Headway Theme – How To Hide Pages

In this tutorial I’ll show you how easy it is to use the Headway WordPress theme to creHeadway WordPress Theme Adate new pages that are hidden from the usual site navigation.

EDIT June 2012 : This article is no longer valid as the method to hide pages has changed. I’ve written a new article that explains how to do it. Click to find out how to hide a page using Headway Theme and WordPress.

In WordPress, when you create a new page, it’s automatically added to your navigation menu.  This is fine sometimes, but there are also occasions where you don’t want those pages in your navigation bar. For example, on this site I’ve created a page called ‘Affiliate Disclosure‘ which discloses the fact that some of the links in my blog are affiliate links. Now, I don’t want this page title appearing in my main navigation bar – I want to limit the pages that appear there. Instead, I’ve placed a link to it in my footer – this appears on every page.

In this example, the page is excluded from the navigation bar, but links to the page still appear on my blog.

On other occasions you may want to create a page that’s completely hidden. I’ve done that on this site with a couple of pages. When you subscribe to my newsletter and enter your email details, you’re taken to a page on my blog that tells you what to expect next. Once you’ve confirmed your subscription, you’re directed to another hidden page that contains the e-book download.  I created these pages the same way that I created the affiliate disclosure page.

How Do You Hide A Page In WordPress?

I’ve used a few different themes, and in a lot of them it’s a pain to hide a page.  They seem to work on the assumption that every page you create needs to appear in the navigation bar and don’t give you an option to hide them.

I’ve used Headway theme for a couple of years now, and it’s so easy to hide a page using Headway.  Here’s how to do it.

Step 1 – Create your page as usual. In WordPress, create a new page and add your content as usual.

Step 2 – No Index and No Follow the page. On the ‘New Page’ screen, towards the bottom, Headway gives you some options.

I tend to tick all three boxes although you don’t need to.

The important one to tick is the first box – ‘noindex this page’.

What this box does is to tell Headway to exclude this page from your blog sitemap. It also adds the noindex tag to the page so Google’s robots don’t crawl the page and don’t index it.

If you didn’t tick this box, then Google would index the page (it’d find it via the sitemap). Once the site was indexed, people could find it by doing a Google search. So if you’ve created a great product and set up a hidden page for it to be downloaded from, people could find that page by searching Google, instead of paying for the product.

So, as a general rule of thumb, any page you want hidden needs to be hidden not just from your navigation, but also from Google and this box does that.

Step 3 – Hide the page from the navigation bar.

On the right hand side toolbar options when you’re creating a new page is a box called ‘Navigation’.

This one is pretty self-explanatory. The screen shot on the left shows the default option – Show In Navigation. This means that the new page will appear in your navigation bar.

Because we want to hide this particular page, we select the ‘Hide From Navigation’ box. When the page is saved and live on your blog, the page exists, but it won’t appear anywhere in your navigation bar.

If you change your mind in the future, you can select the other box instead and it’ll appear in your navigation menu.

Step 4 – Make a note of the new URL.

You’ll need to know the URL of the page, so you can link to it in the future.  In Headway you’re able to change the page name to whatever you want. Why would you do this?  Let’s assume you’ve set up a page where people can download your new ebook. You call the page ‘Download’. Some people will come to your site and try random URL’s to find the page. And can you guess how common it is for people to use ‘Download’ as the name of their download page? I tend to call it something completely random like ‘lfoeio490fndsw’ so no-one can guess it. Again, this is very easy to do within Headway.

Setting up e-book delivery

I recently helped a friend set up his blog so people could purchase his e-book and download it from his site.  The first step was to set up some hidden pages using this process. The next step was to link these pages together with PayPal.

In my next article I’ll explain how I set this up for him and how easy it is to do within Headway.

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9 Responses to Headway Theme – How To Hide Pages
  1. Karen
    June 5, 2011 | 4:29 pm

    Thank you for this excellent article, it is exactly what I was looking for. I am trying to put together a website with WordPress using Headway theme. I am not a techie so it has not been easy for me.

    I am learning WordPress as well as Headway. I tried for hours last night to exclude pages from navigation with no success. I saw that box with the no index but I did not know what it was for. I am sort of afraid to check things that I don’t know what they do or how they affect other things. I bought Headway because it seemed like it allowed for great versatility and power.(and it does, I just have to learn how to use it!) Thanks again for your timely help!
    Karen

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  3. Alan R. Whitt
    June 11, 2011 | 10:18 am

    Allan,
    Found Headway a few months ago. Have just recently been changing several apperances of my site. I just stumbled upon it one day and WOW! I realized how most of the sites that I frequented were using it. Sold me. Content is great,but sometimes a little Eye Candy is good too.

    Alan

    • Allan Ward
      June 11, 2011 | 11:14 pm

      Hey Alan (great name!).

      Headway is a great theme! I’ve found that the more I use it, the more I discover what it’s capable of. Things like hiding pages or removing headers are so easy.

      Thanks for dropping by.

      Allan

  4. Neek
    April 28, 2012 | 3:12 am

    Sir,its really a very good and important post.Sir my question was that,can we do the same in blogger?please reply sir,i really want your help.

  5. Jules
    June 19, 2012 | 7:10 am

    I have headway themes 2.0.13 (not ready to upgrade yet) but there is no box on the right that you can select show in navigation or hide from navigation in. I can’t see anywhere to find that, so my pages are always on the nav bar. Any suggestions please?
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    • Allan Ward
      June 22, 2012 | 12:52 pm

      Hi Jules,
      since this article was written, there’s been some WP updates that have changed things. You now hide a page via the WordPress menu option (appearance / Menu). In that area on WP you can design your menu with whatever pages you want displayed. I need to update this article to bring it up to date.

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  7. Sarah
    June 9, 2016 | 11:11 pm

    Hey Allan,
    Nice article there.Thanks for sharing this information with us and from past two months am looking for the exact information that you mentioned.
    surely going to try this on my website today.
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