A Quick Guide to Creating Sticky Posts in WordPress

Creating Sticky Posts in WordPress is a very important part of blogging, for some. This type of post can provide a few benefits for your website. Not only will you be able to keep your most important posts showing up first in your feed, but you can also create better SEO with sticky posts.

Beginners often don’t understand what stick posts are or how they work. Discovering how to use sticky posts will help you to provide a better blogging experience and many other benefits of your blog and your readers. It’s a very easy process, for sure. Here’s how you create a sticky post.

Creating a Sticky Post in WordPress

First, you will need to go to Post >> Add New and create your posts as you would normally. This same screen will allow you to create a sticky post. This section is found under the “Publish” section. Simply check the “Stick this post to the front page” option and publish your posts.

WordPress Sticky Post

Now you have a sticky post that will show up first on your blog page.

You can also make a sticky post from the “Quick Edit” option under the post. This is found by going to Posts >> All Posts and finding the “Quick Edit” option. Click on this option and you will be able to check the box called “Make this post sticky” to create your sticky post.

Quick Edit Sticky Post

Why Should You Use a Sticky Post in WordPress?

There are a few good reasons for using sticky posts in WordPress. If you want to welcome your visitors with a specific article or post, this is a great way to make sure that happens. Since your sticky post won’t get bumped down the page, you welcome any visitor you want with the post of your choice.

You should limit yourself to only one or two sticky posts, however. If you create too many sticky posts, it won’t help your website much. This can actually drive away readers, so keep it limited.

Now you know how to use sticky posts within WordPress. If you want to welcome your visitors or feature a specific article for a certain amount of time, sticky posts can help you do this exactly.

3 Responses to A Quick Guide to Creating Sticky Posts in WordPress

  1. Emi

    This will likely be a dumb question, but I’m a newbie. If I want a post to be sticky for a limited time, is there a way to set an expiration date? Or do I just need to manually make it “un-sticky” on a certain date?

    • Stephanie Schoolfield

      Great question! There’s a very old plugin that people used for this:
      https://wordpress.org/plugins/cron-unsticky-posts/
      It uses the wp-cron script to trigger removing the sticky attribute from a post. However, it hasn’t been updated in years and is only guaranteed to be supported up to wordpress version 2.8. I’m going to ask one of our authors if they have any other plugins they can suggest for this.

    • Stephanie Schoolfield

      Personally, I prefer to do it manually, but this plugin can also do it:

      Hasn’t been updated in a little while, but as far as I know it will work with newer versions of wordpress – http://wordpress.org/plugins/content-scheduler/

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