04 Adding Pages

The Story So Far

  • I am signed up with an internet hosting company: Cloud Hosted
  • I have chosen my domain name: epic-site.com
  • I have a default WordPress website  running
  • I have deleted sample pages, posts and other unwanted content.
  • I have set some preliminary “Settings” such as blocking comments.

Sarah 05: Adding WordPress Pages

This is where we get down to it; adding pages is the core task of building a web site.

Pages Vs Posts

Pages represent the static content of a website,  the more permanent content considered as less likely to change over time.  Whereas “Posts” are more ephemeral and properly belong to the Blog portions of a website.

You are reading a page now. Pages are typically accessible through the website menu bar comprising hierarchical Tabs.

Pages & Menus

As pages are added, the page’s title is automatically added as a top level menu item or Tab.  Alternatively, the page can be added as a sub-menu item to an existing higher level menu item. Sub menus can be nested as deeply as you like. This series of pages you are reading now, the one’s describing the construction of my WordPress website are structured in exactly that way.

Add an About Page

From the Dashboard, click on “Pages” and select “Add New”. This will bring up the WordPress text editor. Enter the title of the page in the top text box, e.g. “About”.

Now just type whatever you like in the Text are. Don’t worry about formatting for now, just type and get the feel of it.

Click the <Update> button to save your changes.

Formatting

Hitting the <Enter> key starts a new paragraph.

The Icons located above the text work just like the one’s in your word processor so I won’t elaborate here other than to suggest that you highlight some text and click an icon to see what happens.

Adding Links

You can add a link to something on another website by high lighting some text such as: this is a link to Auntie Sarah’s website, then clicking on the chain icon to initiate the link dialogue box. Fill in the URL text box,  edit the link text if necessary then click the dialogue <Update> button. You can activate, edit or remove the link by simply clicking on it while editing the page.

Linking to somewhere within your website is achieved from the same link dialog box by selecting the drop box <Link to existing content>.  The drop down box will display all your existing pages. Simply click on the page you want and WordPress will create the link. Here is a link to the:  English is French page of my own French Section pages.

Setting the Front Page

The Front page is the page that a user sees first when visiting your site. From the Dashboard select Settings -> Reading,  click on “A Static Page” and select the page you wish your visitors to see first. I chose my “About” page.

Editing Existing Pages

From the Dashboard, select Pages -> All Pages. Hover over the page you wish to edit and click on the pop-up <Edit> command. That’s it.

Eric Pickstone