The Tech Tutor brings you part two of Start Your Own Tutoring Website Today, build website pages & menus!
We finished off last time with setting up our new website and logging into WordPress to manage it. Today we will be looking at building website pages and making those pages appear in your website menu.
1. Your Website Theme or Template.
Log into WordPress to manage your new website and get familiar with the menu items on the left hand side. WordPress comes with a basic theme or you can buy a website theme (template) from a company such as Woo Themes. Press on the Woo logo to browse themes.
The first page you will need is a home page. Let’s see if your theme has one and if not we can create a new one.
2. Find or Create your Home Page.
Find the pages button in the WordPress (WP) menu on the left hand side and select to view all pages. A grid will open showing any pages that are already built for your website. You can use the search function on the top right of the page to see if there is a home page if you cannot see it in your list.
If you find one then press on it to open the page in WP, or press ADD NEW at the top left of the list of pages to create a new one and give it a title of home page.
3. Home Page Content.
Enter the Title of Home if you have created a new page. Now you can use the features to create the content of your new home page. Use the upload or insert icon to bring in pictures.
You will see in the picture the shortcode icon which is a free plug in I have uploaded to WP and we will discuss in more depth in a later article.
You can use the preview button on the right of your screen to see how you are doing at any time and once you are happy you can publish your page.
If your homepage does not appear in your list of pages go to Settings -> Reading and set the home page there, that is if the theme doesn’t come with a home page already.
If you cannot access or view your new page from your live website as Home does not appear in the menu you will need to add it to the menu inside WP.
4. Adding a Page to the Menu.
To decide what pages you wish to display in your website menu find the button in the WP menu called Appearance, hover over it and select menus. The menu page will appear.
On the left hand side you will have a list of pages for your website. It will show the most recent first, so if you have just worked on you home page it will show in the list. If it does not then use the ‘view all’ or ‘search’ tabs to locate it.
Place a check mark next to the page you wish to appear in your menu.
Then press the ‘Add to Menu’ button and the page details will shift to the right hand side of your page.
5. Define your Menu Listing.
Now your new page will be listed as a menu page and you can change or add to the title or drag it to change the position in the menu bar.
You will see from the picture that I have opened the menu definer by pressing on the down arrow top right of my menu page. The page is called Home and it is a custom page as it came with the blog theme for The Tutor Report.
Change or add to the Navigation Label to change the text in your website menu bar.
Press save at the top of the WP menu page to save your changes then check out your website.
6. Check Out Your New Website
You can create as many pages as you require for your website, they can be a parent page or a child page. A child page will appear in a list of available pages when you hover over a menu button. For example, the SES by State page on The Tutor Report is a parent page but the individual state pages are child pages.
When you create a child page you will still need to perform the menu steps. Place your child page under its parent in the menu list by dragging it to the correct position then drag it to the right one tab, to indicate that it will sit under the parent page.
It will take you a little practice but it is not magic, it’s very simple if you follow the steps. This is the Oz phenomenon, there are people out there who want you to think this is hard so they can charge you for it!