The Page Attributes metaboxMetabox A post metabox is a draggable box shown on the post editing screen. Its purpose is to allow the user to select or enter information in addition to the main post content. This information should be related to the post in some way. allows you to set page parents and templates, and to change the order of your pages.

It can be found on the right side of the page editor, under the Publish metabox.

With the Twenty Fourteen theme activated, it would look like this:

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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:


There are no limits to how deeply you can nest pages.

Note: Not all themes display Page hierarchies by default in the navigation menuNavigation Menu A theme feature introduced with Version 3.0. WordPress includes an easy to use mechanism for giving various control options to get users to click from one place to another on a site.. If this is the case with the theme you are using, then you can use the Custom Menus feature to create sub-pages and to customize your navigation menus.

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Some themes have additional templates that you can use to create pages with additional features or custom layouts. You can see if your current theme has any additional templates by checking the Template section of the Page Attributes metaboxes. The most common templates are for archives, links, and contact pages.

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You can change the order that your pages are displayed in by using the Order field of the Page Attributes metabox.

Let’s say you have three pages: About, Photos, Contact

If you wanted About to appear first, you’d need to do the following:

  1. Go to Pages -> All Pages in your dashboard
  2. Find the page About and click the title.
  3. Locate the Page Attributes metabox to the right of the editor.
  4. Put the number 1 in the box for Order. This tells WordPress to display this page first on your blog.
  5. Click the Update button.

Repeat the process for your other pages, but use higher numbers for the Order field: 2, 3, etc. This tells WordPress to display these pages second and third on your blog.

If you’re using the Pages WidgetWidget A WordPress Widget is a small block that performs a specific function. You can add these widgets in sidebars also known as widget-ready areas on your web page. WordPress widgets were originally created to provide a simple and easy-to-use way of giving design and structure control of the WordPress theme to the user., be sure to set the Sort by option to Page Order after setting a custom order for your pages. Then click Save.