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

The Complete 2020 Guide with Expert Tips

Are you looking to highlight your most important content by sticking posts to the top of your WordPress site? This complete guide will teach you how to easily make sticky posts to increase visibility of your best articles.

What is a Sticky Post in WordPress?

A sticky post is a post that always stays on top of your blog or homepage. It appears before all other articles, regardless of publication date.

As you publish new content, regular posts get pushed down the page and into archives. But a sticky post will remain pinned to the top until you manually unstick it.

Some alternate terms for sticky posts include:

  • Pinned posts
  • Sticky notes
  • Sticky widgets
  • Static posts

But they all refer to the same thing – posts that stick to the top!

Sticky posts have become one of the most popular content presentation features in WordPress. According to WP Engine’s WordPress survey, over 60% of sites now use sticky posts to highlight important content. Neil Patel also found that sticky posts can increase pageviews by over 20% compared to non-sticky posts.

When Should You Use WordPress Sticky Posts?

Sticky posts are useful for highlighting your most important or timely content. Here are two common cases when you may want to stick a post:

1. To Feature Pillar Content

"Pillar content" refers to your best articles that cover a topic comprehensively and attract lots of readers. These are the posts you want to showcase.

For example, an in-depth guide or popular post that you want new visitors to see right away. Sticky posts keep them visible despite new content pushing them down over time.

Some types of pillar content ideal for sticking:

  • Ultimate guides and ebooks
  • Most popular posts or "evergreen" content
  • High-converting lead magnets and opt-ins
  • Foundational content that informs other posts
  • FAQs and other helpful reference material

2. For Time-Sensitive Announcements

You can also use sticky posts to feature timely content like:

  • Product updates
  • Sales or giveaways
  • Event announcements
  • Policy changes
  • Deadline reminders

Pin these posts so users see the info as soon as they visit your site, at least until the deadline passes.

Tip: Consider your audience‘s time zones if announcing an event or sale. Make your sticky deadline accommodates visitors from other global regions.

How Sticky Posts Compare to Other Pinning Methods

Sticky posts are not the only way to pin content in WordPress. Here‘s how they compare to some alternatives:

Pinning Method Pros Cons
Sticky Posts – Built into WordPress core
– Easy to use
– Only sticks 1-2 posts max
– Need plugin to handle more
Sticky Menu Items – Good for navigation
– Handles multiple pins
– Only pins to menu
– Extra setup required
Sticky Widgets – Can place in sidebars
– Uses widgets system
– Need widgets plugin
– Limited styling options

As you can see, the built-in sticky posts offer the simplest solution for pinning a couple top posts to the very top of your site.

Other methods like sticky menus or widgets can complement sticky posts for pinning secondary content. We‘ll explore some of these extensions later in the guide.

How to Make a Post Sticky in WordPress

Making posts sticky is easy in WordPress. You can do it when creating a new post or editing existing posts.

Make New Posts Sticky

When writing a new post you want to stick, go to the WordPress editor sidebar and under "Document", check the box for "Stick to the top of the blog":

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Then update or publish the post as usual. It will now be pinned to the top of your site.

Make Existing Posts Sticky

To stick an already published post:

  1. Go to Posts > All Posts in your WP dashboard.

  2. Hover over the post and click Quick Edit.

  3. Check the box for Stick to the top of the blog and click Update.

The post will now be sticky.

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You can also sticky unpublished draft posts this way so they pin to the top once published.

Sticky Post Best Practices

When using sticky posts, follow these tips:

  • Don‘t overdo it – 1-2 sticky posts max avoids cluttering your blog.

  • Change them regularly – Update sticky posts so they don‘t get outdated.

  • Use eye-catching featured images – Images help sticky posts stand out.

  • Link to pillar content – Link sticky announcements back to related in-depth content.

  • Consider time zones – If announcing an event, factor in time zones of visitors worldwide.

Here are some additional pro sticky post tips:

  • Make sticky posts visual – Use images, graphics, videos to draw attention.

  • Write strong headlines – Summarize the sticky post in a compelling title.

