Tutorial #9: Creating WordPress Pages

Tutorial #9: Creating WordPress Pages


In Tutorial #4 of this series, I discussed
the difference between WordPress Post and Pages and we went on to create a post of the
site. In this tutorial I’ll demonstrate how to create a WordPress page. We already have
one page within our WordPress site as part of our sample data. It’s this page, the Sample
page, which we can find on our main menu. By default, when we create new pages in WordPress,
they’re added here, to our top primary menu. In the next tutorial, I’ll show you how to
create a custom menu, but for now we’ll return to the WordPress dashboard to create a new
page and we’ll go to the “Pages” option in our toolbar. Notice how our Sample page is
listed here and we can click on the “Add new” option in the toolbar or the “Add New” button
at the top of the Pages area to create a new page. First, of course, I’ll add in a title
for our new page and the title should be relative to your content. This is going to be our static
homepage for our site and I’m going to go to a Microsoft Word document and copy some
text that I’ve written for this static front page. I’ll show you how to make this the static
front page in just a moment, but for now let’s go ahead use the Paste as text feature to
paste this text in as plain text, removing any formatting that came from Microsoft Word.
I’m going to add some formatting to the first line of this paragraph. This is something
I discussed in more detail in tutorial #7 of this series. I’ll also add an image into
paragraph and I’ve already selected an image from my computer and uploaded it to the site.
Again, this is something I discussed in greater detail in tutorial #8 of this series. Notice
off to the side how I can also select a parent for this page. Pages are organized differently
than posts. Posts have categories, but pages have parents and if add a parent to this page,
this page would become a sub menu item, or a child page. I’ll show you that in a later
tutorial, but for now I’ll publish this page and it will automatically be added to the
top primary menu on the homepage of my WordPress site. So I’ll return to the home and refresh
the page. Notice how Welcome to Guitar Central is now an option in my top primary menu. I
want this to my homepage, though, and it’s not. If I click on the Guitar Central option
here in my theme, my homepage still features my posts, and if I want my posts to be featured
on an inside page, I need to return to the WordPress dashboard and click on the “Add
New” button to create a brand new page. I’ll add in a title here to indicate that this
is a page for my blogs, a page where people can come and see my posts. I’m not going to
add any content in here though. I’ll go ahead and click on the “Publish” button to add this
page to the top primary menu. To change my home or front page from being a stream of
my posts to being a static page, I’ll go to the “Customize” option under “Appearance”
in the toolbar. In tutorial #3 of this series I demonstrated a lot of ways to customize
a theme, but we didn’t talk about using a static front page. Right now, my front page
is my latest posts. I’m going to go ahead and change this to a static page on my site
and in the drop down window for my front page I’ll go ahead and select Welcome to Guitar
Central. Next, on my Posts page, I’ll select the Guitar Central Blog, that second page
that we just created. I’ll click on the “Save & Publish” button at the top of this area
and I’ll return to the front end of my WordPress site and I’ll refresh the page. You’ll notice
that the Welcome to Guitar Central page is now the static front page for my WordPress
site. It’s the first page people see when they visit my URL. I also have the Guitar
Central Blog menu item in our top primary menu, and the Sample page. Before we visit
the blog though, we want to get rid of that Sample page, so let’s return to the WordPress
dashboard and I’ll close down this customize area. Then I’ll go down the “Pages” option
and select “All pages”. I’ll click on the check box next to the Sample page and click
on the “Trash” option. This will remove the page, it’s not permanently gone from the site,
but it will be deleted form our menu. By returning to the front end we can refresh the page and
we we’ll see that the Sample Page disappears. We can also go to our menu and click on the
Guitar Central Blog page, which contains our posts. The next tutorial will focus on customizing
this menu and creating additional menus for the WordPress site.

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