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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Hover your cursor over “Pages” and select “Add New.”
Once you complete this action, WordPress will automatically load a new page.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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
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.