Your new website is built on the open platform WordPress. It is a content management system used around the world by millions of websites.
First things first, time to log in.
Go to your website’s domain name, www.company.com/login to bring up the login page.
Login with the username and password you were provided with. If you haven’t been given a username and password, please contact Computors.
Once you’re logged in, you will be presented with the website’s dashboard, which provides you with an overview of how the website is doing. The latest comments, recent drafts, the number of pages, and depending on the features of your website, summarised information. Immediately noticeable on the left-hand side of your screen will the admin menu. Here the sections of the admin area are divided up into menus and sub-menus.
WordPress divides virtually all its content into two types: posts and pages. Understanding the difference is of key importance in using WordPress and selecting the correct type for your content.
A post is designed to be used for ‘chronological’ content, so things that are related to dates. Such as news bulletins, blogs, updates and events and so on. So, if you have a Latest News section on your website, it will be made up of posts. Posts can be organised by administrators into categories and ordered by date.
New Post > Dashboard / Posts / Add New
A page is designed for ‘static’ content, such as an About Us page. It is something that you would write and perhaps maintain, but not necessarily on a regular basis, its content is largely irrelevant to the date.
New Page > Dashboard / Pages / Add New
Adding a Post or Page
WordPress provides several tools for editing that allows you to easily manage your content with a familiar editing interface. You don’t need to learn HTML – just the skills you’ve already acquired using word processors like Microsoft Word.
There are 2 ways for managing the website’s content:
- Backend Editor – “Edit”
- Frontend Editor – “Edit with Elementor”
Edit from the Dashboard
- Click Pages (left sidebar);
- Select the page to be edited, then edit with Elementor or
Hover over the page and click on Edit.
- Edit as required and click the Update button.
Edit from the Toolbar
Go to the page to be edited (Front End):
- Click Edit Page (top Toolbar);
- Edit as required and click the Update button.
Editing content of a page or post is the same as creating a new one. You simply make your changes via the editor to the existing content, and finish your changes by clicking ‘Update’
You can also perform basic editorial changes to a page or post.
Simply list your Pages by clicking on All Pages, hover over the page name and a small text menu will appear.
Edit – Go to the editor page;
- Title – Edit the title of the page
- Slug – The unique URI identifier. In other words, mycompany.com/slug
- Date – The date to be published
- Bin – Sends the page to the bin (can be recovered if done so within a few days)
- View – Links to the page on the website
If you’re adding or editing a page, you’ll get the page attributes panel.
Parent – Select if this page has a parent. In other words, does this page stem from another page above it, such as:
Our Services (Parent Page)
- Service 1 (Child Page)
- Service 2 (Child Page)
Template – Normally kept as default unless specifically instructed otherwise.
If you’re adding or editing a post, you’ll get the categories panel.
Tick the category you’d like to assign the post to. If it’s related to multiple categories, such as in this case it could be a new Event, but it’s also worthy of being under Latest News, just tick both.
A Featured Image, often called a Post/Page Thumbnail, is usually some sort of image that is representative for that Page or Post.
To set up a featured image click the Set featured image link a pop-up window will display that looks like the one that displays when you add an image to your Page/Post. You can upload a new image to use as your Featured Image or you can simply choose from one of your previously uploaded images.
Once you’ve finished creating or editing your post/page and setting attributes, you have a few choices, which hare found on the Publish panel.
Saves the page or post but doesn’t publish it. Other administrators can review the draft. Perfect for collaboration work where a few people may contribute to a page.
Loads a separate page that emulates how the page would look on the website. Ideal for testing a layout or images prior to publishing it.
Here you can set who can view the page once it’s published.
Public – Everybody
Password Protected – Specify a password that users will need to enter before they can see it.
Private – Locks it down completely to administrators only. This functionality is provided as standard but is normally expanded upon with Computors’ own ‘Members’ function, that gives you greater flexibility on what kind of users can see the page.
The default setting is ‘immediately’ which will put the new page on the website as soon as you click ‘Publish’ However you can specify a time and date before clicking Publish.
The website will then wait until that moment arrives, and then publish the page on your behalf.