There are two ways to create a post on WordPress.com:
- The first, more full-featured way is the “Add New” button that can be found via Dashboard -> Posts. A tutorial for this method can be found here.
- The second, simplified method is via the New Post button on the top right of your WordPress.com homepage. This support page is a walkthrough for this method.
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Upon clicking the New Post button, you may briefly see this message as you wait for the editor to load:
The Editor is where you type the content for your post. For more detailed description, see this guide to the full featured editor – keeping in mind that some features in it are not available for simplified editor covered here.
On the right you will may notice a column of boxes, also known as “modules”. These modules offer customizable options for publishing your post including:
The Status module lets you choose whether you’d like to create a public post (Publish), a private draft, or a post to be reviewed by someone else.
The Publish module lets you set when you’d like the post to be made public. See Schedule a Post for more information.
The Sharing module allows you automatically share your post on social media. See Setting Up Publicize for more information.
Tags & Categories
The Tags and Categories module helps you group your posts by theme or keyword. You can learn more about adding tags and categories to your posts here. For more information on the difference between tags and categories, take a look at our Categories vs. Tags support page.
The Location module attaches a physical location to your post. For more information on this, check out the Geotagging support page.
A featured image represents the contents, mood, or theme of a post. For an in-depth description, see the Featured Images page.
Excerpts are brief summaries of your post that may be displayed on your homepage, RSS feed, or archives page – depending on your theme. See the Excerpts page for more.
This final module allows you to customize various settings:
- Slug – A slug is a series of words at the end of a URL that help search engines identify its contents. By default a post’s slug is its title after all letters are converted to lowercase, spaces exchanged with dashes, and any special characters removed. For example, a post title of “Hello World” would have a URL of: http://example.wordpress.com/2014/08/05/hello-world/
- Author – The person to which the post will be attributed.
- Post Format – Only for themes that support post formats – learn more about formatting options here.
- Visibility – Determines whether the post should be public, password protected, or private (only visible to Editors and Admins). Learn more about post visibility here.