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How to Add a New Page in WordPress

In this beginner’s guide, we will explain how to add a new page in WordPress. You will learn what a WordPress page is and the various settings associated with a page.

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What are Pages in WordPress?

Pages in WordPress are designed for static content. This means that a WordPress page is meant for content that is intended to be timeless.

Unlike a WordPress post, a page will typically not have a timestamp associated with it. You will not see WordPress pages listed by date or in blog date archives. Even though WordPress does store the published date of a page they are specifically reserved for timeless static information.

Learn More about the difference between a WordPress page and a WordPress post.

WordPress pages are hierarchical, which means that a page can have a sub or child page, called a parent-child relationship. A WordPress page can have more than one child, but should only have one parent page. This provides a way to organize pages since you can’t assign categories and tags by default.

However, you can add categories and tags to WordPress pages using a WordPress plugin.

Moreover, WordPress pages have an order feature that allows you to further organize by assigning a number to individual pages.

Popular uses for WordPress Pages are:

  • An about page
  • A Privacy Policy page
  • A Disclaimer Page
  • A Contact page
  • Your Services page
  • Custom Category pages
  • Custom Tag pages 
  • And, of course, your Home and Blog page.

Now that you know what a WordPress page is, let us take a look at how to add a new page in WordPress.

How to Add a New Page in WordPress

Adding a new WordPress page to your website is really easy and similar to creating a new post. To get started, make sure you are logged in to your WordPress website.

Navigate to the Add New Page Screen

On the left side of the WordPress Admin area, hover with your cursor over Pages, then click on Add New. Doing so will redirect you to the WordPress page editor where you will see the WordPress block editor (Gutenberg).

Link to add a new WordPress page
— Link to add a new WordPress page

Add a Page Title

In the block editor, at the top, you’ll see Add title. Go ahead and type in a clear and helpful title for your new WordPress page such as Contact Us, About Us, or Our Services.

Add a title to a new WordPress page
— Add a title to a new WordPress page

Add Your Content

After you’ve created a title for your page, it’s time to add some content to your page using the block editor.

The WordPress block editor was designed to make creating and editing pages and posts in WordPress a more simple and intuitive process. It functions as a page builder that allows you to use blocks to create media-rich pages.

The block editor allows you to easily create rich content and build complex layouts quickly by using WordPress block patterns. You can also use reusable blocks to speed up your content creation.

Below is a list of the most commonly used blocks that you can use to create content for your page.

  1. Heading – Use headings to organize content that helps visitors understand your content’s structure. These also play an important role in your website’s search engine optimization.
  2. Paragraph – This is the default block used in the block editor to create a paragraph of content.
  3. Image – You can use the image block to add images in three ways bu uploading, from the Media Library, or inserting from a URL.
  4. Buttons – This block allows you to add a button or a group of buttons to your content.
  5. List – The list block has two options, bulleted or numbered.
  6. Quote – Gives quoted text visual emphasis.
  7. Cover – This block lets you add an image or video with a text overlay. This is great for headers and call-to-actions.
  8. Gallery – Use the gallery block to display multiple images in a rich gallery format. This is great for portfolios.
  9. Video – The video block lets you embed a video from your Media Library, upload a video file, or insert one from a URL.
  10. Audio – The audio block lets you embed audio from your Media Library, upload an audio file, or insert one from a URL.
  11. File – The file block you add a downloadable file to your content.

To start adding content to your new page, you can either start writing, click the Add Block button, or click the Block inserter toggle at the top to view all blocks.

Adding blocks in the WordPress block editor
— Adding blocks in the WordPress block editor

After inserting a block into your page, you can use the block settings on the right to customize it. If you don’t see your block settings, click on the gear icon at the top-right of the page editor.

Now that we have explained how to add content to your page let’s take a look at the various settings of a WordPress page.

WordPress Document Settings

Located on the right side of the WordPress page editor, you should see the document settings for your page. If you’re unsure, make sure that Page is selected. This area contains various settings for your page. Below we will explain each one.

