The Dashboard

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The Dashboard

Typically the first thing you will see when logging into WordPress is the dashboard. It’s a great way to get quick updates on your website. In the main area of your dashboard you will find widgets that provide news and basic information about your site. You can drag and drop these widgets to position them however you would like. You can also close them by clicking on the down arrow icon in the far right corner near the widget title. In the upper right hand corner of the screen, you will see a couple of pull down tabs labeled screen options and help. Clicking on the screen options tab brings up customization options for your dashboard. Here you can turn off and on the widgets you want shown at at given time. The help tab provides information about these customizations, as well as helpful links to documentation and support. In the sidebar you will find links to the different areas of your website.

Every website will look a little different because they are all built differently but the standard menu items include: The dashboardis where you \ receive statistics and updates about your website. Blog postsare where you create and manage your blog content, as well as the tags and categories.  Mediais for managing the media content library for things like PDF’s, videos, images and audio files. Pagesare where you create and manage the static content on your site. Commentsare used to manage your visitor’s feedback. Appearanceis where to chose your theme, set up widgets, create custom navigation menus and more. Plug innsgives you the power to extend the capabilities of your website, and allows your to manage, activate, and de-activate them. The usersis where you view and manage everyone who is a part of the wordpress team. It is where you can edit your own profile, giving you options to change your password, e-mail address and screen name. Toolsprovide some powerful tools plus options for importing and exporting content. The settingsoption is where a bulk of your site’s options are maintained such as your website’s name, privacy and permalink settings and more.

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Quick Draft

A quick draft module located in your dashboard is an easy way to quickly write out your ideas for a post, and safe it as a draft to refine later. Simply type in a title, and add in your post content. When you are done click save draft. This automatically adds it to your drafts, which you can access by going to posts, then all posts. From here you can continue to edit your posts in the post editor, as well as add tags, categories and media. Then publish it to your site.

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Change Password
If you want to change your password simply go to the users and click on all users.  Hover over your user profile and click on edit.  When you are inside the page scroll down to account management and click generate password.  This will generate a password for you but you can also edit it to create one that you will remember.  Scroll to the bottom of the page and click update profile.

The Visual Editor

Visual Editor Overview

In this tutorial we will take a brief look at all the tools listed in the visual editor toolbar. First is a styling drop down menu for adjusting the style of your post’s content. Clicking the bold icon will make your text bold. Next is the italics icon. Clicking this will italisise your text. This icon will create an un-ordered or bulleted list. While the following represents an ordered or numbered list. The quote icon let’s your create a block quote. Highlight your text and click the block quote icon. The following three icons represent alignment. You can use these three to align left, center your text or align right. The link and un-link icons allow you to add or remove links to pages and posts on your site, or external websites. The insert more tool allows you to create a break in the page to give a shorter preview in your post’s listings. This tool may or may not effect your side depending on your theme. The full screen icon allows you to edit or create your content without distraction, by eliminating the sidebar and all other modules. The kitchen sink icon reviews another row of tools for editing and formatting content. Strike through your text by clicking on the strike through icon. This is typically used to show errors or changes made to a post. The next tool will inset a horizontal line wherever you click. Use this icon to change the colour of your text. The paste plain text box lets you insert text from another text editor, and remove any formatting that may have occurred in the other editor. The remove formatting tool removes formatting from a targeted group of texts by clicking on this icon when text is highlighted. You can insert a custom character such as the copyright symbol and the trademark symbol, by clicking on the special character icon and selecting it from the list. Out-dent in an indent your text with the out-dent and indent icons. The remaining icons are undo and redo buttons. Clicking on the question mark will pull up a visual editor help any to answer questions you may have about the visual editor.

