How To Use ‘Press This’ On WordPress #bloggingtips

Please note that WordPress has changed the way ‘Press This’ now works. Click here for full details.


I stopped reblogging blog posts months ago. In fact, I wish I’d never started using the reblog button. Why? Because of the fantastic little feature WordPress call ‘Press This’. But, what is ‘Press This’, where can you find it, and how do you use it?

‘Press This’ is an alternative way to reblogging. It’s like reblogging a post, but you can do so much more with it than you can when using the reblog button. It does take a little more time to set up, but that’s because it’s more than just about pressing a button and then moving on. For quickness, reblogging a post is perfect. However, if like me you have made the most out of reblogging (click here to read the post) then you can easily make up the extra time it takes in setting up a ‘Press This’ share.

The ‘Press This’ button can be found amongst the sharing buttons at the bottom of a published post and is easy to spot. Here’s where it appears on my blog.

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The WordPress ‘Press This’ sharing button

I’ll now go through a step-by-step guide on how to use it.

  • First, find a blog post you want to share. It can be one of your own blog posts or a blog post that has been written by another blogger.
  • Click on the ‘Press This’ sharing button, and a new window will open (like the one below).

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  • You can, if you wish, change or make alterations to the title of the post. However, in this instance, I don’t want to make any changes or alter the title.
  • Inside the text box of the new window, you will see the Source link to the post you want to share with your readers. Just before the source link, add some text as to why you are sharing the post with your readers.
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Tell your readers why you are sharing the post
  • You can also add an image or photo to the post by either clicking on the ‘Scan’ button in the top right-hand corner of the window, or by clicking on the media icon. However, ensure you first click the place in the post where you want your image or photo to appear before clicking on the media icon. If using ‘Scan’, your image(s) will appear at the beginning of the post.

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  • Next, head on over to the box on the right-hand side of the window where you’ll see three lines – Format, Categories, and Tags. It’s essential that you ensure you attend to these three items before publishing your post. Adding a category (or categories) and tags will help visitors and search engines find your post more quickly.

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  • Choose which format you want for your post by clicking on the little arrow just after the word ‘Standard’. You’ll be presented with the different types of formats you can use for your post. In this instance, I’m sticking with the ‘Standard’ format.
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Choose a format for your post
  • Next, click on the little arrow before the word ‘Format’ (to bring you back to the page where categories and tags also appear) and then click on the little arrow just after ‘Categories’.
  • Choose a category you already have on your blog or create a new one. You can add as many categories as you want, but remember to only select those that apply to the post.
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Remember to always categorise your blog posts
  • Click on the little arrow before ‘Categories’ (to take you back to tags) and then click on the little arrow after ‘Tags’.
  • Add some tags to your post, as this helps visitors to your blog find your post more quickly. However, remember to only add tags (keywords) that apply to the post.
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Always add tags (keywords) to all your blog posts
  • Check you are happy with everything before pressing the ‘Publish’ button.
  • Click on the ‘Publish’ button.
  • Your post will now be shared with all your readers.
  • Once it is published, go back and check the post to ensure you are happy with everything.
  • Remember, as when anyone reblogs one of your posts, to always thank the person who has shared your post. Click here for full details.

Other things you can do with ‘Press This’ (before publishing the post) which you can not do when reblogging a post are –

  • Add a hyperlink or pingback to another one of your own posts or the post of another blogger
  • Add a hyperlink to another website
  • Make font bold
  • Make font italic
  • Add a bulleted list
  • Add a numbered list
  • Add a block quote

When you reblog a post, unlike when you use ‘Press This’, you have to go back into the post, after publishing it, to do any of the above. The same applies to adding a category and tags to a reblogged post. They can only be added after you have published the post (unless you’ve set up a default category on your blog).

Another significant benefit of using ‘Press This’.

None of the images or photos from the post you’re sharing go into your media library, so you’re not using up valuable storage space. Plus, that means you don’t have to worry if any of the images on the post you’ve shared are copyrighted and/or not free to use because, unlike a reblog, they don’t actually appear on your blog.

One final reminder is to ensure that you turn off comments on your ‘Press This’ post if you’d rather readers leave their comments over on the original post. Unfortunately, this is one thing you can’t do before publishing the post. To turn off comments, go to your published post and, under More Options, untick the ‘Allow comments’ box under ‘Discussion’.

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Do you use ‘Press This’, and do you have any tips on using it? Please share them with us in the comments section.

If you have any questions regarding the WordPress ‘Press This’ feature, then please leave them in the comments section, and I’ll come back to you.

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  1. Hello Hugh from “Down Under” (Australia), thank you for your amazing blog which I’m now following. Do you know if Press This can be used selectively with multiple free blogs? I tried to use Press this on a blog post to press to one of my WP blogs which I started in August 2014 but when I click on the “Press this” it always wants to press it to my WP Guidelines blog! Thank you for reading this.

    1. Thank you for following my blog and for your kind words about my blog.

      The ‘Press This’ feature is a free sharing button available on all WordPress blogs. However, ensure you have ‘Enabled’ the button in the sharing settings of your blog’s dashboard.

      To share a post via ‘Press This’ via one of your blogs, you need to ensure you’re logged into the blog you want to share the post from. If you’re already logged in, are you ‘following’ the blog you want to share the post from? I’m afraid I don’t have multiple blogs, so I’ve not come across this problem before. If what I have suggested is of no help, then I would recommend you contact the WordPress Happiness Engineers and run your query via them. I’ve always found them very helpful.

  2. Reblogged this on The Militant Negro™ and commented:
    Press This has stopped working, and I can not find a way to install what I’m hearing is the latest version of Press This. Why would WORSTpress stop the old Press This from working without giving us a way to install a New Press This?

  3. Press This stopped working as of this morning, for me, and most other bloggers. I can not find how to install a new version of Press Thiss and WORSTpress and their “happiness engineers” have ignored my many e-mails asking for help. I did find out a new Press This is being used. How do I get this new Press This installed?

    1. So I hear. It’s something I’m going to have to investigate but, in the meantime, I would recommend you remove the ‘Press This’ button from your blog. Once I find out about the new version of ‘Press This’, I’ll publish a post about it.

  4. Terrific advice and thank you for brining light to this matter…I’d been thoroughly confused and used it as a reblog style button but it meant my post looked very dull and sparse! I’m all ready and clued up now…thank you! 😀😀

  5. Thank you so much for this useful information. I curiously looked at it the other day wondering what it was for. I just decided i’d figire it out later… talk about timely huh…

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