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How to Make Sticky Posts in WordPress (Quick and Easy)

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Do you want to show your most important posts at the top of your blog page so that people can see them first?

A sticky post will ‘stick’ to the top of your blog page. Even as you publish new articles, this post won’t move down and will always be featured.

In this article, we will show you how to easily make sticky posts in WordPress.

How to make your WordPress posts sticky

What Is a Sticky Post in WordPress?

A sticky post is a post that sticks to the top of your WordPress blog page. Unlike your regular posts, it stays on your blog’s front page until you remove its sticky option.

By default, WordPress shows your newest posts first. As you add more content, your older posts go down and eventually move to the archives.

This means that visitors are less likely to find that blog post unless they land on it in the search results or go looking through all the posts on your WordPress website.

But what if you wanted to show your pillar articles on the front page for a longer time? That’s when the WordPress sticky posts feature comes in handy.

When to Use a WordPress Sticky Post

A sticky post is useful to highlight the important content on your blog. It allows you to feature your best articles on your blog’s front page regardless of their publication date.

There are mainly two types of content that you may want to pin to your blog home page.

1. The Best Content (Pillar Articles) on Your Blog

Pillar articles are the most important content on your website. They include in-depth articles, comprehensive guides, and your most popular posts.

They are the best way to introduce new users to your blog, generate leads, and increase pageviews. You will want to highlight them across your website to make sure that new users can find these articles.

For example, you may have written a comprehensive blog post covering a specific topic in great detail. This article will be highly useful for your users, and you might want to stick it to the top.

2. Critical Content by Time-Relevancy

Another type of post that you may want to make sticky is time-relevant content like product updates, announcements, giveaways, and more.

If you have announced a major product update via your blog, then you will want your users to see it as soon as possible. Similarly, if you are running a giveaway for a month, then you will want everyone to see it before it expires.

Once the post’s time relevancy has expired, you can then replace it with new sticky posts.

Having said that, let’s see how to easily make your posts sticky in WordPress.

How to Make WordPress Posts Sticky (2 Ways)

WordPress comes with built-in functionality to stick any post to the front page, which means you won’t need to install any WordPress plugin for this.

All standard WordPress themes support this feature and will highlight the sticky post on the front page or the blog page.

First, you need to open the block editor and edit the post that you want to make sticky or create a new one.

On the post edit screen, you need to open the right-hand sidebar, where you will see your post settings.

In the ‘Summary’ settings, you just need to check the box next to ‘Stick to the top of the blog’.

Creating a sticky post in the WordPress block editor

Then, make sure to update or publish your post.

That’s it! Your post will now stick to your blog’s front page or homepage until you remove the check.

If you want to make an older post sticky, follow the same steps and just click the ‘Update’ button at the top.

You can also make older posts sticky with the Quick Edit feature.

Simply go to the Posts » All Posts page from your admin area and search for the respective post title. Next, you need to click the ‘Quick Edit’ option below it.

Quick Edit WordPress Post

After that, you will see the quick edit options, including a sticky post checkbox at the bottom on the right side.

You need to check the box and click the ‘Update’ button below.

Make this Post Sticky Option in WordPress

You can also apply this to your unpublished drafts to make them sticky once they are published.

For more tips and tricks related to sticky posts, you can read these guides:

We hope this article helped you to learn how to make sticky posts in WordPress easily. You may also want to see our guide on how to highlight new posts for returning visitors and our expert picks for the best email marketing services to grow your website.

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  2. David Andrew Wiebe says

    Thanks for the tutorial! I had forgotten how to do this and needed a quick refresher. Worked like a charm.

  3. Cheryl Downes says

    My (old) sticky post doesn’t show on the homepage or the category page.
    I’m using the classic editor and followed the steps in the tutorial, but although it says it’s sticky, the behaviour of the post hasn’t changed?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      You may want to reach out to the support for your specific theme to see if your theme has a custom styling that is a bit odd.


  4. Katia says


    Thanks for this info. I am looking for a new way to create a sticky post on a category page, so not on the homepage. I used a plugin for this but I got notified from Wordfence that it hasn’t been updated in 3 years so I better look for another solution. Do you have any suggestion for this?


