Working with Pages

WordPress “Pages” allow you to have content separate from blog Posts for creating a full website. They can be used to create things like a splash/greeting/front page, pricing sheets, client areas for proofing, portfolio areas or any thing else you want.

Differences between Pages and Posts

WordPress Pages are intended for content on your site which you do not want to appear in the blog organized by a date.  Instead, pages are used for standalone content that you want accessed from a link, menu, etc.  For this reason, Pages do not have some of the extra functionality that Posts use for organization. Some features that Pages do not have:

  • No Date/Time
  • No Categories
  • No Tags
  • No Excerpt (cannot show in an Excerpt View)

Some features common between Posts and Pages:

  • Both have a Title and URL address ‘slug’
  • Both can be Password Protected (more info)
  • Both can have visitor Comments enabled/disabled on an individual basis
  • A Featured Image can be selected (more info)

Creating a new Page

Creating a new Page for content is almost exactly the same as creating a new blog Post, but Pages are created and managed in the “Pages” tab to the left in the WordPress admin screen:

wp38_pages area

Click the “Add New” item in the Pages group to the left, or use the convenient “Add New” button at the top of the Pages view.  In the resulting editor screen, enter a Title and begin adding content. You can enter & format text and insert any media you want: individual images, groups of images, Slideshow galleries, Lightbox galleries, Grids, or even embed other content like a video player! (in the “Text” view tab by pasting code as described here)

When you’re finished adding the content you want, you can Publish your work so it can be viewed by visitors online. You can even prevent unauthorized viewers from seeing the content by protecting the Page with a passwordclick here to learn how.

Organizing Pages: “Parent” relationships and Order

Posts on your blog are automatically organized and shown chronologically by publish date, and can even be grouped into Categories, if desired.  Pages are most often found on a site via a simple Navigation Menu link or drop down.  If you have several Pages to work with, and want a traditional website structure, you can also use the “Parent” WordPress feature to organize Pages into a hierarchy by using a “Parent-child” hierarchy.

How-To Use “Parent”

Simply look for the “Page Attributes” box in your Page editor screen in WordPress, and pick any other Page to act as a ‘Parent’ to your new creation:

First, select a Page you have already made to be the ‘Parent’ …

… and a ‘Parent-child’ structure is created with the new Page as a ‘sub-Page’

You can even use the “Order” number box seen above to impact the order the Pages appear in lists and drop down Navigation Menus – type in your own order numbers to change the order, or leave the Order as zero to use the default alphabetic sorting.

Why create a hierarchy?: URLs and Paths

By creating a structure for the Pages you create, a few cool things can happen.

  1. Organized: you can find your Pages easily in the “All Pages” WordPress screen because they will be grouped in your hierarchy as seen in the How-To screenshot above, making it easier to find and manage your Pages
  2. Widgets: WordPress Widgets can list the Pages on your site and obey the hierarchy you create:
  3. Menus: drop down Navigation Menu lists will automatically show your Pages and obey the hierarchy you create:
  4. URL addresses and SEO: if you are using WordPress Permalinks, the URL address to your Pages will obey the hierarchy you create for a common-sense web address to your page, which is great for SEO:

Be aware that you can create more than one nested level by selecting a ‘Child’ Page to be the ‘Parent’ of another Page, allowing you to create multi-level hierarchy and structure for your website Pages – two levels deep, three levels deep, more – whatever your site calls for.

Links & Navigation of Pages

There are several ways to make it easy to navigate the Pages of content on your site. Here are a few ideas:

  • Navigation Menus – the most common method, you can create top-level links to your Pages with a Primary or Secondary Navigation Menu Bar along the top of your site.
    Menu overview here
  • ProPhoto Grids – you can create a slick thumbnail Grid with each image linking do a different Page you’ve made. You can place a Grid on a front home Page, any other Page, a blog Post, even in a widget area.
    Grid overview here
  • Clickable Images – use one or more images in the content of your site to manually link to a Page you’ve created.
    Tutorial here
  • Widgets – WordPress supplies a few widgets and ProPhoto adds some more to easily add links, Grids, etc. to any widget area, found in this screen:  “Appearance” > “Widgets”
    Widgets overview here

Get creative with these tools to make it easy for visitors to find the information they need on your site. Be sure to create your Pages of content before you begin linking so there is something to link to!

Page Appearance

Our “hiding” tutorial explains how to turn certain areas on/off for all static pages at once.  In addition, you can disable various ProPhoto areas on just specific pages via the page specific options available in the page edit screen.

