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Working with Pages Inside of WordPress

Notice how I haven’t talked about pages? I did this intentionally! The great part about WordPress is that pages work almost the exact same way that posts do!

  • Step One: Pages work in much the same way that posts do. Clicking on the Pages button on the left side of Dashboard will show you all of the pages that you’ve created. Clicking Add New from the Pages pop-up menu will bring up a page where you can add a title and content. You have the same formatting buttons as in the Add New Post page, the same field to add a title, and the same image-uploading capabilities.
  • Step Two: You can also click the Preview button in the Publish section, to preview the page. Again, since working with pages is pretty much like working with posts, this means that you just learned two things at once. Not bad!
  • Step Three: Keep in mind that pages should be used for things on a website that aren’t really date-related. Think of it this way: Would you have more than one About Us page on your website? If you would only make one post of something, chances are that would make a great page. Some examples of pages would be: About Me, Directions, Studio Info, Pricing, My Philosophy, Our Gear, Things to Keep in Mind Before Coming to My Shoot, Background Info, and so on.
  • Step Four: The one thing that does differ between pages and posts is that pages are included in the navigation bar of your website (that black bar that appears beneath the large image at the top). When you create a page, you can choose whether you want that page to appear in a main menu in the navigation bar (a parent page) or if you want the page to appear in a submenu of one of the main menu pages in the navigation bar (a child page). If you want it to be a child page, just select the parent page you want it to appear with from the Parent pop-up menu in the Page Attributes section on the right. If you want it to be a parent page, choose (No Parent) from the Parent pop-up menu. In this example, I placed The Engagement Shoot page as a child page of the Weddings parent page.
  • Step Five: When I click the Publish button, WordPress automatically creates a submenu for the Weddings page in the navigation bar. All you need to do is hover your cursor over that link and a pop-up menu appears showing The Engagement Shoot page. Note: See Chapter 5 for more on working with and organizing pages in the navigation bar using menus.

    That’s it! That’s how you work with posts and pages. And the amount of coding you’ve had to do to make all this work? Zero.

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