WordPress Basics – creating, cloning and publishing pages

We’ve put together a series of blogs to help you update your WordPress website with ease. We’ll talk you through the WordPress basics you need to know when editing your website.

In this blog we’ll cover how to create a new page, cloning an existing page and how to preview or publish your page.

How to create a new page in WordPress

To create a new page, you need to go to ‘Pages’ in the WordPress navigation menu on the left hand side of the screen. This will take you to the pages screen, where you can see a full list of all the pages on your site.

Once you’re on that page, click the blue ‘Add New’ button at the top of the screen. This will create a new page and take you to the individual page layout. You can enter the page name, add your content in the text editor field and input any necessary media files into your page.

How to duplicate a page in WordPress

To speed up the process, you can download a duplicator plugin such as Duplicator Post (please run this past your web developer first before downloading any plugins) to allow you to clone an existing page. This can be useful if you’d like to use exactly the same layout on a new page.

In order to clone a page, you can hover over a page name in the backend (within Pages) and options will appear underneath to help you select the next steps. Here you will see the option to ‘clone’ the page, which will create a draft copy of your original page. Click into that page and start editing the content.

It’s important that you change the page name, permalink/URL, featured image (if needed) and the meta data for that page as it will contain the information from the cloned page.

How to preview and publish your page

When editing your page, on the right hand side of the screen is a sidebar that contains a grey ‘preview changes’ button which can be used to preview how the page looks before you publish the page or any updates you have made. This is a really handy way to check how the page structure looks, if the content is sitting correctly or if the images work well with the associated content. You can click back into the edit screen of the page to make any changes or tweaks based on the previewed version. Once you’ve made your tweaks, press preview again for a refreshed view of the page containing the latest changes.

If you are still editing your page and would like to come back to it at a later point, click the grey ‘Save Draft’ button. This will save all of your changes so you can pick up where you left off.

If you are happy with your page, click the blue ‘Publish’ button. This will publish your page so it can be found on your website and get indexed by search engines. You will then need to make sure your page is added to your menu or linked to on a different page in order for your users to navigate to it. The publish date and time can be edited at any time, this can be useful with blog or news posts as the published date can determine the order they display in.

Saving any updates to your page

Once you have published your page, you’ll no longer see the blue ‘Publish’ button this will change into a blue ‘Update’ button. If you make any changes to the page, you need to make sure you click update in order to save your changes and have them displayed on the live page.

 

Keep an eye out for the next blog in our WordPress Basics series to learn about uploading media to your website.

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