Allow non-editable pages to be classified & organized as "System Pages" — at Initial Version
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We currently have no means of distinguishing regular “content” pages (pages that users can edit) and pages that are used as placeholders for custom templates / dynamic content.
As alexking mentions in #17470, users are often confused when they attempt to edit these "placeholder" or "dummy" pages only to find that the pages appear empty from within the page editor.
While his ticket concerned the "page_for_posts" page specifically, this issue is equally relevant to custom page templates that do not make use of user-generated content via the page editor.
isaackeyet proposed a solution in that ticket which introduces the idea of classifying such pages as "System Pages", which would offer a more limited set of options for how they can be changed:
Idea to solve this permanently as brought up in the UI chat July 10 2012:
- Pages have a new, hidden meta field to indicate "System Page" or >something that better describes it. Pages are marked System Page when >WP is using it as a placeholder for a custom blog set up, or a plugin >can use it to indicate a page is used for a contact form (for >example).
- Pages are highlighted with a meta description in the pages list, >indicating why it's there (created by? reason?)
- Most importantly, these System Pages are grouped in the pages >filter to be excluded from the regular list, so the list may read >"All | Published | System Pages", which should be a better long term >solution for this ticket specifically (user confusion).