I’m very confused about the concept of Pages, their Parents and the whole hierarchy thing. My impression of what the relationship should be and what I see in experimental practice, are two different things.
Let’s start from the top (please read carefully). I use a very simple DePo Masthead theme. At default, 3 tabs appear in the Header Tab are: About; RSS; Archive (in that order).
Interesting, btw, when I go to Dashboard | All Pages, I don’t even see entries for RSS & Archives, but that’s probably another can of worms.
Via Dashboard | Pages, I add a couple pages as follows: 2nd Page & 3rd Page.
I then visit the site and see that, sandwiched in between About & RSS, are 2nd Page & 3rd Page, so the Header Tab area now looks like:
About; 2nd Page; 3rd Page; RSS; Archive
So far so good. Now, in Page | Attributes, I notice this thing about “Parent” and read the following via Help:
Pages are similar to Posts in that they have a title, body text, and associated metadata, but they are different in that they are not part of the chronological blog stream, kind of like permanent posts. Pages are not categorized or tagged, but can have a hierarchy. You can nest Pages under other Pages by making one the “Parent” of the other, creating a group of Pages.
Parent - You can arrange your pages in hierarchies. For example, you could have an “About” page that has “Life Story” and “My Dog” pages under it. There are no limits to how many levels you can nest pages.
Order - Pages are usually ordered alphabetically, but you can choose your own order by entering a number (1 for first, etc.) in this field.
All this sounds wonderful but, in my practice, it doesn’t happen this way:
For the 2nd Page attributes, I chose Home as its parent in the hope that it would somehow be nested in a hierarchy scheme under (or within) the Home page, as advertised in Help.
So I go back out to the site to see what it looks like. The first and most obvious thing is that the 2nd Page tab has disappeared from the Header Tabs. This might well be OK, given my interpretation of what is supposedly happening. So I click the Home tab to open that page. I expect that there will be tab (or some obvious link) to the 2nd Page - its child. But what instead do I see? NOTHING! I see the Home page text but no reference whatsoever to the 2nd Page. Buzz kill.
Finally I’ve played with the “Order” attribute and do not see it behaving as advertised. The default is 0 (zero). For my 2nd Page, I noted that changes to 1, 2, 3, etc. all have the same result (none of which make particular sense):
About; 3rd Page; 2nd Page; RSS; Archive
I wonder if anyone else has experienced this frustration.