10. Organising your pages

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Meg’s PressGO! objectives

  1. To set a page order in your sidebar that you’re happy with.
  2. To set a page as your homepage on your blog.

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Your PressGO! objectives

What are you hoping to learn from this module? Your objectives can be the same as mine, but is there anything else you are expecting to learn? Write down your thoughts, discuss with a partner or small group in the class, or blog it!

Blog it here.

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Introduction

WordPress allows you many options for how you manage your pages, but the ones we’ll concentrate on for the moment are ordering your pages and setting up a static homepage so that visitors go there instead of straight to your blog. In this module, you will learn:

  • How to order your pages.
  • How to make a link to your blog page.

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Focus questions: Organising pages

How would you like to set up pages in WordPress? Would you like to order them in your own way, or alphabetically? Do you want your pages to appear in the side menu? Write down your thoughts, discuss with a partner or small group in the class, or blog it!

Blog it here.

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Ordering your pages

WordPress automatically orders your pages alphabetically. However, you can order them as you want by specifying the page order as you write or edit a page, and then going into your ‘widgets’ in your Presentation dashboard and choosing ‘sort by page order’ in your page widget.

Exercise: Order your pages as you want

To order your pages as you want, you firstly need to have more than one page (!), so make sure that this is the case. Follow these steps:

  1. Go into the page that you want to order (Manage > Pages > [page title])
  2. Scroll down to ‘Advanced Options.
  3. Open the ‘Page Order’ field by clicking on the sideways arrow to the left.
  4. In the box, specify the order in which you want the page to appear.
  5. Don’t forget to click ‘Save Changes’.
  6. This next step is important. Now, go to Design > Widgets. Make sure a page widget is displayed in your Current Widgets area.
  7. Click on the page widget’s ‘Edit’ button.
  8. Select Sort By > Page Page Order.
  9. Click ‘Change’.
  10. Click ‘Save changes’.
  11. Go into ‘View Site’ to make sure your pages are ordered.

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Making a static homepage

WordPress automatically makes your blog your ‘homepage’, but you can make a static page your homepage and still link to your blog by creating a separate page for your blog to link to and then changing your view options.

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Exercise: Make a blog link page and a static homepage

  1. Go to Write > Write Page. Give your page a title, such as ‘Blog’, but leave the rest of the page blank. You cannot write in this page. It is simply there to create a link to your blog from a static home page.
  2. Publish the page.
  3. Go to Settings > Reading > Front Page.
  4. Under ‘Front Page Displays’, Check the button ‘A static page’.
  5. In the ‘Front Page’ drop-down menu, select the page that you want to be your front page.
  6. In the ‘Posts Page’ drop-down menu, select the page title you made for your blog.
  7. Save your changes and check that the site is set up as you want.

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Reflection

Write down your thoughts, discuss with a partner or small group in the class, or blog it!

  • What have I learnt?
  • What is still unclear?
  • What do I need to follow up on?
  • Where to from here?
  • What other stuff I have read or accessed to help me make sense of it all?

Blog it here.
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Links and resources

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