Related Tutorials:



WordPress “Pages” allow you to have content separate from blog Posts for creating a full website. They can be used to create things like a splash/greeting/front page, pricing sheets, client areas for proofing, portfolio areas or any thing else you want.

Differences between Pages and Posts

WordPress Pages are intended for content on your site which you do not want to appear in the blog organized by a date.  Instead, pages are used for standalone content that you want accessed from a link, menu, etc.  For this reason, Pages do not have some of the extra functionality that Posts use for organization. Some features that Pages do not have:

  • No Date/Time
  • No Categories
  • No Tags
  • No Excerpt (cannot show in an Excerpt View)

Some features common between Posts and Pages:

  • Both have a Title and URL address ‘slug’
  • Both can be Password Protected (more info)
  • Both can have visitor Comments enabled/disabled on an individual basis
  • A Featured Image can be selected (more info)

Creating a new Page

Creating a new Page for content is almost exactly the same as creating a new blog Post, but Pages are created and managed in the “Pages” tab to the left in the WordPress admin screen:

wp38_pages area

Click the “Add New” item in the Pages group to the left, or use the convenient “Add New” button at the top of the Pages view.  In the resulting editor screen, enter a Title and begin adding content. You can enter & format text and insert any media you want: individual images, groups of images, Slideshow galleries, Lightbox galleries, Grids, or even embed other content like a video player! (in the “Text” view tab by pasting code as described here)

When you’re finished adding the content you want, you can Publish your work so it can be viewed by visitors online. You can even prevent unauthorized viewers from seeing the content by protecting the Page with a passwordclick here to learn how.

Organizing Pages: “Parent” relationships

Posts on your blog are automatically organized and shown chronologically by publish date, and can even be grouped into Categories, if desired.  Pages are most often found on a site via a simple Navigation Menu link or drop down.  If you have several Pages to work with, and want a traditional website structure, you can also use the “Parent” WordPress feature to organize Pages into a hierarchy by using a “Parent-child” hierarchy.

How-To Use “Parent”

Simply look for the “Page Attributes” box in your Page editor screen in WordPress, and pick any other Page to act as a ‘Parent’ to your new creation:

First, select a Page you have already made to be the ‘Parent’ …

… and a ‘Parent-child’ structure is created with the new Page as a ‘sub-Page’

You can even use the “Order” number box seen above to impact the order the Pages appear in lists and drop down Navigation Menus – type in your own order numbers to change the order, or leave the Order as zero to use the default alphabetic sorting.

Why create a hierarchy?: URLs and Paths

By creating a structure for the Pages you create, a few cool things can happen.

  1. Organized: you can find your Pages easily in the “All Pages” WordPress screen because they will be grouped in your hierarchy as seen in the How-To screenshot above, making it easier to find and manage your Pages
  2. Widgets: WordPress Widgets can list the Pages on your site and obey the hierarchy you create:
  3. Menus: drop down Navigation Menu lists will automatically show your Pages and obey the hierarchy you create:
  4. URL addresses and SEO: if you are using WordPress Permalinks, the URL address to your Pages will obey the hierarchy you create for a common-sense web address to your page, which is great for SEO:

Be aware that you can create more than one nested level by selecting a ‘Child’ Page to be the ‘Parent’ of another Page, allowing you to create multi-level hierarchy and structure for your website Pages – two levels deep, three levels deep, more – whatever your site calls for.

Links & Navigation of Pages

There are several ways to make it easy to navigate the Pages of content on your site. Here are a few ideas:

  • Navigation Menus – the most common method, you can create top-level links to your Pages with a Primary or Secondary Navigation Menu Bar along the top of your site.
    Menu overview here
  • ProPhoto Grids – you can create a slick thumbnail Grid with each image linking do a different Page you’ve made. You can place a Grid on a front home Page, any other Page, a blog Post, even in a widget area.
    Grid overview here
  • Clickable Images – use one or more images in the content of your site to manually link to a Page you’ve created.
    Tutorial here
  • Widgets – WordPress supplies a few widgets and ProPhoto adds some more to easily add links, Grids, etc. to any widget area, found in this screen:  “Appearance” > “Widgets”
    Widgets overview here

Get creative with these tools to make it easy for visitors to find the information they need on your site. Be sure to create your Pages of content before you begin linking so there is something to link to!

Related Tutorials:


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