New Post Screen
When creating a new post on WordPress.com, you may notice that you have a variety of boxes, also known as “modules.” These modules offer options for customizing your post, like adding tags or a featured image or deciding whether to allow comments on the post.
The Editor is where you type the content of your post. For more information on using your editor, please see this guide.
The publish module shows you the post’s status and publication time, and lets you schedule a post to publish on a future date and time:
Your post will have one of a few different statuses, depending on whether you’ve published it:
- Publish Immediately / Published – The post will be published as soon as you click the “Publish” button, or has already been published on your blog for all to see.
- Draft – An unpublished post. The post will not be visible to readers until the post is published.
- Pending Review – The post has been submitted by a Contributor. It must be published by an Editor or Administrator before it is visible to blog readers.
- Scheduled – When the post’s timestamp is set in the future for automatic publishing. See Schedule a Post for more information.
Tags and Categories
Tags and categories allow you to group your posts together and take advantage of the WordPress.com Reader, which allows people to browse all posts by tag, to connect with the WordPress.com community. To add a tag or category, put your cursor into the appropriate box, type in a word or phrase, and hit the enter/return key on yoru keyboard.
Click Set featured image and follow the on-screen prompts to upload an image or select an image already in your media library as the post’s featured image. To learn more about featured images and why you might want to use them, visit the Featured Images support page.
The Sharing module lets you customize your Publicize settings. If you don’t already have Publicize configured, you’ll see a message prompting you to connect a service (Facebook, Twitter, etc). Click the plus sign to head to the Publicize settings.
If you’ve already connected one or more services via Publicize, you’ll be able to select which services you’d like to send the post to and customize the message that appears:
To learn more, visit the Publicize support page.
WordPress.com allows you to geotag your posts and pages, which means you can attach a physical location to them. Geotagging comes in handy for posts about a particular location. Use this module to search for and set a location. To learn more, visit the Geotagging support page.
Some themes support using Excerpts, or summaries, of your post. To learn more about adding excerpts to your site, visit the Excerpts support page.
The post slug is the part of the URL after the date in a post’s URL. WordPress.com creates a default slug from your post’s title, converting all letters to lowercase, changing spaces to dashes, and removing any special characters.
Use this field to customize the default slug.This is especially handy if your page title is long but you’d like an easy-t0-remember URL, or f your language uses a non-western character set that breaks your post slugs.
This shows who the author of the post is. On a multi-author blog, use the drop-down menu to choose from among all the blog’s users.
For themes that support post formats, you have the ability to select which format you’d like to use for each post. Learn more about post formats.
You can set each post as public, protected, or private:
- Public – The post will be visible to everyone.
- Protected – The post is protected with a password you set. Any user that has the password can view a protected post.
- Private – Posts are only visible to blog Editors and Administrators. Private posts are not visible in the Reader, feeds, or in any search. A post can be private without being password protected.
The post will be “stuck” to the top of the blog’s front page. Learn more about Sticky Posts.
Likes & Shares
The Likes and Shares module is where you can enable or disable the Like button or Sharing buttons on the individual post. To modify Sharing buttons generally, visit your My Site> Sharing page.
Follow the displayed instructions to add a WordPress Post button to your broswer’s bookmark bar. The button lets you quickly create a new post draft with highlighted text from any web page. Learn more about the bookmarklet.