What is a WordPress page?
A page is a composition of content displayed on your website with a unique URL. In WordPress, pages are typically created using the Gutenberg block editor.
What are WordPress pages used for?
Pages are the primary building block of a WordPress site. Pages are typically used to display the most basic and important information. Often information displayed on a page has no association with the date it was published.
Features of WordPress Pages
Following are some features specific to WordPress pages.
- WordPress Pages May Be Hierarchical
WordPress pages can be hierarchical, which means they can have a parent/child relationship to other pages. For example, a parent page named “About” may have a child page named “Our History.” Setting hierarchies in pages helps keep content organized on the backend. In addition, hierarchical pages may have more user-friendly URLs. In the example above, the URL for “Our History” would be https://example.com/about/our-history.
- All WordPress Pages Must Have a Unique Slug
Slugs are auto-generated based on the page title, but may be overridden. Slugs are used to create the URL for a page. If a slug has already been used for another page it will be automatically modified to include a numerical differentiator. For example, if the slug “example-page” already exists, and you try to use it again, WordPress will make it “example-page-2.”
- WordPress Pages Do Not Have Categories or Tags
Out of the box, WordPress pages do not have the ability to set categories or tags. This functionality could be added, but typically is unnecessary and goes against the intended use of pages.
How Posts are Different from Pages
WordPress comes with two content types, pages and posts. Pages tend to contain more of the long-term, core content of the website. Posts on the other hand contain shorter, more supplemental and time-sensitive content.
How do I manage WordPress pages?
As with many tasks in WordPress, there are several ways to accomplish managing WordPress pages. To get to the main pages screen of the admin dashboard, click “Pages” in the left panel. From there you can create, view, edit, and delete pages.
Create New WordPress Page
There are three ways to create a new WordPress page.
- Method 1: Pages Screen
Click “Pages” in the left panel of the dashboard then click the “Add New” button.
- Method 2: Left Panel
Hover over or click “Pages” in the left panel of the dashboard then click the “Add New” item in the panel.
- Method 3: Admin Bar
Hover over “+ New” in the admin bar at the top of your screen and select “Page.”
Edit a WordPress Page
There are two ways to edit your page.
- Method 1: Pages Screen
Click “Pages” in the left panel of the dashboard. Find the page that you’d like to edit in the list of pages. Hover over the page that you’d like to edit and click “Edit.”
- Method 2: Admin Bar
When you are viewing the page that you’d like to edit, click “Edit Page” in the admin bar.
Once you have finished editing your page, click the “Update” button to make your changes live. If you are working with a draft page, click “Save draft” instead.
Delete a WordPress Page
There are two ways to delete your page.
- Method 1: Pages Screen
Click “Pages” in the left panel of the dashboard. Find the page that you’d like to delete in the list of pages. Hover over the page that you’d like to delete and click “Trash.”
- Method 2: Page Editor
Go to the editor for the page you’d like to delete. In the “Page” tab of the right panel, click the “Move to trash” button.
Deleted pages are kept in the WordPress trash until you are ready to permanently remove them. To permanently delete pages, go the pages screen then select “Trash” from the list of status filters. Click “Empty Trash” to permanently delete all pages.
Restore a WordPress Page
Made a mistake and want your page back? As long as your page is still in the trash you can easily restore it. From the list of trashed pages, hover over the page you want to keep and click “Restore.”
What settings are available for WordPress pages?
There are several settings available when creating or editing a page.
Right (Settings) Panel
The settings you will probably use most frequently are located in the right panel of the editor called the Settings panel. Following are the settings you should see, displayed from top to bottom. If you cannot see the settings panel, click the gear icon near the top right of your editor panel.
- Status & visibility
This section relates to if and how your page is accessible on your site.
There are 3 visibility options. The most common selection is “Public” but the other options are great for limiting access to pages.
Visible to everyone.
Only visible to site admins and editors.
- Password protected
Protected with a password you choose. Only those with the password can view the post.
The publication date for your page will be automatically set when you publish the page. If you’d like to change it, you can click the date and select any date and time that you choose. If you select a date and/or time in the future, your page will not be published (and accessible) until that time.
- Move to trash option
This is used to delete a page.
WordPress tracks all of the changes you make on a page. Clicking the revisions section takes you to another page that allows you to see past versions of your page. You can also choose to revert to a past version of your page if you made changes you do not wish to keep.
The permalink is a human-readable URL for your page. WordPress gives your page a numerical ID behind the scenes, but a permalink is more user-friendly.
- Featured Image
A featured image is a primary image associated with a page. Featured images may or may not be used depending on the theme you are using. Regardless, it is good practice to add a featured image for each page. The featured image (when set) is typically what is used when a page is shared on social media.
You can enable or disable comments on a page.
- Page Attributes
This section addresses overall page appearance and organization.
Page templates vary based on the theme you are using. Most templates modify the header and/or footer of a page. A common page template the Landing page template which removes the header and footer.
- Parent Page
The parent page setting is where you setup page hierarchy and specify the parent page of the page you’re working on (if applicable). Making a selection here then makes your current page a child page.
Page order is sometimes used in themes when pages are displayed programmatically. If this setting is important to you it should be noted in your theme documentation or by your web developer.
The options panel is accessible by clicking the three vertical dots at the top right of your admin screen. Once opened you should see the following options.
Everyone has preferences for how their editor is set up. You are able to select one or more of the following options – or none at all!
- Top toolbar
Selecting this option will make the block toolbar appear stuck at the top of the screen instead of floating to the top left of the selected block.
- Spotlight mode
Spotlight mode dims all inactive blocks making it easier to focus on the block that you have selected to work on.
- Fullscreen mode
Fullscreen mode removes the admin bar and the left panel of the dashboard giving you more room for the editor and fewer distractions.
- Top toolbar
If for some reason you need to view the code behind your page you can toggle the view here. The visual editor should be what is selected by default and as a standard user you shouldn’t need to switch to the code editor.
- Visual editor
- Code editor
If you are using any themes or plugins that integrate with Gutenberg you will see them listed here. Clicking on them will take you to a separate settings panel.
This section offers useful resources for managing the Gutenberg editor.
- Block Manager
View all of the available blocks and, optionally, toggle the visibility of specific blocks.
- Manage all reusable blocks
Easily view, edit, and delete all of your reusable blocks in one place.
- Keyboard shortcuts
Speed up your page editing by learning some handy keyboard shortcuts.
- Welcome Guide
Want to view the welcome guide again? Select this option.
- Copy all content
Want to move all of your content to another page or post? Copy all of your content then paste it in a new place.
View help docs for the WordPress editor.
- Block Manager
Additional settings for customizing your editor experience.
When viewing all pages on the pages screen, hover over any page to select the “Quick Edit” option. The quick edit panel will expand to display the following options:
Some options can even be updated in bulk. To do this, select the checkbox beside each page you’d like to edit then select “Edit” and click “Apply.” You’ll then be given the option to modify the author, parent, template, comments, and status for all selected pages.
Pages are a core component of WordPress. They typically form the foundation of a website, offering the most important information and functionality. Creating and editing pages can be as simple as adding a few blocks or as complex as customizing the editor experience.