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I just installed a fresh copy of Wordpress and tried to create one parent page, but the page shows no content, regardless of which Official WP theme I use or if I use this new parent page as the static homepage or not.

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However, the child pages are showing the parent-child permalink:

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I'm running a localhost install under Windows 10, Apache 2.4, PHP 7.4.

I honestly don't understand why I cannot use this feature anywhere.

What is happening? Isn't this supposed to be an out-of-the-box ready feature?

  • When you set a Page as the Front Page, only its content - i.e. content you add in the Editor in wp-admin - will show up. It does not automatically contain a loop to display recent posts like typical WP homepages tend to show, unless you set up a custom theme with a template for that Page. – WebElaine Jan 10 at 15:24
  • So what is the purpose of the parent page attribute then? I had the impression that when you assign child pages to a parent page, the content would show up in the parent page, one after the other, using the order attrubute as well. Is this not so? – MauF Jan 10 at 15:57
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    That is not so, if a theme implements it that way then yes, but that is rare. Parent pages are useful as they provide structure. For example i might have a portfolio page, with subpages for each project. I might show this structure via a widget, or show it in the menu, but I wouldn't expect a theme to automatically do this unless it explicitly advertised that it did so. The frontpage/blog page feature is the exception, and it has special behaviour, namely it allows you to show a page instead of a list of posts on the homepage – Tom J Nowell Jan 10 at 16:10
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    Also note the permalink/URL changes that post parent makes – Tom J Nowell Jan 10 at 16:12
  • I see. I misunderstood the documentation. Thank you for the clarification. – MauF Jan 10 at 16:19
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I just installed a fresh copy of Wordpress and tried to create one parent page

Pages are just pages, there's nothing special about parent pages, and it's not a term normally used

but the page shows no content

If the page has no content, then there is no content to show

regardless of which Official WP theme I use

Themes display pages the same, some may provide page templates or style them differently, but pages should work the same everywhere

or if I use this new parent page as the static homepage or not.

A static homepage is just a way to show a single pages content on the homepage, instead of a list of the most recent posts

I'm running a localhost install under Windows 10, Apache 2.4, PHP 7.4.

Your environment has nothing to do with your issue here

I honestly don't understand why I cannot use this feature anywhere.

I believe the problem here is a misunderstanding. The feature you're trying to use does not and never did exist.

What is happening? Isn't this supposed to be an out-of-the-box ready feature?

No. I think I've pieced together what this feature is:

If you have a page "A", then set it as the parent of B C and D, then B C and D will appear at the bottom of page A as sub-sections

No such feature exists unless you build a page template to do that. This is not the purpose of post parents.

In fact I would argue your mental model is upside down. In WordPress people don't think of pages as parents, but they think of pages as children/sub-pages.

Consider this scenarios:

I have a services page, and I provide these services:

  • plumbing
  • painting
  • wiring

And for each service I want an about page, and a pricing page. So, I may setup a services page, then give it 3 subpages for each service, and 2 subpages for each of those named about and pricing, e.g.:

  • services
    • plumbing
      • about
      • prices
    • painting
      • about
      • prices
    • wiring
      • about
      • prices

If we look at the painting prices page, it'll have the URL /services/painting/prices

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