If you’ve found your way here looking for anything to do with fence posts and adhesive, sorry. I have mislead you. The title made me laugh so I ran with it. If you’re here looking for how to make a WordPress post stay at the top of your blog’s page, you’re in the right spot. Today we’ll take a look at how to make a WordPress sticky post and some neat things you can do with them. For the rest of you, I hope you find what you’re looking for- it’s a big internet out there! 🙂
What is a Sticky Post?
It’s a post that sticks to the top of your main page, or the page(s) where your blog posts live. They’ve been around since the early days of the internet residing on forums and message boards. Typically they’re used to raise the visibility of important news or announcements, but they can be put to work for different uses.
Publish one main post ever so often with some supporting posts in between? Sticky the main one! Big news you want to raise visibility for? Sticky it. Featured post that you want to stick around for a while? Sticky. Post frequently but have something ever so often you want to draw special attention to without it rolling down the page? Sticky post. There are certainly more uses, just use your imagination!
How Do I Make a WordPress Sticky Post?
It’s pretty simple. I’ve popped open a sample post below. Find the Publish box to the right of the text editor, and click Edit next to Visibility. That opens the sticky post option, “Stick this post to the front page”, which you can see below:
Just click that option, and your post will stick to the top of your blog roll!
Neat Things to do with a WordPress Sticky Post
The WordPress sticky post feature is pretty basic and straight forward, as you can see now. Tell the post to be sticky and it stick to the top of its page. Doesn’t get simpler than that. Because this is WordPress though, the community at large has come up with some other pretty cool things you can do with your sticky posts. Let’s check ’em out!
Set an Expiration Date for Your Sticky Posts
You probably don’t want that sticky post to stay up there forever, right? After it’s been there a couple weeks though it’s probably going to slip your mind and outstay its welcome. See that this doesn’t happen with Expire Sticky Posts, a plugin that doesn’t need a whole lot of explanation. It lets you set an expiration date for your WordPress sticky post so that you can stick it and forget it!
Set Sticky Posts by Category
Maybe you don’t want a particular sticky post sticking to the top of every page. You can set sticky posts by category with Category Sticky Post! With this enabled, you have the added feature of choosing which category you want the sticky to display for, and the post will only display on that category page.
Set Sticky Posts by Custom Post Types
If you’re using custom post types, you may want to have a sticky that shows for only a specific custom post type. There’s a plugin for that too!
If you really want to, sure. Sticky Menu (or Anything!) On Scroll isn’t technically for sticky posts, and you probably wouldn’t want to sticky a whole post with this. What’s it doing here, then? It’s sticky! It lets you make pretty much any element on a page stick to the top of the page as the user scrolls down. Consider it your bonus feature for the day!
That’s your how-to for making a WordPress Sticky Post! If you have any questions feel free to leave them below in the comments. If you know of any other cool things you can do with sticky posts, please share! Hope you found something useful and happy blogging!