Part 1 – Creating and Drafting Your Page
This is a guide for how to create a new page on your WordPress site. Before we dig in, it is important to consider the following question: what is a page and when should you be making a new page versus a new post?
Pages are core content on your website, such as “About Us” or “Contact Us.” If you want to add content where an idea is being discussed such as, “How our business stays green” or “Five Great Ways to Stay Productive During Quarantine”, this type of content is better suited for a “post” and you should check out our guide on how to make a post instead.
Now that you know you’re on the right guide, log in to your WordPress admin dashboard, carry on to step 1, and we will walk you through the process!
Step 1: Hover over “Pages” on the left-hand sidebar
Now that you are logged into your WordPress admin dashboard, find the menu item labeled “Pages” in the left-hand menu and hover over it (this means to place your mouse over the word “Pages” but do not click). If you’re having trouble finding the “Pages” button, it is circled in red in the screenshot below. Once you hover over “Pages,” a secondary menu should appear, and you will be ready for step 2.
Step 2: Select “Add New”
Once you’ve hovered over the “Pages” item in the left-hand menu and the secondary menu has emerged, look for the second item from the top labeled “Add New” and click it. This should bring you to the WordPress editor page where you will draft your page. If you’re unsure of where this button is, it is highlighted in the screenshot below.
Step 3: Add title
Now that you’re in the right spot to start drafting your page, you can begin by adding your title. To do so, look for the words “Add title” in the top-center section of this page. If you don’t see that at the top of your page, go back to steps 1 & 2. If you do see it, you can click on those words to begin typing in your title. If you’re on the right page, it should look like the screenshot below. We circled the words “Add title” just in case you’re unsure of where to click.
Step 4: Write in or copy/paste Text
Now that your page has a title, you are ready to add in the content of the page! This step is the most involved step for you (the page creator), so we’ve got two screenshots for this step. We also have another supporting guide called, “Introduction to the Block Editor,” that will be useful if this is your first time posting to WordPress in the past couple of years (or ever).
With that said, if your page starts with text (not a picture, video, or another type of content), you can get started by clicking the words “Start writing or type/to choose a block”. Once you have clicked that, those words will disappear and you can start typing the content of your page. Alternatively, if you have already created the content for your page somewhere else, you can paste it there instead of typing. This step is displayed with the screenshot below where we have circled the space for you to start typing.
If your page does not start with text and you want to start with an image, video, or some other type of content, look for the plus sign circled in red in the screenshot below. If you click on it, it will open up a list of “Blocks” that allow you to add different types of media or different types of formatted text, such as headings, lists, and quotes. If this is your first time hearing about “Blocks” or if this menu feels confusing to you, check out our previously mentioned guide on “How to use the Block Editor” to learn more.
Part 2 – Preparing and Publishing Your Page
Now that your page is composed, the hard part is over! Yay! You are now ready to move into the part of the posting process where you configure a few different settings that determine how the page will appear on your website. If you haven’t taken a break yet, feel free to grab a beverage of your choice, have a little stretch, and gear up for the second half of the guide!
Step 5: Switch from the “Block” settings menu to the “Document” Settings Menu
With the move into Part 2 of this guide, you are ready to switch from the “Block” settings menu to the “Document” settings menu. The “Block” settings menu is for formatting the content of your page. The “Document” settings menu controls how the page will appear on the website.
To find the document settings menu, look for the right-hand sidebar below the words “Preview” and “Publish” and then click on “Document.” If you’re unsure of where to click, we have the place you’re supposed to click circled in red in the screenshot below. If your page does not have the right-hand sidebar, click on the gear button to the right of the word “Publish” in the upper-righthand corner. It should then appear.
Once you have clicked on “Document” the menu of Document settings will appear, and you’ll be ready to choose all of the settings that you want to apply to the page.
Steps 6-9 outline the various options you have that pertain to publishing your page. With the document settings menu up you will be ready to carry on to Step 6.
Step 6: Choosing Status & Visibility
Status refers to the timeline of publishing your page. Visibility refers to whether or not you make your page public or private. The default visibility of every page is public, which means that once you press publish, anybody with the link to your page will be able to view it. If you want to change this setting, you also have a private option, and a password protected option. To change this setting, click the word “Public” which is blue and underlined. This will pull up another menu where you can switch to private or password protected. This menu describes the difference between these three options if you are curious.
The other setting that you may want to change within Status & Visibility relates to when you want your page to be published. The default is to publish the page immediately, but if you would rather schedule your page to be published automatically at a later time or date, you can click on the blue underlined word “Immediately” which will pull up a calendar (also known as a date/time picker) where you can select a later date. Picking a time will change the Publish button in the upper right-hand corner to “Schedule…”. Clicking “Schedule…” will close the page editor and set your page to automatically go live on the day and time that you have selected. Meaning that if you want to continue choosing other document settings, wait to click that button.
