If you are on the WordPress Admin Screens you can also visit Posts > Add New on your sidebarSidebar A sidebar in WordPress is referred to a widget-ready area used by WordPress themes to display information that is not a part of the main content. It is not always a vertical column on the side. It can be a horizontal rectangle below or above the content area, footer, header, or any where in the theme. to add a new Post.

the posts menu on the WordPress admin screens with Add New highlighted

The post editing screen is where you’ll be doing most of your blogging. If you’re writing a post and you’d like to format the text, click the kitchen sinkKitchen Sink When using the WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor in WordPress, you can expand the capabilities to allow more options. This expanded area is called the "Kitchen Sink." icon to enable additional text formatting options:

When you’ve written your Post, hit Publish.

the publish meta box

As well as writing and editing posts, you can:

  • Preview posts before publishing them
  • Schedule posts to publish at a later time
  • Add categories and tags
  • Assign a post format (Theme dependent)
  • Add a Featured ImageFeatured image A featured image is the main image used on your blog archive page and is pulled when the post or page is shared on social media. The image can be used to display in widget areas on your site or in a summary list of posts. (Theme dependent)

You can also access the post editing screen from Posts > All Posts.

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Editing Your 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:

Here you’ll see a list of all of your posts. Click Edit under the name of a post to be taken to the post edit screen, where you can make changes. To delete a post, click TrashTrash Trash in WordPress is like the Recycle Bin on your PC or Trash in your Macintosh computer. Users with the proper permission level (administrators and editors) have the ability to delete a post, page, and/or comments. When you delete the item, it is moved to the trash folder where it will remain for 30 days..

See our documentation on the New Posts Screen for more details.

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Other Posting Methods

There are some other methods for posting to your blog. You can read more about these in the WordPress CodexWordPress Codex Living online manual to These are:

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Watch the “Writing and publishing a post” video from

Watch the “Saving and returning to draft posts & pages” video from