Create Additional Pages

If you just want to blog, then you are already done.  Just click add post and start typing.

If you want some more structure to your site and want to create additional pages, then you have got a bit more work to do.  This how to do WordPress guide is a result of creating additional pages.  I did it this way so that it would be easy to find on my site.

To begin, select the Pages option in your WordPress Dashboard menu.  By default you are taken to a screen that displays all your site’s pages.  If you have multiple pages on your site, they will all be listed here.

WordPress PagesI took a snapshot of what the screen looks like with my mouse cursor over the one page listed here, Sample Page.  Once you have created some more pages, this is how you can edit (or delete) your pages.  Edit will open up a full editor where you can adjust your content or page attributes, and Quick Edit just allows you to edit the attributes (without taking you away.)

We are going to begin at the beginning, and click “Add New” in our Dashboard menu.  When you do so, you will see a screen similar to this:

WordPress Page Creation

I have labeled where you put your page title, and where you write the text that will be on the page.  As you can see above where the text is entered, many of the standard options that are familiar to anybody who has used a word processor are available here as well.  I circled a few buttons that you should be familiar with.

Towards the top left of the editing box is the label Upload/Insert with a small camera icon.  This is the utility that will allow you to upload files from your computer and insert them into a page.

Towards the center of the editing box is your link tools.  The first one is three links of a chain and is used to create a link to another web page.  The second one is a broken chain and is used to remove an existing link.  In order to add a link you highlight the words that you want to be clickable, then click the link button.  A dialog box will appear.

If you want a link to an external destination, such as Google.com, you would type the web address to the destination page in the URL box.  If you have a page internally you want to link to, click “Or link to existing content”, and a window will open with all the pages you have already created.  If you want to have your visitor stay on your website and open the link destination in another window, check the “Open link in a new window/tab” box.

The Page Attributes box is an important one to look at.  The “Parent” drop-down gives you the opportunity to make a page link below another one.  For instance on my site, How To Do WordPress is at the top of all the individual topics, so it is the parent of all of those subsequent pages (including this one).  The “Order” box allows you to assign a rank if you will to each page, which can affect how each link is displayed.  On my site, the green menubar at the top of each page is sorted based on this attribute.  If I want to change the order of my pages, I alter those numbers and the links are automatically resorted.

By clicking the “Preview” button, you will have the opportunity to see your creation before it is published.  A new tab will open with your creation displayed.

When you are ready to go live just click the Publish button.  You can always change your page later, so do not be afraid to get your content out there.

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