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Let’s find out how to create a new page and edit various options within a page in WordPress.org CMS. Moreover, we will cover how to use the default Gutenberg blocks and use various features within the block builder to create the perfect page for your website.
A page (web page) is a document, typically static, that consists of a specific type of content. The content of a page is rarely changed. For example – the about page, contact page, product display, landing page, home page, etc. are the different types of pages on a website.
Now, let’s see how to add a page in WordPress.
At first, you should navigate to Pages > Add New from the dashboard.
By doing it, you’ll reach the default WordPress page editor – Gutenberg. Gutenberg offers dedicated elements called blocks for adding content to the page. The blocks are distinct, act as a single unit of content.
On the right of the interface, you’ll see the page settings for configuring page options and block settings for configuring selected Gutenberg blocks. Similarly, on the top, you’ll see options like publishing, previewing, page details, etc.
Now, start with entering the title of the page. The title of the page is what distinguishes it from other pages on page lists and menus.
Also, the page title likely becomes the permalink (URL) of the page too.
So, be sure to enter the appropriate title that properly describes the page.
Next, you can move ahead to adding content on the page with the Gutenberg blocks.
First, choose the block by clicking on the plus (+) button you see on the top-left or the editing screen of the page. Or, you can also type a slash (/) to quickly select a block by typing. Then, select the suitable block from the list. Also, configure the block settings from the right sidebar.
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Now, some of the common types of blocks useful for creating WordPress pages are listed below.
To manage the page settings, click on Page at the right sidebar.
From here, you can do the following things.
From here, you can set who can view this page. It has 3 options to choose from.
By default, the post visibility is public. If you want to change it, then click on it and select another option.
WordPress offers a page scheduling option that lets you choose if you want to publish the page right away or choose any date/time.
By default, it’s set to ‘Immediately’ meaning that the page will be published instantly if you click on the Publish button.
If you want to schedule it for the future, then click on ‘Immediately’ to pick a date and time from the calendar.
We have already discussed permalinks and ways to set the default permalink extension structure in WordPress.
In addition, WordPress allows creating custom permalinks for each page. For that, click on Permalink on the sidebar. Then, enter the custom URL extension (slug) there.
You can see the full permalink of the page just below it.
A featured image is the image that represents the page content and works as a thumbnail for the page. It’s the image that shows up on social media chats and walls when shared.
To upload a relevant featured image to a page, click on Featured Image at the right sidebar of the page editor.
Then, click on Set Featured Image to select one.
Next, you can choose to let the audience comment on your pages. However, this feature is not practical for WordPress pages.
If you want to do it anyway, then click on the Discussion tab and check the box next to Allow comments.
Lastly, the Page Attribute option lets you choose a parent page to your current page under creation.
This feature might not be useful to you for a start. However, it’s applicable if you want to create a hierarchy of pages.
To select the parent page for the page, click on Page Attributes and select an existing page on the Parent Page option.
Below that, you can also create the order of appearing of the page you’re creating.
After you’re done creating a new page, there are a few options for you – save a draft for the future, publish right away, or preview the page. The options are available on the top right of the page.
With the save draft option, you’ll save the content and all the changes, but it’s not published on the internet. If you haven’t completed creating or making changes to a page, then you’ll save it as a draft so that you can resume it and publish a complete version later.
The Preview option lets you see how it appears on different types of devices – desktop, tablet, and mobile. Just click on Preview and click on the device you want to see your page on.
You can also open the preview on a new tab.
Finally, click on Publish to make the page go live.
It’ll let you double-check the page’s visibility and publishing schedule settings. If everything is fine, then click on Publish once again.