To update your website, please follow the instructions below. You will need your username and password. If these have not yet been sent to you, please email me. If you don’t have the time or are not confident making the required changes yourself, please email me details of what you need editing and I will quote to apply the changes for you. Changes to existing content on a new website are free of charge within 30 days of completion.
First things first.
You can update your website from almost any PC or Laptop that is connected to the internet. It is possible to update basic elements of the website from a tablet or a mobile phone, but you may find it easier to do on a full size screen with a conventional keyboard.
If this is your first time updating your website, read through these notes to begin with and then attempt a basic update to an existing page or blog post.
You can update most editable sections of a pages or blog content, including the text and images on a page. To protect your website from accidental damage, by default you cannot make core changes to the design of the website or manage certain website features that effect the overall operation and functionality of the site. If you notice a section of your website you are unable to edit yourself but need changing, please email me.
Its really important you understand how images work on a website. When your website was designed, the images that where used on each page where sized to fit a specific area.
You cannot simply upload any image directly from your camera or other source without first ensuring it is the correct file type, size and web optimised.
When you add a new image to an existing section of your website, you will need to ensure it is sized and cropped to match the width and height of the previous or existing image. To find the size of an existing image, you can look for the image details in ‘Media’ or when editing the image settings in the admin area. One exception to this rule, unless otherwise instructed, is the gallery feature, (if used). Images CAN be uploaded in different sizes to the gallery if desired – so long as web optimised and the maximum size rule is adhered to as below.
Images on websites are measured in pixels and must be saved as either jpeg or PNG files, web optimised for use on the web. No image on your website should be over 2000 pixels wide or tall. If you upload images that are not web optimised, the wrong file type or simply far too large, they may cause the website to crash or make it very slow to load.
Most image editing software will have the facility to crop, resize and save an image optimised for web use. If you don’t have applicable software installed on your computer, you can try using a free online tool such as resizeimage.net or imageoptimizer.net .
Once you have your username and password, you will need to log in to your websites admin section. To this, simply add /wp-admin to your websites usual URL . So for example, www.yourwebsite.co.uk/wp-admin .
This will bring up your log in window and prompt you for your username and password. Enter the username and password I have given you. The main admin page should now be displayed, with a menu bar of options down the left of the page.
Update a page.
To make a change to a page, click on PAGES in the admin menu to show a list of all the pages on your website. Find the page you want to edit, and click on the heading or ‘edit’ link, (not ‘quick edit’).
The page should open in edit mode. The appearance of this screen may vary depending on the design.
- If you can see a page of text, simply apply the changes you want then click UPDATE .
- If you see a page of containers with different sections of the site within them, eg text, image or gallery etc., position your mouse over the section you want to edit and click on the ‘pen’ / edit icon so the content you require to edit is shown. Be sure to click on the correct edit icon for the section you want to edit, (it is also possible to click on the edit icon for the container settings). Once you have completed all required changes for that section, remember to click SAVE for that container, then click UPDATE .
Options you can edit once on the page edit mode include the text and any editable features included in the main body of the page, including for example, image galleries, image carousel’s, tabs, testimonials and other pre-assigned page elements.
If your website has a Gallery Page, you can add or delete images by editing the Gallery Page as normal, then click the edit icon on the gallery section. You may then either upload one or more new images by using the BULK UPLOAD option, or delete existing images by clicking the BIN icon next to the applicable image. Click SAVE to save your changes, then UPDATE to publish the updated page. While you do not need to make all images the same shape or size; do at least try to ensure they are web optimised and not large files. Otherwise the gallery will take a long time to load, (if at all).
To add or edit a Blog / News Post
When enabled, you have the ability to add or edit news or blog posts. If this is not currently set up on your website, please let me know if needed.
Click on POSTS on left menu to edit an existing post , or add a new one.
When adding a new post, give it a title and add your text in the fields provided. You may use the INSERT MEDIA option to insert an image into your post. However, for an image to show as the posts ‘Featured Image’ so it appears in links elsewhere on the website, remember to upload a FEATURED IMAGE before saving / publishing the post (see options towards lower right of the page).
If you have more than one post category set up for your posts, select the category you want your new post to appear in from the options shown towards the right of the page.
When you have finished creating a new post or editing an existing one, click UPDATE or PUBLISH .
- When adding text or titles to pages, remember to be aware of any keywords you want to promote on the page or website and include these in prominent sections of the post or page.