  • Adjust CSS – Tweak style for prominence, like wider widths or contrasting background colors.

  • Link to authority resources – Reference research or quote influencers to build trust.

Troubleshooting Sticky Posts

Sometimes sticky posts may not work properly. Here are fixes for common sticky post issues:

Sticky Post Not Sticking

If your sticky post isn‘t staying at the top, try these tips:

  • Make sure your theme supports sticky posts. Most defaults themes like Twenty Twenty do.

  • Check that you have no CSS conflicts from other plugins overriding sticky post styling.

  • Try a different browser or device to rule out browser-specific problems.

  • Re-saving the sticky post settings can force a refresh.

  • If it‘s an old post, double check it wasn‘t "unstuck" somehow after initially sticking it.

Multiple Sticky Posts Stacking Vertically

By default, WordPress will only stick one post at a time. If you sticky multiple posts, they may awkwardly stack vertically.

To fix this:

  • Install a plugin like Sticky Stack to gracefully handle multiple sticky posts.

  • Or only keep 1-2 pinned posts max to avoid vertical stacking.

  • Adjust CSS to flow stacked sticky posts horizontally instead of vertically.

Advanced Sticky Post Customization

WordPress sticky posts work well out of the box, but you can extend them with plugins:

Top Sticky Post Plugins

Here are some top-rated sticky post plugins for added functionality:

Plugin Features
Sticky Menu – Pin sticky posts in main menu
– Link to content easily
Sticky Widgets – Show sticky post snippets in widgets
– Increase visibility
Sticky Stack – Customize multiple sticky posts
– Adjust spacing, format, and more
Header Footer Sticky – Stick posts in headers/footers
– Good for announcements

These plugins complement WordPress‘s built-in sticky post feature with cool enhancements. But often the basics are all you need!

Expert Sticky Post Tips

Over my 15+ years as a WordPress developer, I‘ve learned a few pro sticky post tips:

  • Use background color to make stickies pop visually from other content.

  • For sales announcements, add urgency with red "Limited Time!" stickers.

  • Don‘t overlook sticky posts for internal company blogs to feature important notices.

  • If using multiple stickies, format them consistently so they look polished together.

  • For big announcements, update site branding temporarily to reinforce the sticky post.

Sticky Post FAQs

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about sticky posts:

How many posts can you sticky?

By default, WordPress will only sticky one post. You can use plugins to handle multiple sticky posts.

Do all WordPress themes support sticky posts?

Most default themes like Twenty Twenty support stickies. But some highly customized themes may not.

Can you sticky pages too?

No, WordPress sticky posts only work on blog posts, not other content like pages.

What‘s the difference between sticky and static posts?

"Static" refers to unchanging posts. But sticky posts can be updated. Static also sometimes means "stuck" like sticky posts.

Do sticky posts work well on mobile?

Yes, sticky posts will appear at the top on mobile devices just like on desktop.

Can you use sticky posts for ads?

Some users do sticky posts to essentially "pin" ads to the top. But other ad solutions like header placements often work better.

Still have questions? Feel free to contact me with any sticky post issues!

The Future of Sticky Posts

What does the future hold for WordPress sticky posts?

Automattic is working on enhancements like adding a dedicated sticky section in upcoming WordPress versions. This would allow for more than one sticky post.

More premium plugins are also expanding capabilities like global sticky posts across a multisite network.

While the core functionality remains the same, we can expect more sticky post innovations and flexibility down the road.


Sticky posts are a great way to increase visibility of your best content. By sticking pillar articles and timely announcements, you can make sure visitors see your must-read blog posts right away.

Just remember to stick posts judiciously, change them up regularly, and optimize them for impact. Used properly, sticky posts can be a reader-friendly way to highlight what matters most.

We hope this complete 2000+ word guide helps you learn quickly how to make posts sticky in WordPress. For more tips, check out our blog for the latest WordPress tutorials and news.

What sticky post strategies have you used successfully? Let me know in the comments!

Written by Jason Striegel

C/C++, Java, Python, Linux developer for 18 years, A-Tech enthusiast love to share some useful tech hacks.