Create a Page on your Site
Watch this video for a comprehensive tutorial, or read the information below.
Add a Page to your Page Tree
To add new pages to your site, you have 1 of 2 options to create a new page.
Option 1: You can click on the 'New Page' button at the top of the system and this will create a new page on the top level main navigation of your site. New pages added this way will appear on the same menu navigation as your 'Home' page.
Option 2: to click the add subpage link with any existing page in your sitemap. This will allow you add a new sub page into a section of pages if you would like.
Set a Page Name, Shortcut, Title, Navigation
Once you've began the process to add a new page, you will get a window allowing you to enter the initial information and settings for the page. This will include the page name, page title, shortcut, type, and more. If you want to add multiple pages at a time to quickly build out a section of pages, click the 'Toggle Multi Inserting" link.
- Give the new page a Name. You'll notice that the Shortcut (quick access link to the page) and Title (Displays in the title bar and tabs of your browsers) will be auto-populated based off what you entered for the Page Name, and you can easily change this by editing each of those fields.
- Choose a parent page. This is selected by default based on where you chose to add the page from, however, it can be changed by selecting the box and choosing the page you'd like.
- "Top-Level" means that the page is on its own as a stand-alone Parent Page in the navigation, and you can later create or move pages underneath this Parent Page.
Select a Page Type - Content, Link, Grouping
- Choose the type of page that you would like to create.
- Content Page - This is a standard page on your site that you would add content and the various page parts (functionality such as blogs, photo galleries, etc) to. This is what you will use 95% of the time which is why it is selected by default.
- Copy structure of existing Content Page - This option allows you to copy all elements from an existing page to use as the basis for new pages without having to manually setup the same page parts every time.
- Link Page - Setting your page to a link page will allow your "redirect link" to have a page representation in your menus and sitemap. When clicked, it will link to whatever link you have created. This can be an internal or external page, a link to a file, etc.
- Grouping Page - Decide if you would like this page to act as as placeholder page and group other pages. Grouping a set of pages allows you to have 'sections' of pages that act as a group. If you choose this option, you will have two choices based on your page load preferences for this grouping page. An example of a grouping page would be that of a 'Youth' Grouping page. Youth would be the parent page, and its children would be subpages including Preteens, Teens, Highschoolers, and College Students.
Set a Page Template
Choose the 'template' you would like this page to load into when accessed. The Default template is generally your basic template with a sidebar navigation; the "full" template is essentially a default template with no sidebar navigation. Some sites have additional templates, so if you have a particular 'Youth' shell that you want this page to load into, select that from your templates drop down.
General Page Settings - deciding if a page should be Public
- General Page Settings: A page is set by default as "Published" and "Include this page in site navigation." If it's published, it is accessible by the direct link, or shortcut, you added when you created the page. If it's included in site navigation, it means this page is visible in your page navigation menus and your sitemap.
- Published Status: This is on by default which means the page can be loaded. Turning this option off removes the page completely and no one other can view the page even if they have a direct link to it, they will hit a "Page Not Found" message. Only a SiteWrench editor can access an unpublished page by logging in and editing it. If you would like to hide the page from the general public but keep it visible to those with the direct link, keep the page "Published" and uncheck "Include this page in site navigation." This will give you a good way preview your content before the general public stumbles upon it. You can then toggle this setting back on later when you are ready for the page to go live (become published).
- You can also select the option to "Exclude page from search engine indexing" if you do not want Google to cache the page or its content.
- If you "Require HTTPS," the wildcard SSL that is automatically applied to your site will be forced to appear, unless you have a site specific SSL that we have set up for you. Learn more about SSLs here.
- Note: If you are wanting to create a restricted access page (which forces viewers to login with their profile or a password you have set for the page to view its content), click to view our Page Access Restrictions article here.
Publish Via an established Date Range
Publish Via Date Range: The page will be set to "Always" on, which means the page will be visible as long as it is set to Published. If you would like to have the whole page unpublish itself after a period of time, you can toggle the option to "From" and select the date range. For example, you can have the page unpublish itself the day after Christmas while you are out of the office, that way no one can access the page.
Save your Page!
Click Add to add this page to your sitemap so that you can create more pages and build out your sitemap. Click 'Add and Edit' to add the page and begin editing it instantly.