Managing Pages within WordPress

What are WordPress ‘Pages’

Pages in WordPress typically make up your main navigation and structure of your site. Pages are items that you only have one of, such as an ‘About Us’ or ‘Contact Us’ page. These are managed separately from Posts which there are more than one of, such as blog entries or news articles. Understanding the difference between Pages and Posts is key to setting up the initial structure of your Website.

What is Covered in This Video

  • How to manage WordPress pages
  • How pages differ than Posts
  • Different publishing and visibility statuses
  • Theme dependency of certain features

Video Transcript

Hi there. Let’s talk about how WordPress deals with content, and in particular, the two main kinds of content there are within a WordPress website. Those are pages and posts. This tutorial is going to focus on pages.

When you go into the admin area of the website, on the left side you’re going to have a menu item called pages. Clicking all pages is going to list out every page that is currently within your website. When you think about pages, think about them as individual entities that can stand on their own. For example, you’re only going to have one contact us page or one about us page. Though there may be many executive bios, for example, you’re only going to have one bio for each executive.

Typically, these are the things that make up the main navigation points within your WordPress website. This differs from posts, which are things that there are many of. For example, blog articles. You’re going to have many blog articles and they are typically going to be displayed in chronological order.

Let’s edit a page. If we go to edit page, we’re going to see the title area, the main body area. That’s all pretty self explanatory. If you want to click this button right here, that’s going to drop down here and give you all the controls that you have to format your text. On the right side within our publish box, we have the status. Now, you can change this from published to pending review or draft. Published, basically, means it’s available on the front end of the website.

One more level of protection is visibility. The default is public. So, this is if you’re making about us page, for example, you’re going to make sure that it’s set to public. However, it is an option to password protect a page or make it private. Making it private requires the user to be logged in to see the page.

The publish date will default to the date that you publish this particular page, however, you can change this if you need to for any reason. One reason, would be to set it as a future date, so, that it does not become public until that time.

Page attributes. This is where the page lives in regards to other pages within your website. So, we can place this under the blog or we can make it a main page within the website, i.e. no parent. By giving the page an order, we set where it’s going to appear. This will be where it appears within our listing of all the pages in the admin and in a lot of things, it’s going to determine where it appears within the navigation bar of the website, as well.

Featured images are something you can attach to pages. Typically, they’re used in posts and your theme must support a featured image. For example, if we were to set a featured image here, it may appear within the page because our theme is built to accommodate that. Again, this is not used quite as much in pages as it is posts, so, if you’d like to learn more about it, see our tutorial on posts.

That’s it. Upon hitting update your page will be saved. You can always go view your page right away and this is the way our page appears on our website. And that’s it. The next tutorial will go over posts which work differently than pages and between pages and posts you’ll be able to manage content within your website.

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