Writing & Editing

New Post Screen

When creating a new post on WordPress.com, you’ll see a space for entering your content, along with a variety of boxes with other settings and options, known as “modules.” These modules help you customize your post — you can schedule it, add tags or a featured image, decide whether to allow comments on the post, and more.

post edit screen


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The Editor is where you type the title and content of your post. For more information on using your editor, please see this guide.

You can also edit your post’s URL and change the post’s visibility settings from this pane. To edit the URL, click the link symbol next to the post title:

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To configure the visibility settings, click the eye symbol in the upper right corner:

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The publish module shows you the post’s status, and lets you publish the post or schedule it to publish on a future date and time:

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Your post will have one of a few different statuses, depending on whether you’ve published it:

  • Published – The post 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  • Draft – An unpublished post.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 – The post’s timestamp is set in the future, and it will publish at that time. See Schedule a Post for more information.

Click on the down arrow next to the post’s status to reveal all the available details and options:

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You can also choose to make the post “sticky,” or see all its revisions.  Learn more about Sticky Posts.

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Tags and Categories

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Tags and categories allow you to group your posts together and take advantage of the WordPress.com Reader, which lets people browse all public posts on WordPress.com by tag. To add a category, click “Add a New Category.” To add a tag, put your cursor in the box under “Tags,” type in your tag, and press the enter/return key on your keyboard.

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.

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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.

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The Sharing module lets you customize your Publicize settings and decide whether to display Like and Sharing button on the post.  (Likes and Sharing buttons are enabled by default.)

If you don’t already have Publicize configured, you’ll see a message prompting you to connect a service (Facebook, Twitter, etc). Click “Connect New Service” to head to the Publicize settings.

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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.

To modify Sharing buttons generally, visit your My Site> Sharing page.

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Post Formats

If your theme supports post formats, you’ll be able to select which format you’d like to use the post.

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Learn more about post formats.

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More Options

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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 if your language uses a non-western character set that breaks your post slugs. You can also do this in the main editing panel, as described above.


Some themes support using Excerpts, or summaries, of your post. To learn more about adding excerpts to your site, visit the Excerpts 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.


The Discussion module is used to turn the discussion options on/off for the post. There are checkboxes for allowing comments on this post and allowing trackbacks and pingbacks on this post



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