We all know that there is more to a book than the cover. Now that you’ve got your cover set up, you need some intriguing pages. Today we are going to talk about different types of pages your WordPress blog can have and how to create each type of page.
The blog page is also referred to as as a blog roll, news feed, blog feed, and posts. This page displays your blog posts in reverse chronological order, by default. We have a separate tutorial for writing a blog post. By default, the blog roll is the home page. You can change this by going to your WordPress dashboard – Settings – Reading.
How to create a static page
From your WordPress dashboard, go to Pages – Add new.
After writing your title and content, you can decide what layout you want the page to be. For some of my pages I use a 1 column page, opposed to the 2 column page that my blog roll displays.
After you’ve made all your desired modifications, hit publish!
Wondering where the page is? By default, pages don’t automatically show up in your menu.
How to add page to navigation menu
If you want this page to show up in your navigation menu you can adjust those settings in Appearance – Menus. Click the title of the page you want to add to a menu and then click Add to Menu. The page link will show up at the bottom of your menu structure. You can move it around to the order you want it to appear on your menu.
If you want a page to be a sub page on them menu, indent the box. For example, I put our plugins page under the resource page.
End by clicking Save Menu
Category Pages are pages that display blog posts within a certain category. For example, if you hover over our Blog title on the menu, you will see different categories listed below. When you click on How to Start a Blog, you will see all the posts in our series how to start a blog.
Category pages are very helpful for bloggers! If you are a photographer, you can use category pages to display weddings, families, senior portraits, etc. If you are a mommy blogger, you can use category pages to display craft projects, recipes, diy projects, etc. When you are writing your posts, pay close attention to which category you publish it in. I frequently forget to select a category and then realize a little later that I didn’t file the post under a category. Not very productive of me. Anyway, back to the important stuff.
Create a Category Page
From you WordPress dashboard, go to Appearance – Menus. Click the category you would like to appear on your menu. Once you’ve added it to the menu, arrange where you would like it to be displayed on the menu.
Now, when readers click on that tab, they will view all posts from that particular category.
Q: What pages do you have on your blog?