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Working With WordPress Pages

Updated May 14, 2010
Discounting Archives and Categories pages, in a WordPress blog there is only one page that will automatically update with each new post you publish, placing the most recent post at the top. This page is by default the front page but it can be changed to another page.

How do I post to a Page?
It’s not possible to “post” to a page. Pages are static entities that only can be updated by editing.  If you are using static pages for several different subjects then consider using posts and categories instead as they update automatically upon publication.

Pages are quite different from posts

The Pages you create > Dashboard > Pages > Add New (an unlimited number) sit outside posts and their structure and are meant to be used for static content. In most themes Pages lack timestamps and in all themes any additions you make to them must be done manually by editing. You cannot assign categories and tags to Pages. They do not go out to your subscribers in RSS feed,  and they are not search-able via your web-based search box. Pages lack the “Google juice” that posts on a front page get.

Static Front Page

As mentioned in the opening paragraph above, the default display of posts presented on the front page can be changed. This is done by designating another static page as the front page of your blog. And the Posts page can also be changed at the same location.

> Dashboard  > Settings > Reading


You can also create an unlimited number of sub-pages assigned in hierarchical order to “parent” pages.

> Dashboard > Pages > Add New
Look to the far right beyond the editor box and assign the new sub-page you are creating to a Parent page.   Complete the sub-page contents and publish it.

page attributes image

Some themes like Digg3 and Misty Look have horizontally displayed page tabs. These are usually located at the top of the blog. Some themes like Day Dream have page tabs just below the header. But many themes like Kubrick and Connections do not display page tabs at all.

The Pages Widget

pages widget image

If you’re using a theme that lacks page tabs then the Pages Widget becomes the method of click through navigation for your readers.

It displays links to your blog’s static pages in your sidebar.

Pages Widget set-up walk through -> Dashboard -> Appearance-> Widgets

  1. Scroll down to the Available widgets box and locate the Pages widget.
  2. Drag it out and drop it into the Sidebar box.
  3. Click on to open it.  When the widget opens you will see optional fields that you can complete.
  4. Configuring the widget
    * Title:
    * Sort by: Page title Page order Page ID
    * Exclude:
    Page IDs, separated by commas.
  5. Once your selections have been made click “save” and “close”
  6. View your blog.

Different Pages for Different Bloggers

The use of pages for presenting static content to readers is limited only by a blogger’s imagination.  Below are examples  (Click images for full size).

About Page

screen shot about page onecoolsiteblogging

An About Page can provide a variety of information  so the reader has an idea of who the blogger is and what the purpose of the blog is.  An About can be used to let your readers know:

  1. about the blogger;
  2. about the kind of blog it is;
  3. about how readers can comment and subscribe.
  4. how to contact the blogger.

Comment Page

screen shot commenting page

A Comment Page can be useful too. It can advise readers of your policy (moderated comments or not – email addresses required but not posted, or not required). It can also contain how to instructions for formatting comments.

Each blogger can determine how many pages and sub-pages their own blog requires and create them to suit.

More page references:
Can I sort my pages?
I have 2 Home page links
I have too many pages at the top of my blog
I have too many pages in my header

7 thoughts on “Working With WordPress Pages

  1. How can i create links below any page?? like “About me” is my Main page. i want to make it parent page and child page should be links not another sub-page.
    How?? :(
    “About Me”
    > Facebook
    >Google Plus

  2. I love you!!! Thank you so much for helping me to easily understand pages and children pages. I’ve spent more than an hour trying to get this question answered. Needless to say, you are bookmarked!

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