Managing Content

In this section, we’ll cover the basics of how to manage the pages and posts that make up your site: from creating them to deleting them to making copies.

Description of Post Fields

While there are some differences between posts and pages, they share many of the same fields and properties in the editor.

An annotated view of the WordPress post editor.

Page/Post Title

The title of your post/page. You can use any phrases, words, or characters. Avoid using the same title twice as that will cause problems. You can use commas, apostrophes, quotes, hyphens/dashes, and other typical symbols in the post like “My Site – Here’s Lookin’ at You, Kid”. WordPress will then clean it up to generate a user-friendly and URL-valid name of the post (also called the post slug) to compose the permalink for the post.

Body copy box

The blank box where you enter your text, links, links to images, and blocks. See our block catalog for detailed examples.

Preview button

Allows you to preview the post/page before officially publishing it.

Publish box

Contains buttons that control the state of your post. The main states are Published, Pending Review and Draft.

Scheduling a post for future publication

To schedule a post for publication at a future time or date, click the date in the Publish area. Change the settings to the desired time and date. Click the “Publish” button, and the post will be published at the desired time and date.

You can also change the publish date to a date in the past to back-date posts. 

Permalink is a portmanteau for “permanent link”. The permalink is a user-friendly URL derived from the post title and parent page. You can edit the permalink (aka the “slug”) by locating the Permalink section in the Page settings in the editor interface.

The permalink section of the inspector panel with the URL Slug field highlighted in a red box.

Punctuation such as commas, quotes, apostrophes, and invalid URL characters are removed and spaces are substituted with dashes to separate each word. If your title is “My Site – Here’s Lookin’ at You, Kid”, it will be cleaned up to create the slug “my-site-heres-lookin-at-you-kid”. You can manually change this, maybe shortening it to “my-site-lookin-at-you-kid”.

Save Draft

Allows you to save your post/page as a draft / pending review rather than immediately publishing it. To return to your drafts later, visit Posts > All Posts or Pages > All Pages in the menu bar, then select your post/page from the list.


Publishes your post/page on the site. You can edit the time when the post/page is published by clicking the date next to Publish and specifying the time you want the post/page to be published.


The general topic that a post can be classified in. Readers can browse specific categories to see all posts in the category. To add a new category, click the “+Add New Category” link in this section. You can manage your categories by hovering over Posts in the admin area, then going to Categories.

Post Tags

Posts with similar tags are linked together when a user clicks one of the tags. Add new tags to the post by typing the tag into the box and clicking “Add”. A post should have no more than 5 tags.

The Featured Image will appear at the top of your page or post, as and can be included along with the Excerpt when your post is pulled into another page via News. The Featured Image will also be displayed on the category, archives, and search pages.

If you would like to use the Featured Image as the thumbnail on other pages, but would not like it to be the hero image on the page itself, uncheck the box labeled “Use this as the hero image for this page”.

Screenshot of side panel in the editor showing the option to set a featured image.

You can visit other sections of the documentation for more information on finding images to use and best practices for selecting featured images.


A summary or brief teaser of your post that is displayed when the page or post is included in a News or Featured Stories block as well as on archive pages. The excerpt can be manually edited in the post sidebar, otherwise, an automatic excerpt is generated based on the post content.

Excerpt section of a Post's inspector panel.

Page Attributes

These fields apply to pages, but not to posts.


This section allows you to change the page type, which provides different options for displaying the page content.

Parent Page

Setting the parent page adds the parent page’s URL slug (as well as the parent’s parent page URL slug, and so on) to the full URL of the current page. For example, the full URL for the Creating new content page is As you can see, the URL slug for that page (/creating/) comes last, preceded by the parent page URL slug (/managing-content/), and the previous parent page URL slug in this lineage (/content-editor/).

Setting parent pages is not required, but it is helpful to match the parent page structure to the menu structure so users can rely on both of these options to help them understand the relationship between the pages on your site.

You can also edit or add a parent page using the “Quick Edit” feature when you are in the “All Pages” view in the editor.

Screenshot showing the quick edit option in the All pages editor view.
Screenshot showing the result of clicking the quick edit option in the editor view. The parent page option is highlighted.