Start a Blog | Part 6 | Pages, Menu

Module 6: Pages, Menu

  • Pages

    • About

    • Contact – Contact Form Plugin

    • Resources

  • Menu

 

Pages

The two primary location for content on your site are Posts and Pages. Pages contain static content, meaning content that generally remains the same after it is created.

Standard pages you’ll find on many sites include:

  • About Page
  • Contact Page
  • Resources Page

To create a page, click on ‘Pages’ in the Dashboard and ‘Add New’.

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Add a title to the first field on your page.

Add text or other content to the large field below the editing icons.

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After you enter a Title, WordPress creates a Permalink for the page. A permalink is a permanent URL for a post or page on your site.

After you enter the content, click the blue Publish button to create your page.

This page content is filled with Lorem Ipsum, which is dummy text from the printing and typesetting industry. The point of using Loren Ipsum is that it has a somewhat normal distribution of letter that fills a page without the distraction of readable text.

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When your page is published, click on ‘View Page’ near the top of the screen to see how your page actually appears.

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To create the Contact Page, click the Add New button and add a title.

The Ninja Forms plugin adds an option to your Page screen to add a form short code to your page. Clicking the Add Form button above the editing icons will cause a popup to appear. Click the dropdown arrow to select a form. Click the blue insert button to add the shortcode to your content field.

Click the blue ‘Publish’ button.

A shortcode is a WordPress-specific code that lets you easily add specific content to a post or page. Shortcodes can embed files or create objects in just one line that would normally require lots of complicated code.

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Click the ‘View Page’ link to see that a simple contact form appears on the page, which is generated by a shortcode.

Create a Resources Page in the same way you created the About page. You will add content to the page later.

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Menu

Once you have created Pages, you are ready to create a Menu.

Click on ‘Appearance’ in the Dashboard and then click Menus.

Enter a menu name in the field and click the blue ‘Create Menu’ button.

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To add Pages to the Menu, check the boxes in front of the names of the pages.

Click ‘Add’ to the Menu.

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The menu items will appear in the box on the right. You can drag and drop the items to change the order.

Click the blue ‘Save Menu’ button.

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Where and how the menu appears will depend upon your theme.

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In addition to Pages, you can also add Posts, Custom Links, and Categories to your Menu.

Links to specific posts can be added to the menu. Three tabs, Most Recent, View All, and Search, determines what posts are displayed for selection as a menu item.

A custom link which you define along with a Label can be added.

Categories that you have assigned to your posts can also be added. Use the three tabs, Most Recent, View All, and Search, to see categories to select.

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