How to Hide Pages in WordPress
Many blogs are set up with the expectation that users will land on a certain set of pages based on the topic of the blog. However, sometimes you want to create a specific landing page for a certain blog post. Perhaps it’s a case of the blog post being about a trending topic or how to get the most out of an experience, and you want to highlight these points specifically in the context of a particular product or service.
If this sounds like you, you can use WordPress functions to create custom pages without needing to know any HTML. All you need is a little bit of creativity, and some familiarity with how HTML and CSS work.
Creating a Child-Theme
If you’re new to WordPress, the best way to learn how to create custom pages is by creating a child-theme. A child-theme is a theme that you can install alongside your existing theme. It’s designed to be simple to use and follow, which means you can quickly drop in the code from a child-theme and start building your blog right away.
You could download the Genesis Framework, which is a free and open source tool that takes all the complexity out of creating a child-theme. If you ever used the Divi builder or the Elementor plugin, you’ll know what a child-theme is. They’re both toolkits that make it easy to build beautiful, functional blogs with WordPress.
Understanding Custom Fields
Before you start building, it’s important that you understand what custom fields are and how they work. A custom field is a field that you can add to a form, such as a textarea or a select dropdown. When a user submits the form, the custom field is stored with the rest of the data in the database.
Custom fields are great for a couple of reasons. First, they can be used for anything you want. Second, they make it very easy to gather information. For example, if you want to know more about your blog’s visitors, you can set up a form with a custom field asking for their email address. When they submit the form, you’ll receive an email with their contact information.
Creating the Menu And Blog Posts
To start building, you’ll need to create a navigation menu, and then you can start creating blog posts. The menu should be a simple list of the blog posts you’ve created previously. For this tutorial, we’ll use the twenty fourteen default theme, but you can use any theme you like. To add a post to the menu, simply click on the “Add New” button from the main blog page, and then click on the “Post” tab in the admin panel.
Clicking on the “Post” tab reveals your WordPress dashboard, which looks similar to this:
This is where you can control many aspects of your blog, from the heading of your posts to the commenting system. Before you start making major changes, take some time to familiarize yourself with how these settings work.
Configuring The Main Blog Page
The first step is to click on the “Settings” tab in the admin panel. This will bring you to the Settings page of your WordPress dashboard, as shown here:
If you’re reading this, then you’re either already familiar with WordPress settings or you’re just starting out. However, if you’re looking for a quick overview of the most important settings, then this is the page you need to go to first.
News & Media
To the right of the “Settings” tab in the admin panel is the “News & Media” heading. This is where you can choose the type of content you want to show on your blog. There are three options here:
- Recent Posts
Each one of these areas has sub-options that you can choose from. For example, if you click on “Fashion,” you’ll see that it has five different sub-options. One of these is “Men’s Fashion,” which is the one you’re supposed to choose if you want to show men’s fashion content on your blog. You can also choose between “Winter” and “Summer” styles. Finally, you can choose between “Activewear” and “Dresses” as the division between the two.
If you’re running a fashion blog, then choosing the correct option here will determine the layout of your blog. If you want to create a simple, elegant blog, then choose the “Men’s Fashion” option. If you want to create a blog that’s more of a lifestyle magazine, then go with the “Health & Fitness” option. The choice is entirely up to you.
Writing & Publishing
The next step is to click on the “Writing & Publishing” tab in the admin panel. This will take you to another page where you can configure the details of your blog. This includes things like the name of your blog, its description, and the image you want to use for your blog (if you’re using a custom theme).
The best part about this tab is that it gives you instant preview of how your blog will look like. Simply enter the content for the blog post you’re creating and click on the “Publish” button.
Now that you have a functioning blog, the next step is to start promoting it. For that, you can use various methods, such as getting press releases and engaging in social media.