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How to Create a Basic WordPress Blog Post

Setting up a blog on your WordPress website is not only a great way to communicate with customers and educate your audience, it’s also great for attracting new visitors through SEO. If you’re keen to publish your first post on your WordPress blog but aren’t sure where to start, here’s our quick guide to creating a basic blog post. Ready to get started?

Here’s how to create a basic blog post in WordPress:

  1. How to setup your first blog post
  2. How to write and style your blog post
  3. When to Use the Visual editor vs Text editor
  4. How to add an image to your blog post
  5. How to add a featured image to your blog post
  6. How to add links in your blog post
  7. How to add categories and tags to your blog post (and why you should)
  8. Publishing your post – immediately vs scheduling a publish date

Haven’t got your website up and running yet? Head over to our post on How to Build a WordPress Website.

Let’s get into it, shall we?

1. How to setup your first blog post

  • In your WordPress dashboard, click Posts on the lefthand menu, then click Add New.
  • Add your headline in the first box at the top of the edit post screen then click Save Draft.

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2. How to write and style your blog post

  • The main box on the edit post page is where you’ll add your blog post content. You can write your text here, or copy and paste it from any other text editor program such as Microsoft Word or Notepad etc.
  • Note the Visual and Text tabs to the top right of the editor box.
  • The Visual editor (also known as a ‘WYSIWYG” / “What You See Is What You Get” editor displays a toolbar with lots of formatting options – if you’re familiar with Microsoft Word or any other word processing program, you’ll have no problem using these tools. Click with down arrow next to Paragraph to change your text to one of the Heading Styles. Bold or italicise your text. Align your content to the left, right or centre of the page etc.
  • The Text editor tab displays your content as html code. The toolbar changes to provide different html formatting options, such as b (bold), link (hyperlink) and ul / ol (unordered list vs ordered list – aka bullet or number list)
  • As always, remember to Save Draft every few minutes or after making significant changes to your content.
Styling your blog post

Create meaning and help readers understand your content with these common styles.

3. When to use the Visual editor vs Text editor

  • Use the Visual Editor if:
    • You’re less familiar with html code and want a simple, easy to understand way to add headings, style text, add lists and links or even blockquotes to your text.
  • Use the Text editor if:
    • You’re familiar with reading and editing html and want to add additional code (html or css) to your content.

4. How to add images to your blog post

  • Place your cursor on the section of the post where you want your image to appear.
  • Click Add Media, then click on an image from your media library, followed by Insert into Post
  • To upload a new image, click Add Media, then Upload Files. Drag and drop images from your computer to upload them to your media library, then click Insert into Post. 
Add media to your blog post

Add existing media to your post, or upload new images on the fly!

5. How to add a featured image to your blog post

It’s a great idea to add a featured image to your blog post. Depending on your website theme, it might display in a couple of different places, for example on your main blog landing page and/or at the top of each post.

  • Find the featured image metabox in the right hand menu.
  • Click Set featured image
  • Upload or add an image the same way you did above.

6. How to add links in your blog post

  • Click and drag to highlight the text you want to turn into a link.
  • Click the Insert/Edit Link icon in the toolbar to bring up the link options box.
  • Paste the URL in the box, or start typing to search for the page, post or portfolio item etc that you want to link to. Then press enter or click the Apply button to finish creating your link.
  • You can also click the gear icon to access more link settings, such as opening the link in a new window.

A neat WordPress link trick: Copy the URL for the page you want to link to, then select the text in your editor window and press ctrl + v to paste.

7. How to add categories and tags to your blog post (and why you should)

In a nutshell, categories and tags help you sort your content. Assigning categories and tags to your blog posts helps make it easy for users to find the content on your site that they’re most interested in reading. Categories and tags are displayed on your blog posts, and both taxonomies help users them find other useful related content to read next.

  • Look for the Categories and Tags metaboxes on the right hand side of the Edit Post page.
  • For Categories:
    • Simply tick the box next to an existing category to assign it to your post.
    • Alternatively, click + Add New Category and type in a new one. You can make this a Parent category, or nest it beneath an existing category to create a hierarchy.
    • Click Add New Category to finish setting up the new category.
Assign an existing category to your blog post.

Assign an existing category to your blog post.

How to create categories while editing a blog post

Create a new category while editing your blog post.

  • For Tags:
    • You can add as many tags as you want by typing them in the box. Make sure each tag is separated with a comma, and click Add when finished.
    • Alternatively, you can click Choose from the most used tags to add some you’ve set up previously.
Adding tags to your blog post

Type to add tags to your blog post, and separate tags with a comma

8. Publishing your post – immediately vs scheduling a publish date

  • Woohoo, you’ve finished creating your blog post and are now ready for it to go live!
  • To publish your post, click Publish at the top righthand side of the Edit Post page.
  • To schedule your post to automatically go live at a specific date and time, click Edit next to the ‘Publish Immediately’ setting.
How to publish your blog post

Click Publish for your blog post to go live immediately.

Publish immediately or schedule to publish in the future

Click edit to schedule your post to publish at a specific date and time.

That’s it!

We hope you enjoyed our guide to creating a basic blog post with WordPress. Keen to find out more, or want to learn about specific advanced features with WordPress blogs? We’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment below, or email us.

Still wondering if starting a blog is right for you? Here’s 5 reasons why starting a blog is great for small business.

Good luck and happy blogging!

Hey there, we're a creative duo based in Adelaide with a passion for all things food. We provide photography, graphic and web design for small to medium businesses in Adelaide and beyond. In our spare time, we enjoy hiking, exploring, reading, writing and brewing each other ridiculously good coffees.

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