Learn WordPress Series: Create Pages and Menus - Tiffany Zink
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Learn WordPress Series: Create Pages and Menus

How to Create Pages and Menus in WordPress

Creating pages is very similar to creating a post. There are a few differences though.

Below is another great video I found that will show you how to create a page. It gives you a little more information about shortcuts for editing a page (you have to be logged into your WordPress account) and also how to insert content as plain text that you might have already created beforehand.

Once you know how to create a page, you should learn about the beauty of page templates. Depending on the theme you have chosen, you may or may not have a plethora of page templates. This will allow you to create a different look for your page by simply selecting a template and updating your published page. Below is a short tutorial on how to use page templates.

Now that you know how to create a basic page you should also learn how to set your home and posts page. Follow the steps below to find out how to access this function in the settings panel of the WordPress Dashboard. Before you set your pages, make sure you have published your home page and whatever page you want your posts to appear (aka blog page, news page, etc).

1.  From the Dashboard, click Settings and then Reading. You also could hover over Settings and access the Reading screen.

Settings and Reading screen

 

Click Static Page which will allow you to access the Home page and Post page drop downs.

 

Static Page

 

3. From there, change the Front page to your home page and the Posts page to the page you want your posts to appear.

 

Posts page drop down

4.   Then scroll down and click Save.

As you can see setting your home and post pages is very easy. Now you will need to create a menu for your visitors to navigate your website.

Creating Menus

You can create a menu by clicking or hovering over Appearances and clicking Menus. Follow the steps below to create your primary menu.

1.  From the Menus screen you will need to create a menu by first typing a menu name. In Menu Settings, click Primary Menu.

creating-menus

 

2.  Then in the left sidebar, select the pages you want to have on your primary menu.

Select Pages

 

3.  Then click Add to Menu.

Add to Menu

4.  Then click Save Menu. You now just created your main navigation menu.

5.  If you want to reorder your menu pages, click the menu item and drag the item in the order you want your pages to appear.

6.  Then click the arrow next to Page to access the drop down.

nav-label

7.  Here you can change the Navigation label. This is especially helpful if your page has a longer name than you want it to appear in your Primary menu.

8.  You can also type in a Title Attribute which helps your SEO (we will learn more about SEO later in the series).

What if you want a drop down menu? All you do is click and drag the menu item you want to use for your submenu and move it over to the right.

1.  You can also add a Link to your Menu by clicking the Links tab found in the left sidebar under the Pages tab. Type in the URL and the Navigation label you want to appear in your primary menu.

Links Menu

2.  Then click Add to Menu and the link will show up as a Custom Menu item.

adding-links

3.  After you are done adding the pages you want for your Primary Menu, click Save Menu.

Notice below in the Menu Settings you can check “Automatically add top-level pages to this menu”. If you create and publish a “Parent” page by selecting “no parent page” in the Page Attributes tab on the right side of the Edit Page screen. This will create a top-level page mentioned above. If you choose a Parent for the page you are creating, then it will not automatically appear in your menu.

top-level-page

 

If following the steps and screenshots above is not for you, feel free to watch the videos below and follow along.


Guess Press channel on YouTube


Deirdre Macnamara on YouTube


drlindadavis on YouTube

Now you know how to create pages and menus in WordPress.  Check back to learn about themes, installing themes, creating child themes and customizing your site with Custom CSS and theme options.

Check out related posts in this series:

  1. Learn WordPress series: Creating Posts
  2. Learn WordPress series: Installing WordPress
  3. Learn WordPress series: Getting to Know WordPress

 

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