Starting a new blog can be as easy as loading up WordPress, using the default theme and starting to write – in fact, that’s exactly what I did when I started blogging in 2008. But now, knowing everything I know, I recommend new bloggers do things a little more tactically – and that includes adding the correct pages from the start.
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WordPress Posts Vs. Pages
Your blog posts show up in reverse chronological order on your blog page. This is where you constantly keep posting new articles and keep your content fresh. Pages, on the other hand, are static content on your website. They don’t show up in chronological order on your blog. Instead, they are usually linked to from your main navigation. Think things like your About page, Contact page, Products, Services etc.
The good news is that WordPress pages are just as simple to create as WordPress posts. To create a new page, head to your WordPress dashboard then click “Pages” > “Add New”. Or, to edit a page you’ve already created, click “All Pages” instead then click the page you want to change.
5 Must-Have Pages for Your New Blog
The pages you have on your site will vary depending on your blog and business. However, these are a good starting point. You’ll need to create all of these pages yourself from the Pages menu in WordPress, except for number 4 which is created automatically with a plugin.
1) About Page: Out of all the pages, this is the one that’ll take you longest to create. But remember, you can always do a basic version now and come back to edit it later. Your about page should let people know what your site is all about. Weirdly, though, it shouldn’t all be about you. You can include a short bio, but you want the page to be more about your reader, their frustrations, their needs, and how you can help them with that! Click here to read mine as an example.
2) Contact Page: If you’ve read my post about WordPress plugins you’ll know that I recommend you install the Contact Form 7 plugin. Now it’s time to use it as an easy way to create a contact form on your site, where readers can send you questions and comments. You could just add your email address, but unfortunately spammers will get hold of it pretty quickly, which is where the contact form comes in. Simply create a new form using the plugin (click here to read the documentation), create a new WordPress page called “Contact” and insert the form so that people can email you. Don’t forget to test it!
4) Sitemap: A sitemap is useful for search engines, and it’s easy to install with the Yoast SEO plugin that I recommended to you in my separate post about plugins. Simply open the plugin settings by hovering over “SEO” then clicking “Dashboard” in the WordPress menu, then run the configuration wizard. This will help you with all your SEO options. Next, hover over that “SEO” menu again and click “XML Sitemaps” to create your sitemap. This is for search engines only, don’t add the sitemap to your navigation menu!
5) (Optional) Products/ Services Page: If you already have services or products available for sale then I recommend making a separate page to list what you have to offer. If not, bear this in mind as you create your products and services.
How to Add Pages to Your Navigation Menu
Remember, these are the basics. In time you will almost certainly add to these pages with things like a resource guide, your top posts, squeeze pages to build your subscribers etc. But these can all come in the future. Today, make sure you have the above finished and your site will have the foundations it needs for you to start blogging!
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