Writing & Editing

Post Visibility

The Visibility module is used to set who can read the post.

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  • Public – The post will be visible to everyone.
  • Private – The post will be visible only 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.
  • Password Protected -The post will be protected with a password you choose. Only those with the password can view this post.

Additional notes:

  • if you have enabled the option to Follow Comments in Settings > Discussion, the option is disabled for password protected and private posts.
  • Keep in mind that if you’d like to password protect the majority — or all — of your posts, and you might want to change all of them to Public in the future, you’ll need to update each post one at a time as there currently isn’t a way to bulk edit multiple posts to switch from Password Protected to Public. Instead, the best way to go about this is to set your blog to Private.

Sticky Posts

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By default, WordPress.com blogs display posts in reverse chronological order on the home page with the latest post at the top. There isn’t a way to display posts in chronological order, but you can mark some posts as Sticky to make them appear above the other posts. They will stay at the top of your posts until you uncheck that option on the Edit screen for that post.

You can mark a post as sticky by checking the option that says “Stick to the front page” on any post. To access this option, click the status of your post (New Draft in this screenshot) to open the panel with additional options.

Sticky posts appear highlighted in some way, depending on the theme you’re using. Usually Sticky posts display a colored background behind the title.

Generally, the Sticky option is only used for one or two posts on a blog. It should not be used for every post. Be sure to uncheck the Sticky option on that post to move it back to its place in chronological order.

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