Edit a page or post

The page and post text editor are functionally the same. Information provided in this tutorial can be applied to editing the content of both pages and posts. Being by clicking on either the pages or posts button in the dashboard. Then click on either the title of the post you would like to edit, or hover over the post and click edit in the action menu. To add text to the page or post click where you would like the text to be entered and a cursor will appear, then begin typing. To make your text bold, highlight the word or words you would like bolded, then click the bold button in the text editor tool bar. To italisise, highlight the word or words you would like changed, then click the italics button in the toolbar. Your post’s alignment can be quickly adjusted by highlighting the area you would like to align, and using the either align right, align left, or center button listed in the tool bar. The editor will give you a general idea of what your post or page will look like. But to see exactly what your page will look like before being published; click the preview button, or click publish and your content will be added to your site immediately.

 

Heading Styles

Headings styles not only give your viewers a better visual representation of what the important points of your post or pages really are, they also help search engines determine the important content on your site, helping improve your visibility. To create headings, use the styling options drop down menu in the first row of the toolbar, the default styling is paragraph. Highlight the text you would like to modify and use the drop down menu to select a different style. By default, WordPress offers six different heading styles for highlighting points on your content, or for separating topics on the same page. Heading one is usually the largest and most important. Incrementally scaling down for each of the following headings. When your content is formatted as you would like it to appear on your site, remember to save or publish your content

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Hyperlinks

Hyperlinks give you the ability to link a word or a group of words to another page or post on your site, or to any page on the web. To create a hyperlink from the text editor, highlight the word or words you would like to link from, and click the create link icon in the toolbar. Insert link will appear where you can type or paste the URL site you want to link to. Pressing enter or the apply button will add the link to your selection. If you want to edit your link, simply click it and hit the edit icon. Hitting the options button will produce a pop-up box, which gives you more control over your links. Like changing the selected text itself, forcing the link to open up a new tab in the user’s browser, and a search box so you can link content already on your site without having to track down the page. If you wish to remove a link, just click it and select the remove button.

Using Lists

Creating lists inside of posts and pages have several benefits. Not only does it help make your content easier to read, it is often times more visually appealing. To create an un-ordered or bulleted list, simply click the un-ordered list button in the formatting toolbar, begin typing the items you would like displayed in your list. Once you are finished, click the un-ordered list button again to complete the list. To create an ordered or numbered list, click the ordered list button, type the items you would like to include in your list, then click the ordered list button once more to complete the list. Click on the preview button to preview your changes before publishing, or click publish or update to make your content live immediately.

Excerpt

By default, WordPress displays your posts in its entirety on your front page. This can be an exhausting experience for your visitors if your posts are longer. To fix this, you can create a post excerpt. In order for excerpts to function on your site, you must first go into the settings in your sidebar and select reading. By default, articles in a feed or set to full text. Set this to summary and click save. Not we can create excerpts in our post. If you don’t see the excerpt module on the add new post page, you will need to enable it; just click screen options at the top of the page, and check the box next to except. Now we can see our excerpt module. Here you can write a brief summary about your post, or just copy a line from the post itself. When you’re done, hit update.

Depending on your theme, you may notice that your full post is still being displayed. This is because excepts are meant to work with your posts in RSS feeds, which are usually used with widgets. In order to have your summaries on the front page, there is another option we can use. In your post editor, there is an option called the insert more tag. Simply put your cursor at the point you would like the summary to end, and click the add more tag icon. This will separate your post with a line, showing how much visitors can preview. Now when we hit update and go to our front page, you can see that our full content is no longer shown. We have the option to continue reading.

Featured images

Set a featured image in your post or page. Locate the featured image box on your editor page, and click set featured image. This screen allows you to drag and drop files, or select them right off your hard drive. You can also chose from the images that are already in your media library. Selecting an image will give you the choice to edit the image, which will take you to the image editor, or you can delete it permanently. Once you are happy with your image, click set feature image. Click on the preview button to see your changes, or click the publish to make your post or page viewable to the public.

Pages and Posts

Pages VS Posts

A common question for those new to WordPress is what is the difference between a post and a page? First let’s look at the similarities. Both are located in the side bar of the admin area, and share some of the same items on the edit page. Such as the visual and text editor, the publishing box, featured images, and a couple of other screen options. This is were much of the similarities stops though.

