Structure and Organization

WordPress is a versatile tool that allows you to build static pages as well as dynamic blog posts. For our purposes, we want to build a stable, coherent site, so the blog function is turned off. Unless you want to include a blog in your portfolio, just ignore the “Posts” function. Instead, think about building a body of distinct “Pages,” and organizing those pages using the “Menus” function of the site. This will allow you to control the structure and organization of your site—its skeleton, if you will.

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To manage the structure and organization of your site:

  • You can create and delete pages by choosing “Pages” in the Dashboard sidebar. To add a page, click on “Add New.”
    • Here you can create a new title, add text, media, hyperlinks, .pdfs, etc.
    • If you want the new page to be subsidiary to another one (in, say, a drop-down menu; see below), choose the appropriate “Parent” on the right sidebar.
    • If you want your pages to appear in a specific order (in either a normal menu or a drop-down menu; see below), be sure to mark the appropriate number under “Order” on the right.
    • Click on “Publish” to publish the page.
    • If you want to view and/or all your pages, you can go to “Pages” on the Dashboard sidebar. Here you can make edits to multiple pages at once.
    • Your site will have a pre-selected “Home” page—the “welcome” page. If you want to change this, go to Settings>Reading and select a different page.
  • If you add a page, readers won’t be able to see it automatically. You have to guide them to through hyperlinks, and it by organizing your Menus—the tabs on the top of your website that make navigation easier.
    • Note: These menu tabs are not automatically connected to the architecture of your pages. They’re more like hyperlinks. If you make changes to the number and structure of your pages, you need to make the same changes to your main menu.
    • Under “Appearance,” choose “Menus.” Here you can reorganize the tabs along the top of your screen, if you’d like.
    • Here you can import pages (on the left) into your Menu.
    • You can reorganize your menus by dragging them up and down.
    • You can develop drop-down menus by dragging them left and right—but be sure that any drop-down menus have a parent page, and are ordered correctly when editing the page itself.