How to Add or Write New Posts – Fields Explained

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  1. In order to add a new post to your website follow the next steps:
  2. Log in to your WordPress Dashboard.
  3. Click the Posts tab.
  4. Click the Add New Tab
  5. Enter a post title and start writing the post in the post body.
  6. Select a category, add tags, and make other preferred selections.
  7. When you are finished, click Publish.

Descriptions of Post Fields

Hidden Fields

As of WordPress 3.1. some fields we will discuss in the following may be hidden on your current screen. Please have a look at your Screen Options (found on top right of screen) and check all boxes in order to see all areas discussed in this tutorial.



The title of your post can utilize regular lettering as well as numbers. In addition, you can use commas, apostrophes, quotes, hyphens/dashes, and other symbols.

Post Body
The blank box below the title is where you enter your post body, links, images etc. You have the option to use either the Visual or the HTML view to write and format your posts.



The post body can be viewed in either in the visual editor or the html editor.The visual editor allows you to see your post as is in the WYSIWYG mode whereas the HTML editor shows you the actual code.

Styling text can be done by using the editing bar right above the text body. Clicking on the Kitchen Sink will also add another text editor bar that will allow you to style your post content as desired.

Preview button
Allows you to preview the post before publishing it.

Publish box
The publish box shows your current post status. The main states are explained as follows:

  • Published: The post has been published on your blog for all to see.
  • Pending Review: The draft is waiting for a review by an editor in order to be published.
  • Draft: The post has not been published.

In order to select a specific publish status click on the desired status and update your post or click the Publish button. WordPress also allows you to schedule a post for publication on a future time/date. In order to do so, click “Edit” in the Publish area next to the words “Publish immediately” and set a time and date for your post. In addition, you can also back-date posts by changing the publish date to a date in the past.

The visibility determines the appearance of your post to the world.

  • Public posts: Visibility to all website visitors after publication.
  • Password Protected: Visitors must know the password to view the content of the post.
  • Private posts: Visibility is restricted to you and to other editors/admins within your site only.

This button allows you to save your post as a draft or pending review and return to your post at a later point.

Clicking this button publishes your post on the site.

Post Tags
In order to add new tags to your post type the tag name into the box and click Add.

This section allows you to choose which category to place the post into. You may select more than one category for a post.

The Excerpt is optional but serves as a post teaser and is featured on the front page of your site as well as on the archives. If you choose to leave this field blank, the excerpt will simply grab the first words of the post body.

Send Trackbacks
Trackbacks are a system that allow you to notify outside blogs that you have linked to them. Linking to other WordPress blogs works through pingbacks as they will be notified automatically.

Custom Fields
Our themes have a variety of Custom_Fields in order to add videos or other functionalities to your posts.

This section contains two check boxes. The first one Allow Comments controls whether commenting on the post will be granted. The second one determines whether pingbacks and trackbacks are allowed for the specific post.


Post Author
You can determine a specific author for each of your post by selecting a name from the provided drop down list. Your authors are essentially your users and can be modified in the respective Users section of the WordPress dashboard.