Creating, Editing and Deleting WordPress Pages

The birth, life and death of a WordPress page

Creating WordPress Pages

Adding a new page can be done by:

  1. Hovering over the pages option in the admin bar and selecting Add New.
  2. Hovering over the + New option in the admin menu and selecting a page type. This can be done anywhere on the site while you are logged in.
  3. Clicking on Pages and selecting Add New in the admin bar.
  4. Clicking the Add New button on the Pages overview.


So many ways to add a new page! Clicking on any of the above links will take you to the Page Editor.

Edit Page ViewOn Page Editor you will see:

  1. An empty text bar at the top, which is where the title of the page should sit.
  2. A body text area where the main copy for your page will go.
  3. The url of the page that can be changed by clicking on Edit. Remember to keep everything lower case and use hyphens instead of spaces.
  4. The visual mode. This is where all the visual formatting options sit and where all the actual formatting happens behind the scenes.
  5. The text mode. This is for behind-the-scenes formatting. Only use this view if you have a good knowledge of web programming.
  6. The show/hide kitchen sink button. This icon shows all the formatting options (the double row of icons). If they aren’t all shown (a single row of icons), click on the show/hide kitchen sink. This will give you all the formatting options.
  7. The Save Draft button. Even though WordPress auto-saves, you need to click Save Draft at least once for it to store the page. Saving never hurts, and it’s recommended to save your work often just in case something goes wrong.
  8. Preview allows you to preview the page before you publish it.
  9. Publish – to make your page live on your site!
  10. Visit your new page.

Editing WordPress Pages

Editing pages is really simple – most of it can be done on Pages Overview without having to go into the page editor. To edit a page individually or change the content on a page, simply click on the title and it will take you straight to the page editor. You can also edit a page that you are looking at while logged in. Simply click on the Edit Page link in the toolbar above the site.

Editing your posts from the Page List:

  1.  To batch-edit pages simply select the posts you wish to change and click Apply. Choosing Edit from the drop down menu will give you the option to change the author, parent, template, status and comments. Choosing Move to Trash will move all those pages into the trash.
  2. Select the posts by clicking on the radio button next to the post and press Apply to make the new changes effective.
  3. Clicking Edit will take you through to the page editor.
  4. Clicking on Quick Edit opens a drop-down menu.
  5. The drop down is populated with lots of fields that you can change such as the parent and order, title, template and author, all without having to go to the page editor.
  6. If you’ve made a mistake or don’t want to change anything, press Cancel.
  7. To save your changes click Update.


Deleting WordPress Pages

To delete a page simply click Move to trash instead of Edit. Whenever you delete a page it is sent to trash. This means if you accidentally delete something it can still be recovered. It is advisable to continuously delete your trash as it means less unnecessary clutter.

  1. See the number of posts which are currently in the trash.
  2. Either restore or permanently delete selected items.
  3. Checkboxes allow you to select multiple posts.
  4. Filter posts by date by selecting one from the drop down.
  5. Then press filter.
  6. To apply any changes or bulk actions press Apply.
  7. To permanently delete those posts click on the Trash link above the page list and click Empty Trash. Be careful, as deleting a parent page without choosing a place for any child pages can cause problems and is not recommended.
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