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Using Sticky Posts in WordPress

This article provides information on how to create a sticky post in WordPress and in what situations you should consider using them. It also covers the pros and cons of using sticky posts. If you are unfamiliar with what a sticky post is, it is simply a post that will always appear at the top of the front page of your blog. WordPress posts are displayed in reverse chronological order by default. So sticky posts provide a way to stick a post at the top of the front page even if it is not the newest post.

This article assumes that you already know how to edit a post. If you are unsure of how to edit a post then I recommend reading How to Edit a Post or Page, by Jesse Byars.

How to Create a Sticky Post

Creating a sticky post is very easy. First, you will need to go to the post editor screen of the post that you would like to make sticky. In the upper right section of the screen there is a panel labeled “Publish”. Within this panel you will need to click on the “Edit” button that is next to “Visibility”.

Making sticky post through publish panel

After clicking “Edit”, some options will appear for the visibility settings of your post. It is important to note that the post must be set to “Public” in order to make it sticky. Under the “Public” option, there is a checkbox labeled “Stick this post to the front page”. Check this box and click the OK button. Now the post will become sticky once you update or publish the post.

Making sticky post through publish panel

Another Way to Make a Sticky Post

This method is great for posts that are already published. It provides a quick way of making the post sticky without actually entering the post editor. First, go to your list of posts and hover your cursor over the post that you would like to make sticky. Then click on the “Quick Edit” feature that appears.

Using quick edit to make post sticky

After clicking “Quick Edit”, a panel will appear that allows you to change various setting of a post without actually entering the post editor. To the right side of the panel, there will be a checkbox labelled “Make this post sticky”. Check this box and click update. Now the post will become sticky.

Using quick edit to make post sticky

When to use a Sticky Post

There are a few situations in which you can consider using a sticky post. For example, sticky posts are often used as a way to welcome visitors to your site. Another situation is when you write an article that you feel is particularly important. This is a situation where you can make it sticky for a reasonable period of time. That way it remains easy for readers to find and doesn’t get bumped down the page by newer posts that are less important.

Another situation is when a particular post becomes very popular and creates a lot of traffic and conversation. This is a situation when you can consider making a post sticky. That way it is easy for readers to find the post and it continues to attract new readers and evoke conversation. Then once the traffic slows down, you can simply change the settings so that the post is no longer sticky. It is important to remember that a post will remain sticky until you change its settings.

Pros and Cons of Using Sticky Posts

I have already mentioned some of the advantages of sticky posts. They allow you to feature an important article at the top of your front page and they are easy to find for readers. It is best to limit yourself to one or two sticky posts. If you have too many sticky posts then it will appear as though you haven’t updated your website in a while. The last thing that you want to do is drive away readers by having too many sticky posts.

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8 thoughts on “Using Sticky Posts in WordPress”

  1. Excellent. Interesting that you left the most important reason for sticky posts, the reason they were actually developed: Announcements.

    If there is a major announcement, specifically information about the site or the company being closed for a holiday or emergency, or a change in policies or stock, or some critically important bit of news, the sticky post put the information at the top to keep the site visitors updated the moment they arrive on the front page of the site.

    You mention some of the pros and cons of using sticky posts and I have a few I’d like to add to your list.

    When a web designer does not designate a post as sticky with some visual clue, it just sits there, looking like everything else. If it were an important announcement, it would be important to highlight it visually. I like having that option.

    Featured posts are frequently used by WordPress Themes to designate featured posts or add posts to sliders/carousels, setting the post up within the design in a special way. If you switch Themes, this functionality is gone, and the way one Theme handles sticky posts may be completely different. There are no standards.

    WordPress has done much to make using and managing Sticky Posts easier, but there is no consistency in sticky post behavior across Themes.

    Thanks again for a fantastic tutorial.

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