Creating a Page

WordPress pages offer a way to create more lasting content on your blog. They are often used for "About" pages, legal or copyright pages, and the like. You can also use them for more in-depth articles particular to your subject, or perhaps a comprehensive overview of a particular topic.

Internally, WordPress implements its pages as a special kind of post. The main differences from normal posts are that categories don't apply to pages, and pages are excluded from the normal chronological archive, category, and author lists. Pages can be organized hierarchically, and they can have their own templates within a theme.

To create a page, click the Write, then Write Page. The Write Page page, shown in Figure 15-21, is similar to the Write Post page. You can enter a title for the page, specify whether you want comments and pings, and password-protect the page. You can use the quicktag buttons, just as you can for a post. The Page Parent drop-down list allows you to make your page hierarchical. If you specify Main Page (no parent), the default, your page will be a top-level page. If you have already created pages, they will be in the drop-down list, so that you can specify one of them as the parent of your new page.

Below the main edit area are some more new fields:

Page Template: This allows you to select the template for this page. A WordPress theme can contain special template files that are usable for specific pages. If your currently selected theme has any templates defined, you will be able select one from the drop-down list. If your theme does not have templates, the list won't be available.

Page slug: This is similar to the post slug and is detailed in the "Improving Search Engine Visibility" section later in the chapter.

Page owner: This is a drop-down list for the page owner. If you have sufficient privileges, you can assign the ownership of a page to someone else or claim ownership of a page.

Figure 15-21. Write Page page

Page Order: This allows you to specify the listing order of your pages. The default theme will list all your pages on your blog. By default, it lists them in alphabetical order, preserving the hierarchy if there is one. If this is not suitable, you may specify the sort order of pages on the same level.

When you have finished setting up your page, click the Create New Page button, and your page will be created. Switch over to view your blog to see the result. In Figure 15-22, I have added some more pages to illustrate the listing in the sidebar. Compare the display of the page with the display of postings in Figure 15-13.

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Figure 15-22. Viewing a WordPress page (notice the hierarchical listing ofpages on the right)

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