Updating your website

The WordPress Dashboard interfaceWhat’s great about WordPress is that you can carry out changes on your website yourself. You can add or change text and images, add, modify and delete pages, or change your contact détails very easily – using the WordPress Dashboard.

To access the WP Dashboard simply open a browser window and enter your website address followed by /wp-admin (eg I would type in www.cphtwebsites.co.uk/wp-admin). Enter your Username and Password and click Log in.

Below are some easy updates you can apply to your website by clicking on the options which appear in the left-hand Dashboard bar. Whenever you apply changes you can see how they appear on your website by clicking on your Website name which appears at the top of the dashboard bar. To return to the Dashboard click again on your Website name and select Dashboard.

Creating Pages

Click on Pages/Add New. First give a title to your page. Next enter text in the Visual tab box below. Click on Add Media to add an image (see below). When finished click Publish.

Editing text in Pages

Click on Pages/All Pages. Select the page to edit by clicking on page link. Apply changes. Click Update. From the Dashboard you can also edit pages by selecting Visit site, navigating to the page and then Edit page.

Adding images to Pages

Click on Pages/All Pages. Select the page to edit by clicking on page link. Place the cursor where you wish the image to appear. Click on the Add Media button above. Click on the Upload Files link and then Select Files. Select your image from your computer and click Open. Once imported click Insert into Page. Click once on the image to resize it, and open the small image menu bar, which has options for left/right text wrapping. Click Update.

Deleting Pages

Click on Pages/All Pages. Mouse-hover over the page to delete and click Bin.

Adding Pages to Top Menu

Click on Appearance/Menus. All pages created will appear in the left tab under Pages/Most recent. Tick the newly created page and click Add to Menu. The page will now appear in the right tab Menu Structure. Drag and drop where you wish the page to appear. If you drag a tab slightly to the right you can create sub-menus. If you click on the small arrow to open a tab you can assign a particular Navigation label to that page (eg your homepage’s title is “Welcome to my Hypnotherapy website” but the link can appear as “Homepage” in the Top menu) or Remove that page link from the menu. Click Save Menu.

Creating Posts

Whatever you decide to call your Blog Page (“Blog”, “News”, “Events”…) the Posts are the articles which make up your Blog. To create a Post click on Posts/Add New. Give the Post a title and enter text in the Visual tab box below (like creating a page). When finished press Publish. The new Post will automatically appear on your Blog page.

Editing Posts

Click on Posts/All Posts. Select the post to edit by clicking on post link. Apply changes same as for a Page. Click Update.

Deleting Posts

Click on Posts/All Posts. Mouse-hover over the post to delete and click Bin.

Turning Comments on or off on Pages/Posts

To allow or stop visitors from leaving comments on your pages/posts, proceed by updating your page/post (see above). Open Screen Options at top and tick Comments. Go to bottom of page and tick/untick Allow Comments in the Discussion box. By default Comments are turned off on your site.

Adding Testimonials

Click on Testimonials/Add New. Give the testimonial a title and enter text in the Visual tab box below (like creating a page). If you wish the testimonial to appear on the Homepage Rotator, scroll down to Testimonial Options and tick the Attach to Rotator box. When finished press Publish. The new Testimonial will automatically appear on your Testimonial page.

Editing Testimonials

Click on Testimonials/All Testimonials. Select the testimonial to edit by clicking on testimonial link. Apply changes same as for a Page. Click Update.

Deleting Testimonials

Click on Testimonials/All Testimonials. Mouse-hover over the testimonial to delete and click Bin.

Updating Widgets

The widgets are the blocks of information which appear in the right (or left) sidebar of the Homepage. Widgets can be moved around, deleted, added to, updated etc and are accessed by clicking on Appearance/Widgets. The widgets appear in the Right Sidebar.

How much traffic is your site getting ?

To view your website’s statistics click on Jetpack / Site Stats at the top of the dashboard menu.

Who has signed up for your Blog ?

To find out your email Blog followers click on Jetpack / Site Stats at the top of the dashboard menu and then scroll down to the Suscriptions box.