Creating a page in WordPress

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Pages are different from blog posts in that they are static pages outside the flow of updating posts. They often form the main navigation to sections of your site that tend not to change. These can be as basic as as an About Us page or a Contact Page or it could include a whole series of articles and sub-pages that reside off of higher order pages in your sites navigation structure.

To create a page in your WordPress blog, login to your administrative dashboard, click Pages to expand the sub-menu, and click the Add New sub-link.

  1. Page Title: Enter your page title.
  2. Body Text: Enter your body text for the page. Note the web editor and its formatting options that are available.
  3. Custom Document Title: Optional field that allows you to enter a custom title for your page/post. Intended to increase search engine results.
  4. Custom Post/Page Meta Description: Optional field that allows you to enter up to 160 characters containing an appropriate description of your page or post. Intended to increase search engine results.
  5. Custom Post/Page Meta Keywords: Optional field that allows you to insert appropriate keywords to help draw readers to your site.
  6. Custom Conical URLs: Learn about custom conical URLs
  7. Custom Redirect URL: Useful 301 direct field. Look for more info Google Webmaster Center
  8. Robots Meta Settings: Robots meta settings include
  9. Genesis Layout Options: This allows you to set how you would like each post/page to look in relation to the navigation and other features of your site/blog. Experiment with this to get the best look for each page and post.
  10. Custom Body Class: TBA
  11. Custom Post Class: TBA
  12. Discussion: The discussion panel allows you to set the comment, trackback, and pingback options. Generally for pages you would turn comments off if your default for posts is on. As stated on WordPress.org, trackbacks and pingbacks aim to provide some verification to blog commenting which is usually reserved for posts and not pages but again, pages can take advantage of this feature.
  13. Publish: The publish panel allows you a great deal of control over your pages (& posts) in that you can not only save draft versions of your content but also control the pages visibility as well as publish date. The best way to learn how each setting will affect your page is to simply dive in and experiment.
  14. Page Attributes: The page attributes panel allows you to not only control the hierarchy of pages and sub-pages within the navigation structure of your website but also what template they will use. Again, the best way to learn how these settings will affect your blog and its theme is to experiment and see what works best.
  15. Featured Image: TBA


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