How To Geek Your Website
How To DIY
Here is a basic guide to editing the most common and useful elements of your professionally designed website from Hunni Media, including Pages, Posts, & Pictures!
Every website by Hunni Media is built using a public technology called Word Press. This is the platform that we then apply a “theme” or template to. Word Press themes can be custom built, purchased, or shared publicly. We also implement mini programs and functions into your site called widgets and plugins. Our designers then invest hours into personally styling your logo and corporate feel into that theme. Finally we implement your content (text & images) that you supplied or we created/sourced for you.
The strength of WordPress is it’s simplicity “under the hood” that enables a basically competent user to add, edit, or delete pages, posts, text & images whenever you want after your site is finished. Some things most people will prefer us to maintain, such as updates to the platform & plugins, and ensuring their ongoing compatibility with each other. But the basic edits you want to make to pages most people can do without a professional’s time.
Nearly every aspect of your WordPress education is going to come down to practice, so please – get familiar and explore as many features & functions as you think you might need as soon as possible, as experience & familiarity will certainly be the best teacher. For those wanting a more exhaustive user guide, please click here, or on any of the links in specific topics below.
An Overview Of The Builder
More information on the basics of the Divi theme and its modules can be found here.
The first thing you need to do is login to the back end of your website, and the address for that is the same as you website with “/wp-admin” on the end. For example, www.yourwebsite.com.au/wp-admin. (If your site has been secured by Hunni, this standard address will be different. Refer to your welcome emails.)
Enter your unique username & password, and if you haven’t got one yet, you can request one from your organisation’s main website coordinator, or by emailing admin at Hunni.
After logging in, the first thing you’ll come to is the “Dashboard”. The Dashboard is a tool to quickly access the most used areas of your blog’s Administration. The Dashboard Screen presents information in blocks called modules, as well as a number of links to start writing Posts or Pages, statistics and links on the number of posts, pages, Categories, and Tags.
A Page is often used to present “static” information about yourself or your site. These are what traditional websites mainly feature, as opposed to the time-oriented objects called posts, traditionally found in a blog. WordPress websites easily feature both or either. A good example of a Page is information you would place on an About Page. Pages live outside of the normal blog chronology, and are often used to present timeless information about yourself or your site — information that is always applicable. You can use Pages to organise and manage any content. You can also create a hierarchy of pages with “parent” & “child” relationships, or to put it another way, sub-pages. Logically presented Page hierarchies help avoid cluttered-looking Page menus.
Click on Pages in the left hand menu (from any screen in the back-end) to see a list of your site’s pages, and again on any Page’s listed title to begin editing it’s content. You’ll see the large area taking up the main part of your screen is very similar to any other word processor, with easy icons to format the text without any required experience or programming knowledge.
Posts are the entries that display in reverse chronological order (newest first, oldest last) on your home page. In contrast to pages, posts usually have comments fields beneath them. Posts are the main ingredients of a blog.
Click on Posts in the left hand menu (from any screen in the back-end) to see a list of your site’s posts, and again on any Post’s listed title to begin editing it’s content. You’ll see the large area taking up the main part of your screen is very similar to any other word processor, with easy icons to format the text without any required experience or programming knowledge.
To write a post, click on Add New
- Start filling in the blanks.
- As needed, select a category, add tags, and make other selections from the sections below the post. Each of these sections is explained in detail here.
- When you are ready, click Publish (in the top right section of your screen,which will then change to Update).
- Post Tags
- Refers to micro-categories for your blog, similar to key words. Posts with similar tags are linked together when a user clicks one of the tags. Add new tags to the post by typing the tag into the box and clicking “Add”.
- The general topic the post can be classified in. Generally, bloggers have up to ten categories for their content. Readers can browse specific categories to see all posts in the category. To add a new category, click the +Add New Category link in this section. You can also manage your categories by going to Posts > Categories.
To take things to the next level, you can add images and video to your text-based content to make your site more flashy and eye-catching.
If you’re blogging about photography, or sharing recipes, for instance, adding a visual dimension to your blog is all but essential. Even if your blog is more personal, or about something abstract like accounting or metaphysics, illustrating your ideas can really help bring them to life. It’s essential to catch visitors’ attention quickly with the use of engaging visuals.
Place your cursor in the text where you want the picture to insert, just like you would in word processing. Click the media icon in the visual editor, then simply drag and drop your files into the box that appears, or click Select Files to choose a picture from your computer to upload. Or, click the Media Library tab to choose an image that you’ve already uploaded to your site.
Once the image is uploaded, you’ll have the option to edit settings like the image’s size, alignment and caption if you like.
For more details on how to insert & customise images and videos (including galleries, slideshows and even audio), click here.
Quite often Hunni will build our websites with customised menus to precisely control exactly how visitors will navigate your website. To rearrange this, delete, or add some new pages, click on Appearance in the main menu of your dashboard, then Menus. Make sure you save your menu before checking how it looks in a different window or tab.
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