Creating a New Page

Creating a New Page

1.     On the main menu at the top of the Dashboard, click Pages.

You are now in the Pages section of the admin area.


2.     Find the section (parent page) under which you’d like to add a new page, then click on Actions.

This menu will drop down:


Click on “Create a child page.”


 Create a page” menu opens.

3.     Enter the following information for the new page:



(mandatory field)

The page name that you use here is used by the system to create auto-generated navigation links, and will be the page title you see in the Pages section of the admin area. This name should be as concise as possible.

Example: Volunteer Info

Put this page…

(button group)

When you create a child page, you will not have to change this option, since the parent page you are creating this page underneath will already be selected automatically. 


The URL is automatically generated based on the page name that you have chosen, and the hierarchy of the page (the URL of its parent). The URL determines the new page's website address.

You can choose a custom URL by clicking the Change button and entering the new name in the input field that appears.

Most of the time, you won’t need to change this, but you can change it if it will help keep the URL more concise. For example, you could drop the “-info” part of the URL and just use “volunteer.”

This overwrites the automatically generated URL. To commit the change, simply click anywhere outside the text box.

When you enter a custom URL, the URL of the page no longer changes when the place of the page in the hierarchy changes. 

To restore to the automatically generated URL of the page, click Change » Edit URL structure » Restore to default structure.

Show in navigation 

If you deselect the Show in navigation checkbox, the page is not displayed in the automatically generated navigation. That means the page will only be accessible if there is a link to it on another page.

Example: You might have a separate page for a Volunteer Interest Form that you only want to be accessible by clicking a button on the Volunteer Information page.  In that situation, you would not show the form page in the navigation.

Group page

Group pages serve as containers for other pages and do not have their own content.

Example: If your site has only one page for Advertising, this option would be used.

Page redirect

If you select the checkbox for This page redirects to another page, instead of creating an actual page, this will create a navigation item that points somewhere else, such as another website.

Generally, this option will not be used.

One situation where you could use it is to link to the website of an annual event.

To select the page this navigation link will point to:


1.       Click the Set page to redirect to button.


2.       Select one of the following to link to:


·         Page from this site
Click a page from the sitemap.


·         Web address
Enter the URL address of the external page.

Always check the box to Open this link in a new window.


3.       Click Done.

Title for search engines

This is the page title used by search engines, displayed in the browser title bar, and used in bookmarks. It will be automatically generated based on the page name you have chosen, but to increase SEO, we will always need to modify this to include “MPI” and your chapter name before the page title.

Example: MPI New England Chapter – Volunteer Information











Select your chapter template.


The default is to use no template, but you always need to select your page template here.


There will be 3 templates to choose from, or the option of “No template,” but you will always use “ChapterTemplate[ChapterName].” 


You may not be able to see your chapter’s name on the template title, but you’ll know which one it is based on the number of pages that use the template. 


Click on the template to select it.




One it is selected, it will be highlighted in blue and have a green check mark icon:


After the template is selected, click the check box for “Use the selected template as a default template when you create a new page.”



With this option selected, new pages will always default to using the correct template moving forward, but it is always a good idea to double check.


Click “Done.”


To add a description of the page, click Description, Keywords.

The description is used by search engines to provide a summary of the webpage in search results.

This is optional, but it is always a good idea to include a description, especially on pages that don’t have any copy explaining what the page is about, such as a simple list of past presidents.


To add keywords, click Description, Keywords.

Keywords are optional as well, but may have some SEO benefits.

Separate keywords with commas.

4. After you have entered all the information required to create a page, click one of the following:


  • Create and go to add content 

            The page is created, and then opens in content editing mode so you can customize the layout of the page and add content using widgets

  • If you click Create and return to Pages

The page is created and saved as a draft with no content. The system returns you to Pages.

  •   Back to Pages

                  Return to Pages without creating or saving the page. Any information entered will be lost.



Other Page Utilities in the “Actions” Menu



Deletes a page. If you accidentally click this, there is a confirmation that pops up to make sure you really want to delete the page.

Publish / Unpublish

If a page has been published, you will see the Unpublish option. This will allow you to take the page down without deleting it. If the page is in the Unpublished state, you will see the Publish option here.


If there is a page that has a structure you’d like to reuse with different content, this option allows you to duplicate it, then edit the content.

Share preview link…

If you have created a page, and need to share it with someone who does not have access to the backend of the CMS, you can use this to create a sharable link for them to view the page before it goes live.


Takes you into content editing mode for the page.

Title & Properties

Edit options defined during page creation.


Define who can edit content on the page, add widgets, create child pages, etc.

Revision History

Sitefinity saves a history of previously published version of pages you can restore to if you make any mistakes.


Up / Down

These options will move a page up or down in the navigation hierarchy.



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