In this tutorial, we’re going to go over all the aspects and features of pages. By learning this, you will know how to create a WordPress page like a pro.
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Add New Page
First things first, we have to add a new page. Click on or hover over the Pages option in the sidebar and then choose “Add New.”
This is where you add the title of the page. So if you are adding your bio content, you might choose to entitle the page “About,” or, if there’s another page about your company, “Bio.”
By default, your page title will be what appears on the site menu. But you can change that in the Appearance -> Menus settings , so feel free to name your page whatever you want. Please keep in mind, though, that the title should give your audience an idea of what content to expect on the page.
Right beneath the title is a highlighted url for this page of your website. The highlighted section reflects the changeable permalink — basically the link that will lead to your page.
For example, the permalink for this tutorial is called “/how-to-add-a-wordpress-page/”. WordPress will automatically add your title to the permalink, but you can change it. Permalinks help you with SEO, so it’s best to make them relevant and descriptive.
This is where you add the content of the page. Since pages are a static item, the content should be more on the representative side. So try and keep the information straightforward and informative. You can include photos, and we recommend breaking up your content into many shorter paragraphs with headings.
Try to include a call-to-action on each of your pages. Calls to action are cues to get your audience to do something — whether it’s to call you, to find out more about something, or to hire you… You name it!
Also try to include hyperlinks to other pages on your site wherever appropriate. If you’re a photographer, for example, you would be wise to add a link to your portfolio on your About page. Remember, the homepage and other pages are all supposed to lead your audience to something. Make sure you utilize every opportunity to influence where your visitor goes next!
You can adjust the status of your page in the Publish menu located on the right of the text box. If a page is published, it is visible; you can access it from the live site, strangers can see it, and search engines can crawl it and return it in results.
If a page is a draft, you can access it from the Pages section of your dashboard, but nobody else can see it unless they have access to log in. Use the draft status to spend time adjusting your page to perfection before publishing it. You can always save the draft and return to it at a later time and, even if your page is published, you can edit later.
Click Preview to check out how your will look before you publish it. We use that button a lot and we bet you will as well.
These tools are located on the right side of your screen. Here’s where you specify:
The Parent-Child page organizational tool is very helpful when you have a lot of information to organize, especially if that information has a common thread. For example, if you own a spa, you offer a lot of services. There isn’t going to be enough room on the main menu for every single service, so you’ll want to organize them into child pages.
These child pages play out in a drop down menu and also inform search engines of the categorization of your website. So if you own a spa, you can have a Services parent page. Then you can have multiple child pages of that Services page — pages like Massages, Facials, and Body Treatments. The “Services” item on your navigation bar will then have a drop down menu linking to the child pages.
If the page you’re creating is a Parent page (the Services page in our example), then there’s nothing to set in the Page Attributes section. However, if the page you’re creating is a child page (Massages, Facials, or Body), you’ll want to specify that the parent page is the Services page in the Page Attributes section.
Note that the parent page must be published to show up in the drop down options. If you haven’t created your parent page yet, no problem. Just save the child page as a draft, go create your parent page and come back later to specify the child page’s parentage.
Some themes include page templates. Templates are different styles of pages with different design structures. They are very helpful when it comes to adding variety and an engaging design scheme to your WordPress website.
Each page is automatically set to the default template. You will have more options that vary depending on your theme. It will be helpful to take a look at these template options while shopping for a theme, as the template options will sometimes be more integral to the style and organization of your WordPress website than the mere skin of the theme.
Some themes include a featured image in the page layout. This could be a banner across the top, or an image that floats to the left of the content. Upload a photo and choose “Set as Featured Image.” Then choose Preview and see whether or not it shows up
Check out these other tutorials for more on WordPress basics:
What do you use your WordPress pages for?
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