By Anne White
Creating pages with PageBox for WordPress is a quick and easy process. There are a number of different ways to create a functional and attractive page. If you would like to create and customise pages, then follow the information below. For more information on why you might use pages, or whether you should be using posts instead, see our handy “The difference between a page and a post” guide.
There are several ways to create pages within WordPress: you can create an entirely new page, or you can clone an already existing page and edit its content to create a new page without having to start from scratch.
Cloning pages using the “Duplicate Post plugin”, which is included as standard in our PageBox package, allows you to quickly duplicate the structure and content of a page, meaning that you only need to edit the page to make changes, rather than having to create an entirely new page. If you are creating a page that is completely different, it may be more efficient to simply create a new page, rather than deleting all of the rows, columns, and atoms from the existing page. However, if the page you are creating will use parts of the structure or content of the existing page, then duplicating the page will save you time and effort.
There are a few different ways to duplicate a page.
Firstly, to duplicate a page, you will need to have an already existing page within your site. You can find all of your existing pages in the “Pages” tab. The “Pages” tab can be accessed in the navigation bar on the left-hand side of the dashboard. Hovering over the tab will display a menu with multiple options. From here you can view “All Pages”, or simply click on the “Pages” tab.
This tab contains all of the pages that have been created for your site. There is the option to filter these pages near the top of the page. You can display every page that has been created (All), only pages that have been created by your username (Mine), only pages that have been published (Published), only draft pages (Drafts), or pages that have been deleted (bin).
To find a particular page, simply enter its title into the “Search Pages” bar in the top right of the page. Clicking on a page will allow you to edit it. Scrolling over the title of a page will reveal the option to bin the page, view the page as it will look when it is published, clone the page, or copy the page to a new draft.
Clicking on either “Clone” or “New draft” will allow you to duplicate the page. Clicking on “Clone” will create an exact replica of the page as a draft within the pages tab. Simply click on the title of the new page, or the “Edit” option beneath it, to make changes to the duplicated page.
Alternatively, clicking “New draft” will also create an exact replica of the page as a new draft, but will also automatically open the new draft for you, allowing you to immediately make changes to the page. Both will ultimately have the same result of creating an identical new draft of the page that can be edited.
A duplicate of the page can also be created from within the page itself. This can be done from the “Publish” panel at the top-right of the page. Clicking on the “Copy to a new draft” link in the bottom left-hand corner of the panel will create an exact replica of the page as a new draft, and will immediately open it to allow you to make changes to the new page.
As you can see, duplicating pages is as easy as a single click. This will allow you to quickly copy the structure and content of pages, meaning that building multiple, similar pages will take considerably less time. It also allows you to test changes to existing pages, without affecting the original page.
If you do not have any existing pages, or are creating a page with an entirely new structure and content, you can create a new page from scratch. This will create a blank template onto which you can build your new page.
You can add a new page from the top toolbar of the WordPress dashboard by hovering over the “+ New” button and clicking on “Page” in the dropdown menu. This will take you directly to a new page which you can then customise.
Alternatively, you can create a new page from the “Pages” tab in the navigation bar on the left-hand side of the dashboard. Hovering over the tab will display a menu from which you can add a new page by clicking “Add New”.
You can also create a new page from within the “Pages” tab itself, by clicking on the “Add New” button at the top of the page. After creating the page, you will then be able to edit its content.
Once you have created or cloned a page, you can then begin to customise it. You can also edit already created pages at any time in the “Pages” tab.
The title of the page can be added or edited in the field at the top of the page. If you are cloning a page, you should ensure that you change the title so that you are able to easily tell the two pages apart. Once a title has been added, a URL (or permalink) will be created using the title. This will link to your page.
If you have cloned the page, a URL will automatically be created using the original page’s title. Therefore, you will need to change the URL to ensure it is appropriate for your new page. You may also want to change the slug of the URL to make it more SEO friendly. You can do so by pressing the edit button beside the link. This will allow you to change the last section, or slug, of the URL.
If you have created an entirely new page, you will need to choose our Bootstrap dynamic template, and begin adding some of the pre-set modules that our team will have locked down for you. More advanced users may begin adding their own rows, columns, and atoms, as well as pre-set modules, to further customise their page.
If you are editing a cloned page, you will not need to select a template, and can simply begin adding new modules, or editing and deleting the modules already on the page, in order to create a new page from the existing structure and content.
For more information on our dynamic template, controlling rows and columns, or adding atoms and modules, take a look at some of the useful guides we have created to help you become a page building pro.
Once you have created and added content to your page, you should check over your page to ensure that it is tidy and that there are no irregularities or anything unexpected. This includes ensuring that spacing, formatting, and any images on your page are displaying correctly.
You can preview how your page will look on your site before publishing it, by clicking the “Preview” button in the “Publish” panel in the top right-had corner of your page.
Before publishing a page, you should also check Yoast’s metaboxes for an SEO and readability analysis to ensure that your page is fully optimised for search engine rankings. For a full rundown on ensuring your page is perfect before publishing it, take a look at our “Tips for creating a perfect page” guide.
Once you have created your page, added any content, and checked that it is ready for publishing, you can save any of the changes you have made, or even publish the page to your site. On the right-hand side, at the top of the page, there is a menu with publishing options.
If you wish to save the changes you have made to the page, but do not want to publish it, you can save your page as a draft by clicking on the “Save Draft” button on the left. You will then be able to access the page from the draft section in the “All Pages” tab.
On the right-hand side, you can click on the “Preview” button to see how the page will look once it has been published, without actually publishing the page.
If you no longer want to keep the page you can move it to the bin. You will then be able to access the page from the bin section in the “All Pages” tab.
To publish the page, click on the “Publish” button at the bottom of the publish box.
Once you have successfully published your page you will be able to access it from the “All Pages” tab. You can edit and update the page from here at any time.
Once you have published a page, you will need to determine where it should sit in your site. It is important to have a clear navigation, with obvious paths to each page. Pages without clear navigation will be penalised in terms of SEO and will also be hard for your users to access, meaning that very little traffic will be directed to your page.
Pages are hierarchal, and therefore can be linked together through the use of parent and child pages. For example, an “About” page may have the child page “Meet the team”. This is important if you are using breadcrumbs in order to show a navigational links of the user’s journey. It is also important for the structure of your site. Parent pages can be set within the page itself, by simply selecting a parent page from the dropdown menu in the “Page attributes” section of the page.
You may also need to add a link to the newly created page to your header or footer menus, in order to make it easy to access from anywhere on your site. Adding pages to menus is an easy process. Take a look at our “Updating Navigation and Footers” guide to learn how to add pages to your site’s navigation.