In my last blog post, I went through an overview of the admin panel of WordPress. In this post, I am going to dive into pages: how to add, edit, and delete pages, as well as additional possible functionality. Each website that SunAnt Interactive develops is different. Some options covered in this post may not be included in your website.
The Pages tab is located along the left side of the admin panel. Pages generally has two subpages: All Pages, and Add New. All Pages lists all of the pages, as well as some information about each page such as the Title, Author, Comments, and Date. Add New allows you to add a new page. At the top of the page, it will show several links that allow you to look at pages with a different status: All, Published, Drafts, Private, and Trash.
To add a page, click on Add New under Pages. To edit a page, click on the page title in the list of pages, or navigate to that page on the front end and click Edit Page in the admin bar. When adding a new page, enter the title of the page in the first text box. WordPress will automatically create a URL (website address) based on that title. You can manually edit this URL by clicking on the Edit button next to the URL (make sure to click OK when you are done).
On the right side, there are more options for the page. Here you can save the page as a draft, preview your changes, change the published status and visibility. You can also select a “parent” page (the URL will be example.com/parent-page/new-page/). A lot of our websites also have different templates to allow pages to be displayed differently. There is also an option to Set a featured image. These are images specific to that page and will usually be displayed in a specific place on the page.
The main text area is where you can edit the main content of the page. This text area has two tabs: Visual and HTML. The HTML tab will allow you to view the code of the page and can allow you to do more specific formatting, but usually isn’t needed. The Visual tab allows you to edit the content in a way similar to Microsoft Word or another text editor. You can change the formatting, size, color, text justification and much more.
To add an image into the content area, click on Add Media (or Upload/Insert in older versions) above the content area. A pop up window will appear where you can either upload a new file by clicking on the Upload Files link at the top, or chose a previously uploaded file by clicking Media Library. Click on the image you would like to add, change any necessary settings on the right side of the window, and click the Insert into page button on the bottom when you are done. Once an image is added to the content, you can change settings or delete the image by clicking on the image and selecting one of the icons that appear in the upper left corner of the image. The process for adding a PDF link to the content is similar.
Depending on your company’s website needs, we may include other fields below the content area. We use these custom fields to format content in a particular way, or to neatly display a list of products or staff. To edit this content, follow the instructions that are next to the fields.
When you are finished editing the page, click the blue Update (or Publish if this is a new page) button. View the page by either clicking View Page in the admin menu bar at the top of the page, or the View Page button next to the page’s URL.
As always, keep familiarizing yourself with WordPress and your website, and feel free to ask questions. Search online for answers, or email our support team. And come back to SunAnt’s blog often for more tutorials and articles filled with useful information to help you better manage and understand your website.