How to Make a Post Sticky in WordPress 2.7

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A sticky post in WordPress is one that stays at the top of the page no matter what gets posted after that. This is useful for a post that you want to highlight or for an announcement.

Way back the best way to make a post sticky was to fudge with the date – I would make it a date way in the future so it would stay the top post.

Then the WP-Sticky plugin was created, which allowed me to make a post sticky and gave me some control over styling. For example, if the sticky post is an announcement, I don’t want the date to be included because then it looks like a regular post.

Fast forward to now with WordPress 2.7 and the ability to make a post sticky is built right in. Of course, once I upgraded to 2.7 I couldn’t find where the setting was. I figured that maybe I wasn’t the only one who couldn’t find it so here we are with this article.

On the right hand side of the Posts (Edit and Add New) the top block is called Publish. The second section of Publish is Visibility. If you click on the linked Edit button, you will then see the checkbox for “Stick this post to the front page”.


But the sticky post isn’t showing up as sticky? How do I fix that? That will be the topic of my next post. Oh, you want to know how to style it too? Well, you’re in luck – I’m going to discuss that this week too.

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  1. says

    This is exactly what I need – I am trying to figure out how to have the first thing visitors see when they first hit my URL be a good overview of all the different places you can go (forums, different categories in my blogs, etc)

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  2. says

    Bummer! I would miss that feature as I am yet to upgrade. Looks like 2.7 has added a lot of little useful features.

    On the other hand, I am apprehencive of these little changse affecting theme developers to focus on micro aspects of the WP data model. I still feel that WP needs to get more organized in terms of their release plans and roll out new features only in big annual releases.

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  3. says

    @Dave – Hmm … lazy huh?

    @Jim – Thanks and LOL

    @Shirley – Oh good – I’m glad I’m not the only one who couldn’t locate the setting ;-)

    @Tracy – That sounds like a great use of the sticky post feature.

    @Ajith – So far, I really like 2.7 Sticky post is just one of the new features.

    @Tawnya – Thanks. And I haven’t had any problems with any of the 2.7 upgrades that I’ve done (so far).

    @Vered – Yeah, I can’t think of a reason to use sticky posts on your site. More people need you minimalist approach to blogging :-)

  4. says

    Once again you deliver what I was lookin’ fer. I know there have been times in the past where this little tip would have been very helpful.

    Truthfully, I use 2.7 on my most recent niche site, but I’ve not upgraded on TM yet ’cause I’m a scared…



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  5. says

    @Carla – We used to need a plugin for this but not with 2.7

    @Raju – Thanks! I hope it ends up being helpful.

    @George – I know! I upgraded all my sites way before I did this one.

  6. says

    @Dee – Thanks! I had the opposite problem – I knew the feature was included but didn’t know where the setting was ;-)

    @Ari – Well, any theme can have edits made to it’s styling although Thesis does handle that differently.

    I think sticky posts work better on some sites than others. If it is styled differently, if won’t look like a regular post and can be used for announcements or something like that. For example, say I was going to run a special discount – I could make that information sticky so it would always be seen while the special was being run.

  7. says

    Very interesting. I didn’t even notice that. Might be useful for sites that aren’t suitable for children. I could probably think of other uses, but I’ll wait until I need it. The sticky buns look delicious.

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  8. says

    @Dot – I can’t think of too many uses for it actually – I think others have more creative ideas than I do.

    @Jannie – Thanks – I just spend a lot of time researching. There’s a lot I know absolutely nothing about ;-)

  9. says

    I heard about this too but I’ve yet to upgrade to v2.7 that allows this as I am comfortable with my present v2.6. Besides I read that someone who did, found many problems with v2.7 and had to downgrade to the older version. I think I’ll pass for now but will keep it in mind.

    • says

      Hi – I haven’t heard of too many problems after upgrading to 2.7. That’s the best thing about having a backup – can always downgrade if there is a problem.

  10. says

    Thank you! I wasted a ton of time today trying to figure this out. I should have just googled it from the beginning. I have 2 sites I now have to go re-edit.

  11. says

    Hi Kim,

    In the most recent version of WordPress you can now just use “quick edit” and there is a checkbox to “make this post sticky.” Super quick and easy.

    Thanks for posting this – wasn’t sure what it meant but now I do.
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  12. says

    Hey there,

    Is it possible to make the second post sticky? That way a new post will always be at the top of the page, which makes the site look fresher.
    Thanks in advance

  13. says

    Awesome – your post might be from more than a year ago, but it sure remains current. I just updated my WP to 3.0 and the sticky feature is still where you said it is.

  14. says

    Excellent information, I was pulling my hair out looking for this.

    I’m using WordPress 3.0 and it works the same as in your post.

    Many thanks.

  15. says

    Yes, I agree with others, still very relevant today with version 3.0. Thanks for this info.

    But one silly question: I want to make a post sticky, but for only 1 or two weeks. It’s for a donation drive, and once the campaign ends, I want the post no longer sticky. Is it as simple as just unchecking the box afterward?
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    • says

      Hi Shelia – That’s exactly right :-) I’ve done that for contests in the past – when the contest is over, I uncheck the sticky and the post is no longer on top.

  16. says

    Hello Kim,

    You have some very detailed info on WordPress here at this site…thanks! Quick question on the “sticky post” feature of WordPress. While the whole issue of duplicate content is certainly overblown, Google has said that they don’t want to see duplicate content between multiple pages on the same domain. That being the case, isn’t this essentially what happens when utilizing this feature of WordPress? i.e., let’s say I create a post called “Welcome” and set it to be sticky so that it also appears on my home page. Wouldn’t Google then find the exact same content at both as well as Is it a “best practice” to set the “/welcome” post to noindex/nofollow?

    Appreciate your thoughts on this!


    – Dave

    • says

      Hi Dave – Don’t the posts on the front page always duplicate the content on the single post page whether the post is sticky or not? I use excerpts on the front page so the content isn’t identical to the single post.

      • says

        That’s a good point, Kim, however if not using a sticky the content on the index page is (usually) fairly dynamic. Excerpts are safe, I’m sure, that sounds like a good strategy. Either way, think I will test this out and measure the results. Thanks for your input! :)


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