Parenting WordPress Pages

An easy way to organise your pages is using the WordPress Parent Pages option. Pages are structured using a system called Parenting. Parenting allows some pages to be set as parent pages of other pages, displayed underneath those parent pages, called child pages. The parent and child model helps organise the content and allows you to easily see where your pages are sitting on your site. It also helps create richer and more meaningful SEO as the child pages also inherit the parent page keywords.

  1. A top level or parent page has no dash next to it, and will sit above its child pages.
  2. Child pages sit beneath their parent page and are denoted by a single dash for second level.
  3. The deeper your site goes the more dashes appear, for instance here “Apollo 13” has 2 dashes (3rd level) and is a child of “The Apollo Program” (second level) which in turn is a Child of “Space exploration” (top level).

To parent a page to another page (this will cause the post to become a child page), select Quick Edit and where it says Parent select the page you would like that post to become a child of. Alternatively, while editing a post, look to the right of the main text editing field. There should be another field called Page Attributes. In the drop down menu, beneath the title parent, you can select the post’s parent page.

  1. You can find parenting options in the quick edit view.
  2. Select a parent page from the drop down.
  3. If there is more than one child page sitting beneath a parent page you can choose to order them by giving them an integer value, with 1 being the highest. If you don’t order them this way, WordPress will choose its own order.
  4. Generally if a parent page has its own template it should also be applied to all of its children. Or you can assign a different template by choosing it from the drop down list.
  5. You can also find Parenting on the Page Editor.
  6. Like the quick edit view, you simply select a parent page from the drop down.
  7. Choose a template if applicable, otherwise, leave this as the default template.
  8. Give the Page a numerical value that denotes its place in the order of child pages.
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