How to Create, Edit and Publish a WordPress Page
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How to Create, Edit and Publish a WordPress Page

– Hey guys, James here with Mtech Digital. Gonna show you something super
simple today in WordPress, and that is simply editing,
or publishing a page. (keys ticking) So today I’m gonna show
you how to find a page, I’m gonna show you how to edit a page. I’m also gonna show you
how to publish a page, or save it as a draft, or how to preview it before it goes live. Simple stuff, let’s go inside. To begin, as we log in to WordPress, I’m gonna take you to the side menu here where we’re gonna look at the pages tab. If I click on that it’s
gonna take me to a list of all the existing pages, and I’ve been working on some
drafts and some demo pages. Today I’m just gonna create a new page. So you can see on the side menu I have the option of adding a new page, or I could click here to add a new page. If by chance I did want to
edit one of the pages here, I would be able to click any of these and it would open it up and my editing tools would be there. But let’s add a new page. So as we arrive on this page, we can see that we have the option of adding or entering a title
right here, and this title, and I’m gonna do this as a demo new page. Once I do that, it creates
what’s called a permalink, and this is the URL of the page. It’s the address you will go to when you want to land on this page, and it automatically creates
this based on the title. So if you wanted to
edit that or change that you have the option of
clicking the edit button, and that would allow you to customize that in whatever way you wanted. So as you’re developing your content, you’re gonna see the different
sections of this page that are important. I’m gonna break them down for you so you understand what you’re looking at. Quite straightforward is this main area where you can begin to style and edit, and create your content. So in this white box here is
where you’ll start typing. For now I have some ipsum
lorem kind of prepared and I’m just pasting in here. I can now begin to play with the layout, in whatever way I want. So maybe in fact I want this
first sentence to be a title, I’d be able to separate that, select this. Go in to my style settings,
which is this drop menu here. I can say I want this to
be a primary heading title, it will have styles attributed to it that come from the theme. So even though it might look
like this on my page here, if I were to view it on the website, it might look somewhat different. It might have a different font, a different color assigned to it. Maybe in the next paragraph, I have a more secondary title, so I would be able to make
this, say a heading three. And then I can preview this later to see what it looks like. We also have this great tool
here that says add media, and adding media is where you go in to your gallery of images that you want to add to pages. And here you can drop and drag files anywhere into this window
and it will upload them. You can also click this which
would allow you to find, through your file structure, where the file is that you want to upload, and you have the option of doing that. So let’s say I’m happy with this content, and I now want to see
what this looks like, or maybe I want to save it. This is your publishing panel. The publishing panel is very important because if I try to
navigate away from this, I’m gonna click on this button. It’s gonna give me a warning saying, “Are you sure you want to leave? Because you haven’t
saved what you’ve done.” So you want to come to
this publishing panel to click whatever it is you want to do with this content and page
that you’ve just created. Let’s say I just want a preview. I want to see what this looks like without it being published
to the live website, I just want to view it. And that’s what this preview button does. What it’s gonna do is launch another tab, so when you arrive on this page you’re gonna be able to see what you did, and you’re gonna be able to decide, do I like this, do I not like this? Is there anything I can do
that would improve this? That’s what the value
of the preview page is. It allows you to make those decisions. Let’s say I don’t want
to publish this now, I want to come back to it later. So I have the option of
saving this as a draft. If I click this, I can then
navigate away from this page, and everything that I’ve
done here will be saved. No one’s gonna see it
public on the live site, it’s just for you as you
begin to build this content. So you can come back to
it later and finish it up. If you are happy with it later, you then might want to
click this publish button. By publishing it, it is now a page that could be crawled by Google, or it could be found on the internet by anybody who’s looking
through your content. Just because I published it, doesn’t mean it’s gonna appear on my menu. Publishing a page just means
it’s live on the internet. You may need to manually add whatever this page is to your menu. Some other things to note here, right here it tells you
the status of this page. Currently, because I just
hit the publish button, it says it’s published. If I wanted to change that, I could have the option
of bringing it back to a draft setting. So I want to remove it from the live site, I can hit draft and go back into that mode where I can continue working on this page. Pending review, that could go into a state where I’m expecting
somebody else to come in, look at this, and then approve it, and then it gets published. You also can look at the visibility. And the visibility can
be edited and changed to be a password protected page. If I click that, it’s gonna ask me what that password is for this page, and that means only people who you want to have access will have access. So it’s a valuable tool depending on the
circumstance for this page. Something else to look at
is published on settings. And this tells me that
this page was published on March 21st, 2018, but
maybe for some reason I want it to be dated for a
different publishing time. Something that is also
useful is if I were to say today is the 21st, I might say I want to actually have this
published on the 25th. So that’s four days from now. I hit okay, it’s gonna say it is scheduled to be published on this date. So in advance you can create content that will appear later on the website. So that allows you to work ahead on a certain publishing schedule. Maybe it’s something that should appear based on a certain event or something that’s happening on a certain date, and this gives you some control. And you can see that now this button has changed to say schedule. If I click that, it’s now going to go into the publishing queue, and it will be scheduled to
be published on this date. Now it says here scheduled
for March 25th of 2018. If I were to make any change to my page, so let’s say I wanna remove
this word right here. If I want that change to take effect, I have to go back to this update button, and I have to hit update for
that change to take effect. So that’s how you update content after it’s already been published. You gotta make sure you
use this button here. And if at any time I no
longer want this page, you of course have this button here that says move to trash. Now that we’ve published this page, and we’ve done a couple
edits, or revisions, you can see now that this has appeared, and it says revisions. It says there’s been two revisions, and if I click on this, it’s actually gonna
bring up this new window that shows me the changes
that have taken effect. So you can see this is the
original published state, and you can see it highlights this particular section of content, and this is in red, and this is in green. This is just to show the difference between what was and what is. And the change I made, if you recall, I took a few letters and I removed them, so now it shows this is the
new word that replaced this. Maybe I’m looking at this and thinking, ooh, I made a mistake, I want
to go back to this version, I just slide this over, and I say I want to restore this version. So if I hit restore version, it’s gonna take me back to this page. And you’re gonna see that it restored this text edit that I had previously made. So that can be very valuable. You can back into this
and look at the history of what happened. Both are really the primary things, there’s some other
options that might appear, and again they might be based on the theme that you have installed. For instance this sidebar option, this is not something you would see in a standard installation. This is very specific to
the theme that I bought, and it allows me to play
with the sidebar options, or the footer options, or the page margin. Every theme is different, they’ll add things to this
layout that you see here, and that’s why you investigate the different themes you might purchase. Revisions, this is an
archive of the revisions that have taken place. So you can have a log of
previous edits that were done. It’s just useful to know a, who was doing edits
and when they occurred. Those are the basics of editing a page, so if you’re new to WordPress, I hope this is useful to you so when you go in to
create your own content, you’ll have an idea of
what you’re looking at. Thanks so much, take care. (techno music)

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