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How To Create A WordPress Page

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How To Create A WordPress Page

How To Create A WordPress Page 

One of the first tasks you’ll want to begin with your fresh new WordPress website is to create a page. Whether you built your own WordPress website, signed up for one on WordPress.com, or had one custom-built for you by a professional, creating pages will be one of your primary tasks. Usually, you’ll also want to add it to your navigation menus so your visitors can locate it.

This tutorial will show you the basics of how to create a WordPress page and how to add it to your website’s navigation menu. It seems like a lengthy article, but it’s actually not that hard. Once you do it several times, you’ll get used to it.

Get Started

First, log into your WordPress website’s admin area. Then, click on the “Pages” menu item in the left navigation menu. This will lead you to a list of all your pages.

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Create A WordPress Page

Click the “Add New” button at the top of the page. This will lead you to the Add New Page page, which has the WordPress editor and all the settings for your new page.

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In the first box, you’ll enter the title of your new page. The editor area is where you’ll enter the text of your page and insert images. As you are filling out the different fields for your new page, at some point you’ll see that a permalink field will appear right under the title. A permalink is often termed as a “slug” and essentially is the address or URL of the page you are creating. WordPress automatically defines the permalink based on the title you entered. If you don’t like the permalink WordPress creates, you can click the Edit button next to it and change it to something more fitting.

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Once you have configured the appropriate fields for your page, click the blue Publish button. This makes the page live to the public, but may or may not show up in your navigation menu, depending on how the menu is now configured (more later). You can also click the Save Draft button to save the page for later: in this state, the page is not visible to the public.

Navigation Dilemma

Now that you have a fresh new page, how can your visitors read it? Whether or not the page shows up automatically in your navigation menu depends mainly on how your theme is set up or if it supports WordPress’ built-in menu system.

If your theme does not support WordPress Menus, then your published page is likely already shown in your navigation menu by default. This would also be a problem if your theme supports WordPress Menus, but doesn’t have any menus assigned to it yet.

The most easygoing way to check for proper configuration of your theme for WordPress Menus is to simply see if the new page has been added by visiting the home page. If not, then you either require to configure a menu for your theme (most likely) or your theme does not support WordPress Menus.

Adding The Page To Your Navigation Menu

From the WordPress admin area, click on the Appearance menu item in the left menu, then choose Menus. If there are no menus yet, you’ll need to create one using the link provided. One of the menus will be displayed by default if any already exist.

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menu-sidebar-pagesOnce you have picked or created a menu, you’ll need to add your new page to it. The left sidebar has all the possible areas where you can add menu items. By default, it will give you a list of the most recently created pages. The first one listed should be your new page. To add it to the menu, tick the box next to it and click the Add to Menu button.

menus-subitemYou’ll see that it is added to the bottom of the list in the right pane. Now you can click and move that page to the place in the menu where you’d like it to appear. Note that you can make it a child of any other menu item just by dragging it to the right a little under the parent menu item.

Once you have the menu set up the way you want it, be sure to check the suitable boxes in the Theme Locations section. This assigns the menu to a particular location in your theme. For more information about where the menus are placed in your theme, you’ll need to seek some help with your theme’s documentation or support team.

Click the blue Save Menu button to save your menu. Now you can visit your home page as visitors would see it to make sure that the menu looks the way you need it to.