Learn All About WordPress Pages
About This Lesson
With WordPress, there are two different ways you can create content for your website. Posts and pages.
In this lesson I’ll teach you all you need to know about WordPress pages.
- What pages are and how you use them
- How to create a new page and edit an old one
- How to navigate around the page screen
- And what all the different features do
Side Note: If Your Went Through The Posts Lesson…
If you’ve already gone through the WordPress posts lesson, then you’ll already know most of this.
In fact you only really need to go through the three items in pages attributes. Go through that and then you can skip the rest of this lesson!
You’ll also need to note that you don’t have categories/tags within pages, as these are just for posts. The same goes for post formats.
And obviously, when you want to create a new page, in the navigation menu you’ll need to go to pages instead of posts!
But for those of you who want to go through this lesson in full, let’s begin!
Before starting this lesson, I recommend that you, understand the difference between WordPress posts and pages.
Once again in this lesson there aren’t really any action steps. Instead it’s more about making sure you understand all of the following,
5.2) Page Attributes
5.3) Featured Images
5.6) Screen Options
Read All About It
What Are Pages?
Pages exist outside of a blog. They are independent, standalone pieces of content.
If you want to create a piece of content that you don’t want to appear in your blog, you’d create a page.
If you want, you can use standalone pages to create all the content for your website and not have a blog at all.
For examples of pages, look at some of the pages on this site, such as my how to create a website page, or my tools of the trade page , or even the page you’re on now, as this is a standalone piece of content and doesn’t show up in my blog.
How To Create A New Page
It’s pretty easy to create a new page, simply go to the navigation menu and hover over “Pages”, then click “Add New”.
How To Edit An Old Page
To edit an old page, hover your mouse over “Pages” in the navigation menu, then click “All Pages”. This will then show all the pages you have, like in the image below.
- Click the title of the page you want to edit, and you’ll be taken to that page
- If you have more than 20 pages, you might need to search for the one you want
- You can also see the “live” version of the page, by clicking “View”
Main Content Area
Let me walk you through all the different areas in the page screen and show you how to use them.
To begin with, lets start with the main content area.
1) Title: – This is where you put your page’s title.
2) Permalink For Your Page: – This lets you create the URL for a particular page. If at any time you want to change this, just click edit and then input your new address. (Note: You can’t use spaces to separate words, use the minus sign, like in the image above.)
(If you want to change the default URL settings, you need to change them in the Permalinks Settings.)
3) Visual Editor Or Text Editor: – This lets you change how you edit your content, from a visual editor to a text editor.
- The visual editor works just like Microsoft Word, where you add your text and then use the visual editor to make some of it bold, italic, numbered lists, or add links, etc
- The text editor lets you create content using XHTML
4) Enter Your Content Here: – Enter the text and images that will make up your content, in this area.
5) Use The Visual Editor To Style Your Content: – (See – Using the visual editor to style your content)
Additional Page Features
Within pages you also have a number of other features, so let me walk you through how to use them.
1 – Publish
The “Publish” module lets you control when and how you publish your pages.
A) Preview/Preview Changes: – If at any time you want to see how the page looks on your site, but you don’t want to publish it yet, click the preview/preview changes button. (This will open in a new window.)
B) Status: – This tells you the state of your page and lets you change it if you want. Let me briefly explain what the options mean,
- Published: – This means the page has been published and is live on your site
- Pending Review: – If you’ve added a user to your site and given them the “Contributor” role, they won’t be able to “Publish” a page live on your site, instead it will be set to “Pending Review”, where an Editor or Administrator will have to give it the O.K. and then Publish it. (Learn more about user roles here).
- Draft: – This gives you the chance to start creating your content and if you’re not ready for it to go live on your site, you can set it to draft and then come back to it later
- Scheduled: – This will be used alongside D) below. But this lets you know that you’ve set this page to be automatically published on a future date
C) Visibility: – This lets you set who can and can’t read this page. For most pages you’ll simply keep this as “Public”, but let me quickly run through what all the options do.
- Public: – This means everyone will be able to see the page
- Password protected: – This lets you set a password for a page. The contents of these pages will only be seen by the people that have the password
- Private: – This lets you set pages so they can ONLY be seen by “Editors” and “Administrators” of your site
D) Publish Immediately/Schedule for/Published On: – This lets you set a date and time for when you want to publish a page. This means you can publish it immediately or sometime in the future. If you set it for a future date, WordPress will automatically make it live at the time and date you set.
E) Update/Publish: – This lets you save any changes you make and will then publish them live on your site.
