Updating Your Site

This article will walk you through how to:

Get Your Bearings
Update Text
Add Images
Add Pages

We will talk about things like plug-ins and widgets in another article.


Getting Your Bearings


WordPress is a program that is stored on your host computer. Instructions on how to access your WordPress Control panel were included with your information when your site was completed. If you need this information and Three Monkey Media designed your site please contact us. If your site was done by someone else you will need to contact them for your login information. The information you will need is your:

  1. Login URL. This is the web address to get to the login screen
  2. Username
  3. Password

Once you are in your control panel you will see a screen like this:

For the most part WordPress divides your site into two basic things: Pages and Posts. You will see the number of pages and the number of posts listed here. Because each theme interacts with Pages and Posts slightly differently you will want to click into each one and see where various content of your site is kept.

When you click on pages you will be able to see the titles of each page like int he sample above, the same will be true for posts. From here you will be able to click on the name of the page you want to change.


UPDATING TEXT


This brings up a box that is very similar to a word processor. You will be able to see any text or images on this page in the box. To change the text on your site you simply make changes to the text in this box. For instance if I wanted to change the sentence: “To Be or not to be” to “It was a dark and stormy night” all I have to do is delete “to be or not to be”, and type in my replacement.

Now, this part is IMPORTANT. Once you have finished making your changes you need to be sure to click on the UPDATE button. You can see it on the right hand side of the sample screen above. This will make your changes live on your site. If you want to see what you changes look like before taking them live to your site you can click on PREVIEW. This will open a browser window showing you your changes. The changes WILL NOT be live and will not be permanent. You must click on UPDATE for them to take effect.

To see your changes navigate to that page on your website. Then, be sure to click on the REFRESH button in your web browser.

When a computer accesses a web page it has been to it uses what is called a cache. It saves the site to its memory which allows it to load the site more quickly. The problem arises when you go to a page you have made changes to. Your computer will access the page from it’s cache and not show you your changes. This is why you must hit REFRESH.


ADDING IMAGES


Let’s face it, pictures make or break a website. And you will probably want to add/change pictures on your site. To do this you will click on this button here.

This will bring up this box. Click on SELECT FILES. This will allow you to choose which image to upload from your computer. Choose the file you want and click OPEN.

This box will come up giving you options of how you want your image displayed. Where it says title I would type in a word or two that describes the picture. You also have the options in this box to add a caption to your image, or an outside link. (For instance if you were putting up a picture of a company’s logo with a link to their site)

You will then need to choose your Alignment. This is were the picture will appear on the page. You will then choose how big you want your image to appear in your page. Select from either thumbnail, Medium, Large, or Full Size. If you are familiar with photo editing programs such as Photoshop you can customize your image to the size you want it to appear. Be sure to resize it at 72dpi which is thedisplay resolution and then upload it and choose the Full Size option. (If what I just said makes no sense, don’t worry! WordPress does a great job of resizing)

Once you have selected your image, chosen it’s location and size you must be sure to click INSERT INTO POST. This will place your image on your page.

Just like when you change text you must now click on UPDATE for your image to be seen on your site. Anytime you make a change that you want to be seen, Be sure to click on UPDATE.


ADDING PAGES OR POSTS


Say your business has added a new service or staff member and you want to create a new page on your website highlighting it. No problem. This first step is to be sure you understand how your site is structured and how Pages and Posts are used. Every site is slightly different so you will have to look through your site and your control panel and become familiar with them.

If you want to add a page. Go to the Pages menu and click ADD NEW. This opens up an empty page. You will need to add a title for the page.

Now add your content. Use the instructions above to add text and images.

If what you are adding is a Page you will have the option of selecting a Parent Page. A parent is the header on your menu bar on your site.

Once you have your page ready click PUBLISH. This is the same as the UPDATE button but for a new page. Once you have PUBLISHED your page this button will become UPDATE.

If you are adding information about staff you may choose to have it under the About Us tab. However, if no parent is chosen (again only when working with a Page) your new page will become a main menu option.

Often your website will have highlighted posts at the bottom. These are almost always posts and are displayed with the newest ones first. You can add posts here by simply adding a new post. Be warned that it will remove one of your current highlighted posts. If you are happy with the three boxes at the bottom of your page, don’t mess with this.

Some newer wordpress themes are coming with a menu option that allows you to choose specifically which pages or posts show up in your menu and in which order. TO find out if your theme has this option choose MENU’s under the APPEARANCE tab on the left hand side of your control panel. If you see your menu’s filled in you have this feature. If the boxes are there but grayed out your site does not have this feature. The menu option is theme specific.