WordPress.com Tutorial (PT 3): How To Create A Page

Very much like posts, making a new page on WordPress.com is easy..a click of a button and a new page will be made. The wonders of WordPress!

Pages make up your site and its navigation so it is very important to have appropriate pages that your users will understand.

The name of pages should be very simple and straight to the point such as ‘home’, ‘about us’, ‘contact us’. These are perfect examples of names of pages. 

Step 1: Creating your new page

The first step to creating a new page on your WordPress.com site/blog is to click the ‘Add’ button on the ‘site pages’ part of the managing your site panel. This will bring you into a new page on your site to create a new page. When on the new page you will see a blank screen with  no content.

 

Adding a new page

Step 2: Adding content to your new page

The next step to your page is to add content to your page. Without content on your page there would be no point in having that page. Always make the content ideal to the title of the page.  The best way to get great content is to realise which page you’re writing for. For example if I was writing for an about page for my blog I would have information about me and my blog.

 

Adding content

 

Above is the screen you will see when adding content to your new page. Always have an appropriate title such as home etc. You are able to add images and other media to your page and you can change the size of the writing. To do this you click on the paragraph dropdown. It will give you the option of 6 headings which are H tags (H1, H2, H3, H4, H5, H6) and they are each a different size of headings ideal for subheadings. The paragraph (P tag) is for all information that goes between the headings.

You can also change the size of the your text in the html part of the editor shown above. Just click on html and place a span tag with a style for the size of the font. You can also change the colour of the text. A great example of this is shown below…

 

 

<span style=”font-size: 14pt; color: #000000;”> Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. </span>

 

 

As you are using WordPress.com you do not have the option to change the font size or colour except when you go into the code itself. The above example changes the font size to size 14pt and the colour of the text to black. Always remember to include the closing span tag at the end of your content or it will continue for the rest of your page.

Step 3: Adding Page Attributes

Another important part of your page is page attributes. These work very similar in terms of a post as they include tags, a featured image and a slug. A slug is the the web address of the page. For example most sites have an about page so the slug would be ‘example.com/about‘. The about in bold italics is the slug of that page. Always make sure the slug in appropriate to the page you’re advertising. It means users of your site can get to that page more easily than to go through the navigation of the site. The slug for the page above is called ‘home-2‘ as it is being used as an example page. 

 

Adding page attributes

 

The tags you include for your page should be appropriate to the pages idea and message. For example if you are writing about a football team you would include their name, maybe the league they play in, their manager and maybe even the country they play in. Don’t use to many tags though. This will help you page rank against other similar pages on search engines. The slug also helps the ranking.

Step 4: Publishing your page

Once you have completed your page and have previewed it and you are happy with it. It is then ready to be published. Published means the whole world can then access the information so make sure it is relevant and informative. If the information is not relevant and informative then you may not gain traffic towards it.

You can always add more content to your pages, further on down the line. 

Find our other WordPress.com Tutorials below

Part 1; Creating your blog | Part 2; My first post | Part 3; Adding a new page | Part 4; Creating a new menu

 

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