Posts when created appear on your blog in reverse chronological order. They become archived as they get older. They also make use of your RSS feed, tags and categories This makes posts easy to organize and keep track of, as you will most likely be creating many of them. By default, posts allow people to comment on them, while pages do not. Though this can be changed in the post or pages discussion box.

Pages usually act as a static page of your site, such as an about page or a contact page. This means that unlike your posts, your pages will always be relevant. Pages also do not use tags or categories, instead they can be organized hierarchically using parent pages. A parent page acts as main page that other pages can branch off of, like a sub-page. For example if you have a catering service page with a sub-page just for cakes. Having sub-pages is important to your site’s structure, and also has an effect in your search engine optimisations or SEO. You can have as many sub-pages as you wish. Viewing a post on its own page is different than viewing an actual page. This for the most part has to do with site structure, and how it is seen in search engines. Of course posts and pages can work together, like on a home or blog page which features your posts.

Add New Page

To create a page, click on or hover over the pages button in the side bar of your dashboard, then click add new. We cover many of the different elements of page creation in our other tutorials. So for this tutorial we will only explore the title, the text editor and the publish module. Begin by creating a title for your new page, then press tab on your keyboard, or click on the text editor with your mouse to jump down to the text editor. This is where you will add the content that you will want displayed in the body of your page. When you are satisfied with the content of your page, you can click preview to preview the layout of your new page, click save draft for later review and revisions, or click publish and your content will go live on your site for immediate use.

Add New Post

To create a new post, navigate to posts in the sidebar, and select add new. This is the post editor, and is most likely where you will be spending much of your time. Start by entering a name for the post in the title box. Next is the text editor where you can write all of your content, or paste it in from another document. When you are happy with your text, you can click preview in the publish box, to see what your post will look like. If there is still something you want to add, but want to take a break, you can click save draft, which will save what you currently have, and allows you to come back to this post at a later time. Hitting publish will officially release your post to the public for people to see. Word press provides you will many different modules and post editing options to customize your content. But we will go over these in another video.

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Revisions

While you may not need them all the time, revisions can be very useful if you need to recover an older version of a post or page. Or, just to see what you wrote in a previous save. If you don’t see the revisions box on your edit screen, turn it on from the screen options. By default it will be added under the content editor. But it can be moved where you want it. Regardless of if you have the revisions box displayed on your screen, any changes you have made to your content will be seen here. WordPress makes a new revision every time you save a draft, publish or update published content. As well as periodical autosave.

Clicking on a revision will take you to the revision comparison page. Or click browse next to revisions in your publish box. Use the previous and next buttons to scroll through your revisions. Or, drag the slider to jump through the timeline.

In the main window you can see the changes that have been made to your content. The items highlighted in red are the before, the items highlighted in green are the after. Clicking restore this revision will restore the content highlighted in green. By default this only compares consecutive revisions. If you wish to compare your current save with a save that is further back; click the box next to compare any two revision. This will split your slider allowing you to compare any two revisions on the timeline. In order to restore the older version, you will need to move the slider on the right to the position of the one on the left, and click restore this revision. This will take you back to the edit page where you can update and publish your content.

Trash

To delete a post or a page, simply place the item in the trash. When working inside of a post or a page, you can quickly click the move to trash button located in the published module. You can also move a post or a page to the trash by going to posts, and selecting all posts or pages, and selecting all pages, then placing your cursor over the post or page. Click on the trash link that appears in the list of action options beneath the title. At the top of the dashboard you will be given the option to immediately undo the move. Items placed in the trash will be permanently deleted in 30 days, or you can permanently delete the item immediately by going to the trash section, hovering over the item, then selecting delete permanently. Posts, media, pages and comments; each have unique trash folders to assist in protecting you from accidentally permanently deleting an item. If trying to restore and item, make sure to visit the proper trash folder.

