Many of our blogs have discussed how to create and modify posts within WordPress, but there is another important feature of WordPress that we have not discussed in any detail: pages.
Before we continue discussing how to properly use pages on WordPress, let’s compare Posts and Pages so we can see why we need to use both in a well-designed website.
Posts are frequently added to sites where Pages remain Static.
Posts are social (including comment boxes and Social Media Links) where Pages generally don’t have either.
Posts can be categorized with Tags where Pages can be sorted through Menus.
Posts show in RSS Feeds where Pages do not show in RSS feeds .
Pages can include widgets and custom features where Posts cannot.
Pages are important, because pages are where your customers and site visitors go to find out the constant, unchanging information about your company. Examples of pages include “About Us,” or “Contact Us” page. Posts include blogs, images, or other timely additions to the site.
Now that we’ve discussed the difference between pages and posts, we should discuss how to add, edit, and sort pages within your website.
Adding a New Page
To add a page, first you must log into your WordPress account using your username and password.
Next, navigate to the “Pages” portion of your WordPress Dashboard and select “Add New.”
You will be navigated to the “New Page” screen where you can edit and create your page.
From here, you will be able to create and design your page.
You will notice that unlike posts, pages do not have “tags” or “categories. Instead, there are different widgets on the right side of the page.
The first is the Publish Widget, which works identically to the publication of posts.
The second is for “Page Attributes.”
From here you can select the parent page, the order, and template.
Using the “Parent” dropdown menu you can select an existing page as the “parent” page. Your new page will link off the “parent” in the menu.
The “template” dropdown will help you assign a specific template for the page if you need a custom look for this page.
The “order” box will allow you to assign a numerical order to your new page (if you have sorted your pages using that method).
The bottom sections allow you to Set a Feature Image and Layout (if you are using the Builder application).
Set Feature Image for pages is identical to posts.
Layout allows you to use a builder layout for your new page.
When you’re finished setting up your page, select “Publish” to publish your page.
Editing an Existing page
Sometimes, your pages need to be edited after they’ve been published. Perhaps your business has a new phone number, or you want to change your “About Us” page to reflect a change in personnel.
Editing a page in WordPress is just as easy as editing a post.
After logging into your WordPress account, navigate to your Dashboard and the “Pages” section.
Select the “all pages” link.
Here you’ll be navigated to a page showing all the pages you have created.
From this page, find the title of the page you wish to edit.
Move your mouse to the name of the page you wish to edit. Click on the “edit” button that shows up underneath the page name and begin editing.
From here, editing your page is identical to editing your posts.
When you are done editing, select the “update” button in the right toolbar.
There! With these simple steps, you can begin adding, editing, and organizing your pages with ease.