There are two ways of publishing content in WordPress, Posts and Pages. Later, I will explain the differences between the two, but as a brief summary, blog Posts are for the blog content you publish on a regular basis, and blog Pages are for content that tell readers about your blog.
You will eventually have hundreds or even thousands of blog posts, but will probably only have five or ten blog pages.
Blog pages include things like an “About Page” an “Archives Pages” a “Subscriptions Page” and a “Frequently Asked Questions Page.” See how these are more “about” your blog than actual blog content? If your blog is about dog training, none of these pages will contain much information about dog training, but will simply be places for readers to learn more about your blog, how to contact you, why you started the blog, and so on.
In later posts, I will be writing about the different types of pages you should have and what content should go on them.
In this post, I am just going to show you how to publish a WordPress Blog Page.
The process is nearly identical to publishing a WordPress Blog Post.
Create a Page
In your Dashboard, there are two ways to create the page.
If you have the Admin Tool Bar turned on, then you can create a new page from the top menu. Otherwise, you can select Pages from the left navigation menu, and click on “Add New.”
When you do, you will get this screen:
See how it looks almost identical to a blog post draft screen? All the buttons and options are the same. Even the process of writing is the same.
For the purpose of this guide, I am going to create an About page, which is one of the first pages you should create on your blog. Later, I will write more about what to put on your About Page.
Write Your Page
First, give it a title, and write your page, just as you would any blog post.
Try to make your pages really good, as they are often some of the most clicked-on parts of your blog, especially the “About” page. The good thing is that you can always come back and edit your page.
Here is the first draft of my “About” page, which will probably change from time to time.
Notice that I have already inserted links, which you should know how to do from my post about Writing a Blog Post. Also, on this screenshot, I don’t have an image, but when I enter one, I will enter it just as you would on any blog post.
Include SEO Meta Data
If you installed the WordPress SEO plugin, enter the meta data in the section provided, just as you would on any blog post.
Let your Facebook Fans Know about the Update
If you installed the Add Link to Facebook plugin, make sure you select the image, and enter your Facebook excerpt in the spaces provided.
Notice that I updated a generic image for this page. This is pretty much just for the Facebook link. This is not ideal, as it would be best to include a picture of yourself on your About page. I will do this later, but I looked and looked for an image I liked, and couldn’t find one. I will include one later. If you are wondering if I found one, just check my About page.
You are pretty much done with writing your blog page! Pages do not have categories, so you don’t need to worry about that, and there is nothing to change in the “Page Attributes” section.
Publish your page!
You have now written your first blog page. In a later post, I will write about some of the pages your blog should have, and what to include in them.
Delete the Sample Page
Just like with your first blog post, a little house cleaning is in order after you publish your first page. Wordpress comes with a pre-installed blog page which we need to delete.
From the Dashboard, click on pages, and then hover your mouse over the “Sample Page” and click “Trash” to delete it.
Add your Page to your Navigation Menu
One last thing. Pages do not automatically appear on your front page or on any Navigation menu (unless you set this up as a default procedure in your navigation menu options). So the only way for people to find your pages is for you to provide links to them. You can do this within some of your posts, from the sidebar (more on that later), or from the Navigation menu.
The most common place to link to pages is from the Navigation Bar. So let’s add a link to it.
In the Dashboard, click on “Appearance” and select “Menus.”
On this screen, there is a section for you blog pages. Select the page you want to add to your menu, and then click “Add to Menu.” It will appear up on your menu, and you can drag and drop it so that it is in the order you prefer.
Save your menu, and then let’s go check the Blog Home page to see the new menu, and also to check out the page and make sure it looks like we want it to.
The Menu looks good!
Check your Newly Published Page
Now let’s click on the About page, and see how it looks.
Looks good…for now. I will edit and update this about page later as I add more to the blog and create other pages. For now, this will do just fine.
So that is a brief introduction to creating a blog page. Do you have any questions or comments? Let me know below!