Page Parenting Guide: How To Set Up An Index of WordPress Child Pages

Page Parenting Guide: How To Set Up An Index of WordPress Child Pages

Creating child pages in WordPress is simple to do. The only problem is, creating a child page doesn’t do anything for the front end of your blog and your viewers. You can’t just easily check a box or two and display child pages automatically on the parent page. This leaves your homepage, well… childless. Read on for the simple solution.

Parental Guidance Recommended

This article is rated PG, meaning that — like a parent — I’ll be offering some guidance on how you can better index your child pages with the help of some free WordPress plugins.

More specifically, showing you how to get a list of Child Pages to appear both on a Parent Page, and also in your sidebar.

By the time you read this article, you’ll have a nice idea of several options to set up your WordPress site and child pages.

From there you’ll be able to make a grown-up decision on what works best.

Having an option to showcase your child pages on your website is important if you have some vital information that you want prominently displayed.


If you don’t, many viewers might not realize a lot of what you want them to see is accessible.

If child pages are in the future for you, your life, er — website — is about to change.

Is a super child (page) in Dev Man’s future?

Good Parenting Means Good Plugins

Like a good parent, a good plugin can raise your child pages to be well-displayed.

Not only that, but they can also simplify the process, assist with customization, and – as you’ll see – much more.

These free child page plugins each have various features and benefits. I’ll be going over all of them in detail.

Plus, I have a “bonus” plugin that I’ll mention that deals with a child of a different magnitude.

  • CC Child Pages by Caterham Computing is a simple plugin that can display child pages on your homepage with a shortcode.

    It’s so easy to use, even a child can add child pages to their WordPress website.

    Everything is achieved by using a shortcode. The shortcode is relatively simple and can be used wherever you’d like the child pages to appear (e.g. the homepage).



This article was written by Nathanael Fakes and originally published on WPMU DEV Blog.

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