Edit & Update your WordPress Website

OK, so you’ve installed WordPress or had a website built for you in WordPress.  Either way, you need to know how to edit and update your website yourself.

Well, I’ve put together a nice little guide here for you to make things easy.

First of all, I have a video which walks you through all of this but also written instructions underneath that you can use for reference.

Let’s hook in!

Watch on YouTube

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There are a few areas where we need to cover so you can confidently update your website.  Once you gain a grasp of it you’ll find it quite easy.

Know the difference between Posts & Pages

There’s one thing I must cover first: Posts & Pages.

A ‘Post’ is a blog entry that is sorted in chronological order (usually newest to oldest) in your blog section. It’s usually more of an article and tends to exist outside of your main website navigation. Basically, it’s an article on your blog (if you have one).

A ‘Page’ is a, um, page on your website outside of your blog.  Usually, pages are added to your main navigation menu but can also be hidden. Things like you about section, contact me etc are all in pages. Pages are more of a major staple in your website’s content.

If you don’t run a blog and are updating a small business website that acts more like a brochure, then you will use primarily pages.

How to Open or Add a Page to Edit.

List of Pages

To open & edit a page:
It’s simple, to open an existing page to edit you can click the “pages” section in your WordPress dashboard (in the left menu).  Once there you can go through a list of pages currently on your site. If you are logged in, you can also just find the page by browsing to it and click “Edit Page” on the Top WordPress toolbar – easy!

Add a New Post

To add a page:
In your WordPress dashboard click’ Pages’ and then ‘Add New’.  Alternatively, you can go to the top toolbar and hover over the ‘+ New’ text and click ‘Page’ from the drop-down. This will open a blank, fresh page for you to edit.

How to Open or Add a Post to Edit.

List of Posts

To open & edit a post:
It’s simple, to open an existing page to edit you can click the “posts” section in your WordPress dashboard (in the left menu).  Once there you can go through a list of posts currently on your site. If you are logged in, you can also just find the post by browsing to it and click “Edit Post” on the Top WordPress toolbar – easy!

Somewhat repetitive?

Add a New Page

To add a post:
In your WordPress dashboard click’ Posts’ and then ‘Add New’.  Alternatively, you can go to the top toolbar and hover over the ‘+ New’ text and click ‘Post’ from the drop-down. This will open a blank, fresh post for you to edit (same process as a page except it’s a post!)

Understanding the WordPress editor.

Start Typing & Formatting

Once you have a page or post open that you wish to edit, you’ll be faced with the WordPress default editor (or possibly another if a visual builder like Divi was used).

All you need to do is fill out the Title Field, then start typing in the field below it.  It’s a lot like a Word Document, you can type, click the toolbar buttons to make things bold, italics, underline, etc quite easily.

But there are a few other things you’ll want to know how to do.

Add a link

add link button

Adding a link to another page or website is quite easy.  Just highlight the text you want to link up, click the button and type in the URL (making sure the ‘http://’ or https://’ bit is in there).

You can also click the Cog for some more options (like opening in a new window).

link

You can remove a link by highlighting and clicking the link text in the editor, when the little hover-over appears, click  to remove the link.

Add a Photo

You may notice that your text is converted to ‘blocks’ as you type. To add an image,simple hover over the circle button with the plus symbol and you can add an image block.

add an image

You can see you have an image library to choose an image from.  If you want to upload your own image, click the ‘upload’ tab, the press ‘select files’ to find your photo and upload it.

picture properties

Once you click an image you want to insert, I highly recommend filling out the ‘Title’ and ‘Alt text’ with something describing the image (for SEO purposes). Below under “Attachment Display Settings” You can choose to how you want the image aligned (left, center, right, inline), you can have the image link somewhere and even choose a size.  You can click and resize the image once it’s on the page also.

It’s a pretty easy process :)

How to save a draft, Publish and Update a Page or Post

Save Draft

If you’re working on a new page or post but aren’t ready to publish it yet (make it live), then you can save a draft to come back and edit later.  There’s a box in the upper right corner of the page titled ‘Publish’. Simply click the button “Save Draft”.

publish

You can also hit “Publish” to go live or “update” to update an already published post/page.

Changing the Navigation Menu

If you add a page and your navigation doesn’t automatically include it, then you need to add it there manually.

Head to “Appearance” in your WordPress dashboard and then “Menus”.

menus

Once there you’ll see a drop-down next to the text “select a menu to edit”, this allows you to find your primary menu (or secondary if you want, they should be labeled in brackets for convenience).  To add an item to your menu, find the page in the left section “pages”, click the checkbox next and click “add to menu”, then press ‘Save Menu’, top right. Your page has been added to that menu!

remove a menu item

To remove a page, or change the navigation label (text it displays in your navigation), simply click the little arrow on any menu item and edit the options presented, clicking “remove” if you want to delete the item from your navigation.

Now you can add, edit and update pages on your site!

Pretty easy, right?

The best way to learn further is to practice, so jump onto your website and make some updates. Many reading this article may also find Divi builder pages if I built the website, for that, I have a post here showing you how to update a ‘Divi Builder’ Page on your website.

Otherwise, if you have any questions, just ask below!  Thanks for reading :)