Congratulations on choosing a website designed by Data Support with the Go! Website Design plan. This manual will teach you everything you need to know to enable you to upload, create and change content on your new website.
Before you start changing content on your website, you need to understand the difference between Pages and Posts. There are two types of webpage on your website, these are “Pages” and “Posts”. Pages are simply webpages, Posts however are webpages that load dynamically on your website depending on the design. This sounds complex, but once you log into your website it will be much clearer.
There is also one special Page (which you should never delete and should always be blank). This Page is the webpage that holds a list of your Posts. This is called a Blog.
An example of a Blog would be the News webpage on this website. The News page is a webpage that lists the latest News Posts from Data Support.
Now that you have some idea of what a Post and a Page are, you are ready to log into your website.
Logging into your Website
To log into your website, visit your website and add “/wp-admin” to the end of the website address, as per the example below:
Enter the login details you were provided with and hit the login button. You are now logged in and ready to start editing Pages or Posts.
Working with Webpages
Working with webpages is easy. First decide whether you want to change a Post or a Page.
To start working with Pages click on Pages on the left hand side. This will then show you a list of Pages, where you can create a new Page or edit an existing Page.
To create a new Page simply log on to your website and click “Add New”, either under the Pages button on the left, or at the top-left of the screen next to where is says “Pages”.
To edit a Page, hover the mouse over the Page you wish to edit and click “Edit”.
To delete or restore a Page, hover the mouse over the Page you wish to edit and click “Trash”. Underneither “Pages” at the top-left you will now see “Trash”. Clicking on this will then allow you to perminantly delete a Page (by hovering over it and clicking “Delete Perminantly”) or restore a Page (by hovering over it and clicking “Restore”)
Managing Posts is exactly the same as managing Pages, except it’s done through the “Posts” menu on the left instead of the “Pages” menu on the left.
Editing Content on Pages and Posts
Editing content on Pages and Posts is almost identical, with the exception that Posts have Categories and Tags, which are discussed later.
To change the title, enter the title in the title field and press the “Publish” or “Update” button on the top-right. Depending on how your website is set up, updating this may change the name of the link to this webpage in the link menu. If it does not, to achieve this, scroll to the bottom of the Page and enter a title in the “Menu Label” and click the “Publish” or “Update” button on the top-right.
To change the content of the webpage, do so in the content window and press the “Publish” or “Update” button on the top-right. As you can see, this is done with an editor that is similar to a text editor such as Microsoft Word. With the buttons at the top of the editor, you can:
- Make text bold, italic, underline or strike-through
- Make bulletpoints or numbered points
- Do blockquotes
- Align or change the colour of text
- Insert paragraphs or header text
- Insert pictures, embed video and other media
click on the below image for information on how to do this.
You will notice to the right that you can choose a different Page template. If your theme has a sidebar and you want a page without this, simply change the default template to “Full Page (No Sidebar).
You will also notice that you can allow visitors to comment on your website by selecting or deselecting the “Allow comments” checkbox. Similarly you can do the same with Trackbacks, which are comments placed on your website each time someone links to the webpage.
When working on Pages and Posts, you must enter some text in the “All in One SEO Pack” section at the very bottom (scroll all the way down) of each webpage. This text is what search engines, like Google use to index your website. Ensure that you enter a Title, Description and optionally some Keywords (recommended)
Categories and Tags
Categories and Tags are very similar concepts, but different in a small way. Posts can be put into categories (by selecting the category on the right. Categories are predefined and may be incorporated into the website’s structure. Tags are similar but are generally not used in a website’s structure. Possibly the key difference between Tags and Categories is that Categories are used to group Posts, whilst Tags are used to identify content within a Post. You can create Tags on the fly using the “Tags” section on the right hand side whilst editing a Post.