Comments

Depending on your current settings for your comments, you may need to approve them before they are visible on your site. You will see a notification with the number of pending comments in both your side and admin bar. Click on either of these to take you to the comments page. Here you will be able to see all of your comments; whether they are pending or approved. You can filter them by clicking on the options here. To approve a comment, simply hover over it, and click approve. You can always un-approve a comment that you have already approved if you wish. You can also reply to a comment from this page. Just hit reply on the comment, type in your response, and hit reply. You can designate a comment as spam, or send it to the trash, which will put the item in the corresponding filter. Clicking edit allows you to change any aspect of the comment; like the author’s information, the comment itself, and its current status. Click update if you made any edits, or you can move the comment to the trash. When a comment is in the trash, you can still restore it. Deleting it permanently completely gets rid of the post from your site.

Categories

Categories are designed to organize your posts, and make it easier for visitors to search through your site’s content. To create a category, go to posts in the side bar, and select categories. Now give your category a name for when it appears on your site. Next, give it a slug, which is a URL friendly version of the name. You can assign a current category as a parent, which turns this one into a sub-category to help you further organize your content. Finally, you can add a description so you know what each category is for. When you’re done, click add new category. If you ever need to make changes to your categories; simply hover over the one you wish to change, and click edit.

Tags

Like categories, tags help organize the posts on your site, as well as provide searchable keywords that make it easier for users to find your content. Tags are more descriptive than categories and are completely optional to your post. To add a tag, simply go to the tag box on the edit post screen. You can type them in and hit add, or by hitting enter on your keyboard. You can add multiple tags at a time by putting commas between each word that you want to be a tag. When you are done hit publish on your post. Depending on your theme and widgets, your tags can be shown under posts, or in the side bar, which will lead to any other posts that you have used these tags in.

Media Library

Media Library

To access your media library, go to media and select library. Here you will see all the items that have been uploaded to your library. You can upload documents such as PDF files, images, audio files and video files. Any media uploaded in the past, including those from posts and pages will be available in this list, and can be used in any future post or page. Use the bar at the top to chose how you view your media. Pick between a grid or list display, as well as sort your media by type and date.

In grid view, clicking a file will display a preview and information about the file. From here you can use the arrows to scroll through your files. This page also allows you to edit your media’s information. Clicking view attachment page will display a preview of you media file as a post on your website. Clicking edit more details will bring you to an alternative editing page. You can also delete your file here. You can delete items in bulk by clicking bulk select, choosing the items you would like to delete, and clicking delete selected. When viewing images there will be an edit image button located under the picture. This will take you to the image editor which we will go over in another video.

Add Media Library Images

To upload new files such as images and videos to your media library, navigate to media in your sidebar, and select add new. This takes us to the multi-file uploader. You can upload files simply by dropping them here, or by clicking select files, which will show a drop down menu where you can chose your files. If your browser is having trouble using the multi-file uploader; there is an option to use an older version of the uploader that is easier on browsers. If we drop a file in here, a progress bar with pop up. When it finishes you can click edit. This will bring us to the media editor where you can make modifications as you wish.

Image Editor

WordPress lets you edit images right inside your post. Clicking the image gives you points to scale it however you wish. You also see the alignment tools which let you align and preview how the image will display in the post. For more options click the edit icon. This will let you set the caption in alternate text, manually specify image size, and give your image a clickable link. Clicking the advanced options will let you define custom CSS, or rail attributes. If you want more control when editing your images; use the image editor located in the image library.

 

Working with Images

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Image from URL

If there is an image you want to include in your post, but don’t want to have to download it and re-upload it your site; you can use the image’s URL to embed the picture in your post. First, let’s find an image we want to use. Let’s say we want to use this image here. Just right click on the image and select copy image URL. Depending on your browser, this may something like copy image location, or copy image address. Now when we go back to our editor, we can go to add media. The is an option called insert from URL. Now you can right click in the address box and select paste. This will bring up a thumb nail for our link. From here we can add some information about your image, and adjust its post settings. When you are done, click insert into post. Now since the image isn’t actually on your server, you do not have full control over it. If anyone changes or deletes the image from the original server; you image will be effected here. Preview your post by hitting preview. Or hit publish.

