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The Attributes module is used to set page parents, templates, and order.

page-attributes

Parent

You can arrange your pages in hierarchies. For example, you could have an “About” page that has “Life Story” and “My Dogs” pages under it. Under “My Dogs” you might have another page titled “Rosco.” The URLs might look like this:

  • http://myblog.wordpress.com/about/
  • http://myblog.wordpress.com/about/life-story/
  • http://myblog.wordpress.com/about/my-dogs/
  • http://myblog.wordpress.com/about/my-dogs/rosco/

There are no limits to how deeply nested you can make pages.

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Template

Some themes have custom templates you can use for certain pages that might have additional features or custom layouts. If so, you’ll see them listed in the Template section. The most common templates are Archive, Links, and Contact.

User cannot modify the templates or add their own. You can only select from the list, which depends on the theme your blog is using.

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Order

Pages are usually ordered alphabetically, but you can change the order pages are displayed in by using the order field.

Let’s say you have three pages: Animals, Machines, WordPress

That is the order they will normally appear in. If you wanted WordPress to appear first, you need to do the following:

  1. Click Pages > Edit on the menu.
  2. Find the page WordPress and click the title.
  3. Find the Attributes module.
  4. Put the number 1 in the text field for Order. This tells WordPress to make this the first page in the list.
  5. Click the Update Page button.

Repeat the process for your other pages, but use higher numbers for the Order field: 2, 3, etc. This tells WordPress to make these the second and third items in the list.

If you are using the Pages Widget, you will want to edit the widget, click on the Sort By dropdown, and change it to Page Order. Then click the Done button on the widget options box and finally, click the Save Changes button.

Last modified: December 23, 2008