  5. Brian Cooper says

    well, but, that sticky, will now show up even in Featured Posts Slider, even if you don’t want it there, even if it doesn’t belong there (the post that was made a sticky was not designated as a featured post) so if it’s a note meant to go at the top of one particular category, it now will always show as featured image #1 in the featured posts slider, and #1 in the recents posts, etc…. I don’t suppose there is a way to keep that sticky, just on one particular blog feed category,

  6. Janelle says

    The video on my post does not show up on the home page. Only the title. I made it sticky but it doesn’t play – although it does on the other page. Any ideas?

  7. becca puglisi says

    Hi there. Thank you for this. A question: can I do this for a Draft post, so it will always appear in the top of my Drafts but not actually on my blog itself? I have a template that I use every week, and I always have to scroll down through the posts to find it, so it would be nice for it to be at the top of the page for me to see. But I don’t want my readers to see it because it’s just a draft.


    • Alex Muiruri says

      Yup. Actually, when you make your post sticky, it falls into another category far from the drafts, published, all and Trash. SO it will become easier to find it.

  8. Heather says

    I am trying to sign up for email blog tips but it says I have input my email to many times…one time is all I did to get this

  9. Anto Navis says

    Is there any option to make the sticky post as particular time automatically ..

    Its possible means Please guide me. i like to add the feature on my Tech Info World Blog.

    Thank you !!!

  10. Petrea Dishman says

    THANK YOU! I would never have looked there for that. I was trying to figure out how to use post-class, thanks for the save. It shouldn’t be hidden like in my opinion.

  11. Wunmi says


    Great Post.

    So i tried sticking a post and after a while i “unsticked” the post.

    But then the post seem to have disappeared, i can only see the title and the comments.

    The post content itself is gone. I’ve tried editing in the back end, but there’s nothing, my content is just gone.

    Have you heard of this before? Could you help fix this? *weeps*

  12. Jank Spim says

    Hi, tnks for this very helpful post and comments.

    Does anyone know how to grant WordPress authors permissions to make a post sticky?

    I don’t want to make the author an editor, only make that “sticky post” checkbox visible.

  13. Viola says


    After searching for so many helpful posts about the sticky option, i just couldn’t see it anymore.

    Then i saw the words: “WP Admin” in one of the comments of this post and that immediately got me going at first. YEP I needed to see WP ADMIN. and I knew exactly what i had been doing wrong all this time.

    I am more visual :)

    So after I finally was able to remove the sticky post, I came back to reread this post and watch the video more carefully and:

    This whole post is very helpful!!!

    Reposting it on my blog for somewhere in the future, if i forget about sticky posts again ;)

    thank you so much ^_^

  14. Alyson says

    This isn’t helpful. There is no edit option. I can’t figure out how to stick or unstick post anymore

  15. Buzz says

    The format has been changed and under visibility public, there is no “sticking to the front” kind of thing for me, is there another way?

    • Nirajan Thapa says

      You have to login through Wp Admin option, then you will have extended dashboard where you can find posts and edit from there, there is the option for it.

      • Viola says

        Oh this one is helpful.

        I have tried everything I saw at first glance on the support page. Signing in as WP Admin was the BEST solution :) Thank you.

    • Jeff Potter says

      I have a post marked sticky. I want to unstick it. I have a new post I want to make sticky. There are zero options for doing any of this. Very frustrating. Some comments here have remarked on this. Can anyone help us? I am using a standard, basic free blog template. I have googled this. No help. None of the dashboard images look like mine. I have 3 options under Visibility — no edit option. This is a crazy waste of time!!!!

  16. Ivor says

    I can’t open Edit in Public Visibily to make my latest post sticky.Is it because I have too many sticky posts ? (39) If it is I still need to open edit to unstick some earlier ones. Thank you in advance for any help in solving this.

  17. Ivor says

    I can’t open the visibility public edit feature to make a post sticky.Can you have too many sticky posts (39) ? If it is that how can I unsticky some when I can’t open edit ? Thank you.

      • Guy Dauncey says

        My Visibility button no longer has an option to make apost sticky t the top. Did you change something? I used to have that ability – now its gone.

        • Desi says

          I also can’t see it – under “visibility”, there are only 3 options now: “public, private and password protected”.
          I made my last post sticky and now when I publish something new it doesn’t come up on top and there is no way no edit it.

          Please help

        • Bev says

          I have the same problem as Guy and Desi. Under visibility there are only 3 options “public, private and password protected” and none of them allow me to make a post sticky. I was able to have one sticky post and none after that. The theme I use is “The Dyad Theme.”

  18. Maru says

    Hello there

    Is there a way to change the sticky note text (it says “featured”)? And if so, is there a way to have the option to change the text for single sticky notes, instead of all of them?

