One of the common problems that I find being made on many WordPress Blogs is the default ‘About Page’ being unchanged.
You’ve probably seen them as you’ve surfed around – you click on the ‘About’ link in the blog’s template and are taken to a page that says something like this:
“This is an example of a WordPress page, you could edit this to put information about yourself or your site so readers know where you are coming from. You can create as many pages like this one or sub-pages as you like and manage all of your content inside of WordPress.”
Do a search for the first few words of this message and you’ll find just under 200,000 examples of what I’m talking about. Surprisingly it’s not just new blogs that have it – I’ve seen quite a few established blogs with it.
This message is the default message that WP uses when a page in a blog’s template hasn’t yet been edited. There are variations on the message but they are only meant as a message to you as the blogger and they are not meant to be left up for your reader to read.
Editing these pages is simple. In your WordPress backend/dashboard hit the ‘manage’ tab and then hit the ‘pages’ tab. In the list of pages that you see there you’ll find the page that needs changing (in this case it’s the ‘About’ page). Click the ‘edit’ link and make some changes.
On an ‘About Page’ you’ll obviously want to share some information about you and/or your blog. For some tips on what to put on about pages you might like to read two previously written posts on the topic here and hear.
Alternatively – if you don’t want and About Page (while it can add a lot to your blog it’s not compulsory) find it in your blog’s template and delete it. All you do by having the default one is frustrate your readers. There’s nothing more of a turn off for a blog that doesn’t go to the effort of making sure all it’s menu items lead to useful information.