The other option listed under Status & Visibility is a checkbox labeled “Pending Review”. We don’t recommend checking this box, as this will change the way the page is labeled in the WordPress admin dashboard, but will not prevent the page from being published. We think that this is a little confusing and misleading and that the default label of “Draft” conveys the message of “Pending review” just fine. If you simply exit out of the page editor without publishing it, the page will be saved as a “Draft” and have this label.
Step 7: Edit the Permalink
Before we go into this step it is important to know what a “Permalink” is and if you should be editing it. If you don’t know what a permalink is, a “Permalink” is the portion of the URL that comes after your root domain. The root domain of your site is the name of your site combined with .com or .org, for example, our root domain is webdevavl.com. The permalink is the part that comes after the /. For example webdevavl.com/this-is-the-permalink.
The name “Permalink” comes from the fact that the links to your page should be permanent. Links or URLs are unique to each page and help the magical interwebs pull up the content that your users want to see. By default, WordPress uses “pretty permalinks” which take the title of the post or page and replace the spaces with hyphens to form a link. Most of the time this structure is perfect and helps with showing up on google.
Sometimes you may want to edit the permalink before the page is published, WordPress does not give you the option to do this. This means that to edit the permalink, you will have to click the “Publish” button or schedule the page to be published later. Doing either of those will turn the uneditable link into a text box where you can change the permalink from the hyphenated title of the page to whatever you want to change it to. If you want to do this that is fine, but it is recommended that you don’t for purposes of showing up on Google.
Finally, if you do choose to edit your permalink, only do so as you are publishing the page. If you change the permalink after the page has been live for 24 hours or more, this will make Google upset, and you do not want to make Google upset.
Step 8: Select featured image to upload an image to the page
The featured image for your page is an image that represents the page in its entirety. Depending on your theme, the featured image may be displayed in different places. Some themes don’t display a page’s featured image at all, others display it prominently. The only way to find out where a page’s featured image will show up, if at all, is to add one and find out!
To add the featured image, click in the grey box labeled “set featured image” which is circled in red in the screenshot below. This will pull up the media library uploader where you can drag and drop an image into your media library or select it from your files. If you are unfamiliar with the media library, check out our guide on how to use the WordPress Media Library. Once you have uploaded the image, you can click the blue button labeled “Set featured image” in the bottom right-hand corner of the uploader to set the featured image.
Step 9: Enabling or disabling comments
Depending on your site’s settings, comments are either enabled or disabled sitewide. The default setting is to enable comments on all posts and pages. In the discussion section, you can choose to disable comments on a specific post or page. Both boxes will be checked if this is your default. You can disable them by unchecking the “Allow comments” box. Usually, pages are not a type of content that warrant comments. Beyond this, oftentimes comments are left by spammers and trolls, so the choice to enable or disable comments is one that should be taken seriously.
When in doubt, we recommend disabling comments site-wide as comments are rarely of benefit and can do much more harm than good. If you are interested in this option, we recommend the plugin “Disable Comments” to achieve this. Adding this plugin will remove this step from the page and post-publication process.
Step 10: Set Page Attributes
The last option you have before it’s time to publish is to set your page attributes. This setting will affect how your page looks. In this section, you will find a dropdown menu labeled “Template”. The contents of this dropdown menu depends on your theme, but all themes have a “default template” which is (surprise), the default. Usually, you want all of your pages to use the same template, and the default template is a good bet. Typically the default template displays your content with a margin on the right and left sides. If your site has a sidebar it will usually display the sidebar as well.
Once again, the templates listed here depend on your theme so we won’t try to guess what other templates you have, but examples of other templates are:
- Full-width Template (A template to display your content with no margins)
- Default no sidebar template (A template to display your content without a sidebar)
- Content-specific templates (many themes include templates for pages that are standard on most sites, for example, an “About Us” template or a “Contact Page” template. If one of these templates fits the type of page that you’re making, it is probably a good choice.)
The other option in this section is to select a “Parent Page” if applicable. Parent pages can help add organization to your site. An example of a parent and child page would be an “About Us” page and an “Our Story” page. In this example the parent page would likely be “About Us”, and the child page would be “Our Story”, as “Our Story” falls under the broader topic of “About Us”.
If you were drafting the “Our Story” page, you could set “About Us” as the parent, and then the URL of the “Our Story” page would look like yoursite.com/about-us/our-story/ rather than yoursite.com/our-story. If this type of organization applies to the page you are making, we would recommend using it.
Once your page attributes are set, you are ready to proceed to the final step and publish your page!
Step 11: Publish your page
Congratulations! You made it to the final step! With your page composed and all of the document settings configured the way you want them, you are ready to hit that beautiful blue “Publish” button. You can find this button in the upper right-hand corner of your screen (we circled it in red in the screenshot below). Once you’ve found it, all you have to do is click it!
Once you’ve published your page, it will be live for all of your site visitors to view in seconds. Do note that if you are not linking to this page anywhere (from another page or on a menu), your site visitors will probably never find it, so make sure to link to the page, once you’re ready.
There is also a button labeled “View Page” that appears when you publish it. You can click this button to view your page after publishing. We recommend viewing your page before linking to it elsewhere on your site to double-check that everything turned out the way you want.
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