The sticky post option is built into the default Post Editor and gives authors the ability to “stick the post to the front page.”
By default, WordPress displays your posts in reverse chronological order with the most recent post being displayed at the top. However, if you have a featured article and would like it to maintain its position at the top of your blog your page, just make it a sticky post.
This feature is quite handy and sooner or later you’ll likely find yourself taking advantage of this option. In this article, we’ll walk you through the steps to create and remove the sticky post option to your WordPress posts.
How to Make a Post Stick
Creating a sticky post is very simple and can be done through the default WordPress Post Editor.
Start by logging into the admin area of your WordPress site and selecting Posts > All Posts from the navigation menu.
Open up the post you would like to make a sticky post by clicking on the post title.
In the Publish box, you find three publishing options, namely Status, Visibility, and Date of Publication.
Click on the Edit link located next to the Visibility: Public option.
Here you will find the option to “stick this post to the front page”. Check the box to make it a sticky post. Upon publishing this post, it will now appear at the top of your blog page.
How to Remove the Sticky Post Option
There are two simple methods of removing the sticky post option from your published article. The first option is essentially the opposite of what you did to make the post sticky. Select Posts > All Posts, click on the post you want to unstick, then uncheck the “stick this post to the front page” option under the Visibility option located in the Publish box.
The second option is much quicker and can be done through the quick edit feature found underneath the post title in your All Posts page.
First, you’ll need to locate your sticky post. You can easily locate your sticky posts by clicking on the “Sticky” link found in the filter options located at the top of your All Posts page. This will filter your articles and only display Sticky Posts (yes, you can have more than one).
To disable the sticky post option from the All Posts menu, hover your mouse over the title of the sticky post and a drop down menu will appear.
Click on the Quick Edit link and uncheck the “Make this post sticky” box located on the far right. Don’t forget to save your changes by clicking the update button.
Once you remove the sticky post option the post will be displayed on your archived posts page in its respective location, that is, based on its original date of publication.
Advanced Options for Sticky Posts
It’s important to note that there aren’t any built-in options for sticky posts other than enabling it, thus sticking the post to the front page, or disabling it thereby returning to the post to its original location in the date-ordered string of posts.
Otherwise put, you must always manually remove the “stick this post to the front page” option to take it down. Sucks right? Not necessarily, there are other options.
Time and time again we find solutions that enhance the built-in features of WordPress through plugins. In many cases where basic functions or features are missing from the core software, you can find plugin solutions that extend and expand the functionality of your site.
As for advanced options for sticky posts, WordPress Plugin developers have done just that. Interested in adding advanced functionality to sticky posts? Check out our list of Advanced Plugins for Sticky Posts.
If you’re brand new to WordPress, check out our Installing Plugins video tutorial to learn more about plugins and how to install and activate them on your WordPress account.
We hope this article provided you with additional insight on how to take advantage of the built-in Sticky Post feature.