    Thank you.

    Best M

  19. Umair says


    On WordPress 4.2.4, nothing appears when you click on Public in the Edit Menu of Publish Section. So i can’t make my post sticky via that option. Can anybody help me regarding this version?

  20. Mon Villarin says

    Hello wpbeginner i am using genesis i would like to know how to change the background color of a sticky post from the front page? i can’t find any tutorial or code anywhere online. I hope you can help me. My site’s address is:

  21. DON COBB says

    I get how to make a post sticky, but that sticky post only shows as a title, not an article. One must click on it to read it. I would like the sticky post to show the whole article, like every other post. Is that possible? Thanks in advance…

    • WPBeginner Support says

      The appearance of sticky posts depends on your WordPress theme and how it handles sticky posts. If this is how your theme displays sticky posts, then you will need to edit theme files to show full content. Ask your theme author for support before making any changes to the theme yourself.


  22. Hanna says

    To the question regarding a sticky post in a category rather than a page, you said yes. Well, my question is how. :) Please help!

  23. Graeme Voigt says

    Is it possible to publish a post to my home page that CAN’T be clicked on? My masonry theme has an option to publish a post that appears as a quote on the home page. The only thing is, I don’t want users to click on this quote and be taken to a random page that only contains one sentence! I want the posts to appear on the home page just as some inspiration – not a link to a page.
    Thanks for any help!

  24. Frost says

    I want my chosen posts as sticky in homepage permanently.I don’t want additional posts to be visible in home page.
    Also can 5 or more pages be made sticky.

  25. BrianL51 says

    I have created a sticky post as a welcome note explaining what my site is about, and how best to use it. It’s been at the top of the tree for over a week, above more recent posts. Just how I wanted it to be. Today when I login, the sticky post is #2 in the list, under a more recent post that was below it yesterday. I’ve found nothing to explain this. The sticky post is still the only one with the sticky box checked. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what’s going on, and how to stop it happening? (For now, I plan to make the post non-sticky, and then make it sticky again. Fingers crossed, but even if that works it’s hardly ideal.)

  26. BrianL51 says

    Hi, I already found the way to make a post sticky, but there’s another problem. A link to the new sticky post appears in the Recent Posts list on my sidebar, but clicking it results in one of those “Shucks, this is embarrassing isn’t it” messages because the link somehow can’t find anything to point to. Any suggestions? After another five or so regular posts, this dead link will drop off the bottom of the list anyway, but I’m curious to know if it can be fixed.

      • BrianL51 says

        Many thanks for your prompt reply and for your suggestion, but… this is a live site I’m editing. If I manage to reproduce the error I’ll wind up with two dead links in my ‘recent posts’ list. As far as I can see, I don’t have UX access to edit the list of recent posts. If you can tell me I’m wrong, and how I can delete entries from the list, then I’ll happily experiment with the sticky post problem.

  27. Kate says

    Hi, is it possible to have the sticky post just on one page? Without the CSS or programming code? Thanks!

  28. WPBeginner Staff says

    You can do so using CSS. WordPress automatically adds sticky class to the sticky posts. You can use that class in CSS to add your style rules. For example:

    .sticky {
    border:1px solid #ccc;

  29. Smiley says

    Thank you a lot guys for your great work, but please can you please answer these tow questions for me :
    Does a sticky post stays sticky until I check the box?
    and what happens if I have more than one sticky post?

  30. Jen says

    I am trying to do this on my posts, but can’t seem to find the sticky button? Does this feature no longer exist?

  31. Dana says

    I thought I wanted to have a static home page but realized what I really want is a cool content slider at the top… recent posts.. a little about me section. then all of my social media buttons instagram plugins and such…. Is this possible with a sticky post as the homepage?? Or what else can I try?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      There are some free and premium WordPress themes that allow you to do all this easily. But if you want to do this without changing your theme, then still a sticky post is not the right way to do this.


  32. Jacky says

    Hi, thanks for the tips, I do it but the background of post in sticky post in theme twenty ten changed to light blue. Is there any way to make it to white as well? Thanks.

  33. Judy says

    Great article. I find WPBeginner to be a great resource!

    Is there a way to assign a sticky post to a category? For example, I have set up a custom menu to include some categories as tabs on my navigation. When you click on the category on the nav bar, you are taken to a page that lists all the posts in that category. I would like the first post to be sticky. Can I do this?

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