The WordPress Edit Page

The edit page will be identical whether you are editing a post or a page.

However - not all edit pages look the same!

The image shows the layout of how the default edit page looks. This is what is known as the WordPress "Block Editor".

Some websites will be set to use the WordPress "Classic Editor", particularly websites that were built before the Block Editor was introduced.

the edit page

Both the Block Editor and Classic Editor have “Code Editor” modes where that displays the HTML (this is the code that web pages are constructed with).

While the Block Editor is a semi-WYSIWYG editor and displays the page in a layout similar to how it will display on the website but without the header, footer and sidebar. Many of the websites built by Nerd Crossing will use a Editor plugin such as Elementor which gives a full WYSIWYG editor. However the use these plugins brings a lot of overhead to the website making it run slower and often the content cannot be converted to another editor if you decide not to use them in the future.

On the right side is the page controls. These will change if you click on a block, but you can return to the page options by clicking on the page tab.

The most important is the “Update” button. After you make any changes to the page, clicking this button will commit the changes to the website.

A few other important items here:

Visibility: visible pages on our website will be “Public”.
Permalink – this is the URL for the page. By default this is created from the page title but you can customize it here if needed.
Featured image – this is the main image for the page, normally displayed at the top of the page and on posts it is often used on the archive page along with an extract of the content.

edit page top left menu

On the top left of the edit page is a row of icons. Only two are commonly used.

Clicking the “W” WordPress logo will return us the normal WordPress menu.
Clicking the “+” will allow us to add a new “Block”

Next: “Blocks

the page menu