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  • I seem to be missing the parent page pull down menu when I navigate to the page attributes section of the page editor. All I see in that section is: Template with a pull down menu consisting of default template and full width. Below that, it says Order. Thats it. With out this parent menu, how do i determine where my new pages will go? Ive read old forums about upgrading wordpress, changing themes, deactivating plug-ins, moving the page attributes section around, and I cant get anything to work. Any Ideas on how to get that Parent page selector back? Thanks

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  • Christine Rondeau


    Volunteer Forum Moderator

    How many pages do you have published? I’m not sure about this, but perhaps that option only appears when you have more than one page?

    Ive really only tried to publish one page with a photo gallery as a start to a portfolio page, but when I published it, I wasnt able to give the page a location. When I look at my site, live, the page is nowhere to be found

    I am having this same problem. As WP online doc says, there should be a drop-down list for “Parent” in the “Page Attributes” area when editing a Page (located in the right had side of the edit screen). I see a Page Attributes group area, but this particular Parent attribute is missing (only the “Order” attribute w/parm edit field is shown). I have already created multiple Pages and am now trying to add them as Child pages to the home page of my website.

    FWIW: I’m using a theme “Business Meeting” installed on WP 3.5.1.

    Update: Siteground support is of the opinion that there have to be Parent pages publicly posted before the Parent attribute drop-down appears in the Page Edit screen. The Parent page that I’m looking to embed Child pages into is my website home page. I am assuming that a WP home (index) page should automatically be a candidate Parent page, shouldn’t it? Ie, if the Parent attribute was appearing on my page edit screen now (which it isn’t), wouldn’t it contain at least one drop-down list item for that home page? Maybe I need a primer on the algorithm behind that parent-child page function.

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