Category Archives: WordPress Training for Clients

So, you’ve just been handed the keys to your new website… now what?! The articles in this category are meant to walk you through managing your new website, starting with baby steps and leading all the way into the unknown. Hope this helps you!

Adding Pages to your WordPress Website

WordPress makes it easy to add content to your website in several different ways. If you have content that won’t change a lot — such as a company history or a personal bio — you may want to add a page to the website.

Let’s cover some basics

First step, of course, is to sign in. If you don’t know how to sign in to your WordPress website, check out the tutorial I’ve got a WordPress website! Now what?

Once you are signed in, click on the Screen Options tab at the top right of the screen. Be certain that two columns is selected. Close the tab.

Observe the dashboard column on the left hand side of your page. Be certain the dashboard menu is not collapsed.

Adding  a WordPress Page

  • Click or Hover over the Pages button in the Dashboard, and then click on Add New.
  • Familiarize yourself with the resulting window.
    • The Title field is where you type the headline of your page.
      Go ahead and type your headline in if you are following along.
    • The Content field is where the main text goes.
      The Content field gives you many of the text formatting tools you may be familiar with from programs like Microsoft Word, plus a few others. See more about the text editing tools in an upcoming post. Add your text to see how it works.
    • The Publish box contains options to Save your page as a Draft or as a final Published page.
      Depending on how you work, you may want to save a Page in process and make changes before the rest of the world can see it — or you can click on the Publish button to make it available for everyone.
    • The Page Attributes box allows us to establish how the page relates to the hierarchy of the rest of the site. If, for example, a page is a child of another page, click the dropdown arrow in the Page Attributes box and select the previously created parent page from the list.
    • The Featured Image box allows you to define an image that will appear in Excerpts and other strategic places defined by your webmaster.
  • When you have finished writing your Page, click the Save Draft or Publish button in the Publish box.
  • To see what your page looks like, click on the Preview button in the Publish box.

Editing an Existing Page

Editing Pages uses the same tools as Adding Pages, with one small difference. To see a list of Pages you have written:

  • Click or Hover over the Pages button in the Dashboard, and then click on All Pages.
  • Hover over the name of the page, and click on the Edit hyperlink that appears.
  • Other choices when you hover over a Page are Quick Edit, Trash and View. Quick Edit allows you to change just a few things: the author of a page, it’s title, parent page, etcetera.
  • When you have clicked on the Edit hyperlink, the screen will look very similar to what the Add a Page screen looked like, except the Publish button in the Publish box will change to say Update if the Page was previously published.

 

I’ve got a WordPress website! Now what?

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WordPress is great not least of all because it allows designers to make beautiful websites and then turn them over to clients for content creation. To put it bluntly, you no longer have to pay designer rates to update your website! Great, huh?

If you’re not familiar with web-based applications and ideas, however, it can be a little bit scary when you get started. This is a step by step tutorial to introduce you to WordPress, and get started managing your own content.

Front door and back door — the Dashboard

WordPress has a wonderful way of displaying content. The front-end is what every regular visitor to your site sees. The back-end is what you, as a content-creator, can see.

Got that? Same information, just displayed differently.

Some sites that are membership sites may also allow members to see a limited view of the back-end, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

Finding the back door

Like many nice homes, the back door on a WordPress site can be hidden. Your website may have specific log in instructions, for security or other reasons, but the general way is actually pretty easy, too.

  1. Point your web browser to your web site.
  2. Add the following text in the address bar after the domain extension: /wp-admin/
    (i.e. http://www.mywebsite.com/wp-admin/)
  3. Click the enter key on your keyboard.
  4. Your browser will redirect to the WordPress Dashboard.

Couldn’t be easier, right? Check out the next installment of WordPress for Clients to find out where to go from here.