How to Create a Custom Page in WordPress

I’ll show you how you can do exactly that on your WordPress website.

Now before we get started there are a couple of things you want to make sure that you have downloaded.

We will need a text editor to create the page. You can use notepad that’s fine I’ll be using sublime text simply because that’s on my computer.

You’ll also need an FTP to connect to your website and download the page template. I’ll be using FileZilla for this.

So if you’re ready let’s get started. First thing you want to do is go ahead and open up your text editor and we want to create a new file

and all you need to put in there is this bit of code.

This is saying it’s PHP, we are naming the template file custom page t1. Now that we’ve added it let’s go ahead and save it.

You can name it anything you want you simply want to make sure that you have .php as the ending. Okay, now that we’ve saved it we can actually now upload this to our WordPress theme. Just open up your FTP client and you’ll want to navigate to your wp-content folder for your theme.

Go to the folder the theme folder that we’re using.

 

I am doing 2017 and I will upload that here.

Now to see that on our site let’s head over to our WordPress dashboard,  go over to pages I’m gonna click add new

and scrolling down under page attributes you see the template and you have the default template and when you click on the drop down we also have the custom page t1.

Now if I was actually going to use this template and publish this,

when we go to look at the page you see there’s absolutely nothing on there and that’s because we haven’t put anything in there but it’s actually working.

So now you just need to tweak it and make it your own. The easiest way to customize a page template is by starting with your themes default page template. So we’re going to do that right now let’s head back over to our FTP client.

In our list of items we’re looking for a page.php right here,

we want to download that to our local desktop folder,

go back to our text editor,

and we want to open that file and this is it.

So what we want to do here is we don’t want to copy this out.

This is the template header and we already have that up here so we don’t want to copy that.

Instead we want to grab this down here and copy all of this. We’ll grab that and start a new line and we’ll paste that here. After you paste this in there go ahead and make sure that you remove this part right here.

Now what you’ll want to do is change some things out to make it custom for you then you can save it and then upload it to your site and then this becomes your new template. So I’ll upload this,

overwrite it,

and now when I go to my site

and then when I refresh the page its pulling in my header and my footer and the area here.

 

Now all you have to do is make the changes that you want to see on the custom template page and that’s the easiest way to create a custom page in WordPress.

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