Pages are different from blog posts in that they are static pages outside the flow of chronologically organized posts. Pages often form the main navigation to sections of your site that tend not to change. These can be as basic as an About Us page or a Contact Page or it could include a whole series of articles and sub-pages that reside off of higher order pages within your site navigation structure. Writing a page in the WordPress editor is similar to writing a post. After clicking the Page tab, click on the Add New link to begin writing a new page, or the All Pages link to view and manage your current list of pages. You write your page content in the text editor. Use the graphic editing icons to format your text. For more on formatting text click here. Again, like writing a post you give your page a title. Then write your page content in the main text editor. Your title will appear at the top of your published page as the headline. It also becomes the default file name for the page URL unless you use the Permalink editing feature just below the title box to specify a specific, perhaps shorter, file names in the URL path. You could use the permalink editor to give the URL filename a shorter version than the title of the page, should the title be long and wordy. You can also use it to cover different variations on your keywords for that page. This can help with your search engine optimization. Before diving too far into editing and publishing your pages be sure to read about how to write for the web.
On the right side of text editor, below the publishing section, are a number of options. Pages have some different options to choose from than posts, with some the same too. We highlight the main ones you would be using by adding a screenshot image of that feature. Page Parent – select from current list of pages where this page should lie in relation to others. This sets the hierarchy of pages and sub-pages within the navigation structure of your website. Page Template – your theme will likely have a different template for pages than it does for blog posts. It could also have multiple page template to choose from, select the desired page template here. Page Order – Should you site include a page that lists the pages of your site, or perhaps a menu of pages in the sidebar, you can set the order that this page links are displayed here, otherwise they’re sorted alphabetically. There are more options again below the text editor; Comments & Pings – you can control if you want to open comments for your page. Generally for pages you would turn this off, unless you really want comments on your pages. Some WordPress themes may possibly not even have a comments section in the template for static pages anyways. Comments are more commonly used for blog posts. Page Author – if your site has multiple users you would assign one as the author of the page here. By default the user who initiates writing the page will automatically be assigned the author as WP knows who they are based on their login.
SEO Feature (Search Engine Optimization)
If your site uses an SEO plugin, we recommend All-in-One-SEO-Pack, you would enter a title and description of the page using that feature.
Saving and Publishing your Pages
As you write your pages, WordPress will begin to autosave your page as a draft. Use the Save or Publish buttons when you are ready. Before publishing the page you can use the Preview button to see how it will look first. Right click on the Preview button then open it in a new window or new tab so you can easily jump back to the write page. When you click the Publish button the new page will go live and you will then be redirected to a new Write Page page. The little calendar option will allow you to post date your page for later publication on the site. They will remain unpublished and then go live on the site at your preset date and time. Click the edit link and those options will appear for you. This feature is typically more useful for blog posts than it is static pages. Your drafts will not be published live onto the website until you select the Publish button. To edit the draft pages you’ve not completed and published click on the All Pages link. Here will be the full list of your pages. It will indicate which are published and un-published. Click the Title link of your draft page to go to the edit screen and continue writing and then publish it.
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