WordPress page document settings
— WordPress page document settings

Status & Visibility

The status and visibility setting, allows you to choose how you want your page displayed. There are three options to choose from, Public, Private, or Password Protected.

To view the page visibility settings, click on the Public link next to Visibility.

WordPress page visibility settings
— WordPress page visibility settings

Template

If your chosen WordPress theme offers custom page templates you can select them here. The most common page templates are full-width, left sidebar, or right sidebar.

It is also possible to create custom page templates either manually or by using a plugin.

Permalink

The permalink, short for permanent link, is the section where you will set the URL for your page. By default, WordPress will set it as your page title. If you want a different URL for your page, you’ll need to set this manually. Just make sure to use a dash between words.

TIP: For search engine optimization (SEO) purposes it is often a good idea to have the permalink match your page title.

Featured Image

The featured image setting allows you to upload or choose an image from your media library that describes your page. Featured images are what will be shared on social media.

To attach a featured image, click on Set featured image.

Link to set a featured image
— Link to set a featured image

Then you can either upload a new image to use or select an existing image from your media library.

Once you’ve selected an image to use, click on the Set featured image button located at the bottom right corner of the window.

Discussion

The discussion setting is where you will enable or disable comments for individual pages. To enable comments, check the box next to Allow comments and uncheck to disable comments.

Enable or disable page comments
— Enable or disable page comments

Page Attributes

As mentioned before by default WordPress pages do not have categories and tags available. However, it is possible to organize pages that are similar by creating a parent-child relationship. This allows you to establish a hierarchy of pages.

To create a child or subpage simply select the page you want to be the parent in the Parent Page section.

Organize pages with page attributes
— Organize pages with page attributes

If you have more than one child page, you may want to order them in some sort of fashion. You can do this by entering a number into the Order field with zero being first.

Publish Your Page

Page publish button

Finally, when you feel you have completed your new WordPress page you can go ahead and click the big Publish button at the top-right. If you want to learn how to publish your page on a schedule, then continue reading.

How to Schedule When Your WordPress Page Will be Published

Schedule when a page is published

Sometimes you may want to publish your page at a later time. You can do this by using the schedule feature under the publish settings.

To schedule your WordPress page to be published in the future, click on the Publish button. Then click on the drop-down labeled Publish right underneath the visibility setting.

Now use the date/time picker to choose your preferred publish time. Once you’ve finished selecting a time click on the Schedule button at the top.

How to Delete a Page in WordPress

To delete a page in WordPress click on Pages in your admin area. Doing so will redirect you to the Pages screen where you can see a list of all your pages.

Now simply hover your mouse cursor over the desired page you wish to delete. Then click on the Trash link.

Delete a WordPress page
— Delete a WordPress page

You can restore a page by clicking on Trash at the top. Then hover with your cursor over the page you wish to restore and click on Restore.

Restore a deleted page
— Restore a deleted page

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Parent Page in WordPress?

A parent page in WordPress is a page that has one or more subpages (child pages). It is a top-level page in your website’s hierarchy.

How to Unpublish a Page in WordPress?

On the left-hand side of the WordPress admin area click on Pages. Now with your cursor hover over the page you want to unpublish and click on Edit. Finally, at the top-right, next to the Update/Publish button, click on Switch to draft.

How to unpublish a page in WordPress
— How to unpublish a page in WordPress

How to Add Page to Menu in WordPress?

Follow our step-by-step guide and learn how to add pages, posts, categories, tags, and custom links to your navigation menu including how to add menus to other parts of your website.

How to Hide a Page in WordPress?

In the Status & visibility section of your WordPress page document settings, located next to Visibility, click on the link that says Public. Now you can either switch the page to Private or Password Protected.

How to Change the Permalink of a Page in WordPress?

In the document settings of your WordPress page, look for the Permalink section. The text field located under URL Slug is your permalink. You can change it here but make sure you use a dash in between words.

Wrapping Up!

In this guide, we showed you how to add a new page in WordPress and walked you through the various settings associated with WordPress pages.

Remember that pages and posts are two separate things. WordPress pages are meant for timeless information that doesn’t need to be updated regularly.

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