Posts on your blog are automatically organized and shown chronologically by publish date, and can even be grouped into Categories, if desired. Pages are most often found on a site via a simple Navigation Menu link or drop down. If you have several Pages to work with, and want a traditional website structure, you can also use the “Parent” WordPress feature to organize Pages into a hierarchy by using a “Parent-child” hierarchy.
How-To Use “Parent”
Simply look for the “Page Attributes” box in your Page editor screen in WordPress, and pick any other Page to act as a ‘Parent’ to your new creation:
You can even use the “Order” number box seen above to impact the order the Pages appear in lists and drop down Navigation Menus – type in your own order numbers to change the order, or leave the Order as zero to use the default alphabetic sorting.
Why create a hierarchy?: URLs and Paths
By creating a structure for the Pages you create, a few cool things can happen.
- Organized: you can find your Pages easily in the “All Pages” WordPress screen because they will be grouped in your hierarchy as seen in the How-To screenshot above, making it easier to find and manage your Pages
Widgets: WordPress Widgets can list the Pages on your site and obey the hierarchy you create:
Menus: drop down Navigation Menu lists will automatically show your Pages and obey the hierarchy you create:
- URL addresses and SEO: if you are using WordPress Permalinks, the URL address to your Pages will obey the hierarchy you create for a common-sense web address to your page, which is great for SEO:
Be aware that you can create more than one nested level by selecting a ‘Child’ Page to be the ‘Parent’ of another Page, allowing you to create multi-level hierarchy and structure for your website Pages – two levels deep, three levels deep, more – whatever your site calls for.