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(WP) Pages

The preferred way to add static content to your site that enables your readers fast access to information that is not as regularly updated as posts.

An example of Pages and their subpages.

By now, you are probably getting the hand of the “All _____” and “Add new” located under most of the areas on the dashboard sidebar. Pages is no exception: in All Pages, you have a quick view of all your Pages. Pages, unlike Posts, can be sorted into a hierarchy. This works well with themes that allow nesting menus, such as the one at the top of this page that says “Faculty Training.”

In All Pages, you can see at a glance which Pages are under which other Pages. Top, or main, Pages are called “parent pages” and appear in the list with no marks preceding their name. Subpages are also called “child pages” and appear with a dash in front of their name. Subpages of subpages get–you guessed it–another dash, and so on, until you reach the end of your hierarchy. See the image to the left for an example.

In essence, the view you get when you choose to add a new Page is the same as adding a new Post; the main difference is with the Page, you get the option to give it a parent category, and a number (if you want to arrange the order of subpages yourself).

 

Using the “Order” number

The order number lets you manually affect the order of subpages in a group–but it is a little bit tricky.

  • Trick #1: The first position requires the number “0”
    • Why? It’s related to the way computers organize things–computers always start counting from 0. This doesn’t mean your lists in Word will start from 0–but in computer code, lists always start from 0.
  • Trick #2: WordPress allows you to have more than one item in position “x”
    • What? This means you can have two items in position 0, and 3 in position 1. They will order themselves within that position depending on which one was in the position first, and which was added to it second.

See the images below for some examples.

  • In the first, I’ve edited the page titles to reflect their order number. In the second, the submenus appear with their order number in the title. This time, you can see that two items have order number 0, and have ordered themselves based on the time that they were added.