First log in to the WordPress backend or ‘dashboard’. Once logged in you’ll see a menu on the left hand side, which is a list of all the various things you can do in WordPress.
Locate the Pages tab. To create a new page click Add New. If you want to see a list of existing pages to edit, click All pages.
If you clicked to see All Pages, you’ll see a list of all your site’s pages. Click the title of the one you wish to edit.
Either way, you’ll now be in the page editor. If you’re adding a new page, you can enter it’s title in the first box, otherwise you will see the existing title.
Below the title you’ll see a button which will allow you to choose whether you want to edit the page using the Divi page builder. If you just want to create a simple page, then you can use the default editor that appears when you select to add a new page.
If you’re editing an existing page, and it’s been built using the Divi page builder, you’ll see these buttons instead…
Selecting Use Default Editor should only be pressed if you’re willing to ditch the current layout that’s been created using Divi, and instead go back to adding your text content with the default WordPress editor, so we don’t recommend that. If you do press this button, Divi will warn you and ask you to confirm that’s what you want.
If your page is using the Divi builder, you’ll be able to layout your page in blocks with Divi’s array of drag and drop content modules…
Whilst being fairly intuitive and useful, it’s far easier to edit a page using the Divi Visual Builder which allows you to see the page exactly as it will appear in a browser, whilst being able to drag and drop modules and sections around, or directly edit text. Click the Use Visual Builder button to edit your page in your browser. The first time you use the visual builder, you’ll be asked if you want to take a tour, which is a great idea, as it will show you quickly how to use the visual builder. For more documentation on using Divi’s page builder or visual editor, see the Divi documentation here.
Once you’re done editing in the visual builder, you can return to the WordPress dashboard page editor by clicking the Exit Visual Builder button in the toolbar at the top of the screen…
This will prompt you to save your work and return you to the WordPress Dashboard page editor, where you can continue using other settings, covered below.
There are a number of meta boxes on the right-hand side of the page (if working on a mobile, these will be condensed into a single column). Starting from the top, these are:
The box pictured above has had all of it’s sections expanded so you can see all the available settings for publishing your page.
- Preview Changes button opens your draft page in a new browser tab so you can see what your page will look like with any changes you’ve made before you update or publish it.
- Status indicates whether the page is publsihed, or in draft format.
- Visibility this controls whether the page is visible to everyone (public), password protected (a password set here makes the page accessible only to people with the password, or private (only visible to logged in users.)
- Publish – this section allows you to set whether the page will be published immediately or whether it should be made live at a future date. Immediate is the default.
- The readability and SEO pieces of text are included by the SEO plugin Yoast and where installed and configured, will show you the SEO optimisation status of your page.
- Finally, the big blue button will either say Publish or Update depending on whether you’re publishing a draft or updating a published page.
- Parent – Here, you can select whether the page should belong to another page in your site, creating a hierarchy of pages that belong to a section.
- Template – with the Divi theme, you can select either Default, or Blank Page. Blank page removes the header and footer including the main menu, and is generally not useful unless creating landing pages.
- Order – Enter a number that will place the page in that position within its hierarchy. Usually you can leave this as it’s default value and the pages are ordered manually using the WordPress menu tool.
A featured image is typically not needed when creating a page, and is instead more useful when creating a blog post. The featured image of a blog post shows up at the top of the post and can be used as a preview thumbnail image in certain scenarios.
Other Boxes on the Page Edit Screen
Yoast SEO – We install Yoast SEO plugin on all our sites so you’ll see a box under your content editor/page builder called Yoast SEO. The help link at the top of the box allows you to watch a video guide and provides other links to learn how to use Yoast effectively.
Excerpt – Typically used with blog posts rather than pages, the excerpt is a snippet of content that can be defined in this box. It’s often not needed since the Divi theme will create excerpts for your blog posts automatically.
Custom Fields – This box provides a way to add extra data to your page or post that can be manipulated by plugins or with code. Most users won’t need to concern themselves with this box.