Adding New Pages

Use pages for relatively static content that makes up the architecture of your site.

Pages are one of several content types available in the WashU Web Theme. Other content types — built with specific layouts and features — include posts, people, places, items and events. Explore content options » 


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Creating a new page

1. Add a page

From the dashboard of your site, go to PagesAdd New. Or from the black admin bar at the top of any page, go to New > Page.

2. Enter a title

Name your page by adding a title at the top. The title you enter will also be the page’s label in the site menus.

3. Save the page as a draft

In the top right corner in the Publish section, click Save Draft.

Be sure to save frequently while you are building your page so that you don’t lose any of your hard work!

Preview the page at any time to see how the page looks to your site visitors.

Screenshot shows placement of the Save Draft button in the upper right of the editing window.
Options to save the page as a draft, preview it, or publish appear above the settings panel on the right.

4. Check the permalink/URL

The permalink is the page URL (eg, https://webtheme.wustl.edu/items/adding-pages/). The slug, which is the last part of the URL after the forward slash, is automatically generated based on the the page title. For example, the slug for this tutorial is adding-pages.

You can edit the URL slug in the right settings panel. However, once you publish a page, edit the slug only if necessary, since doing so will break links to the page.

5. Set a featured image (optional)

A featured image spans the page’s full width. The image appears above the page title and below the main menu.

Choose an image that is at least 1440 x 550 pixels, but ideally 2880 x 1100 pixels, for the best fit. Images that are smaller or larger may be stretched or compressed to fit the space, or they may not appear at all.

Learn more about choosing and setting a featured image »

To upload a featured image:

  1. In the top right panel, select Document to view page settings.
  2. Click Set featured image to choose an image from the media library or to upload a new one.

5. Change page width (optional)

Screenshot of Page Attributes module with Full Page Width selected as the Template

The page width is determined by the page template. Select the template in the right panel under Page Attributes.

Default Template:
Narrower content area that is optimized for readability. Sub-menu appears in right sidebar.

Full Width Page (best for homepages):
Content area spans entire page width. No sidebar menu. Longer line length is appropriate for short text only (headlines and brief descriptions).

6. Assign a parent page (optional)

Note: A page cannot be assigned as a parent page until it is published.

Is the page going to be a subpage, or “child,” of another page? Child pages appear in the sub-menu under their parent page.

  • If it’s a child page:
    On the right side of the screen, go to Page Attributes > Parent and select a page from the dropdown menu.
  • If it’s not a child page:
    No action is needed. By default, a newly created page is a parent page and is automatically added to the site’s main menu.

After the page is published, you’ll be able to rearrange its order in the menus.

Create parent pages before creating their child pages. If your site is already live, the logistics of this timing can get tricky. Learn more about adding a new section with multiple pages »

7. Add body content

Now that you’ve set your page features and attributes, you can get serious about adding content.

Page content is added using the block editor.

Learn about all the available blocks »

8. Save and publish

  • Click Preview in the upper right to see how the page will look without saving the changes. The preview will open in a new window/tab.
  • Go back to the editing window/tab and click Save Draft or Publish, depending on whether you’re ready for the page to be publicly viewable. If you’ve already saved a page as a draft or published it, the button will say Update.
  • After changes are updated, click View Page/Post/etc. at the top to check your edits.

9. Edit the menu order

As described in Step 6 above, you’ve already set the page to be a sub-page or left it as a parent page.

Now you can edit the order in which the page appears in the site menu.