Editing Pages

Once you log in to the site with an account that allows authoring pages, each page of the site will display an Screenshot of Safari (20180527, 2-37-13 pm)“edit” icon in the bottom right. Clicking that icon will take you to the editing interface for that particular page.

To add a new page you will have to click on the Screenshot of Safari (20180527, 2-46-45 pm).png“My Sites” link in the upper left of any page on the site (once logged in) and then click on the “Add” button next to “Site Pages.”

The basics of creating and editing pages are just like editing posts, so refer to those instructions. Especially, remember to keep it simple! Pages don’t have categories and tags, but just like with posts, don’t forget to click “Publish” or “Update” if you want your changes saved!

If this is a new page, pay attention to a few initial setup items:

  • Take a look at the “Slug” for the page (under the title and in the “More Options” section of the sidebar) and make sure the part you can edit is brief, preferably one word. Note that you can only edit the last bit, not the whole URL. Do so if there is a better unique term to use in the URL for the page.
  • Make sure to assign the page an appropriate parent in the WordPress page hierarchy under “Page Attributes.” Most of your pages will be “Top level,” but if a page is meant to fall under another one hierarchically, then select the appropriate parent page.
  • Make sure to choose the “Full Width Page” or “Default Template” from the “Page Attributes” in the sidebar. If you want the sidebar to show, use the default, otherwise, full width will feel more generous.
  • Include a “Featured Image” if you want one. Remember that the featured image will be cropped automatically by the theme, so don’t fuss too much about cropping it ahead of time.

Note that when you edit the content of a page, the old version of that content is stored in a revision history. You can access and recover those revisions at the top of the edit screen for a page.

Usually pages will just have text in them. However, from time to time you will see text in angle or square brackets (“<>” or “[…]”) that looks coded. Sometimes it will be obvious what this text does (like in the case of “child_pages”), other times this stuff will seem very obscure. If you don’t understand the code in brackets, your best bet is to leave it alone. Some of the “shortcodes” you have available to you are documented by WordPress.