Creating an Orphan Page in WordPress.com

wordpress-orphanpageAn orphan web page has the URL yoursite.com/page but does not appear in the site navigation. It can be useful for short term campaign content, press releases or anything which doesn’t belong on your main menu.

WordPress.com is an excellent platform for users who want an attractive, professional website with minimum maintenance. However, it does not facilitate orphan pages.

A quick and effective workaround is to:

  1. Create a blog post with your custom URL or “slug”
  2. Backdate the publish date
  3. Publish

Your vanity URL yoursite.com/page will redirect automatically to include the date as yoursite.com/2016/02/29/page but it will still be accessible at yoursite.com/page.

Yoursite.com/page looks and sounds much more attractive in an email or radio campaign.

Your new content page will not appear on your site provided you have sufficient, more recent blog entries. Sidebar widgets typically show the most recent posts – by publish date – at the top of the list.