How to – Update your WordPress Site

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How To Update Your WordPress Site

Updating your WordPress site is simple and easy to do.  Just follow these steps and you’ll be editing in no time!

Step 1 – Logging Into Your Admin Area

To login to your admin area you’ll need to open your browser (Chrome, Mozilla, Safari, Internet Explorer) and in the address bar type in your website address and add /wp-admin to the end.  E.g. www.yoursite.co.uk/wp-admin

Once done press the enter key and you should be presented with a login screen.

Wordpress admin login screen

Login using your username and password.

Step 2 – The Admin Area And Where To Next

Once logged in you’ll be taken to your admin area where you can do many things but for this article we’ll stick to how to edit / add a post or page.

To add or edit a post (blog article) you’ll need to find the posts menu item on the left.  It will look like this once opened.

Adding a new post in WordPress

From here you can either ‘Add New’ or you can view all your existing posts by clicking on ‘All Posts’.

You’ll most likely want to categorise your articles so it’s a good idea to create some categories.  To do this choose the ‘Categories’ menu item and follow the on screen instructions to set these up.  You can also add categories from the post edit page but we prefer to add them here.

Add / Edit a Page

Adding or editing a page is almost exactly the same as a post except you won’t have any category or tag options.

Adding a page in WordPress

Step 3 – Editing The Content

Lets create a new post.  Click ‘Add New’ for the left menu as explained above and you’ll be taken to an edit page for the post.

From here you’ll see an array of options to edit your content and make it look great!

Most of the available styling options can be found above the content area.  See blow:

Editing a post in Wrodpress

Write up your content in the big white box and style it using the available options.  It’s good to structure your content and the best way to do this is by using headings.

Headings are styled to make your titles stand out from the rest of the content.  There’s a few options and can all can be accessed via the drop down menu below the ‘BOLD’ style option.  If you look through this page and our website you’ll see we are using 3 heading types, black, blue and green each with a slightly different size.  Should you not have the heading dropdown options, look to the end of the Bold / Italic row for an option called ‘Toolbar Toggle’.  Click this to revile additional options.

Step 5 – Adding images.

Images add colour and interest to your pages and posts.  Visitors get bored quickly when they just see one paragraph after the next.  For example you can describe how to make a cake and how good it tastes but by adding an image your visitors will be able to see the final product.  Have a look below to see how to add imagery to your content.

addmedia

To add an image you’re going to need to upload one.  To do this look for the ‘Add Media’ button near the top of your editing screen, just above the Bold and Italic styling options.

Once here you either upload a new image from your device or you can pick one previously uploaded from the Media Library.  You’l find these tab options near the top.

*Quick Note – Large images slow down your website and makes the experience for your visitors less than ideal.  Use an image editing software to cut, resize and optimise your images prior to uploading them to keep your site running smoothly. See our resizing images article for help!*

Once you have your chosen image selected you’ll notice some additional options appear to the right.  Use these to give your image meta information along with alignment options and display size.  Have a play around with these to get the look your after.  Once set click the big blue button ‘Insert into post’.

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Step 6 – Assigning your article to a category

Assigning a category is important as it not only organises your articles it makes it easier for your visitors to find what they are looking for.  Here is an image of some categories we use.

categories

As mentioned earlier you can add new categories here too by clicking the ‘Add New Category’ button below the categories.

Saving / Making your changes live!

Once you finished making your changes to make them live all you have to do is click the blue update button (Publish if it’s a new page) and the changes will go live.
NOTE: If you can’t see your changes this is most likely due to the cache.  Try clearing your browser cache and refresh your website.

Conclusion

So as you can see updating your WordPress site is really easy and not the nightmare you may have thought.  I hope the points above help guide you through the process and feel free to browse through our other helpful articles.