How to Remove a Page in WordPress

WordWordpress Widgets MenuPress automatically lists all of the Pages we create in the Pages list. Sometimes we create Pages that we don’t want to be listed with the other Pages.  Maybe it is a private Page that you want to let a select few know about; maybe it is a Page that you will link to from within another Page and you don’t want it listed on its own…

How do you remove a Page from the Pages list?

  1. Log into the WordPress Dashboard.
  2. On the menus on the left, look for Appearance. Click the arrow so that the Appearance drop-down menu displays.
  3. Click Widgets.
  4. When the Widgets page displays, look over to the right in the Sidebar section for the Pages tab.
  5. Click on the tab and the Pages dialogue box will display.
  6. Look for a box near Exclude: Enter the NUMBER of the Page to exclude.
  7. Save/Update and look at the website to ensure that the Page is no longer listed.

WordPress Exclude Page

How do you know the number of a Page?

  1. Click the Pages tab on the left menus when you are in the Dashboard.
  2. When the list of pages displays, look for the page that you want to exclude.
  3. When you see the Page that you want to exclude, run the cursor over it so Edit displays.

    WordPress Exclude Page Number

    Roll the cursor over Edit and look at the status bar on the bottom of the browser (where the address displays when you are going to link to another page). Write the number down that represents the Page.

  4. Ignore the fact the the word before the number is “post”. Also, some of you may have the date, month, or year listed as well, so, be sure to NOT take those numbers…just the page number.

How to Create a Static Home Page for a WordPress Blog

When WordPress is installed in your hosting account, the (default) settings are to display your blog posts on the Home Page. Oftentimes, people want the Home Page to be static so that it displays a Welcome message, and then the rest of the website can act like a blog.

To make a static Home Page in WordPress is very simple.

First, create a Page (not a Post – See WordPress Blog: Posts vs Pages.) Save the Page under any name, say…Welcome.  Edit the Page and add your welcome message and graphics. Save/Publish the Page.

Click on the Settings tab on the left towards the bottom of all the Dashboard menus. When the drop-down menu displays, click Reading. Here’s what it looks like before changes are made.

WordPress Default Reading Settings

WordPress Default Reading Settings

Front Page displays ->  “Your latest posts” option is selected.

Click the next option ->  A static page (select below).

Pull down the Front Page selection list and select the Name of the Page you just created.

Click Save Changes at the bottom and View your website. Voila! You have a new static Home Page.

That is all there is to creating a static home page for your WordPress blog!

You’ve accomplished your goal…Now let’s do a little clean up …

You just told WordPress to NOT display your blog posts on the Home page, but, instead, to display your static Welcome message… You didn’t tell WordPress where to display your blog posts now that you have removed them from their default location…So let’s take care of that.

Create another Page.

You can give the Page any name like…Blog Posts. I recommend giving it a meaningful name; something that has to do with your keyword list… I used Web News and Blogs which was appropriate when my blog was created. If you are trying to brand your name, then YourFirstName YourLastName Blog would be good.

Save/Publish the page. You can write a note in the page that reminds you (six months to a year down the road) “Do not delete. This is my blog page.” Whatever you write will not display.

Go back to Settings and click on Reading.

Pull down the Posts Page selection list (below the Front Page selection list you used above) and select the Name of the Page you just created.

Click Save Changes at the bottom and View your website. You now have a static Home Page and a Blog page.

Here’s what the WordPress Reading Settings look like now:

Defining WordPress Static Home Page

Defining WordPress Static Home Page

Depending on the Theme you used for your WordPress blog, the Welcome and Blog Posts pages you just created may now appear in a list of Pages for your website. Later this week, we’ll learn how to make those NOT display in that list.

WordPress Blog: Posts vs Pages

WordPress allows you to create Posts AND Pages.

POSTS

Posts are those snippets of information that you write as you are blogging. Posts display one atop another in descending chronological order by date. When you write a Post, a date is automatically assigned. You can change the date, but, the point is that the Post is associated with a date and time, and WordPress uses the date to automatically archive the Post. A Post is associated with a category (that you assign), and could have tags assigned as well. So a visitor can reach the Post by seeing it listed in the blog, seeing it listed by category, tag, or date.

Even though a Post may no longer display on your blog page, it lives forever and ever in your blog (unless you explicitly delete it – which is a bad idea).

PAGES

Pages are for more permanent pieces of information. They are not associated with a date, so they always display on your blog,  and, will not be aged (pushed lower down on the blog page or added to the archive) like Posts. They are not associated with categories either.

Pages stand on their own. So the way to access a page is to click on the title of the Page.

Pages are usually listed as a separate section on the blog menu as are Posts, Recent Comments, Recent Posts, Polls, Search, etc.

In WordPress, the way you create a Page and create a Post is almost exactly the same, and the editing interface is as well.

When do you use a Page instead of a Post


Here’s how I decide. When I write information that I want to share in a blogging sort of way, like this for example, I write a Post. When I have information that I want to share and it is mostly static… like a course syllabus… I write that on a Page.  It tends to be longer than a typical post and the content of the course will not change. The prerequisites are the prerequisites and the topics to be covered are the topics to be covered. What changes about the course are the dates and locations. So, I blog (write Posts) about those and in the Posts, I link to the Course Syllabus.

Recap: So Course Announcements I write as Posts because the date, times, and locations change, and Course Syllabi I write on Pages because the content doesn’t change.

Other example, I would use a Page to write bio about myself and a Post to announce where I will be presenting. My Post would link to my Bio as above my Post linked to the Course Syllabus.

Congratulations to Website Development Client Herwitz Associates!

I am very happy to announce that earlier this week, Adventures Online completed developing a website for marketing consultant Evelyn Herwitz of  Herwitz Associates, Worcester, MA.

Creation of the website was a collaborative effort.
For any website, you need:

  1. A design
  2. Content to go on the pages
  3. Someone to put 1 &  2 together… to build the vision… 

The design was created by a long-time friend of Evelyn. The content and search engine optimization were prepared by Evelyn herself.  Their vision was built by Adventures Online. 

The build consisted of creating web pages and a blog that looked exactly like the design created by Evelyn’s friend, and contained the content and search engine optimization components created by Evelyn. 

The website was developed on a WordPress platform.  Why WordPress? Because it has a content management system that Evelyn can use to maintain her blog and update her pages – and create new ones if she wishes.

Wishing Evelyn many prosperous projects generated from her website!
Website Developer for Herwitz Associates

Website Development in Marlborough MA is Most Gratifying…

when a client calls to tell you that they have made  a(nother) “look-ma-no-hands” sale. That’s when their website did all the talking for them and the purchaser contacted them, having already made the decision to purchase from/work with them.

It’s happened a number of times, and most recently, yesterday (Friday, March 25, 2011). Early afternoon I received a call from  Emergency Signal Systems of Leominster, MA. They had just closed a deal for a 4-figure project. They were most surprised that their website was out there “working” for them, and called to let me know that it really did work!  

They said that when their new client called, it was a “done deal” – “When can you start my project?” Best of all, the project is a pilot and has the potential to grow into a much larger grossing project.  

I love to receive these calls.

 

Emergencey Signal Systems’ website went live in early December 2010.