Adding and Editing pages

11 May 2018

  • If you are viewing the site from the front end (and are logged in) you will see ‘Edit page’ in the black bar at the top
  • If you are already in the back end select Pages from the main left hand side menu
  • Here you will find the static pages of your site e.g. About, Contact us etc..
  • Click a page to edit it or select ‘Add New’. A page with a dash before the title means it is a sub page of the one above.
  • Edit the text directly in the text box. The editing box is known as a WYSIWYG (What You See is What You Get) text editor, working similarly to Microsoft Word. It has controls for creating headings, links, justification, bullet lists (like this one!), etc. More information about how to use it can be found here https:// make.wordpress.org/support/user-manual/content/editors/visual-editor/ 
  • You can also add images and videos to the text area by clicking ‘Add media’ – See more on adding images in the ‘Images’ section.
  • You might not be able to see all the editing options at first – to make sure you are click the top right toggle, and a second row of options will appear:
    Here you will be able to change the heading weight by clicking the ‘Paragraph’ drop down menu:
  • Generally on a website ‘Heading 1’ is reserved for the title of the whole site. ‘Heading 2’ is for page titles and ‘Heading 3’ are sub headings within a page. Therefore in the editor you should use heading 3 for headings.
  • Use the italics option for citations.
  • When copying and pasting from another document it is best to paste as ‘clear formatting’ this makes sure that no code has crept in from elsewhere. To do this select the clipboard with a T before pasting in any text:
  • When you have edited your text and images remember to click ‘update’ near the top right.
  • To make the page you are editing a sub-page (known as a child page) of another page (known as a parent page) select the page from the ‘parent page’ drop down menu in the Page Attributes box on the right. For example the following image shows a page that is a sub page of Contact us:
  • You can order the sub pages manually by entering a number into the ‘order’ field. 0 will come out first and then 1,2,3 etc.. The easiest way to do this is to go back to the list of all your pages and click ‘Quick edit’ on each one and enter the number.
  • Pages which are top level in the menu (ie. POW camp) can use the “landing page” template. This will add a section under the main content listing the pages within the section based on the menu.
  • Category description – write content into the category description and it will appear at the top of the page when you are in the category page e.g british guards.
  • Landing pages – pages which are top level in the menu (ie. POW camp) can use the “landing page” template. This will add a section under the main content listing the pages within the section based on the menu.
  • To view the page on the front end click the ‘View page’ link at the top left of the screen (see image below) – it is best to always have the front end open in a different window when editing:
  • Remember if you are editing content from the back-end of WordPress you will need to refresh the front-end page to view the change you have made.
  • You can set the page to be visible to the public or private. This option is under ‘visibility’ in the publish panel:
  • Here you can also schedule when you want the page to be published by clicking the ‘Edit’ button under the published on date. If a date in the future is entered then the page will not be viewable by the public until that date. If a date in the past is entered then the sub-pages will order in publication date on the menu page – this is useful for older news items or events.
  • Clicking ‘Revisions’ will show you all the edits that have been made to that page, there is a slider where you can slide backwards and forwards in time to see the changes, this is useful if you deleted something that you wish to recover.

Styling elements

  • Intro text – Shows at the top of the page in bold. Used as a summary of what is on the page.
  • Quotes – Add text for quote, use italics for the person who said it. Then select all the text and click quote marks.
  • Excerpt – This shows in the listings and search pages and some external sites will reference it. If there is no excerpt the intro text shows. If there is no excerpt either then the first part of the content is shown. This may work well for most pages but cannot be as punchy and informative as a well composed excerpt.

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