Image Gallery

Galleries are a great way to display images and photos on your site. To create a gallery, go to add media in your post editor. On the side you will see an option called create gallery. All your previously uploaded images will be available here. Just select the ones you want to include, then click create a new gallery. This brings us to the gallery editor. Here you can give your pictures captions, as well as change the order of appearance by dragging them around. By default, galleries are set to attachment page, which allows users to flip through your images. You can also set this to media file, which will display the image at full resolution, and bypasses any of the theme’s settings. If you only want the gallery viewable from the post, you can set this to none. You can also specify how many columns you want your images to be in. Checking this option will display your images in a random order every time the page is opened. When you are finished, click insert gallery. You will be able to see a preview of your gallery right in your editor. If you ever need to edit your gallery, simply click it and select the edit icon.

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Embed

WordPress lets you embed videos from sites like YouTube, Vimeo, Flicker and more. To embed a video in your post, simply copy and past the video URL and put it on its own line. WordPress will automatically recognize what it is, and format the video into your post. If you want to include a video next to a line of text, you are going to have to write a short expression. In front of the URL type an open square bracket, followed by the word embed, and close it with another square bracket. On the other end of the link type an open square bracket, forward slash, embed, then close it with another bracket. This tells WordPress that it is a video, and not some random text. Some sites have customizerable embed tags that give you more control about how the link is shown in your post. Copy this and go to the text tab in your editor, and paste the code where you would like the content to be seen. When you are done hit preview to preview the post. Click update or publish to finalize your post and make it public.

Playlists

Just like you can insert galleries into your posts using images in your media library, you can also insert audio and video playlists. To do this, first go to the add media. On the side you will see your playlist options. Let’s made an audio playlist. Clicking this will bring up all of your audio files. Select the ones you want and click create new playlist. From here you can re-name your files and re-order them however you wish. You can also select what information your readers can see, such as the track list, or artist name. Once you are done, click insert audio playlist. Making a video playlist is exactly the same as making an audio playlist. Just select video playlist after you click add media. If you want your audio or videos to have a specific image thumb nail, you will need to go into the media library and set a featured image for each item.

Appearance, Users, Tools, and Settings

Users

To add a new user to your site, navigate to users in the left hand side bar and click add new. First enter user name and an e-mail address in the first two required boxes. In the following boxes you can add a first name, last night and a website URL to associate with the user. Next you must enter and re-enter a password. A strength indicator is provided to help guide you in making a strong password. You can chose to forward the new password to provided e-mail address by checking this box. Otherwise the account will be created without a password notification sent. The final option is for selecting the role of the new years.

There are varying roles built into word press that allow different levels of access on the site.

Subscribers, the default setting, and it is for the basic user that can log in and read content. They can not post anything to the site itself aside from contents.

Contributors are the next level up. They are granted access to the post editor, and can submit content to the site blog for review. Contributors cannot by default publish their own content or upload any media files to the site.

Authors can do everything a contributor can do, but they are given the freedom to publish their own content and upload media to their own posts. They have the ability to add content without anyone checking it, and they can edit their own content after it has been published. They cannot however edit or modify any content that they did not create.

Editors can do everything authors can do. But they are also given the ability to make modifications to content made by other users on the site. This allows them to correct errors, or remove content altogether when other users create them.

Administrators have complete control over everything on the site, such as themes, installing plug ins, user account creation and editing.

When you are satisfied with these settings, click add new user, and your user will be added to the database. To edit a user, navigate to the user button in the side bar, select all users. You can modify a user by hovering over a user and selecting edit. The edit profile screen gives even more options than when the user is first created. You can assign a nickname for your user, and assign how their name is publicly viewed on the front end of the site. When everything is as you want it, remember to select update user to save your settings.

