The WordPress page editor is where you will go to add pages to your WordPress site.  This tutorial shows you how to get around on the WordPress Editor, how to publish your page and the options in the publishing box on the editor.

Show Notes

The demo site that was used for this training can be found at

0:25     Delete the Sample Page
0:46     Create a Page
1:19      Navigating the Page Editor screen
2:12     Page Editor Screen Options
3:09    The Publish Box
3:48    Making your Page Live
4:24    Other Publishing Options
4:52    Publishing on a Schedule
5:13    The Quick Editor
6:14    Wrap Up

Video Text

Hi folks, in our last tutorial we talked about how to reach the page editor and I gave you little bit of introduction about how to get into a page to edit it. This time, we’re going to create a page, and I will show you the basic editor page, and how it’s laid out. 

Delete the Sample Page

To start, I have clicked on pages, which shows me the display of pages that have been created on the site at this time. This is simply the sample page that comes preinstalled. First, let’s delete the sample page. I hover over sample page, click on trash and that pages moved into the trash directory. I will leave it in the trash directory for now.

Create a Page

To create a page, I can click in the left margin under pages, add new. I’m going to use the top menu, hover over new and click page. This opens a new window. At the top of the window, there’s a prompt where it says to enter title here. Here I would enter my carefully keyword researched and optimized title. Below the title prompt we see a bunch of icons that will be used for formatting your page, below that is an empty space. The empty space is where you will enter content.

Navigating the Page Editor screen

You can see that the page is divided up into boxes. In the upper right, you’ll see publish. Below the published box, you’ll see page attributes, and below that will see a box titled featured image. Each of these boxes can be displayed or turned off using the screen options. As with other pages opening the screen options, in the upper right corner of the screen shows you additional boxes that you can click to enable or disable features on the screen. With the page editor, you can also change the number of columns. Two columns will display additional information on the right-hand side of the screen, one column will display everything in one row and you need to scroll down to see them.

Page Editor Screen Options

The items available for display are the page attributes, the featured image, custom fields, discussion, slug and author. Page attributes allow you to set of hierarchy for the pages and the display order for them on the page listing. The featured image can be set to show in various places on your website. Custom fields will add additional metadata to your webpage. The slug will appear in the URL of your page. And finally, the author can be selected from the users that are registered with the site. There is also a feature called distraction free that can be turned on or off. At the top of the main edit window you will see an icon with four arrows pointing in various directions that will turn on the distraction free editor. Doing this will hide additional windows as well as the menu leaving only the edit window visible.

The Publish Box

You may not have noticed, but in the screen options for this page there is no way to remove the publish box. Publishing your page is what this editor is all about, without access to this the page would lose its effectiveness. Inside the published box, you will see a save draft and a preview button. At the bottom of the box, you will see a publish button. You have the option of saving a draft copy, this will not publish the page. It will save a copy that you can work on later. If you like to look at how your page is laid out, you can hit preview and it will display the page as you would see it on your website.

Making your Page Live

Clicking on the publish button will make the page live on your website. You will also see three lines, one labeled status, one labeled visibility and the last labeled publish. The status line indicates if the page has been published yet or if it is still in draft mode. You can click on the edit link next to that line and get additional options. This opens up an option box, and if you click the down arrow in the options box, you can select draft or pending review. Pending review is nice, you have someone that is checking your work, or if you’d like to come back at a later time and review the page before you publish.

Other Publishing Options

The visibility line defaults to public visibility, but there are two other choices. You can password protect a page or you can make the page private. If you password protect the page people viewing the page will be taken to a password entries page 1st, then once the password is entered, they will be directed to this page. Making the visibility private will allow only administrators to view the page. To select alternate visibility click on the check button, then click okay.

Publishing on a Schedule

The third line, the publish line, will allow you to schedule your posting. If you click on the edit it will show you a date and time. You can set this to the future if you’d like and the post will go live automatically at the scheduled time. The default for publish is immediately. Typically, you will just press publish and the page will go live at that time.

The Quick Editor

I’d like to briefly drop back to the list of pages and discuss the quick editor. When you hover over the title of a page you will see edit, quick edit, trash and view. If you select the second option, the quick edit link a new page will open with options similar to the publish options on the main editor. Here you can change the title of your page. You can change the slug, the formatting for slug is lowercase with – for space. If you would like to change the publish date, you can edit that on this page. You can also change the password if you chosen a password-protected page. Should you wish to change the hierarchy. You can change the parent page. If your theme includes various page templates and select another template and if your page has ever been published, you can check a box to allow or disallow comments. Of course you can change the status of your page from publish to draft or to pending review. When you have completed your changes, make sure you click update in the lower right-hand corner.

Wrap Up

In the next tutorial I will go over the various editing features and then enable the WP edit editor and show you the additional features that it has. Then I will create additional pages so that you can see what it is you should have for pages. 

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