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Work with webpages

The first page displayed on a SharePoint site is known as the home page. This is the page on which all site visitors start. In your organization, the home page might be known as the default page, the welcome page, or the landing page. Home pages tend to aggregate information from elsewhere and direct users to other pages. For instance, in the Quick Launch for a home page, when you select Documents, you are taken to the default view of the Documents library.

There are many reasons why adding content to just the home page is not enough. Although you can add a vast amount of content on one page, this can result in the page taking a long time to render, and it can be difficult for users to find content if they have to scroll down the page many times. Try to compose your content into multiple pages, each with no more than two or three screens of information; and never add content to a page so that users have to scroll to the right to see the content. Link your pages together so that users can navigate easily between them in an organized manner.

There are several methods for creating a new page; however, the recommended method for creating pages that contain content that relates to content on existing pages is to create a forward link, also known as a wiki link, by entering the name of the page within two sets of double square brackets. This is quicker and easier than using the Links command on the Insert tab.

To create a wiki page

  1. Go to the team site where you want to create a new wiki page, and then, on the Settings menu, select Add a page.

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    Use the Setting menu to create or edit pages

  3. In the Add a page dialog, enter the name of your new page.

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    Enter the name of your page

  5. Select Create.

Or

  1. On the home page of your team site or community site, go to the Page tab and then, in the Page Library group, select View All Pages to display the default view of the Site Pages library.

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    Use the Page tab to manage pages

  3. Do one of the following to display the New Item page:

    • Below the title for the Site Pages library, select New.

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      Use the New command below the title of the Site Pages library to create a new page

    • On the Files tab, select New Document.

  4. Enter the name of the page, and then select Create.

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    On the New Item page, enter the name of the new page

To create a web part page

  1. On the home page of your team site or community site, go to the Page tab and then, in the Page Library group, select View All Pages to display the default view of the Site Pages library.

  2. On the Files tab, select the New Document arrow (not the button), and then select Web Part Page.

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    Use the New Document menu to create either a wiki page or a web part page

  4. On the New Web Part Page page, in the Name box, enter the name of your page, and then in the Layout section, select the layout template that has the web part zone arrangement you want.

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    Use the New Web Part Page page to choose a name and zone layout for your webpage

  6. In the Save Location section, in the Document Library list, select Site Pages.

  7. Select Create.

To create a publishing page

  1. Go to the publishing site where you want to create the publishing page and then, on the Settings menu, select Add a page.

  2. In the Add a page dialog, enter the name of your new page, and then select Create.

Or

  1. Go to the home page of your publishing site.

  2. If no tabs are displayed, on the Settings menu, select Show Ribbon.

  3. Go to the Page tab, and then, in the Edit group, select New.

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    Use the Page tab to create, edit, and manage your page

  5. In the Add a page dialog, enter the name of your new page, and then select Create.

Or

  1. Go to the home page of your publishing site.

  2. Go to the Page tab, and then, in the Page Library group, select View All Pages to display the default view of the Pages library.

  3. On the Files tab, select New Document to display the Create Page page.

  4. In the Title box, enter the name of the new page that you want to display to users.

  5. In the Description box, enter the purpose of the page, including any search keywords that people can use to find the page.

  6. Select the URL Name box. The name you entered in the Title box appears, with spaces replaced with hyphens.

  7. In the Page Layout section, select the layout you want to use to control how the content on the page will be displayed.

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    Use the Create Page page to enter a URL name, title, description, and page layout for the page

  9. Select Check Spelling.

  10. Correct any spelling mistakes, and then select OK to close the Spell Checker dialog.

  11. Select Create.

To create a wiki page or publishing page that is displayed by selecting a forward link

  1. On the page where you want to add the forward link, activate edit mode.

  2. Positon the cursor where you want to add the link to the page you will create.

  3. Enter [[name of page|words that you want to display on the page for the link]]. An example is [[BedroomFurniture|exotic bedroom furniture]].

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    Creating a forward link to a page

  5. Save the page. The forward link is indicated by a dotted underline.

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    A forward link to a page that has not been created is denoted by a dotted underline

  7. Select the underlined text to open the Add A Page dialog.

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    Creating a page from the Add A Page dialog

  9. Select Create.