Pages in WordPress

by Drew Conroy

Posted on January 5, 2019

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Note: This post is from our video tutorial onPages in WordPress.

Today we are going to go over pages.  If you have been following along with this WordPress Beginner Tutorials Series, I covered working with posts using the Classic Editor in Videos #7 and #8.

Since the same editor is used for pages, I will not go over all the functions in this tutorial. If you have not seen those videos I suggest going back and watching them.  However, we will make some changes just to get you going with Pages.

Not only do Pages and Posts use the same editor. But the entire process for creating Pages is the same you would do for creating a Post . From the left hand side panel, hover over Pages, then on the flyout click “Add New”.

Unlike Posts, there are no Categories and Tags with Pages.

There is a panel on the right hand side called “Page Attributes”. The Page Attributes lets you set page parents and templates, along with changing the order of your pages.

We can set the Status for Pages in the “Publish Panel”, just like we do with Posts, along with Visibility, and the Publishing Settings.  The third panel showing in the page interface, by default is the “Featured Image Panel” for setting your pages “Featured Image”.` These panels are collapsible and can be moved around.

The “Screen Options” allow you to check off a box and add to the interface, such as: Page Attributes, Featured Image, Custom Fields, Discussion, Comments, Slug and Author. You can also choose the layout, and Enable the full-height editor and the distraction-free functionality setting.

Just in case you might be wondering what a slug is; Its a post or page title automatically generated by wordpress that’s added to the end of a post or page URL. However, you can change it to whatever you want it to be.

Lets create a page. Hover over Pages, then select Add New. I added a link down in the comments sections to copy and paste some dummy/filler content. Its a list of various Lorem Ipsums which is often used when needing to add content until you fill it with the real thing.

If you have been following along in this series, I already had you copy some of this text in a earlier video.

Take a few minutes and copy about 8 paragraphs and paste it in your Editor.  Alternatively, you can also use your own. Next, you are going to need to download at least 3 images. So, if you do not have any on your computer, we will download some online.

Open up your browser and do a Google search for anything you want.  Then select the “images tab” and find some images you want to use. Right click on the image, then click on ‘Save Image As” and save it to your Desktop.  Just repeat this process for the others.

Once you have pasted your content in your editor and downloaded the images to your Desktop, we need to add the name of the page in the title field. We will name this “About” for About Us.  Click the “Publish” button and then “Preview” to view the Page from the front end.

Keep in mind, the overall look and feel of your pages and posts will be determined by your Theme.  

As you can see there is not much on the page so let’s set a “Featured Image”. Click the “Edit Page” link on the toolbar above, then select the “Set Featured Image” link from the panel. From the “Upload Files” tab, click on the “Select Files” button.

Search your Desktop for an image and select it by left clicking on it, then click the “Open Button”. This will load your image into your Media Library.  Add a title and Alt text your image. Then click the “Set Featured Image” button.

At the beginning of the second paragraph, left click your cursor about 5 words in, then hit enter.  Highlight the 5 words we separated and go up to the paragraph menu and select H2. Then lets center and bold it.

Take your cursor and left click at the end of the third paragraph, then hit enter on your keypad.  Click the “Add Media” button, then select the “Upload Files” tab. Click on the “Select Files” button in the center. Navigate to your desktop and find find another image. Left click on it to select it then click the “Open” button to load it.

Once its loaded, add a title and alt text. Again, the alt text should briefly describe the image and the title is what you want to name your image. Then click the “Insert Into Page” button down on the right hand side of the page.

Left click on the image and hover your cursor over the icons that pop up. You will see the tooltips with descriptions for each one. When you see the “Align Left” icon, click on it.  This will wrap the text around the right hand side of the picture.

That’s going to wrap it up for the editor functions. Again, check out videos 7 & 8 in this WordPress for Beginners Tutorials series.  I cover about 98% of the editor functions in those videos which are virtually the same for Pages and Posts.

We are going to briefly go over “Managing Pages” on your wordpress website. From your WordPress Dashboard go to “Pages” on the left hand panel then “All Pages” on the flyout.  Again, this is going to be very similar to Managing Posts.

From the top of the page we have “All”, “Published”, “Draft”, “Pending”, and “Trash”.  If you hover your cursor over any of the Page titles

You will see ”Edit”, “Quick Edit”, “Trash” and “View”.

If you click on the “Quick Edit” it will bring up a page where you can edit the title, slug or permalink, publish date, password and can set the page to private if you want.  Other options include Parent, Order, Template, wither or not you want to allow comments or not and status.

You can edit or delete pages with the bulk actions menu.  You can also change the Author, Parent, Template, Comments and Status.

The image asks questions about the GDPR

Next we are going to address the Privacy Policy Page and why WordPress added it as part of their installation.  

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) took effect on May 25, 2018. The GDPR requires companies and site owners to be transparent about how they collect, use, and share personal data. They must implement a Privacy Policy on their websites. It also gives individuals more access and choice when it comes to how their own personal data is collected, used, and shared.

Organisations that are not compliant could now face heavy fines.

As a result, WordPress implemented a Privacy Policy generator in their 4.9.6 release.

Even though the GDPR is in fact a European regulation, its requirements apply to all websites and online stores that collect, and process personal data.

WordPress will no longer save in browser cookies with your personal details like your name and email address. Users will be given a choice to whether they want to save their data in a browser cookie for convenient commenting or not.

Zip files can now be exported by website owners containing users’ personal data, which includes the data collected by WordPress and third party plugins. Personal data of individual users can now be erased as well.

In your WordPress Dashboard on the left hand side under “Settings” you will see “Privacy” click on it.

From here, you can select a page you already created and then click the “Use This Page” button or if you do not have a Privacy Policy click the “Create New Page” button and WordPress will use their Privacy Policy Generator to create a page for you. It creates a boilerplate template of a Privacy Policy Page.

At the top of this page it creates a link to a guide that is also very helpful. It provides suggested text that you could use to modify and tweak throughout the boilerplate. If you decide to use the Privacy Policy Generator make sure you read through this information thoroughly.  

After you have made the modifications to your Privacy Policy page then Publish it.

That’s it for Pages, I know a lot of this was redundant but Pages and Posts share the same editor and have the same functions.  If you are going to continue on and watch the next Video which is #11. Make sure you save your page that you created, along with the content. We will be using it in the next video.  

Check out our WordPress Beginner Tutorials Series  on our YouTube Channel.

Have a Great Day!

Drew & the Crew