Creating a Page on Your Website
One of the first steps for anyone getting a new website, is creating pages. Here we will go over the basics steps for creating a brand new page.
1. Creating a CMS Page
Go to CMS > Manage Pages > click Add New Page
This will bring you to a brand new CMS page. (See Below)
Page Level: Opening this drop down menu will show you a list of all the other "Main Pages". By selecting one of these, you will be setting your new page to be a "sub-page" of your selection. Typically you will be leaving the page level at the default to set it as a main page. (-----Set as Main Page-----)
Page Title: This is what will appear in the very top of the browser, when people are viewing this page. Keep this title concise and relevant to the content.
Filename/Alias: The Filename/Alias can be the same as the page title, and is what will be used when creating the URL for the page.
Ex. If Filename/Alias is set to "homes-for-sale-denver", the website URL for this page would be example.com/homes-for-sale-denver.php
Please keep in mind that the Filename/Alias will always format to Lower Case and add a - if there is a space required.
Link Name: The link name will again usually be the same as the Page Title. The Link name is what will display in your navigation menu.
Page Content: This area is called the WYSIWYG(What You See Is What You Get), this is where you will add the content that makes up your page. You can add content here much like you would in a word document, or an email. With the toolbar on the top you can format your content by applying headings, adding tables, bullet lists, alignment, etc... There are also option for adding pictures and creating links, which won't be covered in great detail in this guide. The HTML button is also very helpful if you are familiar with HTML code. This will show the page as it is displayed in HTML; using this you have even more ability to customize your page.
Page Footer: If you add footer content here, it will replace the default footer specified on the "Homepage" editor page.
Page Settings: Under the Page Settings, you will have two options you can select (Sometimes more depending on the site you purchased)
- Hide from Navigation will remove the link for this page from you sidebar Navigation which appears on a majority of your website. This is useful if you have a page that has specific content on it, that you do not want linked on every page of the website.
- Hide from Sitemap will hide the page from search engines when they are crawling/indexing your websites. There are various reasons for wanting to do this, most often for SEO purposes.
Meta Information: Here you will be able to add keywords that are relevant to the page you are creating. The description should be a brief summary of what visitors can expect to find on the page. This information may appear in search engines, so make sure it is again concise and relevant to the page.
Page Summary: (requires the Page Summary module) The page summary is a compliment to the Meta Desciption. With the page summary module enabled a link is displayed on your site, when clicked, it opens an information panel at the top of the screen that displays what you have written in your page summary.
Select a Page Template: By changing the page template, you will be changing the layout of the page as it is displayed to your visitors. What you choose for a template comes down to personal preference.
- 3 Columns: Navigation sidebar on the left or right, Page Content in the middle, and CTA's (Call To Action) opposite of the navigation sidebar.
- 2 Columns: Navigation sidebar on the left or right, Page Content takes over the rest of the space.
- 1 Columns: Page Content spans across entirety of the page.
Create Page: At this point you can click "Create Page". There is some additional content you may want to add to the page, in the form of snippets. This will be covered in greater detail in another guide.
2. Editing an Existing Page
You may find after viewing your newly created page on the front end of the website, that you would like to make some changes.
To Edit an existing page you will need to go to CMS > Manage Pages > All Pages
Here you will be presented with a list of all of the pages on your website. You can edit one of these pages by clicking on the name of the page, or by clicking the edit button to the right of the page name.
Alternatively, you can use the drop down to view a list of the
existing pages. Just click on the page you wish to start editing.
You will then be taken into Edit mode for that page where you can
use the same tools that were available during page creation. Once
you have made the desired changes, make sure to click the Save
3. Deleting a Page
There are two areas where you can delete a page. The first is under CMS > Manage Pages. When viewing the list of all of your pages you will see a button on the far right of each page. Click the red button to delete that page. You will be prompted to with a message that asks if you are sure about deleting the page, so don't worry if you accidentally click this button.
The second area where you are able to delete a page, is within
the page's Edit mode. In the top right of this screen, there is a
button that says "Delete".
Again, if you click this button in error, you will be prompted with a message to ask you if you are sure. Please also be aware that if you delete a main page that has sub-pages it will delete all the associated sub-pages.