How to develop a Web Page with Word Press?
by Gaurav Gupta
Word Press is a powerful software originally designed to work as a blog but has the capacity in addition to adapting its operation for the creation of web pages both static and dynamic. Before starting to create a page you need to familiarize yourself with the basic configuration of Word Press and know how your administration panel works.
Why create a page?
It is very important to know the purpose that our website will have before creating it. Being clear what you are going to offer your users or clients, you can develop a website, a blog, a portfolio or any type of portal that presents your services or ideas in the most appropriate way.
A “web page” basically consists of a logo, main menu and content and may have a second menu on the side of the page. This, unlike a blog, is characterized by displaying “static” content, although it can be made dynamic by using plugins, but basically presents content that is manually updated in most cases.
When you work with Word Press to create pages , taking into account only the basic functions that Word Press offers, you create a page and this you have to associate a menu link to be linked from anywhere on the page.
Create a page with Word press.
When you install Word press, by default, it comes with a blog entry and a “Sample Page” created by default. The example page can be seen in the “Pages” section of the left side menu of the administration panel of Word press.
Example page in Word press.
If you enter this section, you will see a list of created pages (in this case a single page that is the sample page) and offers you the possibility to create more pages in the “Add new” link. If you move the mouse cursor to the title you can see that a menu is displayed with the options: Edit, Quick Edit, Trash and View. Click Edit.
Before you continue, and to save some time, I’ll show you three small steps that you have to make to configure the URLs of each page that you are creating optimized for SEO. Note that these steps only need to be done when Word press is installed on a remote server, that is, when it is online.
-Go to the “Settings” section and go to the “Permanent links” section. Select “Entry Name” and you will see that in the “Custom Structure” field you will see something like this: /% post name% /. Click “Save Changes.With this you will be telling Word press that the URLs of your pages will have the name of the title of your page.
-In the same section of Adjustments enter the section “Reading”. In “Sample front page” select the “A static page” option and in the “Home page” field select “Sample page”. Click “Save Changes.”
-By selecting this option, Word press will take as the home page of your site the “static” page that you have indicated in the drop-down field. If you had more pages created, they would appear in this drop down field.
Description of a page in Word press.
-Title field. This is where you should write the title of the page. This title will be the respective H1 of your page.
-Password: The “Customs Permalink” plugin adds this field for you to write a custom URL for your page. As this is the home page you will not have to write anything because the home page matches your domain. This plugin also allows you to add any termination like .html, PHP or whatever you want to your URL. If you do not install this plugin, nothing happens. Word press will allow you to customize the URL, which does not necessarily have to match the title, but will not let you use any termination. By default you will be assigned the slash “/” at the end of the URL.
-You have 2 tabs, Visual and Text. In “Visual” mode you can work as in “Word”. You can write quietly, use the text attributes offered by Word press and even directly select “short codes” that offer you other web templates for Word press. This mode is most recommended for users who are not familiar with HTML. In “Text” mode you have more advantages if you are familiar with HTML as it will allow you to add HTML tags and customize the text as you like.
-Text attributes. As in Word, Word press offers you some attributes to personalize your text as bold, italic, lists, links among others.
-Content. In this space is where you can add all the content, texts and images that you want to appear on your page. Note that even if you work in “Text” mode, by default you will not be able to add any type of dynamic content, such as PHP code, since Word press does not allow it by default.
-Comments. Just like if it were a blog, Word press offers you the possibility of adding a comment form to every page you create.
-Publish. In this section you can see the statistics of the page as the status and date of publication in addition to being able to delete it (send it to the trash) and the button “Update” (“Publish” if a new one is being created).
-Page attributes. This section seems to me a good idea when developing very large web pages since it allows you to add an order (list the pages) and associate them with a “parent” page (“Superior”) to control the structure of your page .