How to add a page to WordPress

Watch our video to learn how to add a page to WordPress. Adding a page to WordPress is fairly straight forward!

Quick Steps to add a page to WordPress

  • Login to WordPress
  • Go to Pages
  • Click Add New
  • Add a Title for the page
  • Try to include keywords into this title
  • Add your content to the text area
  • Either copy and paste the content from a Word document
  • Or type the text in directly
  • Make sure you use the Paste from Word icon – see image below
    (this will preserve your formatting and stripe any unnecessary code)


  • Click Publish


To Edit a Page

  • Go to All Pages
  • Scroll over the page name
  • Click Edit
  • Modify your page
  • Then click on Update

You can also do a Quick Edit – this is a quick way to publish, change the page name and turn off comments

To Delete a Page

  • Simply scroll over the page you want to delete
  • Click Delete
  • The page will be moved to the Trash, so you can always restore it, unless you delete it permanently
  • Always delete old pages, otherwise they can be ranked by Google

Scroll over the page you want to delete > Click Trash

Overview of Page options

Adding a title to the page

When writing a title for a page, try to include your keyword phrase that you have used for that page.



Permalink may contribute to your SEO or rank with Google.

You can change the permalink if you are not happy with the default one but BEWARE it could break any links you have already set up.
You may have to go and re-add the links.

ALWAYS use all lowercase and no special characters. Short and straight to the point is best!


Allows you to insert images, video or PDFS.

Visual Editor

WordPress visual editor

See image above.  This is a simple text editor for adding:

  • Bold & italics
  • Lists
  • Aligning text
  • Spell check
  • Special characters
  • Cut and paste
  • Indent
  • Remove formatting
  • HTML tags
  • Word count


This shows how many times the page has been edited by date and author.

Custom Fields

Custom Fields are another way to add additional information to a post or page.  Custom Fields are for more advanced WordPress users.

For more information on custom fields go to


The Discussion panel is used to turn the discussion options on/off for the page.

Allow comments

This allows the user to add their comments to your page or post

Allow trackbacks and pingbacks on this page

  • Trackbacks are acknowledgements and references; to notify websites that you’ve linked to them
  • If you link to other WordPress sites they will be automatically notified using pingbacks
  • When used properly, trackbacks and pingbacks are an excellent way to build links and traffic to your website
  • When you send a Trackback, a link with a short summary of your Post will appear on the referenced website blog


This shows any Comments made by visitors to the page. It will show you the author’s name, email, IP address, the date and time and the actual comment made.

You can choose to:

  • Approve the comment
  • Reply to the author
  • Edit the comment
  • Mark it as spam
  • Delete the comment


  • This allows you to change the permalink or URL structure of the page
  • Usually you would do this to make the page name shorter


If there is more than one Author, then you can allocate the specific author of a page.


  • This is where you update any changes made to the page
  • If a page is updated you need to Publish your page to make the changes live to the web


  • This shows whether your page has been published (live), Pending Review or a Draft
  •  You would use Pending or Draft if you were waiting for approval or just drafting up your page. The page will not be visible to the user
  • To publish the page, just click on the Publish button
  • Write the page as Draft will hide the page from the list of pages in the menu but you can still access the page by search, and by typing the URL to the page.
  • Allows the public to view this page
  • To access this page the user needs a password


  • Allows the public to view this page
Password protected
  • To access this page the user needs a password


  • This will remove the page from the menu
  •  You will not be able to access it by search or by URL
  • You MUST log out for this to work
  • Gives you access to any previous versions of the page
  • This displays the date and time the page was published
  • You can be edited this information also


  • Gives you access to any previous versions of the page

Published on

  • This displays the date and time the page was published
  • You can be edited this information also

MOVE TO TRASH – will delete the current page you are editing.

Page Attributes


This feature allows you to choose the hierarchy of your pages, for e.g. if you would like the current page to be a parent page or a subpage. There are no limits to how many levels you can nest pages.


This allows you to select a template that belongs to the particular theme you have installed for e.g. the sidebar template in our default theme.


Pages can be placed in order wither alphabetically or numerically.

Featured Image

  • Featured Image allows you to add a thumbnail to the summary or excerpt of your Page
  • Most shopping cart plugins use this to add the product image
  • Some themes also support other Featured images, such as slideshows and images attached to the Page


Original content written by Jodi Allbon 2013