How to publish WordPress post Different ways

When you complete creating WordPress post, it is time to Publish it or Schedule to be published on next fixed date.

Publish‘ button is on upper-right side of the Editor’s screen. So, click ‘Publish‘ and your post will turn published and it will be listed under Published tab on Post widow of WordPress Dashboard.

But this is not the only fact. It is essential that you settle some Setting and Customization options before you hit the Publish.

Options relating to ‘Publish’ are at the right panel in both Classic and Block Editor. These options are almost the same in both of them.

However, in this tutorial, we’re going to emphasize on the Publishing options with Block editor. It is expected that this will also cover up the Classic Editors’.

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Factors regarding publishing WordPress posts

Publish WordPress posts

At this stage, we’re going to focus on the following option topics that are closely related with Publishing-

  • Status
  • Visibility
  • Permalink
  • Categories
  • Tags

Let’s get clarified-

In this stage, simply head over to right-panel of the Block Editor’s screen. You find the most important publishing options above which are (left to right)-

  • Save Draft/Switch to Draft
  • Preview
  • Publish/Schedule/Update
  • (Setting icon)
  • Three-dot menu

If you click the Setting icon (if it is not already selected), you find two options- Post/Document and Block.

Under Post/Document, there are the Publishing options- Status and Visibility, Permalink, Categories, Tags along with other options (see figure 1 & 2).

WordPress publishing options 1


Status simply means status of the post. This means whether the post is in Draft state or Published or Scheduled or Privately published.

When you first Add a new post, it is opened in Draft state. On completion of the draft, you might want to Publish it, just click the Publish (third menu above) button, it will assume Published status and you’ll see the Update button in the place of Publish and Switch to Draft button in place of Save Draft.

However, if you like to Schedule the drafted post to be published on next fixed-up date, just fix the date by clicking on displayed date on right of Publish under Status and Visibility (see right part of figure 1).

After you complete fixing up date, click outside the date-fixing window. Now you see Schedule button in the place of Publish button. So, click schedule, your post will be waiting in the posting queue to be published on the defined date.


You see two options under Status and Visibility. They’re Visibility and Publish.

Visibility simply means what way your post can be visible to users.

Click Visibility and you see three options- Public, Private, Password Protected (left side of figure 1).

First one Public is default option. If you simply publish a post, it will be publicly visible.

If you choose the second option ‘Private‘, it will be visible only to the site Admin and Editors.

Again, if you like to protect your post with Password, do the followings-

  • Select the third option (Password Protected). You will see a text field to input Password asking you ‘Use a secure Password‘.
  • Give a password as you like in this field.
  • Click outside the post visibility window. Now if you publish this post, it will turn password-protected and will show ‘Password protected‘ next to Visibility.

. In this case, anybody can reach your post by using your defined password.


Permalink is the describable Post-specific part of the URL. Before publishing a post, you can fix your own permalink for a definite post. Otherwise, system will fix one by following your post title. It is wise to fix a Permalink that is easy to pronounce, sounds fine, closely related with post subject-matter and short.

To set the Permalink, click Permalink under Post/Document from the right panel. It is necessary that you use only the lower case without space and use a hyphen (-) between words to set a Permalink (see upper part of figure 2).

A good example of setting permalink might be the one used for the present post. Notice the bold part of the example below

WordPress publishing options 2


Before you hit ‘Publish‘ button, it is essential that you fix the Category of the post (see middle part of figure 2).

When you click Category under Post/Document, you see the list of all the categories and Subcategories you created previously. From here choose one or more by ticking-out the box/es left to category name.

If your intended category isn’t listed here or you didn’t create it at all, you do it here. For this, click ‘Add New Category‘ link below the list. A text field for naming the Category and Parent Category will appear.

When you finish inputting category name, put the cursor on the text field and click Enter. Your created category will be shown ticked-out in the list.


Adding the Post Tags (post subject-related keywords) on the tag field had been being practiced by the webmasters assuming it to add value to SEO though Google is always announcing that Keywords would carry no weight in SEO’s question. However, you can still do the same as others do.

To add Tags for your post, do the followings (see lower part of figure 2)-

  • Click Add New Tag option under Post/Document.
  • On the Text field, input your Keywords. Separate each with comma, or, press Enter after each completes.

When you finish all the Configuration and Customization clarified above, you can attempt to Hit Publish or Schedule button to finish your posting activities.

Hope, you acquired a lucid understanding of how to publish WordPress post different ways in different situations.

If you encounter any difficulties or challenges in putting the methods in action, feel free to comment.