If you have had your WordPress website built by a web designer, you might find that it is not long until you want to add something too it, like a new services page. I this short post I will explain how to add a new service page to your WordPress website. It’s really easy and shouldn’t take you much time at all.
Create your services page
The first step you need to take is creating your services page.
From your WordPress dashboard go to the Pages tab, you will find ‘Pages’ in the left hand pane of the main admin area.
You can create a new page in two ways;
- Hover your mouse on the word ‘Pages’ to reveal a pop up menu with two options, ‘All Pages’ and ‘Add New’. Click on ‘Add New’ to create the new page.
- Or. Click on the word ‘Pages’. This will then open up your ‘Pages’ and show you all the pages on your website. At the top of this page is a button with ‘Add New’ on it. Click this button to create a new page.
If you already have a services page you like the look of and you don’t want to create a page from scratch I recommend installing and activating the plugin ‘Duplicate Page’, you can see more details for it here https://en-gb.wordpress.org/plugins/duplicate-page/.
If you have never installed a plugin before checkout this post here about how to download and install a plugin.
Once you have downloaded and activated the plugin, the word ‘duplicate this’ will appear below each existing page, you just need to click ‘duplicate’ to create a copy of your page. This will save you heaps of time. You can find more details on how to use the plugin on the plugin page. You now only need to modify the content of your page.
Once your new page is created, give it a title and add the relevant content. If you are using a website builder such as Divi then you can enable this first. For Divi there is a purple button (give it a few seconds to appear) that says ‘Use The Divi Builder’. Click on this to open the builder. If you are using another builder the process of opening the builder will very similar.
Once you have completed your content click ‘Publish’ to publish your page.
Now you are ready to add your new page to the menu.
Create your menu item
The second step you need to take is creating the menu item. Access your menu from the admin area by going to Appearance -> Menus
You ma have several menus on your website, e.g. A main menu, a secondary menu and a footer menu. You can see your menus by clicking on the drop down arrow where it says ‘Select a menu to edit’ at the top of the screen. If you want to add your menu item to the main menu then make sure ‘Main menu’ is selected.
Find the name of the page you have just created in the panel on the left hand side below where is says ‘Add menu items’. Your item will only appear if it has been published. Draft pages will not appear. Select your page by clicking on the check box to the left of your page name, then click the button ‘Add to Menu’. You will now see a new menu item appear under the words ‘Menu structure’
Drag and drop your menu so it appears in the order you want it to appear.
You can modify the text of the menu item by clicking on the down arrow to the right of the menu item text.
When you are happy with the location of your new menu item, click on the button ‘Save Menu’ at the top of the page.
Go to your website and test out your new menu item.
Now you know how to add a new page and menu item to your website.