How to Create a WordPress Page and Add it to a Menu

April 19, 2015 1:58 pm
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Create a WordPress Page & Add it to Your Menu

In WordPress you can add pages and posts. The difference between pages and posts are pages tend to remain as is for long period of time, whereas posts tend to be more fluid. Pages are useful for making things such as a contact us or about us page. Pages are information you want all users to be able to access quickly. Posts tend to be what you decide to write about or like I do here, post a video about stuff from time to time.

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In the WordPress for Beginners video we will create a page and then add that page to the top navigation menu.

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In WordPress, you can write either posts or Pages. When you’re writing a regular blog entry, you write a post. Posts, in a default setup, appear in reverse chronological order on your blog’s home page. Pages are for content such as “About,” “Contact,” etc. Pages live outside of the normal blog chronology, and are often used to present timeless information about yourself or your site — information that is always applicable. You can use Pages to organize and manage any content.

In addition to the generally required “About” and “Contact” Pages, other examples of common pages include Copyright, Disclosure, Legal Information, Reprint Permissions, Company Information, and Accessibility Statement.

In general, Pages are very similar to Posts in that they both have Titles and Content and can use your WordPress Theme templates files to maintain a consistent look throughout your site. Pages, though, have several key distinctions that make them quite different from Posts.

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What Pages Are:

Pages are for content that is less time-dependent than Posts.
Pages can be organized into pages and subpages.
Pages can use different Page Templates which can include Template Files, Template Tags and other PHP code.
Pages may have a more complex array of readily available display adjustments when using sophisticated Themes with extensive customization.
In essence, Pages are for non-blog content. It is possible to remove all or most Posts from a WordPress installation, and thus to create a standard non-blog website.

What Pages are Not:

Pages are not Posts, nor are they excerpted from larger works of fiction. They do not cycle through your blog’s main page. WordPress Plugins are available to change the defaults if necessary.
Pages cannot be associated with Categories and cannot be assigned Tags. The organizational structure for Pages comes only from their hierarchical interrelationships, and not from Tags or Categories.

Pages are not files. They are stored in your database just like Posts are.
Although you can put Template Tags and PHP code into a Page Template file, you cannot put these into the Page or Post content without a WordPress Plugin like Exec-PHP which overwrites the code filtering process.

Pages are not included in your site’s feed.
Pages and Posts may attract attention in different ways from humans or search engines.
Pages (or a specific post) can be set as a static front page if desired with a separate Page set for the latest blog posts, typically named “blog.”

What is WordPress?

WordPress is a free and open source blogging tool and a content management system (CMS), and is often used to create entire websites.

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