Create a Post in WordPress

The two main components of your WordPress site are Pages and Posts. Posts are often used for “dynamic” content. For example, information that is time-sensitive, like a news story or an article, would work well as a post.

To Create a Post

  1. On the left navigation menu, click on “Posts.”
  2. On the submenu that appears, click “Add New.”
  3. Give your post a title.

    Give your post a title

  4. Add the body text for your post.

    Add the text for your post. The editor above the text box will allow you to do some basic formatting much like a word processor.

  5. If you want to add an image to your post, click on the first icon next to “Upload/Insert” above the upper-left corner of the text box. Click “Select Files” and find the image on your computer that you want insert. Scroll down and click “Insert Into Post”.

    (More instructions for inserting images.)

  6. Give your Post a Category

    All posts get the “Uncategorized” category assigned to them. Uncheck that, and click on the category in which you want to place the post.

  7. If you want to create a new category, click “Add New Category”, type in the new category’s name and click the “Add New Category” button below the text box.

    Add a new category

  8. Click “Publish” and view your new post.

    Click Publish if you want your post to be available on the web immediately. Otherwise, you can click “Save Draft” and work on it later. You can also preview your post if you want to see how it looks without publishing it.

About Evan Cordulack

Evan Cordulack is a Web Applications Specialist for Academic Technology. He helps faculty members with Web-based projects related to their research and teaching. He earned his PhD in American Studies at William & Mary in 2013. Find him at