Pages On WordPress.com Websites

Websites, Not Events

add pagesToday’s post isn’t about Events Wranglers or events. Instead, this post is about WordPress.com websites.

Many amateur WordPress.com websites (ones made by people who don’t build websites to earn money) are blogs or simple website that just have the default blog format and the About page. Often, those amateur website builders don’t even realize you can add Pages to the default WordPress.com websites. So it seemed worthwhile to write a post explaining a little about Pages to encourage more people to use this website component.

The typical “Page” component or feature of WordPress.com websites is static.

WordPress.com Support Webpages

As the official support webpage explains, the term “static” means “that the information displayed on a page doesn’t change, or doesn’t change often. A great example of a page would be the About or Contact Us section of a website.”

In addition to explaining how to add a Page, the above support webpage explains how to specify which Page is the “front” page on your website and talks a bit about creating Sub-Pages. The front page is the one visitors will see first when they come to your website. Sub-Pages are explained more thoroughly on the Page Options support webpage.

WordPress Codex

After you read through the official support webpages, you should also check out the Codex, “the online manual for WordPress and a living repository for WordPress information and documentation.”

The WordPress Codex is a good starting point for information on how to build or modify your WordPress website. The Pages section in the Codex has a more detailed discussion than the “support” page, so it’s worth reading both resources.

As an example, here’s what the Codex says about Static Home Pages:

By default, WordPress shows your most recent posts in reverse chronological order on the front page of your site. Many WordPress users want a static front page or splash page as the front page instead. This “static front page” look is common for users desiring static or welcoming information on the front page of the site.

Google Search For WordPress Resources

google WP Pages searchHere are a few more top search results from Google for WordPress Pages.

  1. WordPress TV, the official WordPress video resource from Automattic
  2. Lynda.com training courses for WordPress (Lynda is an excellent educational resource, although you’ll have to pay for access if you don’t belong to an organization that provides access, such as the Brown County Library in Wisconsin.)
  3. WP Beginner’s Guide from Tuts+, an Australian educational resource
  4. Stellar Blue Technologies (Had to include this one – Stellar Blue is located near me in Wisconsin, but I didn’t realize they were a training resource for WordPress)

I hope the above information prompts you to add Pages to your WordPress.com website if you don’t already use that feature. And if you already know the basics of Pages, try some of the more advanced uses of Pages, such as Sub-Pages or Dynamic Front Pages.

As Bob Seeger once sang, “Turn the Page.”

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