This tutorial is all about—you guessed it—Pages in WordPress! You've gotten a basic introduction already to Pages, so here we'll go more in-depth.

As you know from Martha Burtis's workshop and from the First Steps with WordPress tutorial, you can put written content on your WordPress site as either a Post or a Page. Typical blog entries would be Posts in WP, and by default, they appear in reverse chronological order.

In contrast to Posts, Pages are for static information—they live outside the traditional blog chronology and are often used to present information about yourself and/or your site, as well as content of a permanent nature. You can use Pages to organize and manage the structure of your website and its content.

For COPLACDigital, you and your students will be using pages on your project sites, and to a lesser extent on your course sites. For project sites, the pages will showcase students' research and analysis and contextualize the project. For course sites, you and your students could each have an "About" page that introduces the project and person.

Pages and Posts share some similarities: they both have titles and content, and your theme will keep a consistent aesthetic look throughout your site. However, Pages have several key distinctions that differentiate them from Posts:

  • As mentioned above, Pages are for content that is static, or not time-sensitive.
  • Pages can be organized into parent pages and subpages. This hierarchy is how you can use Pages to organize and structure your site.
  • You can make a WP website using only Pages (which is what you and your students' COPLACDigital project sites should do).
  • Pages can use different templates for displaying content (Left Sidebar, Right Sidebar, and Full Width [no sidebar] are a few of the most common Page template options). The Page template options available to you will depend on your theme.
  • Pages cannot be assigned to a Category (only Posts use Categories), and they are not included in a site's feed.

Now that you know a bit more about Pages, let's get some practice using them and organizing your site.