QUESTION:

How do I create and manage static (non-blog) pages?
How do I create an “about” page, “contact” page, etc?



ANSWER:

The short answer: create a section, use an article form that doesn’t include posted dates or permlinks, and post a single article in that section.

The long answer: when you view a URL like http://example.com/contact/, Textpattern will display the section named contact, using the page template selected for the contact section. (This assumes your Textpattern front page is http://example.com/).

The usual way to manage content on a “static” (single, stand-alone) page like this is as follows:

1. Create a new article form named static_article, with the following contents:

<h3><txp:title /></h3>
<p><i><txp:excerpt /></i></p>
<txp:body />

This will be used to display the article contents on your static page. You can change the markup later if you want.

2. Copy your default page template to a new template named static_page. Find the <txp:article /> tag in the static_page template, and change it to look like this:

<txp:article limit="1" form="static_article" status="sticky" />

This template will be used to display your static page.

3. Create a new section named contact (or whatever you want your page to be called). Go to presentation > sections and set Uses page to static_page for your new section.

4. Post a new article in the contact section, with the article status set to Sticky instead of Live.

The most recent Sticky article will be displayed as the page contents when you view the URL http://example.com/contact/.

To create additional static pages, you can skip steps 1 and 2, and reuse the same static_page template.

For the best way to create links to your static pages, see How do I create navigation links?

For a more detailed description, read Managing Static Pages With Textpattern