How to Create a Placeholder page and How They Work

In this tutorial we will walk you through how to create placeholder pages; they are useful tools which helps to organise the pages in your website and makes it easier for your visitors to navigate.

What is a Placeholder Page?

A placeholder page is a link which appears on the navigation menu of your website, but unlike a normal page, they can’t be accessed. They are mainly used as links to contain and organise similar pages.

For example, “Services” on our main website is a placeholder which contains pages detailing our various services, yet “Services” itself it not an actual page:

Imagine if we didn’t use a placeholder page- we would have a very busy navigation menu which is both impractical and untidy!

Step 1

To add a placeholder page to your website, first we will need to log in on Easy Sites and find the website you wish to edit. If you have unfortunately lost your log in details, we have a helpful Forgotten Password tutorial to help you reset them, or alternatively you can get in touch by raising a support ticket.

Step 2

From the default Pages menu, please click on the “+ Create” button on the top left to bring up the Create a Page pop-up window.

Step 3

From the dropdown menu, change the Page Type to Placeholder.

Step 4

Choose a name for your placeholder page. As with all the other page names, we would recommend keeping it concise and simple.

Please note that you can’t add a custom URL for placeholder pages, as it is not a real page.

Once you have entered an appropriate name, you can click on the now-green “+ Create Placeholder” button to save your changes and add this page.

Step 5

You should receive a notification on the top right of your screen to let you know that your placeholder page has been successfully created!

As with other pages, this will appear in the bottom of your Pages list, and will be hidden by default. Don’t forget to toggle its visibility and if required, re-order the pages!


Need Help?

If you had any difficulties in following this tutorial, or if you need any advice on how to improve the overall functionality of your website, please don't hesitate and let us know.