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WordPress – Publishing A Page

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In this video I’m going to show you how to publish a page.

Pages are similar to publishing a post with a few differences.

Click on Pages on the left admin menu.

Adding a new page can be done from the left admin menu, the top toolbar, and at the top of the admin area.  All three buttons do the same thing.  They will take you to the editor.

Click on Add New.

Start by entering the title of your Page in the top box.  If you can, avoid using the same title twice, as it will start adding numbers at the end of the URL name. You can use commas, apostrophes, quotes, dashes and other typical symbols in the title.

The content area is where you will type in your page content.  This is where you add your writing, links, images, and any information you want to display on your page. You can use either the Visual or the Text view to compose your posts – highlighted above in green.  For more information on the formatting items, watch the Visual Editor Menu video.  I go through each of the buttons and how you use them.  This area is highlighted above in yellow.

As you write, it will automatically save a draft of your page.  This auto save is stored in the database temporarily.  This process ensures that you do not lose your content due to internet connection or computer failure.

In the footer area of the content box, it will show you the word count for your post, the last time a draft was auto saved, and when the post was last edited. This is highlighted in blue.

Just like with posts, you have the ability to assign custom fields to a page. They allow users to make their pages more personable as well as completely custom by extending their pages even more than before.  Some examples of custom fields could be:  Custom Thumbnails, Advanced Links, Titles and Subtitles, Author Information, Images, and much more.  For more information, check out the Custom Fields video.

While comments are a great way to engage your audience, sometimes you usually will not want to have comments on a pages.  The Discussion settings are turned on by default for new posts or pages.  The first option allows you to enable or disable comments for that particular post.  The second determines if your blog will send pings and trackbacks to other blogs.  I like to leave these unchecked for all of my pages as I don’t like to receive comments on any pages.

You can also turn off all comments and ping backs for all posts and pages under the Discussion Settings.  You can learn more about them in the Discussion Settings video.

WordPress will automatically generate a permalink for your posts and pages.  A permalink is the post or pages URL.  If you would like to change the permalink, you’d change the slug.  The slug is nothing more than a few words, which you choose, to describe a post. These words then appear as part of the URL (or Permalink) directing visitors to that content.  If you used any commas, apostrophes, dashes, symbols, etc. in the title, WordPress will then clean it up to generate a user friendly URL name of the page.  You can also change the slug at the top of the page, under the title, where it says Permalink.  Click on Edit to change it.

You can learn more about permalinks in the Permalinks Settings video.

WordPress will automatically assign the logged in user as the post author when you create a new page.  However, sometimes you may want to change the author to another user.  If you’d like to change it, select the user that you’d like to be the author.  Please note that you can only change users if you have multiple users on your website that have Author permissions.  To view your list of users, see the Users tab on the left admin menu.  For more information about users, see the Adding Users and Editing Users videos.

The top right box is the Publish box. This is where all the publishing options for your posts are managed.

The Save Draft button stores a draft of the page that you are working on. WordPress also auto-saves your pages as you write them.

The Preview button shows a live preview of your page. You can use it to see how your page will look after publishing.

The Status allows you to set a status for your page.  WordPress automatically handles post status for drafts and published pages. Unless you want to change a published page back to a draft, you won’t need to touch this setting.

For the Visibility, click on the Edit link next to it to expand it.

When a page is created, it defaults to Public.  This leaves the page viewable by anyone in the public.  The next option allows you to password protect a page.  The last option is Private. This allows you to privately publish a page on your site. The private pages will be visible to users who have the editing privileges on your site.

For Publish, click on the edit link and it will display the time and date options. You can use this option to schedule pages or create back dated pages.  Click the OK button after you’ve selected the date.

Move to trash allows you to delete a page.  Deleted pages will go to trash, and you can restore them if you need to for up to 30 days.

Finally, the publish button makes your page public.  Remember if you scheduled a page, then it will appear on your site on the scheduled date and time.

The Page Attributes box allows you to set page parents and templates, and to change the order of your pages.  Under Parent, you can arrange your pages in hierarchies. For example, you could have an “About” page that has “Staff” and “Board Members” pages under it. Under “Staff” you might have another page titled “John Smith”. The URLs might look like this:  domain.com/about/.  domain.com/about/staff/.  domain.com/about/staff/john-smith/.

If your themes has additional templates that you can use to create pages, you would see an option that says Templates.  These templates allow you to change the layout of your pages to something other than the default.  My current theme does not any additional templates.  The most common templates are default, full width, archives, and contact pages.

The last option is Order.  Here you can change the order that your pages are displayed.  This order will be used if you have not set up a custom menu.  If you’ve set up a menu, you can change the order under Menus.  To learn more, check out the Editing Your Menus video.

Most WordPress themes support featured images or post thumbnails for articles. Simply click on set featured image link, and it will bring up the media uploader popup. You can select an image from your previous uploads or upload a new image from your computer.  The featured images usually show up in most themes main blog page and also the individual blog post pages.

Once you’re ready to publish the page, click on Publish.

If I want to view the page, I can click on the View Page button on the top toolbar or click on the Preview Changes button.

To view a list of all my pages, click on All Pages on the left admin menu.

If you want to edit the page, you can click on the title or click on the Edit link below the title.

That’s it for this video.  I’ll see you in the next one.

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Changing WordPress Settings
General Settings   (4:34)
Writing Settings   (3:53)
Reading Settings   (1:55)
Discussion Settings   (6:46)
Media Settings   (2:19)
Permalinks Settings   (4:37)
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Sidebar Widgets   (7:50)
Footer Widgets   (9:18)
Adding Users   (4:47)
Edit Users   (5:00)
Adding Content
Pages vs. Posts   (2:47)
Post & Page Screen Options   (8:15)
Visual Editor Menu   (11:44)
Post Formats   (4:18)
Publishing a Post   (11:13)
Publishing a Page   (8:42)
Adding Images   (11:48)
Adding a PDF as a Link   (2:35)
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