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5.4 – Pages

WordPress Pages are generally used for static content; content which remains relevant throughout time. Common examples of content found on pages include the the contact form and legal disclaimer. Often times comments are also disabled for pages as no discussion about the content is intended.

Pages can be ordered into a hierarchy of parent and child pages for better content organisation. This hierarchy can be mimicked in the menu structure under Appearance > Menus.

Pages are displayed as timeless: while the WordPress database stores the published date of pages they are not listed by date nor included in the RSS feed.

Pages can make use of Page Templates to change their structure and appearance from the default. WordPress includes a few page templates by default: Default Template; Blog and Archive. This list can be extended by a theme with the addition of custom page templates, which might include a specific page template for a portfolio gallery or a landing page.

How To Create A Page

In the Dashboard Navigation menu hover over Pages and click ‘Add New’. You will be presented with this screen:

add new page

Scroll to the top of the page and click ‘Screen Options’. Check every box to display all the avilable options.

page screen options

Add the title and the content for the page.

Page Attributes

Under Page Attributes there are three sections with options: the Parent, the Template and the Order.

  • The Parent section creates hierarchies from pages. For example, a page titled ‘Fruit’ could have pages for specific fruits ordered below it in the hierarchy. In this case the ‘Fruit’ page would be the parent of the specific fruit pages.
  • The Template section provides the page template options. For example, the page could be assigned the page template ‘Blog’ or ‘Archive’ or ‘Default Template’. Additional custom templates may be available to choose from if they have been included in the child theme.
  • The Order box allows the pages to be ordered numerically. Pages are usually ordered alphabetically, but you can choose your own order by entering a number in this field.

Discussion

This section presents two check boxes.

  • Allow comments.
  • Allow trackbacks and pingbacks on this page.

Comments

This section allows the author to add comments to the page.

Slug

This sections allows you to change the slug for your page.

Author

This section presents the list of authors the page can be attributed to.

Scripts

This sections provides a box to enter custom scripts. Examples could be for tracking visitors or conversions.

With the options attended to the page can now be published. This can be done immediately, scheduled to be published at a later time or saved as a draft.

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