I'm a wp newbie, so I'm not sure if I'm missing a basic

Hi, I'm a wp newbie, so I'm not sure if I'm missing a basic point.
I'm creating a site that has some wp generated pages & some static pages. I get that I can use Pages>Add New to create a static page. I've also managed to set up a theme, with the display that I'm after. However, when I use page.php from the theme folder, it doesn't show any of the content I have typed into the 'Add New' page section. I have read that I should create a new page in the theme folder called page-{slug} (in this case 'About') which I have done but it is still behaving in the same way as if I had just used page.php. Where am I going wrong?

  • Michelle Shull
    • DEV MAN’s Apprentice

    Hi, Barnaby!

    Can I ask what you need to change about the page template? Changing the template itself, not the content, would be the only reason to edit a PHP file with WordPress.

    I think what you want to do is to create a new page named About, then you can add a link to that page in your navigation menu, by going to Appearance > Menus.

    Let me know if I'm misunderstanding you here, Barnaby!

  • Barnaby
    • Site Builder, Child of Zeus

    Do I just need to put what is in the template file above the content in the static page then?
    so for instance:
    <?php get_header(); ?>
    Static page content here.
    <?php get_sidebar(); ?>
    <?php get_footer(); ?>

    Apologies if this is Wordpress 101!

  • Tyler Postle
    • CGO

    Hey Barnaby,

    Hope you're doing well today and thanks for your question!

    I'm a little bit confused about what you are attempting here as well. If you want a static page then simply create an "About" page via Pages > Add new with static content. as Michelle mentioned above.

    If you want a special template for your about page then you can make a copy of your page.php and re-name it page-about.php

    This is assuming "about" is your page slug(site.com/about)

    Then you can customize the layout of it :slight_smile:

    You will notice how the page.php is setup and how that reflects onto the basic pages.

    This might help as well: http://codex.wordpress.org/Page_Templates

    Let me know if you still have further questions here! More than happy to assist.

    All the best,
    Tyler

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