Add or edit a page
On the dashboard menu on the left, click ‘Pages’ and then ‘Add new’.
First set all the basic information (the ‘metadata’) about the page using the drop-down boxes at the right of the screen. If these are not visible, click the Settings icon in the top right corner.
Status & Visibility: if closed, click the down arrow to see the options:
Visibility: shows ‘Public’ by default. Click on ‘Public’ to show other options (‘Private’ or ‘Password protected’). All pages should be ‘Public’ unless otherwise specified.
Publish: date on which the page is to be available. Leave unchanged.
Author: shows the current user by default. Use drop-down menu to assign the page to another author (not normally needed).
Permalink: the web address of the page. DO NOT ALTER!
Categories: assigns the page to one or more categories. Click the down arrow to see available categories and check the ones required.
Tags: another way to group pages. Not currently used.
Folder: the folder into which the page is to be stored in the library. Check the appropriate folder or leave blank. Do not add a new folder without consulting an administrator.
Featured image: allows an image to be associated with the page. Also called ‘post thumbnail’. Not currently used.
Discussion: indicates whether or not comments are to be allowed on this page. Click the down arrow and check or uncheck the checkbox as appropriate.
Page Attributes: if closed, click the down arrow to see the options:
Template: defines the general layout of the page (e.g. with or without sidebars). For general use, MGF has 3 templates:
- Left Sidebar (default);
- Right Sidebar;
- No Sidebar.
Click the down arrow and select the template required.
Parent Page: pages can be arranged in a parent-child arrangement. This option allows the selection of a parent for a child page. Not currently used so leave the default: ‘(no parent)’.
Order: not currently used. Leave as 0.
Sidebars: Do not use this feature without consulting an administrator.
After completing the metadata, add the page content using the Gutenberg editor to the left of the screen. Type the title of the page over ‘Add Title’ and press enter. Click ‘Save Draft’; this creates the page.
Add the rest of the content of the page by adding blocks of text, images and so on. To add a block, click on the plus sign in a circle. [See the separate Gutenberg editor tutorial on how to use the different types of block to get the desired look]. [ Reference to gogutenberg.com]
At any time, you can see how the page looks by clicking ‘Preview’. This will open the page in a new tab of your browser. When you have finished reviewing, close this tab to return to the editing page.
When you are ready to add the page to the site, press ‘Publish’. This gives you the opportunity to review a few of the more important settings of the page. Press ‘Publish’ again and the page is now ready to be added to the site.
At any moment, you can edit a page you have already created by clicking ‘All Pages’ and then selecting the page you want from the folder where you placed it. (If you did not assign a folder when creating the page, it will be in the ‘Unassigned pages’ folder).
After clicking ‘All Pages’, click the appropriate folder name in the left-hand pane of the screen (or ‘All Pages if you do not know which folder the page is in). Clicking will display the names of all the pages in that folder in the right-hand pane, together with some of the more important metadata items.
Moving your mouse over a page title will display a list of options beneath it: Edit, Quick Edit, Bin and View. To modify the page content, select ‘Edit’. This will open the Gutenberg editor and you can make the changes you want in the normal way. ‘Quick Edit’ allows you to change the metadata. ‘Bin’ will delete the page and ‘View’ will display it.
Create a formatted title
Because the title of a WordPress page is also its file name, it is not possible to format it (bold, italics and so on). To create a formatted title, use the Advanced Heading block as the first block after the title. This has all the formatting features that you will need with the exception of being able to split a title over two lines. To do this, simply use a second Advanced Heading block below the first one.
Add the phrase ‘NO DISPLAY’ to the end of the original title. This will prevent it from being shown on the page. Deleting the original title would achieve the same effect but, in this case, the file name of the page would become ‘no title’ which would make it difficult to find in the library.
If the title is too long to fit on one line, split it into two parts by typing <br> directly between (no spaces) the last word of the first line and the first word of the second. This is useful for splitting the English and the French in a long title.