How to Create a Page on Wordpress & Add it To the Menu

 


One of the first tasks you’ll want to tackle with your shiny new WordPress website is to create a page. Whether you built your own WordPress website, signed up for one on WordPress.com or had one custom-built for you by a professional, creating pages will be one of your primary tasks. Naturally, you’ll also want to add it to your navigation menus so your visitors can find it.

This tutorial will teach you the basics of how to create a WordPress page and how to add it to your website’s navigation menu. The length of the post may make the process seem daunting, but it’s really not that difficult. Once you do it a few times, you’ll get the hang of it.

How to Create a Page on Wordpress and Add it to the Menu

1. Login to your wordpress site

Once you’ve installed WordPress, WordPress will send you your credentials (username and password) to log in to your new WordPress site.

You can find your dashboard by typing in www.yourdomainname.com/wp-admin into your URL bar. For example, my domain name is www.travelwithashley.com, so I would type in www.travelwithashley.com/wp-admin.

log into wordpress screen

You will then see a login screen where you enter your username and password and hit “login.” Once you hit login, WordPress will direct you to your dashboard that looks something like this.

wordpress dashboard

From here, there are two ways you can add a new page. Let’s talk about both.

2. Add a new page to wordpress using the top navigation bar

The first way to add a new page to your website is to turn your attention to the top navigation bar. You will see a plus (+) sign with the word “New” next to it. 

add a new page to wordpress from top navigation bar

Hover your cursor over the “+ New” tab and scroll down and click on “Page.”

Once you do this, WordPress will bring up a new page, and you can start designing.

new blank page in wordpress

3. Add a new page to wordpress from the navigation menu on the left side of the screen

WordPress likes to make common tasks easy for new users, so there is another way to add a new page in WordPress.

If you turn your attention to the left dashboard, you will see an option called “Pages.”

add new page to WordPress from left menu

Hover your cursor over “Pages” and select “Add New.”

Once you complete this action, WordPress will automatically load a new page.

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That’s all you have to do to add a new page in WordPress.

Now that you know how to add a new page in WordPress, let’s talk about some essential page elements and widgets. Once you understand how the pages work, you’ll be able to create the About, Home, Services, or Contact page of your dreams.

Breaking down the wordpress page elements  

A WordPress page looks similar and follows the same type of format as a new blog post. The difference is you can add a page to one of your navigation menus. Let’s talk about the different page elements.

Title

When you add a new page, the first thing you will see is “Add Title.” This is the title and menu name of your page.

Keep the title of your page short, sweet, and to the point. For example, if you’re creating a services page, title it “Services.”

Content blocks

new page in wordpress with text blocks

The next thing you might notice is the phrase “start writing or type / to choose a block.” The WordPress Gutenberg editor makes website design easy by breaking up content into sections called blocks. 

From here, you can add text or choose a content block by clicking on the plus (+) sign. This sign appears on the right side of the screen and at the top of the screen.

add a new content block in wordpress

Here is an overview of what you can do with the various content block elements with just a click of a button:

  • Page break – Add a page break.
  • Paragraph – Add a paragraph break.
  • List – Insert numbers or bullet points.
  • Image – Add an image to your page.
  • Code – Add code to your page.
  • Video – Embed a video on your page.
  • Embed – Embed an infographic or other form of media.
  • Related posts – Add a section to the end of your page with related blog posts.
  • YouTube – Include a YouTube video on your page.
  • WP Google Maps – Add a map to your page (great for contact pages).
  • Heading – Wrap your headings in the appropriate heading tags.
  • Audio – Add an audio file to your page.
  • Quote – Add a good looking quote to your page (perfect for a testimonials page).
  • Formatting blocks – Formatting content blocks include things like adding code, custom HTML, markdowns, star ratings, tables, and more.
  • Layout elements – Layout elements include things like page breaks, image comparisons, slideshows, tiled galleries, buttons, columns, groups, separators, spacers, and more.
  • Widgets – Widgets are cool WordPress elements you can embed into your site such as the latest posts, Instagram feed, shortcode, archives, calendar, categories, comments, search, and more.
  • Embeds – With a click of a button, you can embed things like gifs, an Eventbrite checkout, a Google calendar, Twitter, SoundCloud, and more.

While this is a comprehensive list of what you can do when you create a new page in WordPress, it’s not exhaustive. 

The purpose of listing out all these various content options is just to show you how many possibilities you have when creating your new pages in WordPress. If you can dream it, you can do it. And, you don’t need to know how to code.

How to publish a page in wordpress and schedule it to publish

Now that you have completely designed your page in WordPress, you’re ready to publish it. If you would like someone else to review your page before you publish it, you can also schedule your page to publish at a later date. Here’s how.

On the top right side of WordPress, you’ll see a “Publish…” button. When you press this button, WordPress will give you various options including when you want to publish. If you want to schedule your page to post on a different day, click on the down arrow where it says “Publish: immediately,” and select a date. 

how to publish a new page in wordpress

Once you have selected a date, press the “Publish” button at the top of the menu. If you don’t select a date, your post will publish immediately.

Adding the page to your navigation menu 

From the WordPress admin area, hover on the Appearance menu item in the left menu, then click on Menus. If there are no menus yet, you’ll need to create one using the link provided. One of the menus will be shown by default if any already exist.

Screenshot of WordPress edit menu

Screenshot of WordPress menu edit with pages sidebarOnce you have selected or created a menu, you’ll need to add your new page to it. The left sidebar has all the possible areas where you can add menu items. By default, it will show you a list of the most recently created pages. The first one listed should be your new page. To add it to the menu, check the box next to it and click the Add to Menu button.

Screenshot of WordPress menu edit subitemsYou’ll see that it is added to the bottom of the list in the right pane. Now you can click and drag that page to the place in the menu where you’d like it to appear. Note that you can make it a child of any other menu item simply by dragging it under the parent menu item and a little to the right.

Once you have the menu setup the way you want it, be sure to check the appropriate boxes in the Theme Locations section. This assigns the menu to specific locations in your theme. For more information about where the menus are located in your theme, you’ll need to consult with your theme’s documentation or support team.

Click the blue Save Menu button to save your menu. Now you can visit your home page as visitors would see it to make sure that the menu looks they way you want it to.


Time to start adding your pages on wordpress


WordPress is one of the best website platforms and the most popular. The reason? It’s easy to add new pages and build a gorgeous site.

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