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Working With a WordPress Page

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Add a New WordPress Page

To add a page to your WordPress, you will first need to login to your site. Visit http://example.com/wp-admin/, making sure to replace the example.com with your domain name.

Once you are logged into the administrative dashboard, hover your mouse cursor over Pages on the navigation on the left side. A fly-out menu will appear with two (2) options: All Pages and Add New. Click Add New to add a new page.

Depending on how your WordPress site is setup, there may be more or less options then the ones listed below, but we will focus on the standard options on the add new page.

Typically, the content here is displayed in two columns, but can be displayed in a single column if set through Screen Options in the top right corner of the page.

Page Title

This is the first option on the page and what you enter here will, by default, become the page address. That is dependent upon the permalink settings for your WordPress site.

Page Link

The page link will appear below the page title, once a page title has been entered. Clicking this will allow you to change the page link, if desired.

Page Content

This is the area where you will enter the page content. Above the content area are formatting options. There are some basic options built into WordPress, with the ability to have others added by certain plugins.

Above the content option bar are two tabs: Visual and HTML. These tabs do what they say they do. Visual shows you how the content will appear in a What You See Is What You Get format, while the HTML tab shows you the HTML code of the content.

Also above the options is an option to upload/insert media items such as images, music and pdf files.

At the bottom of the content area is a word counter, which displays the number of words in the content area.

Page Attributes

The page attributes may have 2 or more items.

Parent

This is the parent of the page you are creating, allowing for you to organize the page on your site. For instance, if you have created a page for a service you wish to place in the services section of your site, you would choose the services page from the parent dropdown.

Order

This allows you to set the order of the page on the default menu setup. For top menus (meaning no parent page set), 0 means left most in the menu and higher numbers move the item to the right.

Discussion

The discussion section presents you with two options: "Allow comments" and "Allow trackbacks and pingbacks in this page". Unchecking an option disables it on that particular page. To disable site wide, take a look at the Settings section.

Publish

The publish section provides you with quite a few options. The first two are "Save Draft" and "Preview". The save draft will save the current page as a draft, while preview will open a preview of the content with the sites' theme wrapped around it, either in a new tab or window, depending on how your web browser is setup.

Status by default, is set to draft. Clicking the Edit link to the right of it allows you to choose "Draft" or "Pending Review". If you change the option, make sure to click OK to set the change.

Visibility, by default, is set to Public. Clicking the Edit link to the right of it allows you to choose "Public", "Password protected", or "Private". If you change the option, make sure to click OK to set the change.

Publish, by default is set to immediately. Clicking the Edit link to the right of it allows you to choose a date and/or time to publishing the page. You can create the page and set it to have it published at a date and time of your choosing in the future. If you change the option, make sure to click OK to set the change.

Move to Trash, while not useful during the creation of a page, is there in case you decide to get rid of the page you are created.

Publish allows for you to publish the page you are working on or publish changes you have made to an existing page.

Edit a Page

Hover your mouse cursor over Pages on left hand side navigation. From the fly-out menu, click All Pages to display a list of pages.

Locate the page you wish to edit by scrolling down the list of page and use the page navigation if the number of pages is greater than the pages per page, as set the Screen option in the top right hand corner of the page.

Hover of the page you wish to make changes and four (4) links will appear under the page title: Edit, quick edit, trash and view.

Edit allows you to edit the page, providing you with the same options available when creating a new page. See How to Add a New Page for more details.

Quick Edit allows you to make certain page edits. For a list of available changes, see the page quick edit section.

Trash allows you to move the selected page to the trash can. This option is reversible through a visit to the trash can and selecting the Restore option under the page title.

View allows you to view the selected page.

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