So, you’ve recently launched your brand spankin’ new WordPress website, and you’re wanting to know how to actually use the damn thing. Well, here is your one stop shop (or article) on how to navigate around your admin dashboard, make changes, and create new content. You’re welcome.
1. Logging Into Your New Website
First, you’ll need to log in to your website. The standard URL for this is something like: yourwebsite.com/wp-admin (please replace “yourwebsite.com” with your actual website’s URL). If I set up your website for you, there is a solid chance you will have a totally different URL than the standard wp-admin link. This is a security measure for your website to avoid your site from getting hacked. ANYWHO – When you follow your link, you’ll end up on a screen similar to this:
You’ll need to enter your given username and password, and if Hut set up your website for you, you’ll need to enter in the captcha. (A security measure)
2. Your WordPress Dashboard
Once you’re all logged in, you’ll end up in the dashboard of your WordPress site:
From here, you can see along the left hand side, is your menu. You’ll notice you have a “Pages” link, as well as “Media”, “Posts”, and “Comments”. You’ll also see that you may have some updates available on your website as noted by the orange bubbles next to “updates” and “Plugins”. I’ll walk you through how to run your own updates HERE
3. Editing Content on Pages
Should you need to make changes to your pages, you’ll have full access to do so (assuming you were set up with your snazzy website through Hut). While I can understand why some designers don’t want their clients having full access to their website because they could potentially make irreversible changes, I don’t believe my clients should have only limited access. All of my clients know that if they mess something up, I would be more than happy to be hired to fix it for them at my hourly rate. Also, let me say now, if you’re not comfortable making changes for fear of messing something up, please get in contact with me. I have resources that can help you manage your website, and make changes.
Back on topic! To get to the page you want to edit, click on “Pages” in the left sidebar, and you’ll see a list of your website’s pages. Hovering over one of the page titles, you’ll see a sub-menu appear, in which contains the “Edit” button, along with a couple other options. Click that “Edit” link, and you’ll be taken to your page, which should look something like this:
Most of our websites are built in Divi, or with the Divi builder. You’ll notice that each section of your website is defined by a labeled box. In the image below, we’ve laid the Divi builder over the live page of the website, so you can easily see how each section is defined by each module.
So in order to edit the corresponding area, you’ll need to click on the 3 lines at the left of the individual module (AKA hamburger menu).
To edit the text module next to the image, we’ll click on that menu, and you’ll get a popup that looks like this:
Scroll down in this popup, and you’ll find your content. Make your changes here, and click “Save & Exit”. Then click “Update” on the main editor page. This will update all of your changes, and push them out to your live website. Refresh the live page you made changes on, and you’ll see how your changes look on your live site! Not so hard, right?
You can make changes in all of your modules using the steps above. Always remember to click “Save & Exit”, followed by clicking “Update” on the main editor page. Otherwise your changes will NOT be saved, and all of your work would be for nothing. SAVE, SAVE, SAVE, ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS.
If you are set up with a global item in Divi, which is the bright green/ yellow module on the page above, I would strongly recommend against editing this unless you’re positive about what you’re doing. Global items are items that are used over and over again throughout your website on many different pages. Changing a global item in one spot, will change ALL of the pages that the global item is on. If I set you up with this, and you’d like to make a change, please contact me about changing this.
4. Adding Blog Posts
If you were set up with a blog area, and you are interested in creating more contect for our website in your blog, well, firstly, let me give you a digital high five. Content creation is a biggie when it comes to ranking high in Google search results.
To create a post, click on “Posts” and click “Add New” at the top of the page. You’ll end up at a blank canvas that looks like the image below.
You’ll need to enter a title in the title bar, and I’ll let you guess where your copy goes… (Hint: the big blank space where you can type a lot of words). You can add images into your post bu clicking “Add Media” and following the prompts to upload your images. You could also reuse images already in your media library which you’ll find in the “Add Media” area as well.
On the right hand side, when you scroll down a little bit, you’ll see a space to add categories, a featured image, and tage. You will want to set each of these. Categories will include “Blog”, which will need to be checked in order for the post to appear in your blog. You may add any additional categories you wish in order to keep your blog organized from day uno. A featured image shows up when you share the post to social media, and also it may show up in your blog area where the list of blog posts appear. Tags allow for your blog to be searched by the keywords you set here.
Once you’re finished creating your masterpiece, you’ll need to click “Publish”! This will publish your new blog post to your blog. BOOM – it’s that easy.
5. Updating Your Plugins
One thing you will need to regularly do is update your plugins on your website. The developers of the plugins on your website are always improving the functionality of their product, and often publish updates which requires you to update it on your website. In addition to improved functionality by updating, you also are preventing any sort of vulnerabilities in your site which makes it easy for hackers to get into.
To update your plugins go to “Plugins” in the right sidebar. This will bring you to your plugins page, and you’ll notice right off the bat which plugins need to be updated.
Simply click “update now”, and wait for the spinning arrows to turn into a green check mark with the word “Updated!” next to it. This is such a simple way to prevent hackers from getting into your site and destroying your hard work. Make sure to check back often for updates on your website.