Depending upon your site set up, your admin area may not include a Pages menu. In this case, you should skip the following content and proceed to the next support article.
These controls are used to add and edit the pages of your web site. When you click Pages, all of your site’s pages are listed. You can use the available controls to sort and filter your pages.
You will note that the page titles link up with your displayed content. To edit any page, including changing text and adding images, simply click the title of the page. When changing published pages, remember this is the live content of your site.
Adding a New Page
To add a new page, click the Add New button at the top of your pages list:
After clicking the Add New button your new page edit controls will be presented as follows:
1. Help: The help information and reference documents are available on all admin pages. Don’t forget to use this when needed.
2. Page Title: The title of your page. You can use any words or phrases. Do not use the same title twice for a post or page, as this will cause problems with your site navigation.
3. Upload/Insert: These controls are used to upload images, files and other media to your site and insert them into your page. You should always format images and files before uploading, as large file sizes will needlessly use up your site resources. Images must be either .jpg, .jpeg, .png or .gif format and should be no wider or higher than 1000px.
4. Format Toolbar: Use this toolbar to format the text in your content area (item 6). Click the very last button on the top row to show/hide extra format tools.
5. Edit Mode: Visual edit mode allows you to see how your page content will look as you edit it. This will be the only mode that most people will need use. Alternatively, if you are familiar with HTML (refer w3schools) you can choose HTML edit mode to code the content of your page.
If you are inserting code into your page, like Vimeo video embedding code for example, always switch to HTML mode before pasting the code in your content area.
6. Content Area: This is where you enter your page content including text, images and links. Also refer to the Shortcodes article for further control over your content.
7. Publish Box: Page publishing tools including:
- Save Draft: Save your page as a draft while editing or to work on later.
- Preview: Preview your page before publishing your changes.
- Status: Change your page status. Only Published pages can be viewed by the public.
- Visibility: Change your page to password-protected or private (i.e. only you and other admin users of your site can access the page).
- Publish On: You can schedule a page to be published in the future, or change the date to a time in the past (this can be useful in some applications where pages are sorted by date).
- Move to Trash: Move your page to the trash.
- Publish / Update: Publish your new page or page edits.
8. Page Attributes: Page publishing tools including:
- Parent: this controls the page hierarchy or, in other words, the filing / organisation of your pages. In most cases you shouldn’t need to use this feature for your site, unless it helps you with organising new pages.
- Template: templates can be selected to alter the appearance of pages. If your site has more than one page template available, you will have the option of selecting which template to apply to your page.
- Order: this is another hierarchy / filing control. For example, the Home page has order 0 as it is the first page to be seen on your site, while footer linked pages such as Terms & Conditions are given a high order number so that they are shown at the bottom of your Pages list. Note that this feature is for organisation only, the order of the pages shown in your public site’s main menu is controlled via the Appearance admin section.
9. View Options: Depending upon your site set up you will have additional options for controlling the display of your page.
10. Additional Options: When pages have additional custom controls they will be displayed in these areas.
After you save your page, the Permalink below the title shows the URL for the page. The URL is generated from your title. You can use this URL in other pages or to share as link to the public location of your page.
To include a page in your site navigation, refer to the Appearance > Menus sub-menu.
Additional controls for your pages will be displayed as Pages sub-menus. If your site includes a blog, then your Pages > Options sub-menu will allow you to control whether your blog posts are displayed on your home page or on another page.
A typical arrangement is to add a new page called Home and a new page called Blog; you can then use the Pages > Options controls to display Home as your home page and display your blog posts on Blog.
For more information on how to use the above and additional controls in the Pages menu, please use the contextual help links provided at the top right of the controls that you wish to know more about.
Last Modified: 1st March, 2011
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