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Magic Moment: How to make your posts sticky

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Have you noticed that some posts seem to be permanently placed at the top of the blog page, and newer posts are forced to appear beneath it? This is because they have been ‘stuck’ there, a phenomenon that is not confined to blogging, but can be found in Facebook and similar social media platforms.

It is very easy to make your posts ‘sticky’, it just requires ticking a certain box. But unfortunately the duration of this ‘stickiness’ cannot be scheduled or automated, it does require a manual action by the blogger to activate and deactivate it.

Public publishing optionsIn the page where you write your posts, you will be familiar with the menu for saving, previewing and publishing (located top right).

Click on the Edit link after ‘Visibility: Public‘ and the menu will extend downwards, revealing more options. This Publish menu has many exciting things hiding in it!

Below the default checked ‘Public’ button an indented box will have appeared marked ‘Stick this post to the front page’.

When you click in the box a tick will appear, which means the post you are currently writing will be placed at the top of your post hierarchical system when it is published.

When you don’t want your post to be ‘sticky’ any more, this can be simply cancelled by clicking on the same ticked box again to make the tick disappear, and then update your post. It’s as simple as that!

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Alice Elliott writes the award winning Fairy Blog Mother blog for beginner and post-beginner bloggers to “explain things really simply” about blogging and WordPress. She provides simple, easy to understand, highly visual courses and tutorials using ordinary, everyday words. Visit her new Beginner Bloggers blog to find her latest learning resources.
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  • Thanks for the info. I had seen that option, but wasn’t exactly sure what it was…

  • Bridget says:

    I just wanted to say I love your blog and as a newbie to self-hosting, I really appreciated this tip about creating ‘sticky’ posts. I look forward to reading more …

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