Adding a page is more than just putting the text and images together and blasting them online. We need to decide where it fits into the hierarchy, what links we will need (and from where this new page will be linked), and there are other things (such as scheduling) to think of.
First, though, from the main menu, go to Pages, then Add New. This gives you your blank starter.
- Choose your title — short and pithy.
- Go to the Page part of the settings (select the gearwheel next to Publish — top right — if necessary.)
- Decide on the parent page now.
- Write an excerpt of 30-50 words in the Excerpt box.
- If you are preparing this in advance of release, select Immediately next to Publish, and set your required date and time. Nobody will see the post before that date and time.
- The default slug is a version of the page title, which may be a bit long. think about a more concise slug.
Only now are you ready to start adding content.
- Add your text first, breaking it into shortish paragraphs where there might be a break.
- Add links to pages or posts, using the flow of text. Do not use “There is a link here”, linking the word here — that is ugly.
- Add any necessary images (following the how-to guide), resizing them so that they do not overwhelm the text. Except (perhaps) for an image directly beneath the title, caption each image.
- Think about a Featured Image (which may be placed via the option in the right-hand menu).
- NB — if you have previously uploaded an image, do not upload a second version. Select the picture from the Media Library instead.
You now have the page ready to go … almost. But before we publish it, we need to do a quick review.
- Read it again (checking for typos or unfortunate wording (for example, “during the Ottoman occupation during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries” — change the first “during” to “throughout” or “when Pécs was under”).
- Read the excerpt again, and edit it if necessary.
- Check the slug and the featured image once more.
- Preview the page and make any cosmetic adjustments which are necessary
OK, now you can publish it. If the page is for immediate publication, go to the user view of the site (you should have a bookmark to https://markrichardswalking.co.uk/ on your bookmark bar), and read the page. Make any further adjustments to the “raw” page, update it, go back to the user view, refresh the user-view page, and look at the new version.