Tools

The tools tab gives you options for quickly importing and exporting content. In the available tools, you have access to press this, which gives you a quick way to make posts from anywhere on the web. Clicking the press this bookmark on another site will create a post with a link to the site. Things like the title, the article excerpts and sources will automatically be filled out. You can even populate your post with images from the link. You can publish, preview or save this post as a draft. Import will let your take comments and posts from other platforms such as Blogger or Tumblr, and import them into your site. You may have different options available here depending on what importers your administrator has installed. Export will let you take the content currently on your site and save it as an XML file, which can be used to import to other WordPress sites.

Settings

In this video we will look at the settings menu in the dashboard. For adjusting the settings to things like posts, or your site’s appearance refer to the corresponding videos. In the general tab you will find options to find your site as a whole, like your title and tag line, the URL you want your site to point to, time and date format options, as well as install new language packs to use as your site’s default language.

The writing settings lets you control how post content is displayed on your site, control the format or emoji-cons, and whether or not you want WordPress to correct any invalid HTML code. Set your default post category and format, and set up the optional post via e-mail, which allows users to make posts without signing in.

In the reading settings you can chose whether the front page shows your latest posts, which can also be controlled by your theme, or whether you want to set a static home page that doesn’t change. Chose how many posts you want your pages and feed to display. Check whether or not you want your site discoverability by search engines like Goggle or Yahoo.

The discussion settings control how your blog handles comments. Allow ping back and track back notifications, and notify other blogs when you link to them. Set basic comment settings like requiring user information, and how long comment threads stay open. Chose how you want to be notified about new comments.

Chose a blacklist of words you don’t want used on your blog, and allow users to have avatars with image ratings. Media settings determine the maximum dimensions used when uploading images, and how they are organized.

Lastly, the permilink settings control how your URL structure is defined. By default WordPress uses question marks and numbers. But by using your own custom structure you and improve the usability, the aesthetics, and forward compatibility of your site.

Updates

WordPress makes it easy to keep your site up to date. If you are part of a multi-site, you don’t need to worry about updates, as your administrator will be taking care of these. If you are running your own single site install, you will need to apply these updates yourself. This is an easy process as WordPress tells you when a new update is available. Clicking these alerts brings you to the update page. Before updating, it is good to backup your site in case something were to happen. This is usually don’t with plugins that can be found in the WordPress directory. You are also provided with a link to the backup section of the WordPress codex which can give you further information on the process. Once your site is safely backed up, simply press update now. The site will automatically begin to update. When it’s done your site will be ready to use again. Make sure to check that everything is running as it should in case you need to run your backup. You will only need to update your site like this for major updates. WordPress will automatically do minor background updates that won’t interfere with your site.

Install Themes

If you are a network administrator, or the administrator of a single site install, you can upload new themes. If you have a theme you need added and your permissions do not give you access to the theme uploader; contact your network or site administrator for assistance.

To upload a theme on a network, hover over my sites in the admin bar, and click themes, then go to add new. If you are running a single site installation; hover over appearance on the dashboard, and click themes. From the theme’s screen, click add new. At the top of the screen click upload theme. Use the desktop browser to locate the zipped theme file you want to upload and click open. Once the file is selected, click install now. When the theme is finished unpacking, live preview will take you to customizer for a preview, customizations, and activation. Or click activate to make your new theme live on your site.

The add new theme’s page lets you search through and preview thousands of themes before installing them. Featured highlights a few of the available themes. Popular shows a list of the most downloaded themes, and latest lets you see the most recently added themes. Feature filter lets you sort through thousands of themes based on colour, layout, features and subject. Hovering over a theme will review install, preview and detail options.

