WordPress Pages are similar to posts in that they have a title and body text, but they are different because:
- they are generally reserved for static content or information.
- Examples of this would be an About Me or Contact Us page.
- Pages are not listed by date and can’t be categorized or tagged like WordPress posts,
- Pages can have a hierarchy, which means you can nest pages under other pages by making one the “Parent” of the other, thus creating a group of pages.
- Due to their static nature, pages aren’t included in RSS feeds and won’t have date or time publishing
Creating a WordPress Page
1. To get started adding a new page to your WordPress site, find the Pages menu in the WordPress Dashboard Navigation menu. Click Add new.
The WordPress page editor looks nearly identical to the post editor, except for a few different boxes located on the right side of the screen.
2. Add the title of the page, like About. Note: If you have pretty permalinks set up, the title of your page will also be the URL slug.
3. Next, add some content.
4. The Publish section of the page editor is exactly the same as for writing posts. When you’re ready to publish, you can either publish immediately, save this or a draft, or schedule the page to be published later.
5. The Page Attributes section applies a parent page and template to your new page. For the Parent section, you can arrange your pages into hierarchies. For example, you could create this new page with additional pages under it. There are no limits to how many levels you can nest pages.
6. Some WordPress themes have custom page templates, so the next Template section allows you to apply a template to your new page.
7. The Order box allows you to order your page numerically. Pages are usually ordered alphabetically, but you can choose your own order by entering a number in this field.
8. Preview the page one last time, then click Publish. You’ve added a new page to your WordPress site.
Applying a WordPress Page Template
1. To add a WordPress page template to a page, edit or add a new page from the Pages menu located in the WordPress Dashboard.
2. Find the Page Attributes section. In this section, you’ll see a drop-down list for available page templates.
Depending on your WordPress theme, you’ll see your specific page template options in the drop-down menu.
For example, for this WordPress theme, you have an option to select the Default template, a Front page template or a Full-width page template with no sidebar.
Previewing your WordPress Page Template
To test out how each of these templates would change the look of the page, select a page template. Now, you can preview the changes to this page and decide whether or not to apply this page template to the page.
Publishing the Page
Once you’ve selected the page template to apply, just make sure it’s been selected and click Publish.
Tasks to Complete
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