How to Write and Publish a Page

Writing a page is a very similar process to writing a post.  To read about the difference between a post and a page, and when you might want to use one or the other, click here.

1. To create a new page from the Dashboard, go to Pages > Add New in the menu on the left.

2. Add a title and content for your page.  You’ll notice that many of the formatting buttons look similar to those in common word processing and email software, and work the same way.  Simply highlight the text you want to modify, and click the appropriate button to change the style of the font or formatting of the text.  If you only see one line of buttons, click the button shown above for additional formatting options.

3. Images, Audio, and Video can be included on the page using the Upload/Insert buttons at the upper left of the text editor.  Detailed instructions on adding various types of media are covered here (images), here (images), here (audio and video), and here (documents).

4. To the right of the Text Editor is the Publish window.  WordPress will periodically do an auto-save, but it might be a good habit to click Save Draft every now and again to ensure you don’t lose anything.  You can also choose Save Draft if you’d like to close the page and continue working on it later without making it visible to the public.  If you’d like to see how your page will appear to people before you publish it, you can click the Preview button.

5. Privacy settings are determined by the page’s Visibility.  Clicking on the Visibility Edit link in the Publish box will allow you to make the page 1) public and accessible to all users, 2) Password Protected and available only to users who enter a password of your choosing, or 3) Private, and accessible only to users who have editor or administrator access to your blog.

6. A third window, appearing below the Publish window, determines your Page Attributes.  If you select a Parent for your page, the page will appear as a sub-page of another page on your site.  You may find this useful if you have a lot of information to convey on one subject, for example, and a single page makes it difficult to organize.  Different themes have different ways of displaying the parent-child relationship; frequently a child page will appear as a drop-down menu beneath the parent page in the header, in your sidebar, indented slightly beneath the parent page to show that it falls into a sub-category.

7. Once you have published your page, a link to the page should appear on your blog’s home page, usually in the header or sidebar, depending on your theme (For example, in Twenty Ten, pictured below).  You can also add the Pages widget to your sidebar to display your pages, in case they do not automatically appear in the header as pictured below.

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