Adding Pages to your WordPress Website

WordPress makes it easy to add content to your website in several different ways. If you have content that won’t change a lot — such as a company history or a personal bio — you may want to add a page to the website.

Let’s cover some basics

First step, of course, is to sign in. If you don’t know how to sign in to your WordPress website, check out the tutorial I’ve got a WordPress website! Now what?

Once you are signed in, click on the Screen Options tab at the top right of the screen. Be certain that two columns is selected. Close the tab.

Observe the dashboard column on the left hand side of your page. Be certain the dashboard menu is not collapsed.

Adding  a WordPress Page

  • Click or Hover over the Pages button in the Dashboard, and then click on Add New.
  • Familiarize yourself with the resulting window.
    • The Title field is where you type the headline of your page.
      Go ahead and type your headline in if you are following along.
    • The Content field is where the main text goes.
      The Content field gives you many of the text formatting tools you may be familiar with from programs like Microsoft Word, plus a few others. See more about the text editing tools in an upcoming post. Add your text to see how it works.
    • The Publish box contains options to Save your page as a Draft or as a final Published page.
      Depending on how you work, you may want to save a Page in process and make changes before the rest of the world can see it — or you can click on the Publish button to make it available for everyone.
    • The Page Attributes box allows us to establish how the page relates to the hierarchy of the rest of the site. If, for example, a page is a child of another page, click the dropdown arrow in the Page Attributes box and select the previously created parent page from the list.
    • The Featured Image box allows you to define an image that will appear in Excerpts and other strategic places defined by your webmaster.
  • When you have finished writing your Page, click the Save Draft or Publish button in the Publish box.
  • To see what your page looks like, click on the Preview button in the Publish box.

Editing an Existing Page

Editing Pages uses the same tools as Adding Pages, with one small difference. To see a list of Pages you have written:

  • Click or Hover over the Pages button in the Dashboard, and then click on All Pages.
  • Hover over the name of the page, and click on the Edit hyperlink that appears.
  • Other choices when you hover over a Page are Quick Edit, Trash and View. Quick Edit allows you to change just a few things: the author of a page, it’s title, parent page, etcetera.
  • When you have clicked on the Edit hyperlink, the screen will look very similar to what the Add a Page screen looked like, except the Publish button in the Publish box will change to say Update if the Page was previously published.

 

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