Install Plugins

You can expand and add new features to your site by adding plugins. Navigate to plugins in your dashboard to see your plugins page. This is where you can see all your currently installed plugins. Inactive plugins can be activated simply by clicking activate. Once activated you will then have the option to de-activate them. It is good to only keep the plugins you need active, to ensure your site does not get bogged down. Some plugins will have a settings option, which will take you to a page where you can configure the plugin. To install a new plugin, navigate to plugins and select add new. If you don’t have this option, you should contact your site or network administrator. From this page you can search for new plugins using the name or descriptive words of what you want the plugin to do. Or you can look through the featured, popular and favorites using the filters at the top. Once you find the plugin you would like to install, simply click install now. If you have a plugin on your computer that you want to install, click upload plugin. Use the file browser to find the zipped plugin file, and click install now. From here you can directly activate the plugin, or return to the plugin page. If you have any problems configuring and setting up your plugins, be sure to contact your administrator, or plugin developer.

Themes

From the appearance tab you can see all the themes available to use for your site. You can customize your current theme which will be highlighted here, or you can change it completely buy choosing one of the other available themes. Clicking on a theme will give you information about your selection. You can use the arrows at the top to flip through your different themes. From here you can activate it, making it live on your site, or live preview the theme to see what it would look like. You can preview different settings before making them live. Clicking change will let you look at other themes without having to leave the customizer. Once you have found a theme that you like, click save and activate.

Customize

The customizer is a feature that allows you to preview the themes on your site, and see changes before they are made live. The side bar contains all of your customizer options. The options available to you will depend on what them you are previewing. At the top is a brief description of what the customizer does. Clicking change will bring up your available themes which you can select to live preview. Under site identity you can set the site title and tag line, site icon; which is an image which will represent your site when seen by browsers, and a site logo. Again, depending on your theme, you may or may not have this option. You can adjust your site’s colors, load a header, and background image or video, and select which menu you wish you use for navigation. The widgets tab will allow you to see all of your widget areas, and see all the changes in real time when adding or re-arranging widgets. You can choose whether to display your latest post, or a static page as the home page of your site. Under addition CSS, you can make style changes to your theme by adding custom CSS. When you are done editing your pages, don’t forget to click save and publish.

Widgets

Widgets are the items located in the sidebar and footer of your site. To manage your widgets go to the appearance tab and select widgets. Under available widgets you will see all of the widgets currently available for you to use on your site. Each one is listed by name, along with a basic description. On the right side of your screen, there are various areas to place your widgets. Use your curser to drag and drop widgets into your sidebars. You can arrange widgets as you see fit. Clicking the drop down arrow will bring up options for the widget. Depending on the widget, you will have more or less options. Clicking close will close the options panel without saving. Delete will delete them, clicking save will save the settings for the widget.

If you wish to remove your widget without loosing your current settings, click it to inactive widgets. You can restore your widget at any time simply by dragging it back into one of your side bars. Clicking the screen options tab at the top of the page will give you a choice to enable accessibility mode. This options provides another way for users to manage their widgets. You can de-activate accessibility mode by returning to screen options, and clicking disable accessibility mode button. When you’re finished, click your site name in the admin bar to view your changes.

Menus

A menu is a great way to allow visitors easy navigation throughout your site, as well as completing its overall look. To create a custom menu, go to appearances in the sidebar, and select menus. Type in a name for your name and click create menu. In the pages box you can chose from a list of pages you have already created to put in your menu. Just click the ones you want to include and click add to menu. You can also add outside links from other sites by clicking on links. Just type in the URL of the site, and what you want it to be called in your menu, then click add to menu. Just like the pages box, the categories box lets you add any categories that you have already created. Just select what you want and add it to the menu. Once you have added items to the menu, you can re-order them however you like. Click and drag items to the right to create sub menus for the item above. Clicking the drop down arrow allows you to see more options for your items. If you wish to remove an item simply hit remove. Clicking cancel will remove any changes you have made to the item. If you want the new pages you create to automatically be added to your menu; you can check this option. Depending on your theme, you may be able to chose from different locations that your menu will be available. For more menu options, click the screen options tab at the top of the page. Once you are done, don’t forget to click save menu to save all the changes you have made. To see your changes, hit your website’s name at the top of the page.