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  • This was mentioned by another poster in another topic which covered 2 issues and that topic was pointed to a solution for the second issue so I am opening a specific topic.

    I updated my site to WordPress 5. When adding a new page I looked for where I was supposed to set parent page and could not find it – used google and came across a thread mentioning where someone had said it was found under page attributes, with a screenshot. The option does not appear in my page attributes – the only option is order.

    A workaround was given of going to the page menu after creating and publishing the page, choosing the page and using quick edit where the option still exists but to honest this is a pain in the rear end. I rely quite heavily on parent/child pages – I am a photographer for several teams and cover a huge number of matches and each gallery needs to go under the right team to help people trying to find a specific match quicker or who only follow one team.

    Yes, I am aware of the “classic” plugin – which does work, but what is the point in upgrades if I have to then use a plug in to negate their functionality? So can someone please explain why I am having this problem and how I can fix it.

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  • Moderator Steven Stern (sterndata)


    Forum Moderator & Support Team Volunteer

    It’s there.


    Make sure you’re adding a page, not a post.

    It is NOT there – and yes it is definitely a page I am adding – check out both red circled areas in the image

    Moderator Steven Stern (sterndata)


    Forum Moderator & Support Team Volunteer

    A couple of thoughts:

    1. Do you have more than one page created? I’ll bet it won’t show a parent dropdown if there are no other pages on the site.

    2. This may be a plugin or theme conflict. Please attempt to disable all plugins, and use one of the default (Twenty*) themes. If the problem goes away, enable them one by one to identify the source of your troubles.

    If you can install plugins, install “Health Check”: On the troubleshooting tab, you can click the button to disable all plugins and change the theme for you, while you’re still logged in, without affecting normal visitors to your site. You can then use its admin bar menu to turn on/off plugins and themes one at a time.

    Definitely have more than one page – it is a large site due to being photos available for download (

    I will have a look at healthcheck in a couple of days – I have just put a gallery up and will have high traffic volume for the next couple of days and I absolutely do not want to even accidentally cause a problem now.

    Also I know from the other thread that the other person with same issue tried switching off all plugins and it did not work.

    When you click on the Page Attributes tab in the right sidebar, it triggers a javascript event to add the Parent Page drop-down if it’s indicated; otherwise, it will just show the Order selector. I suspect that you have a javascript error that is preventing that script from running. You could take a look in your browser console to see if there are javascript errors when you click Page Attributes. That might point you in the right direction without the need to do anything that might cause an issue.

    I had the same problem and finaly yesterdey i fixed it. With this plug in you will have old editor and everything will be normal.

    Kind of amazing that I had to spend hours figuring out this solution to parent/child pages which my site relies heavily on. It’s hard to believe that hierarchy wasn’t included in Gutenberg.

    Have the same issue, is the a proper solution yet? Except for installing yet another plugin (and apparently fall back to the old editor)?

    I have not heard of any solution – I had hoped the last update would do something but no. I am stuck using the workaround of going to the pages menu, finding the page I have just created, and using quick edit.

    It is my intention to overhaul my site, change my theme and some of my major plugins in a couple of months – if the problem still persists afterwards I will try chasing again.

    I have the same problem but here’s a solution that worked for me.

    On the All Pages list find your child page and instead of editing the page choose Quick Edit. When you do this you will see a summary of options you can change and Parent was there for me.

    Hope that helps.


    Experiencing the same issue. Looking forward to a resolution. I hadn’t noticed it until my client emailed that she couldn’t figure it out. I thought she was just missing it. 🙂

    I have just stumbled across this new feature and whilst using quick edit to set the page as a child I find that the new child page isn’t visible.

    I wonder when this bug is going to be resolved

    I have found this to be consistently true after upgrading to 5.2.2. The parent page dropdown is nowhere to be found on Pages using the Block Editor.

    Ive tested on a clean site with no plugins.

    I couldnt find any bugs opened for this specific issue, so I opened one….

    Ah Actually for me I found the Culprit to be the Gallery Custom Links plugin. When that plugin is active and a link is applied to the gallery. Pages are not formatted correctly in the wp-json response which breaks any wp-json pages request.

    Mark Rummel


    Thanks pattyok that plugin Gallery Custom Links was causing the issues for me too.

    You saved me so many headaches!

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