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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 customizable options for publishing your post, such as adding Tags to entry or selecting whether or not comments are allowed on your post.


Post Editor

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

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The publish module includes your Post Status, Post Visibility, and when your post was published.

Publish Module

The Post Status shows whether a post is published or unpublished.

Publish Module Status

  • Published – The post has been published on your blog for all to see.
  • Scheduled – When the post’s timestamp is set in the future for automatic publishing. See Schedule a Post for more information.
  • 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.
  • Draft – An unpublished post. The post will not be visible to readers until the post is published.

You can learn more about changing your Post Visibility, including password protecting a post, here. You can also schedule a post by following this guide.

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Post Title and Permalink URL

The Title and URL of a post are related by default. When you initially type the title of your post, the post slug (used in the permalink/URL) is automatically created.

Post Title

The post slug is the part of the URL after the date in a post’s URL. When the default post slug is created, all letters will be converted to lowercase, spaces will be exchanged with dashes, and any special characters will be removed.

You can modify the post slug by clicking the Edit button next to it. When you’re finished editing, click OK. After you are done making your changes don’t forget to click the Update button to update the post and save these changes.

Post Slug

This is especially handy if, for example, your page title is very long, but you would like a URL that people can remember more easily.

If your language uses a non-western character set, long post titles can break post slugs. To fix that, shorten the post slug to a single word.

Keep in mind that only the post slug can be changed. You cannot change any other part of the url such as removing the date.

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Post Format

Post Format

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 formatting options here.

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Tags and Categories

Category and Tag modules

Tags and categories allow you to group your posts together and take advantage of our Topics pages to connect with the WordPress.com community. 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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Writing Helper

Writing Helper

The Writing Helper helps you to finish your posts with our Copy a Post and Request Feedback tools.

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The Discussion module is used to turn the discussion options on/off for the post. There are checkboxes for:

If you want to set the defaults for these checkboxes, you can do so in the Discussion Settings of the blog.

Discussion Module

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If you are editing a previously published post, the Comments module shows any comments for the post.

Comments Module

For more information about working with the comments in this module, please see Discussion Module Comments.

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Likes and Shares

Likes and Shares Module

The Likes and Shares module is where you can enable or disable the Like button or Sharing buttons on your individual post. For information on modifying and activating your Sharing buttons, please visit your Settings > Sharing page.

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Post Author

Author Module

The Author module is used to change the author of a post. To change a post’s author, use the dropdown menu to select the new author and click Update or Publish to save the changes.

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Excerpt Module

Some themes support using Excerpts, or summaries, of your post. To learn more about adding excerpts to your site, head on over here.

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Send Trackbacks Module

Trackbacks are a way of letting other bloggers know when you’ve linked to their site. This happens automatically between WordPress.com blogs. To learn how to send trackbacks to other blogs, please visit our support page on Trackbacks.

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If you’re missing one of the modules listed above on your New Post or Edit Post page, you may need to enable it in your Screen Options settings. This guide explains how to enable and disable the modules on your New Post page.

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