Your site will be composed mostly of pages so being able to thoughtfully organize them is important. After clicking “Add New” under the Pages menu on the Dashboard, you can title the page and fill it in with content. Below are further explanations and tips to overcome WordPress settings.


This is a pretty self- explanatory section. You can save your page as a draft, change it’s visibility to private (if you only want to see it, that is), and publish your page.

Page Attributes

Under page attributes you can chose the type of page you want it to be. The language WordPress uses is parent pages and child pages (which are just sub pages to a specified parent page). From here or from Appearance- Menus you can set your page to be a child page to another by selecting that certain page to be it’s parent. For example, this page is a child page to Getting Started. Therefore, I selected Getting Started in the drop down menu called parent.

Provide a number “order” is if you want the page to specifically fall 2nd on the menu or 8th, for instance. Play around with it. The later the number, the further to the right it will fall on the menu. If you are having trouble or are simply annoyed with this method of organizing your pages, go to the Menus page. By creating a menu you can visually organize the pages and it’s a more hands on process, my preferred method.

Editing Options/ Clarifications

In general, there are finicky changes in WordPress that can be annoying to work around. These should hopefully help you get around that. If you have questions, email the web assistants so we can help and add more to this section for the ease of all CIS students.

Spacing: WordPress automatically does a double space when you press Enter to drop down a line. But what if you only want a single line space? Instead of pushing tab as many times as needed to force the content down one line, use “shift-enter”.
No tabs necessary, one line down.

Headings: The use of headings helps emphasize sections. Usually text is set on “Paragraph,” but if you highlight what you want to become a heading and click the drop down menu, you will see Heading choices. I suggest viewing your page after applying a heading– sometimes the headings are larger than the page title, which isn’t ideal.

Tabbing: To tab over you’ll notice the actual tab key doesn’t work, it brings you out of the text box. Use the button on the editing tools above the text box that has an arrow to the right.

Below the Editor

Below the editor window you will find more information about the the page widgets or layout. Some themes put additional features in this area so you can specialize your page.

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