Web site pages, understand the basic concept:
The pages along the top row of the main navigation bar above are called parent pages. The main navigation bar is generally shown horizontally across the page. This site’s theme (layout or display) shows the default main navigation bar just under the header. Other themes display the main navigation bar in other areas.
Note: This current version of WordPress (written here in 3.0.1, now 3.1 3/7/11) also allows for custom navigation menus. Some themes allow for a secondary “main” navigation bar which can be below the main navigation bar. For this theme one might appear above the header while the other below the header. Custom menus can also appear in “widget” areas. But alas, Widgets are also a topic for future discussion.
Sub-pages that appear when a mouse hovers over a parent page are called child pages. Sub-pages to child pages are called grandchild pages. Although I believe WordPress accommodates great-grandchildren pages, I have yet to see one.
Pages are different from Posts. Posts, again, appear in reverse chronological order, the most recent at the top. Pages, on the other hand, are static. A static page displays the same content for everyone and remains as such unless edited. This is good for a normal business Web Site and a resume or portfolio Web site.
You can move a Page around, rename it, amend or edit it, add to it and even delete it. (But I have a cautionary word before you move around, rename or edit one…to be handled under advanced as redirection.) So think ahead….
You also want to be careful in the planning stage. You do not want to be too wordy naming any page since it takes up space on your navigation bar. This is critical for the main navigation bar since it might just limit the number of pages you can display.
I have used up to 12 with this Theme on one line. And frankly, I do not like the looks of a double line main navigation bar, although this theme supports it. It also is cumbersome when you try to write a link to that page from another page.
Clicking on the “Pages > Pages” will display a list of all current Pages with editing options. Below is the “Pages > Add New” dashboard under the expanded “Pages”.
Again, there is a default page called “About” with default wording that comes standard with WordPress. The blue “About” is a hyperlink to the displayed Page Dashboard (shown below). Also note by hovering over the word “About” you will have other options:
Edit | Quick Edit | Trash | View
You will be able to keep the page titled “About” or replace it. You can also make it your Landing or Home page in as much as it is static. I will handle the how to later.
But next on my list, in order, is Comments.