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 its much 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.
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, including text, images or a gallery etc, 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’).
Once the page has loaded, you should see something similar to the below image. Note that sections of the web page are within containers. Hover your mouse over the section you want to edit and click on the pen icon. Be sure to click on the correct pen icon for the section you want to edit.
Hover your mouse over the area of text you want to edit and click on the pen icon. A window should appear showing the existing text. Edit the text as required, then SAVE and UPDATE the page to apply the changes to the website.
Adding new IMAGES
You can change images used on a page, (unless within a gallery – see below) for a new one. Just click on the pen icon that appears when you hover your mouse over the required image – and follow the instructions for replacing the image. Its important that the image you are uploading is the same size as the original, otherwise – the page layout may be effected. You should also make sure your images are suitable for web use and not large, hi-resolution files. Most computers will have software installed so you can crop, resize and save images for web use. Otherwise, there are free websites that offer image editing, such as https://resizeimage.net/ . When finished adding your new image, click SAVE and UPDATE the page to apply the changes to the website.
Editing a GALLERY
To edit a gallery, when on the edit page screen, click on the pen icon that appears over the gallery you wish to edit. 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. See image below. While you do not need to make all images in the gallery 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. Most computers will have software installed so you can crop, resize and save images for web use. Otherwise, there are free websites that offer image editing, such as https://resizeimage.net/ . When finished adding your new image, click SAVE and UPDATE the page to apply the changes to the website.
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.