Creating Sub-Pages or Child-Pages in WordPress

Creating Sub-Pages or Child-Pages in WordPress

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.)

Screenshot of the Edit Pages page in WordPressHere you see I’ve created a page named “My Parent Page” with a url of and published it. Nothing fancy going on here.

Screenshot of the WP Page Edit page, creating a child pageHere I’ve created a child page, titled “My Child Page”. Default URL originally

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

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:

Screenshot of the WordPress Pages "quick edit" optionThis is the Quick Edit option for the child page. Note the “Parent” drop down box.

Screenshot showing Pages listing with a child-parent relationship listedWhether you set the Parent in the Page Editor or in the Quick Edit, the Parent/Child relationship is always easily visible in the Pages listing to help you keep track of these connections.

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 ~
Simple Tech Tips For Marketing


image source: WordPress
screenshots by yours truly

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12 Comments on "Creating Sub-Pages or Child-Pages in WordPress"

3 years 1 month ago

Never heard of this one. I will give it a try today. Thanks a lot. This one is very timely.

3 years 1 month ago

I have absolutely no idea what I just read, but I’m going to mull it and take a closer look next time I sign into my blog :-)

3 years 1 month ago

Hi Kim,

great info, thanks for sharing. Changing the hierarchy of my existing pages scared me a bit, that’s why I have refrained from doing it up till now, but it doesn’t seem to be a big deal. Thanks for the reminder to take care of proper redirection !

Be blessed


3 years 1 month ago

A very effective and good tutorial on WordPress. This one blog where I get information in depth about WordPress.

3 years 1 month ago

Such a nice tutorial! I had been searching for a solution to make sub-pages for my blog for a while, when I came to your blog. I am not a geek and I am stupid to scripting and programming (that’s why I use wordpress) but with the help of your tips I could make it! Thanks for the useful information!