How To Make A New Blog Post In 11 Simple Steps

One of the most important aspect of many websites is the blog post. The blog post is different from a website page for a variety of reasons. Most importantly posts make up a majority of content on most websites. This is because they are easy to create and allow for a website to be constantly updated and changing as time passes.

Before you can take advantage of posts on your website you must be able to understand the basic components of posts and how to create them. This posts aims to show you how to make a new WordPress blog post in 11 simple steps by following the creation of this very post!

1. Choose An Idea/Topic To Write About


Choosing a topic to write about may seem like an obvious step. However, many times this is the most difficult step as it requires you to be creative and many times to think outside of the box. Ideally the topic you choose to write about should related to the overall theme/niche of your website.

2. Write Content


Once you have an idea of what you want to write about you must now actually write the content. There are a few different methods to do this. I prefer to write my content in a Google Doc before I actually create the post in the WordPress (Step 3) as I feel there are less distractions than working in the Admin Area of your blog. You could also choose to write your content in Microsoft Word or OpenOffice.

Remember that your content should be organized in a manner that allows your readers to easily understand the progression of your post. It usually helps to create an outline of what you’re going to talk about and to include many headings and breaks in the writing (Step 6).

It is important to write content for your new blog post that is easy to follow and understand.

It is important to write content for your new blog post that is easy to follow and understand. Here is the outline I started with in a Google Doc to create this blog post.

3. Create New Post


Now that you have your content it is time to create the actual post. To do this you must first go to the Admin Dashboard (1) of your blog. Next hold your mouse over “Posts” (2) on the left hand column and select “Add New” (3). Once you click on “Add New” you should be taken to a new page titled “Add New Post”. Now it is time for Step 4.

How to create a new post

To create a new post first go to the WordPress Dashboard, then hold your mouse over “Posts”, then click on “Add New”

4. Enter Post Title


You are now in the post creation area. The first thing you need to do is give your post a title. To do this you must place  your cursor in the first text box on the page containing the text “Enter title here” (1). Now you simply enter the title into that box. For this post I will be entering the title of “How To Make A New Blog Post In 12 Simple Steps”.

To enter a post title simply type the title into the text box that says "Enter Title Here"

To enter a post title simply type the title into the text box that says “Enter Title Here”

Remember that a blog post title should be short and simple but also must clearly state what the post is about.

5. Enter Content


With the title created it is now time to enter your content into the post. If you have not already written the content you can now type it all in the large text box (1) just under where you entered the post title. If you have already written your content in another program you can simply copy and paste the post from there into the box.

To enter your post content you can either copy it directly into the text box or you can copy and paste it from another source.

To enter your post content you can either copy it directly into the text box or you can copy and paste it from another source.

6. Format Content


Even if you have just written the most beautifully elegant post of your life it will not be read if it looks ugly and hard to follow. If you actually want people to read your post it is very important that you spend a good amount of time formatting your content.

Most formatting can be done by simply using the options in the toolbar directly above where you have entered your content (1). You can edit your text by bolding or italicizing it. You can add bullet points, create lists, align your text to the left, right, or center, create hyperlinks, add quotations, etc.

The basic formatting commands are located in the bar directly above your content. If you would like even more options you can click on "Kitchen Sink" to extend the toolbar.

The basic formatting commands are located in the bar directly above your content. If you would like even more options you can click on “Kitchen Sink” to extend the toolbar.

If you want even more advanced options you can click on the button called “Show/Hide Kitchen Sink” (2 above). Most importantly this will give you access to heading tags and a few more formatting options (3). I would suggest just spend some time playing around with all of these options to get a feel for what they do and how they affect the look of your post.

There are many formatting options available to make your content. Be sure to utilize them to their fullest extents.

There are many formatting options available to make your content. Be sure to utilize them to their fullest extents.

7. Add Images


Everybody likes looking at pictures and most people don’t like reading giant blocks of text. Because of this it is usually a very good idea to add some relevant images to your post. The first step of adding an image to your post is to click on the “Add Media” (1) button directly above the formatting toolbar and below the title box.

The first step to adding an image to you blog is to click on the "Add Media" button.

The first step to adding an image to you blog is to click on the “Add Media” button.

After you click on the “Add Media” button a new box will pop up with some options. If you already have the desired image in your media library you can simply select an image and click “insert into post” (2) in the bottom right.

The second step of adding an image to your site is to select the image from your media library and press "Insert into post".

The second step of adding an image to your site is to select the image from your media library and press “Insert into post”.

If you have not yet uploaded the image you can simply click on “Upload Files” (3 above) then “Select Files” (4).

If you have not yet added the image you need to your media library then you will need to select a new file to upload.

If you have not yet added the image you need to your media library then you will need to select a new file to upload.

 

Then you must locate the image you want to upload and click “Open” (5). Once you have done this you will be taken back to the “Media Library” where you can select your image and click “Insert into post”.

Once you have selected the image you want to upload simply click "Open" to add the image to your media library.

Once you have selected the image you want to upload simply click “Open” to add the image to your media library.

8. Assign Categories And Tags


Both categories and tags allow visitors to your site to easily find the posts they are interested in reading. Because of this it is critical that you assign your post to relevant categories and give them appropriate tags.

To assign your post to categories is done in the “Categories” box (1) usually located on the right of the add new post page. Here you can assign your post to an already existing category by simply checking the boxes next to the shown categories (2) or you can click “+Add New Category” (3) to create a new category.

Tags can be added in the box entitle “Tags” box (4) that is usually located directly beneath the “Categories” box. Here you can either type in the tags you would like to use separated by commas (5) or you can click on “Choose from the most used tags” (6) to see what tags are frequently used on your site.

To select the categories of your post you can choose already existing categories or create a new one. You can choose the tags by simply typing in the box or choosing from the most commonly used tags.

To select the categories of your post you can choose already existing categories or create a new one. You can choose the tags by simply typing in the box or choosing from the most commonly used tags.

9. Select A Featured Image


A featured image is an image that will represent the post in other places throughout your website. It is important that you choose a featured image for every post in order to keep your site looking nice and complete.

Featured images are very important to making your website look neat and professional.

Featured images are very important to making your website look neat and professional.

Setting a featured image is done in the “Featured Image” (1) box usually located directly beneath the “Tags” box. To set an image you simply click on “Set featured image” (2) and then follow all of the same steps as uploading an image (step 7).

To add a featured image simply click on the "Set featured image" in the "Featured Image" box.

To add a featured image simply click on the “Set featured image” in the “Featured Image” box.

10. Preview Post


It is important to preview your post before publishing it. To do this simply click on the “Preview” (1) button on the top right of the Add New Post page. This will open up a new tab and allow you to see exactly what the final version of your post will look like. You should go through it and look for any changes that need to be made then go back and make those changes.

In order to preview your post before you publish it you can simply click on "Preview" in the "Publish" box.

In order to preview your post before you publish it you can simply click on “Preview” in the “Publish” box.

11. Publish Post


The final step is to publish your post for all to see! Once you are satisfied with your post you can publish it by clicking the “Publish” button (1). Once you push publish your post is live and visible to anyone on your website. Remember that you can always go back and change or edit any aspect of your post at anytime, even after you have published it.

The final step is to publish your post by clicking on the "Publish" button in the "Publish" box.

The final step is to publish your post by clicking on the “Publish” button in the “Publish” box.


There you have it. Simply follow these 11 simple steps to create a new blog post and you are well on your way to having a beautiful content rich website/blog. If you have any questions or comments regarding the creation of blog posts please drop them below. If you are interested in learning more about getting started with a new website please click here.

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