How To Create a WordPress Post In 4 Easy Steps

Posting content using WordPress is very easy. Basically, if you can write an email or use Microsoft Word, you will already know enough to create a basic post. Let’s look at how the process works, step-by-step.

Step 1: Log In to WordPress

First, log in to WordPress at either or Use the username and password you created during the installation process.

The WordPress login screen

You will now see the WordPress Dashboard.

The WordPress Dashboard

Step 2: Create a Simple Text Post

Move your mouse pointer to “Posts”. A sub-menu will appear. Click on “Add New”.

Add a new post

Now you will see the WordPress post editor. This is where you create, publish and organize posts.

The WordPress Post Editor

Let’s create a simple text post to get started. Simply type (or paste) in your article or blog post.

A post in the WordPress Editor

You can change the formatting of your text by clicking on it and using the icons that appear. It works just like in a Word processor or email program.

The WordPress Editor Paragraph Block Toolbar

The WordPress editor is based on “blocks”, which are pieces of content that you can edit and move around. There are lots of blocks available for different content types. For this tutorial we will stick to the basic paragraph/text block.

Now that you have created a simple post, you need to assign it to a category. This helps visitors find the posts they are interested in. Click on the “Post” tab and then under “Categories” click on “Add New Category”. Type in the name of the category, then click on “Add New Category”.

Adding a new category

After placing your post into a category, you need to add a few tags to it. Tags help your visitors quickly find related content on your blog. Under “Tags”, just type in a few words and phrases related to your post (separated by commas), then click on “Add”.

Adding tags to a WordPress post

Step 3: Add An Image And A Link To Your Post

Next, let’s add an image to your post. Place your cursor next to your title and hit return. You will now be able to choose a new block to add to your page, either by hitting the “/” key or by clicking on the black plus icon.

A new menu will appear showing you the available blocks that you can add to your post. Click on “Image”.

A message will appear asking where you want to get your image from. Choose “Upload” to continue. Then select an image on your computer and upload it to your post.

The image will now appear in your post and be added to the WordPress media library.

An image is added to the WordPress post

Now you should add a caption and alt text to your image. A caption is a brief note related to the image that will appear below it. The alt text is a description of your image that is used by screen readers and search engines or when the image can’t be displayed for some reason. Click on the image. On the image toolbar that appears, click on the “Add caption” icon (a square with three dots inside) and then write a brief description below the image.

Adding a caption to an image

On the right of your screen, look under Block > Image > Settings. In the field below “Alternative Text” write another brief description of your image (this will be used as the alt text).

Adding a caption to an image

Now, let’s add a link to your post. First, select the text that you want to turn into a link with your mouse (left click and drag).

Selecting text to turn into a link

Then, click on this icon in the toolbar that appears above the selected text:

Now just type in the URL you want to link to and hit return.

Adding a link

You have now created your first link.

Step 4: Publish Your Post

Your first post is now ready! Click on “Publish”.

Publishing a WordPress post

A message will appear telling you that your post has been published. Click on “View post” to see it.

Viewing a WordPress Post after publishing
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