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Page Attributes

The Page Attributes module in Page Settings allows you to set parent pages and change the order of your pages.

Accessing Page Attributes

  1. Go to My Site → Pages.
  2. Choose a specific page to edit.
  3. On the right of your screen, under Page Settings, look for Page Attributes.
Screenshot with Page Attribute settings on sidebar.

If you do not see the sidebar on the right, you may need to click on the Settings icon in the top right corner to bring up the settings. This icon looks like a square with two uneven columns.

The Settings icon at the top of the WordPress Editor highlighted.
The settings icon in the top right corner

Parent Page

Using Parent Pages is a good way to organize your Site Pages into hierarchies. A parent page is a top-level page, with child pages nested under it.

Parent Page selection option on sidebar
Parent page drop down in Page Settings

For example, you could have an “About” page as a top level or parent page, and then have child pages “Life Story” and “My Dogs” under it. Under “My Dogs” you could have another page, titled “Rosco”. The URLs might look like this:

Page Settings - Parent Pages
Parent page selection

Some page slugs, such as “author,” “tag,” and “category” are reserved for special uses. You can’t create a child page if the parent page uses one of those reserved slugs.

If you are using your site’s default menu, parent pages will usually show in the menu with child pages as a drop down. If you are using a custom menu, you can add dropdown menus by clicking on Reorder in the Customizer.

With the Ixion theme activated, it would look like this:

Page Settings - Menu
Parent and Child Pages

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


Not all themes display Page hierarchies by default in the navigation menu. 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.

Page Order

You can change the order that your pages are displayed when using a default menu by using the Order field of the Page Attributes module.

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 in your dashboard.
  2. Find the page About and click the title.
  3. Locate the Page Attributes module 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 site.
  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 are using a custom menu, you can change the order of your Pages in the menu by using the Reorder link in the Customizer.

If you’re using the Pages Widget, be sure to set the Sort by option to Page Order after setting a custom order for your pages. Then click Publish.

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