F) Move To Trash: – If you want to delete a page, just click this button. This will then be moved into your trash folder in “All Pages”, where it will remain for 30 days, or until you delete it permanently.
Side Note: Save Draft
If you’ve created a new page and not yet published it on your site, you’ll see the extra option to “Save Draft”, in the Publish module.
2 – Page Attributes
Within the pages screen is the “Page Attributes” module. Let me quickly walk you through what the three options are.
A) Parent: – This is something that I really don’t see the point of. But I’ll give it a quick run through anyway.
As WordPress say,
You can arrange your pages in hierarchies. For example, you could have an “About” page that has “Life Story” and “My Dog” pages under it.
So you can have three separate pages,
Parent Page: – www.example.com/about/
Child Pages: – www.example.com/about/life-story/ and www.example.com/about/my-dog/
All three will be separate pages, but the two child pages will be seen as beneath the parent page.
I can’t think of a single reason why you would need to do this. But the option is there.
B) Template: – Some themes will create a number of different page templates, which you can use to make your pages look or function differently.
This drop down box lets you choose which template you want to use, for each individual page.
For example, the default WordPress Twenty Twelve theme has a “Default Template” which looks like this,
Notice how it has the main content to the left and then a sidebar on the right.
But this theme also has a “Full-width Page Template, No Sidebar”, which when selected, makes the same page as above, look like the image below.
All different themes will have different templates and a lot of themes don’t have anything other then a default.
If a theme doesn’t have additional templates, you may not see this option available.
C) Order: – This is a feature that isn’t really needed in WordPress anymore. It used to be there so you could choose the order of your pages in your menu.
However you no longer need to use this, as there’s a much better way to organize your menu.
3 – Using Featured Images
“Featured Image” is used by some themes, to give you the option to upload or select an associated image for that page.
Where and how the featured image shows up on your site, will vary from theme to theme and some themes may not even use this feature.
For example, here’s how the default WordPress Twenty Fourteen theme displays a featured image.
Notice how big the image is, how the title and content is below the image, but that the content overlaps it a little.
Here’s how the exact same featured image, on the exact same page, looks with a different theme. This time the default WordPress Twenty Thirteen theme. Notice how there’s no overlap and the image is smaller.
Setting a featured image is similar to inserting an image into your content. Simply click the “Set featured image” link, then either 1) upload the image you want to use, 2) search though the images you’ve already uploaded by going through the media library.
Side Note: Featured Image Module Not Showing
If you don’t see the “Featured Image” module in your page screen, then it’s probably because your theme doesn’t support this feature.
Or you haven’t got it ticked within your “Screen Options”, see below.
4 – Revisions
Each time you click “Save Draft” or “Update” in the publish module, a revision is saved.
This section of the pages screen will give you a history of your revisions and it also gives you the chance to revert to an earlier version.
To see an earlier version of your page, simply click the link next to the date you want. You’ll then be able to compare different versions of your page to the current version and can also revert back to an older version.
5 – Discussion
The “Discussion” module lets you turn on/off comments on an individual page basis.
Comments allow your readers to interact with you, add their thoughts or ask any questions they have about the page.
Obviously if you don’t want comments, simply untick the top box.
You can learn more about trackbacks and pingbacks here!
(If you haven’t already, I recommend going through the discussion settings, so you can set the default discussion settings.)
Side Note: It’s worth noting that some themes do not allow comments on pages.
6 – Screen Options
This lets you add or remove items from showing on your pages screen.
So for instance, if I didn’t want to show “Revisions” and “Discussion”, I would click the “Screen Options” and then untick “Revisions” and “Discussion”, and this will be removed from my screen.
(That’s just an example for this particular screen, you can use the “Screen Options” feature across most screens within WordPress.)
Understand How To Navigate The “All Pages”
Finally, we touched on this above, with “How To Edit An Old Page”, but I just want to explain in more detail how to use the “All Pages” screen.
To get there, hover your mouse over “pages” in the navigation menu, then click “All Pages”. This will then show all the pages you have, like in the image below,
- This shows you all the pages you’ve created
- If you only want to display the pages you have live on your site, click “Published”
- If you only want to display the drafts, click “Draft”
- If you want to edit a page, click the title and you’ll be taken to that page
- If you have more pages then the current screen shows, you might need to search for the one you want
- Or you can use the breadcrumbs to search through all your pages
You can also see the pages you have in your trash,
- Click “Trash”
- Here you can restore a page you previously put in the trash
- Here you can “Delete Permanently”, a page you no longer want
And that’s it for this lesson!