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Blog Pages: Create, Edit, & Manage the Pages on Your Blog

WordPress has several types of web pages:

  • Posts: Dated content entries that typically show the date published, author, and category. 
  • Archive Pages: Automatically generated pages that collect Posts.
    For example, by default, the home page of your site displays an archive of your blog posts with the most recent post at the top. Similarly, category pages archive all posts assigned to a category. Visitors can click the title of a post, or a "read more..." link to open just that post. 
  • Pages: Simple web pages, sometimes called "static pages," that are NOT compiled on Blog Pages but can be linked to from your site navigation. Pages do not include time stamps or author bylines, but can allow comments. Pages are not included in RSS "feeds."
  • Plugins may add additional page types. (e.g., calendar event pages).

Pages are most useful for information that is not time-sensitive and does not change frequently, such as a contact page, a page for policies, or a syllabus page for a course site. You can configure your site's Reading settings to use a Static Front Page as your home page instead of a Blog Page (see Configure Blog Settings). You can even build a website only out of Pages (with no Posts).

Note: New blogs start out with a Sample Page that contains filler text which you should edit or delete.

Add a New Page

  1. Log in to your blog and on the Dashboard toolbar, click Pages, then Add New. The Add New Page screen will open.
    Note: The Add New Page screen is similar to the Add New Post screen, but with slightly different panels. For example, Categories, Tags, and Excerpt panels are available only for Posts, not Pages.
  2. On the Add New Page screen, in the top field, enter a TitleNote: Keep the title short; it will be used in your blog site navigation.
  3. In the Page Attributes panel (at right), you have options that affect navigation. 
    • Order & Parent are from a legacy method of building menus. Use Menus to configure page order and heiarchy. (See Add and Manage Menus on Your Blog.)  
    • Template: Select a page layout (if available). Your current theme determines which templates are available. Default templates typically include a sidebar for widgets. Many themes provide a full-width page template that does not include a sidebar. Note: Some themes provide a Font Page Template to be used exclusively on the home page when the Reading setting is set to "Static front page." 
  4. In the Editor window (the large field at the center of the screen), enter the content for your page. For more on formatting content, see About the Blogs Visual Editor.
  5. To save your page as a Draft, in the Publish panel (at top right) click Save Draft. You can continue editing or return later.
  6. To preview your page without publishing, in the Publish panel (at right) click Preview. A preview of your page will open in a new tab in your Web browser.
    Note: To return to the Add New Post screen and continue editing, close the new tab.
  7. To save and publish your page, click Publish (at right). This will add the page to your blog site, but you may still need to add the page to a menu in order for visitors to find it.

Edit a Page

To edit a page or re-open a draft:

  1. On the Dashboard toolbar, click Pages. The Pages screen will open listing pages in order created, with the most recent at top. To help find pages you can click All, Published, Drafts, or Private and filter which page type is listed, or use the Search (top-right). There is also a drop-down menu to filter by date (month published).
  2. In the list of Pages, move your mouse over the Page title and click Edit (below the title). The Edit Page screen will open.
    Note: If you are logged-in to your blog and viewing a page, you can jump to its Edit screen from the Admin bar (at top).
  3. Make changes to your page contents or settings.
  4. To save changes, choose from:
    • Save Draft to save a draft without publishing the page.
    • Publish to save and publish.
    • Update to save changes to a published page.
    Alternately, from the Pages screen you can roll-over the page name and click Quick Edit to change publish settings for a page. See Use Quick Edit (below).

Delete or Hide Pages

Deleted pages will be permanently erased from your blog. Draft pages will not be visible to visitors, but will still be available for future use.

To delete a single page:

  1. On the Dashboard toolbar, click Pages. The Pages screen will open.
  2. Mouse over the name of the page and from the options that appear, click Trash. A message will appear in the yellow confirmation bar at the top of the screen. The page will be moved to the trash and links to the page will be removed from your site navigation.
    • To recover a page from the Trash, at the top of the Pages screen, click Trash. Pages that have been sent to the Trash will be listed. Mouse-over the Page title and click Restore (below title). Click All to list all Pages.
    • To permanently remove Pages from your blog that are held in the Trash, empty the Trash: At the top of the Pages screen, click Trash. The page will change to list items in the Trash. At the bottom or top of the screen, click Empty Trash.

To delete more than one page at once:

  1. On the Dashboard, click Pages. The Pages screen opens.
  2. Select the checkboxes for Pages you wish to delete.
  3. At the bottom or top of the Pages list, click Bulk Actions and choose Move to Trash. The pages will be moved to the trash and links to them will be removed from your site navigation.

To hide a published page (without deleting), return it to draft status:

  1. Edit the Page (see above for details).
  2. On the Publish panel (at right) next to Status: Published, click Edit. The panel will expand to show more options.
  3. Use the drop-down menu, change the status from Published to Pending Review or Draft.
    Note: The Pending Review status is available for Contributors who do not have permission to publish. For more see Add Co-Authors and Members to Your Blog.
  4. Click Update. The page will no longer be visible on your site, but from the Dashboard, you can return to edit it.

Use Quick Edit

Instead of opening a page to change it's settings, you can change some settings from the Pages screen

  1. On the Dashboard toolbar, click Pages. The Pages screen will open.
  2. Roll-over the page title and click Quick Edit. The listing expands to show Quick Edit options fior the Page.
    Note: Quick Edit does not let you edit text or insert media, but you can quickly change the page title, publish date, template, whether to allow comments, status (e.g. from Draft, to Published), and more.
  3. Change the settings, then click Update (at right) or Cancel (at left).