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Basic Pages are the most flexible content type on Stanford Sites. They can be used to make everything from an informational page that consists of mostly text or a media-rich landing page.

Basic Pages can be easily added, edited, renamed, published or deleted. You can add any Paragraph type to a Basic Page. Basic Pages usually form the basis of your site's navigation.

This section outlines how to create, edit, format, and revise a Basic Page.

Create a Basic Page

To create a new Basic Page, go to the top left of the page, in the administrative toolbar, and hover over the Content button, then Add Content, then Basic Page.

You will be redirected to the editing page for your new Basic Page:

Page title

Page titles should be 70 characters or less and be unique. This aligns with best practices in terms of readability and search engine optimization (SEO) practices.  Having unique page titles is important for on-site search and for finding your page in the administrative interface. 

Add content

Top Banner

The basic page has a Top Banner section, where you can add a banner image with overlay text to the top of the page. The banner is placed below the site head and navigation and above the Page Title. 

You can also decide your page does not need a banner image. In this case, you will see your page title right below the site header.


This section of the Basic Page editing form allows you to add sections to your new page. These sections can contain any of our available paragraph types. You can place content columns to create rich layouts. Add a single Text Area to create a basic page of information, or do more. 

Learn more about how to add content on a page

Save your page

To finish making your Basic Page, it is important to save your page after editing it. If you scroll down to the bottom of the page, you will see the option to Save.

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