Everyone always talks about how easy it is to build your website in WordPress, and it’s true.
If you’re shooting to launch a simple site in a matter of days, then the WordPress platform is your best friend. It’s intuitive, easy to use, and the developers work day-in and day-out to make it more user friendly each day.
However, just because WordPress is an easy platform to use, doesn’t mean there isn’t some learning curve, and that you won’t need a tutorial here and there.
To help make sure you get the most out of your WordPress experience, here is a step-by-step guide on how to add a new page in WordPress and insight into what the different page elements mean.
3 steps for adding a new page in WordPress
If you are building a WordPress website for the first time, the initial step is to pick a hosting platform and install WordPress.
Here is a quick video that will show you how to install WordPress after you’ve purchased your preferred hosting plan.
The following steps pick up after you’ve selected a hosting plan and installed WordPress.
1. Log in to your WordPress site
Once you’ve installed WordPress, WordPress will send you your credentials (username and password) to log in to your new WordPress site.
You can find your dashboard by typing in www.yourdomainname.com/wp-admin into your URL bar. For example, my domain name is www.travelwithashley.com, so I would type in www.travelwithashley.com/wp-admin.
You will then see a login screen where you enter your username and password and hit “login.” Once you hit login, WordPress will direct you to your dashboard that looks something like this.
From here, there are two ways you can add a new page. Let’s talk about both.
2. Add a new page to WordPress using the top navigation bar
The first way to add a new page to your website is to turn your attention to the top navigation bar. You will see a plus (+) sign with the word “New” next to it.
Hover your cursor over the “+ New” tab and scroll down and click on “Page.”
Once you do this, WordPress will bring up a new page, and you can start designing.
3. Add a new page to WordPress from the navigation menu on the left side of the screen
WordPress likes to make common tasks easy for new users, so there is another way to add a new page in WordPress.
If you turn your attention to the left dashboard, you will see an option called “Pages.”
Hover your cursor over “Pages” and select “Add New.”
Once you complete this action, WordPress will automatically load a new page.
That’s all you have to do to add a new page in WordPress.
Now that you know how to add a new page in WordPress, let’s talk about some essential page elements and widgets. Once you understand how the pages work, you’ll be able to create the About, Home, Services, or Contact page of your dreams.
Breaking down the WordPress page elements
A WordPress page looks similar and follows the same type of format as a new blog post. The difference is you can add a page to one of your navigation menus. Let’s talk about the different page elements.
When you add a new page, the first thing you will see is “Add Title.” This is the title and menu name of your page.
Keep the title of your page short, sweet, and to the point. For example, if you’re creating a services page, title it “Services.”
The next thing you might notice is the phrase “start writing or type / to choose a block.” The WordPress Gutenberg editor makes website design easy by breaking up content into sections called blocks.
From here, you can add text or choose a content block by clicking on the plus (+) sign. This sign appears on the right side of the screen and at the top of the screen.
Here is an overview of what you can do with the various content block elements with just a click of a button:
- Page break – Add a page break.
- Paragraph – Add a paragraph break.
- List – Insert numbers or bullet points.
- Image – Add an image to your page.
- Code – Add code to your page.
- Video – Embed a video on your page.
- Embed – Embed an infographic or other form of media.
- Related posts – Add a section to the end of your page with related blog posts.
- YouTube – Include a YouTube video on your page.
- WP Google Maps – Add a map to your page (great for contact pages).
- Heading – Wrap your headings in the appropriate heading tags.
- Audio – Add an audio file to your page.
- Quote – Add a good looking quote to your page (perfect for a testimonials page).
- Formatting blocks – Formatting content blocks include things like adding code, custom HTML, markdowns, star ratings, tables, and more.
- Layout elements – Layout elements include things like page breaks, image comparisons, slideshows, tiled galleries, buttons, columns, groups, separators, spacers, and more.
- Widgets – Widgets are cool WordPress elements you can embed into your site such as the latest posts, Instagram feed, shortcode, archives, calendar, categories, comments, search, and more.
- Embeds – With a click of a button, you can embed things like gifs, an Eventbrite checkout, a Google calendar, Twitter, SoundCloud, and more.
While this is a comprehensive list of what you can do when you create a new page in WordPress, it’s not exhaustive.
The purpose of listing out all these various content options is just to show you how many possibilities you have when creating your new pages in WordPress. If you can dream it, you can do it. And, you don’t need to know how to code.
How to publish a page in WordPress and schedule it to publish
Now that you have completely designed your page in WordPress, you’re ready to publish it. If you would like someone else to review your page before you publish it, you can also schedule your page to publish at a later date. Here’s how.
On the top right side of WordPress, you’ll see a “Publish…” button. When you press this button, WordPress will give you various options including when you want to publish. If you want to schedule your page to post on a different day, click on the down arrow where it says “Publish: immediately,” and select a date.
Once you have selected a date, press the “Publish” button at the top of the menu. If you don’t select a date, your post will publish immediately.
Time to Start Adding Your Pages in WordPress!
WordPress is one of the best website platforms and the most popular. The reason? It’s easy to add new pages and build a gorgeous site.
If you’re ready to start your WordPress site, visit HostGator today, select your WordPress hosting plan, and get your website up and running in no time.
Ashley R. Cummings is a professional freelance writer specializing in SaaS, tech, and advertising/marketing. In a previous life, she was a Russian teacher at Brigham Young University, a corporate trainer, and a grad student—all at the same time. When she’s not writing, you can find her traveling the world with her 2 kids and husband, reading poetry or taking a deep dive into the fabulous world of comedy. Connect with her on Twitter at @ashleyrcummings.