Are you ready to start creating content ? Let’s quickly run through some of the basics:
Adding and editing pages
Do you want a “Contact” page, or an “About Me” page (like I have on my menu at the top of the site?)
Look along the sidebar in the WordPress Dashboard for “Pages” -> “Add New” option to begin writing a new Page.
Adding New Page
Once you’ve clicked, you’ll find a screen that looks a lot like what you’ve maybe seen in Microsoft Word. Add text, images and more to build the page you want, then save it when you’re done.
Add New Page screen
It’s easy to see that “Add New Page” screen is same as “Add New Post” screen.
The organizational structure for Pages comes only from their hierarchical interrelationships, and not from Tags or Categories. It’s the reason why “Add New Page” screen don’t have 2 sections: Categories and Tags.
Just as you can have subcategories within your Categories, you can also have subpages within your Pages, creating a hierarchy of pages.
Subpage within your Page
- In the right menu, click the “Page Parent” drop-down menu. The drop-down menu contains a list of all the Pages already created for your site.
- Select the appropriate parent Page from the drop-down menu to make the current Page a child Page.
- Add content to the subpage.
- Click Publish when ready.
When your Pages are listed, the Child Page will be nested under the Parent Page. The Permalinks of your Pages will also reflect this Page hierarchy.
For example, the Permalink would be: http://yoursite.com/parentpage/childpage/
Adding pages to the menu
If you want your new page to be linked to in your navigation bar, you need to do steps as below:
- Save any changes you’ve made to the page by clicking “Update”
- Click “Appearance” -> “Menus” in the sidebar of the WordPress Dashboard
- Find the page you created and add it to the list by clicking the checkbox next to it and then “Add to Menu”.
Adding pages to the menu
Setting Up a Static Front Page
A static page is a page that doesn’t change. Unlike a blog, where the first new article will show up at the top every time, a “static” page will show the same content every time someone comes to the site – like a home page you’ve designed.
If you don’t choose a static page on your own, WordPress will take your latest posts and start showing them on your homepage.
To set up a static front page:
- Go to “Settings -> Reading”
- Choose a static page that you have created. “Front Page” denotes your home page, “Posts page” is the front page of your blog (if your entire site isn’t a blog).
Reading Settings screen
In this tutorial, we hope that you could know how to add content and create a new page in WordPress. You may also want to check out our guide on how to configure, moderate and setup WordPress comments in next step or other instructions in this series.
See you again in next step!