Adding a new page to your website is a simple process. If you have been following the Quick Start Guide for some time, or been making amendments to your website, you will already be aware of how the editor works. The editor is an easy tool that means you can create new pages quickly.
Before adding a new page to your website, consider whether the information could be better suited somewhere else. In general, it is better to minimise the amount of searching that a client should do in order to access the information on your website.
Below is a brief overview of new page creation, followed by an in depth look at some of the options.
Adding a new page
- In order to add a new page to your website, you will need to log in.
- Select ‘Pages’ from the black sidebar, and then ‘Add New’. The editor will open up.
- Always provide a title at the top of the page. The shorter you can make this, the easier it will be for your visitors to find what they are looking for. In this instance ‘My New Page’ is perfect for the situation.
- The contents of your page should be added to the main text box. You can add media and forms as you require. You can find out more about adding images, adding documents, and adding forms here.
- When you have finished creating the body of your page, you can add it to a parent page using the option on the right hand side of the screen.
- Don’t forget to click on the blue ‘Publish’ button to ensure that your page goes live!
Page attributes and featured image
If you look to the right hand side of the editor, you will notice a series of boxes with different options in them.
These options are important to your page, but not all of them are necessary.
This option always needs to be selected. Clicking on the drop down box will display a list of all the pages on your website.
- You will notice that many of the pages are indented under an initial page. This means that they are a child page of a parent page. If we select ‘About’, which is our parent page, from the bar at the top of our homepage, ‘Disabled access’, ‘GP net earnings’, and ‘Medical education’, which are our child pages, will be available for us to view.
- Select the parent page that you think your new page should belong to. ‘Patient Information’ and ‘Services’ are two of the most common parent pages.
- If you do not select a parent page for your new page, your clients will not be able to navigate to it.
- Template changes the way your new page displays. You should always have new pages using the ‘Default Template’. We do not recommend changing the template.
- You can contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions regarding the templates.
- All of your pages will be set to 0 by default. This means that, since there is no defined order, the pages will display alphabetically.
- You can change the order of the pages by changing the number in the box. The closer the number is to 0, the higher up the list your page will display.
- Be aware that if you wish to make one specific page display at the top of the list, you will have to change the number of all the child pages, excluding the one you are looking at.
- We recommend changing the numbers to multiples of 10 or 100. This means that if you decide to add a new page in between two existing pages, pages 10 and 20 for example, you have 9 options to choose from. Using 1,2,3 etc means that you would have to alter the numbers for all of the pages in order to add one to the middle of the list.
Set featured image
Most practices opt not to have featured images on their websites. This makes it easier for patients to scroll down and find the information they need.
A featured image will display at the top of the page, beneath the title. Selecting an image that is too large will overtake a lot of the ‘real estate’ on the page, making it difficult to read.
Whilst you can set a featured image on your page, we recommend that you embed it into the main body of the page instead. You can learn more about adding images to your pages here.
When you have finished creating your new page, don’t forget to click on the blue ‘Publish’ button to ensure that it goes live!