Pages are one of the key organizational elements in WordPress. You can use them to divide your portfolio into sections to make it easier for your readers to find the information they’re looking for.

Creating a page is reasonably simple. Go to your dashboard. In the sidebar on the left, choose “Pages,” then “Add New.” Give your page a title, and add some content. If you need to stop work on your page and come back to it later, you can choose “Save Draft” in the “Publish” section. When you’re ready to work on it again, return to your dashboard, choose “Pages,” then “All Pages.” Find the title of the page you were working on, hover under the title with your mouse, and choose “Edit” from the menu that appears. You’ll then be able to continue working on the page.

Before you publish your page, you’ll want to decide what template to use for it (if the theme you’ve selected gives you a choice), and whether to allow comments on your page. If your theme has more than one page template, you’ll be able to choose one in the “Attributes” section in the right sidebar. Just click on the arrow to choose one you’d like.

By default, WordPress allows comments on pages, just as it does on individual blog posts. You can allow comments if you wish, but on a site that showcases your work, you might not want to. To disable comments, scroll toward the bottom of the window where you’ve been editing your page. If you don’t see an option to turn comments off, scroll back to the top of the window. Click on “Screen Options” at the top right, and be sure the checkbox next to “Discussion” is ticked. Once you’ve done that, scroll back down, and you’ll see the “Discussion” section, where you can uncheck “Allow comments” and “Allow trackbacks and pingbacks on this page.” (You needn’t worry about trackbacks and pingbacks, but if you want to learn about them, just click the link in your dashboard.)

When you’ve finished, you can go ahead and click “Publish.” And if we go to the site’s address, you’ll now see that new page that you’ve created in the navigation menu.

Creating a subpage (sometimes called a “child” page) is almost exactly the same as creating a page. There’s only one difference. A “child” page needs a “parent” page. To create a child page, either create a new page or open an existing one for editing. If your site has more than one page, you’ll see an option called “Parent” in the “Page Attributes” section. By default, all pages are main (or “parent”) pages. To make a page a subpage or “child,” choose its “parent” from the list of available choices, and be sure to save your changes and hit “Publish.”

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