This guide will explain and demonstrate how to access, manage and create new pages.
Simply select the Pages tab located on the left hand side in the menu bar. You will then be presented with a page that should look like this:
As you can see, we have populated this section with a few dummy pages to give you an idea as what to expect once your pages have been created.
Simply select the Add New button, located in the top left, to create a new page. You will then be greeted by a blank page template.
As you can see in the image above, we have placed example contents with a brief explanation in the sections that you would need to fill out in order to create your page.
On the right hand side you will find a module labeled Publish, similar to the example above. The Publish module provides several options that many WordPress users overlook or do not know about, these publishing options are definitely useful to know of so we are going to run through those now.
As you can see below, you have two options in the Status section. The first is to save your page as a draft; please note that the page will go live once you click publish. Alternatively you can select pending review, which will prevent the page from going live until it has been reviewed and officially published. This is particularly useful if you want to approve the contents of a page before it goes live on your website.
By default your pages will be displayed publicly and be made available to everyone; however you do have the option to set the page as either a password protected or private page.
Password protected pages will require the visitor to enter a password which you can set at this stage of the publication process.
The other option is to set your page as Private. This will ensure that your page is not added to the menu of your website by default.
In most instances you will probably want to publish your post immediately, however if your website is renowned for delivering a 3pm scoop every week or if you publish a new promotion each month, then it’s likely that you will want to schedule those publications to automatically go live at a specific time on a certain day.
Within the Page Attributes section of the Pages window, you are able to select parent pages, templates and the order of those pages. All of this so far is unlikely to have any relevance, so we have explained all in the following segments below.
As your website grows it’s likely that you will create further pages that you will want to sit underneath other pages. For instance, initially you may want a single page for the services that your business offers, but as you come across more customers and enquiries it’s likely that you will soon realise your website needs to accommodate for all potential customers. Simply adding more pages is unlikely to be the answer and doing this could lead to your website becoming quite a mess.
It’s at this stage that you will want to list your individual services pages underneath the services tab, which in this scenario would be classed as the Parent page.
There are multiple reasons as to why you would want to set a parent page in an instance such as this:
1. Your pages stay organized.
2. It becomes far easier for you to manage all website content.
3. Users can find your website through additional indexed pages.
4. The parent page builds authority and relevancy.
5. Users can navigate around your website easily.
Setting a parent page is easy, simply select an already existing web page and click publish, once this is completed, the selected page will become the parent of the page you just created.
The basic WordPress theme comes with a couple of templates, whereas more advanced themes some of which you may need to buy are likely to come with a number of pre-formatted page designs.
The default and full width page templates are the two you are most likely to select.
All themes differ but the default template predominantly includes a sidebar, the full width template is the same as the default template but without the sidebar, other templates are often included for: Galleries, Video Pages, Contact pages, Blog pages and much more. To set any of your pages to a specific template style, simply click and select. Once the page is published the contents will automatically alter to the templates settings.
Our experience of working with businesses has highlighted that many do not know what the order setting does and how they can use it.
By default your pages will appear in the order that has been set. For instance a page with an order number of 1 will display before a page with an order number of 4. It’s likely that you will want to create a custom menu if you own a large website, but if you own a small site then the order option available will most likely fulfill your needs.
As you can see, there are many functions and features available within the page creation window that makes it easy for you to produce new pages for your website and present content in the fashion that you deem most suitable.