WordPress Pages are where you enter your sites static content – such as information that rarely changes + will always be relevant. They are not hierarchy like ‘Posts’, so are useful for pages such as ‘Home’, ‘About’, ‘Contact’ etc… In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to create pages + how to make the most of them for your WordPress website.
Let’s look at WordPress pages
Firstly, you need to be logged into your WordPress Dashboard. Then you need to navigate to Pages. On this page, you will see one of two options:
1. If you are brand new to WordPress, there will be one page already created by default called ‘Sample Page’.
2. If, like me, you are not new to WordPress + already have content on your site, then you will see a list of your current pages: (don’t look at my terrible SEO status’)
From this page, you can add, edit + remove pages. (If you have SEO Yoast installed, you can even see that Pages SEO score using the Traffic Light key – Red, Amber, Green.)
Deleting existing WordPress Pages
There are a number of ways to delete existing pages:
Click on the page title from your pages list + this should open the ‘Edit Page’ page. On the right hand side, there is a box labelled Publish. At the bottom of this box, you will see some red text – ‘Move to bin‘. Clicking this will not give you an option to change your mind, so make sure that you really want to delete that page before clicking.
A super quick way of deleting a page is directly from the Pages list page. If you hover over the Page you wish to delete, 4 new actions for that page will appear underneath the Page title. These include one red option called Bin – Simply click to delete. Again, you will get no confirmation or second chances to change your mind once you click this link.
Another way of deleting is by multi selecting the pages from this same list using the tick boxes to the left. Simply select all the pages you wish to delete + then at the top (or bottom) of the list, you will see a drop down menu. Click the arrow and select Move to bin + then click the button next to this which reads Apply. Your pages will be bulk deleted.
Editing WordPress Pages
‘Quick Edit’ is easily done in the Pages list. As before, if you hover over the page title, you will see the new options of Edit, Quick Edit, Bin + View. If you click on Quick Edit it will expand the page details without leaving the current screen.
From this quick view you can change a number of things like the title of the page, the publish date, add a password + more. Don’t forget to click the blue Update button in the corner to save your changes!
To fully edit a page, you need to click on the page title in your Pages list. This will take you to where the entire content of that page is held + heaps more options for you to add, remove + update. Your Edit Page page should look something like this -my About page:
Let’s look at what all of these areas do:
#1 Page Title
Easy to understand really. Whatever you type in here will be the name of your page. When typing a name for the first time, this will automatically name your permalink to suit. So for example, when I create a new page + type ‘About’ in the title box, it turns my permalink to ‘http://pixelboutique.co.uk/about”. If I then decided to change the name of my page to ‘Information’ it will not automatically change your permalink to match. If you click the Edit button next to the permalink address, you can then change your permalink. It is always best practice to try + keep these the same or very similar, however you can have mismatched Page Titles + Permalinks.
#2 Upload Images
A button that takes you to your Media Library where you can upload, or select images to add to your posts. Simply click the Add Media button, select one or more images and then click Insert Into Post.
To select more than one image, hold down the CTRL key (windows) or the CMND key (mac) + click the ones you wish to select. Let go of the key when you have finished making your selection, or you can hold it again to select more.
In this window, you can also add Image Titles, Captions, Descriptions + more. You can read more about this in my WordPress Images + Image Settings Tutorial. If you would also like to explore the Image Gallery option in your Media Library, please see my Create a WordPress Image Gallery Tutorial.
#3 Formatting Toolbar
This is how you format your content that you place into #4 (below). If you have ever used Microsoft Word or Apple Pages or Google Docs, using this toolbar is very similar to this + so should be easy for you to use. If you haven’t then have a play around with the different settings + see what it creates in your visual editor (content area). With this toolbar you can change text to headings (using the far left drop down menu), bold or italic your text, add bullet points, internal + external links… the list goes on. Have a play around with some text in one of your pages. Don’t forget to click the blue Update button to the right of your content area to save your changes.
#4 The Page Content Area
This is where you write the content for your page. All text and images can go in here + you can use the formatting toolbar to edit the style + look. You can easily view your changes when you are in the Visual editor, or you can write content in HTML format by switching to the Text editor. This can be done by clicking the tabs located in the top right of the content area. Only write in HTML if you know HTML. If you don’t know code, always stick to the visual editor + leave the text editor to the developers.
#5 Publication Tools
In this box you will find a few helpful tools when writing pages + posts on WordPress.
When you are writing a new page + you are not yet ready to publish it to the world, you can set the Visibility to Private, meaning that only you (+ any administrators you add) will see this page. The public will not. Once you are ready to publish, simply set it back to the Public setting and click Update.
From this section, you can also add a password to a page. Once you select Password Protected, you will be asked to enter a password for that page. Click Update. Now everytime someone visits this page, they will see the page title but no content + they will be asked to enter a password, which they can only get from you. Once they have entered the correct password, they will be able to see the page content.
You can easily remove the password by reselecting Publish allowing everyone to see. You can also edit your password easily from this section too.
The Revisions tell you how many times you have edited the page + allows you to see those revisions + revert back to older content that you may have changed.
The Hits tells you how many views that page has had, but this is a result of having a plugin called WP Statistics installed.
The Published On date is when the post was written + published to the world. You can change this date to send it back in time, or even cooler, schedule a future date. Write your content now + set a future date + your Page will be published automatically on that date + time that you set. This is a cool feature for blog posts that are often written in batch + in advance by bloggers. So a good little tool to make use of.
#6 Save Changes Button
This simply updates any changes that you have made to your page. Be sure to click this to save ANY changes that you have made.
#7 Page Attributes
Here you can turn your page into a sub page by selecting a Parent Page from the drop down list. Read more about Sub-Pages below.
The Template will only appear in your page editor if your theme supports multiple page layouts. For example mine has two. Default with Sidebar, + No sidebar. Selecting either of these will change the layout of this particular page. If you do not have this option, you do not have multiple page layouts. If you do, then simply select the layout you wish + refresh your page to view it’s layout. This will only apply to the page you are editing + will stick with the default if you do not choose otherwise.
The Order is the order of the page in the hierarchy. I don’t tend to order my pages but others find this useful + easy to organise.
#8 Featured Image
In my opinion, I think it is always best practice to give pages + posts a featured image for several reason. If your theme supports featured images in search pages for example, it is nice to not have blank images. It also adds to the SEO. Simply click on the link Set a Featured Image to choose one from your Media Library or click the already set image to change the image.
How to add a new WordPress page
If you can successfully follow + complete the above, then adding a new page should be a breeze for you.
From your dashboard > Pages > Add New
Complete the page as I talked through it in the previous step, hit save and you’re done 🙂
and that, is pretty much it for how to add, edit + delete pages in WordPress. Now you need to maybe learn how to add these pages to a menu, or maybe set a static front page…. simply head on over to the Tutorials Page + you fill find the answers there.