Using Page Heirarchy
For WordPress Content Management
When using WordPress as a content management system (CMS) it’s important to understand the page hierarchy system for maintaining some sense of sanity.
Oh yeah, and it helps with SEO too… (by adding the parent page keyword path into the child’s URL)
First we want to create a standard page to serve as the parent page. You likely already have a page like this.
Pro Tip: Keep the URL SHORT and keyword rich if required, as it affects the child page URL.
(Each image below is clickable to see a larger view.)
On the right side of the image, note that the Page Attribute section has a option titled “Parent”… and that has been set to “My Parent Page”.
Once the Parent is set (and saved or published), the default URL is changed to url.com/my-parent-page/my-child-page.
This inclusion of the parent page into the child page’s URL structure lets you visually identify where the page belongs and can add important keywords into the child page URL (improving SEO when done right).
Pro Tip: If you do this to already published pages, keep in mind that it will break existing links to that page unless you use a redirect plugin or other 301 setting.
You can also set/change the parent/child relationship from the Quick Edit options:
Once you have your pages organized in this fashion, you may find that going through multiple pages of pages to find the one you need drives you nuts. To improve the management/view of the pages-of-pages I recommend “Admin Collapse SubPages” as a plugin to any WordPress CMS site that is not already plugin heavy.
Combining the use of Parent/Child pages and the Admin Collapse SubPages plugin can help improve the useability and organization of WordPress when used as a CMS.
~ Kim ~
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screenshots by yours truly
* Quick Tip: Display Excerpts of Child Pages with a Shortcode via wp.tutsplus.com