A Look at The Page Index Screen

bttn WordPress Tutorials for Beginners 255x104By now you may be somewhat frustrated with me and wondering if I was ever going to tell you how to write one single word! I really don’t mean aggravate you and I can totally relate if you’re ready to quit on me — but I’ll ask you to hang in there just a little longer because we really are to the point of being able to write! Believe me, I do remember how irritating this was for me in my pre-write stage, but everything I’ve told you so far really are things you need to know before you get to this point. Now that you’ve got some basic preparation standards under your belt, let’s learn how to write a WordPress page or post.

For simplification purposes and because writing pages and posts is pretty much the same process, from here on out — let’s consider a page or a post as being interchangeable terms and I’ll clarify where it’s necessary.

Posts and pages displayed in the WordPress admin navigation.After you’ve made your decision as to whether you want to write a page or post, what you need to do then is look over to the left side navigation (see the example on your left). I’ve circled the top level navigation (also known as the “parent” links and are a different color than the sub-links in the drop-down) for pages and posts.

Clicking on the parent link for pages or posts will bring up a screen on your right that displays all the pages or posts that you’ve written. You’ll find an example from my own WordPress site below for what you can expect to see along with a few simple explanations for some of the things that you may find handy.

Clicking on the arrow to the right of the parent links will make the sub-links (also known as “children”) slide or drop down so you can view what’s contained within each top level. If you don’t see an arrow to the right of a parent link, simply hover your mouse over that right side and you’ll see it and can click on it.

Example of My Page Index

Keep in mind that what you see in my site’s admin panel includes more than what you’ll be likely to see in your admin panel because in most instances my clients don’t have full admin rights and also different sites have different features and plugins installed to accommodate their needs.

Viewing your page index in the WordPress administration panel.

The down arrow points to the list of pages you’ll see (I call it my index of pages). The rectangle on the left is what your list of pages would look like, the top right rectangle is a search box. The bottom right rectangle shows you how many index pages you have and each contains a list of pages. Both features on the right are quite handy if you have a lot of pages on your site because when you have more pages than will fit on one index page the WordPress admin automatically gives you more than one index page, each holding more pages.  If you only have two or three index pages it’s not so hard to find a specific page, but the more pages you write the more index pages you create which can make it a bit difficult to find the one you’re looking for quickly. This is when I find the search box is sometimes an easier way to find a specific page. Knowing the name of the page or at least part of it for search purposes is helpful.

When you’re on another screen and you want to return to the page index screen just click the Pages sub-link.

Let’s Do This in Page-by-Page Steps

Initially my plan was to put all the steps on one page, but I can see now that one page will be unacceptably long and will likely become to overwhelming for you to follow along. I think it will work better if I break the steps down page-by-page to help keep you from becoming frustrated.