Basic Editing of aWordPress SiteJeff McNearplasterdog.firstname.lastname@example.org@plasterdog847/849-7060
With any WordPress site the moststraight forward way to access theadministration interface is to append“/wp-admin” to the root URL of thesite.This address will give you access tothe login screen.To login you must have apre-assigned login name andpassword.
Once you are logged in you will be presented with the “dashboard” screen.The tabs in the left column will allow access to a variety of editing functions.
There are two distinct content types isWordPress: Posts & Pages:Posts have the following unique qualities:•They are assembled in category groups•Member posts of a category can be displayed in theirentire content, or in excerpted form depending onhow the governing theme’s code is configured•Posts are displayed in reverse chronological order(most recent at the top of the stack)•Categories of posts can be converted into RSS feeds•Individual post templates can be added to the themecode set, but require a plugin to be functionalA WordPress Page differs from a WordPress Post in aseveral ways:•Pages are not assembled in category group•Pages are not displayed in chronological order•Individual page templates can be added to the themecode set, and will work with a default install ofWordPress
By default WordPress deploys with a singlecategory called “uncategorized”. Myrecommendation is to leave this category empty sothat you can easily locate posts that have been leftinadvertently “uncategorized”Create custom categories by going to: Posts Categories Populate Name Populate slug (“machine name” of category) Description (in some themes this text will automatically display at the top of a category array)With your categories created you can organize yourpost content into logical groups.
All created posts are accessible via the => posts => all posts link.Typically you will be able to see each post’s title, category, and publishdate in this array.To edit a post, click on its’ title.
To narrow the post array by category, select a category from thedropdown and then click the “filter” button
Post Title Post Assign Publish Date Content Assign Post Category via check boxesPostExcerpt Set Post Featured Image
In the Post Edit Screen you can: Set the Post Title Assign the post to a category or categories Enter the main content of the post (including images) Edit the post publish date Configure the post excerpt Set the featured image for the post (typically only visible in the category display)
WYSIWYG TAB HTML TABDepending on your preference you canwork in either the WYSIWG or HTMLtab.The WYSIWG setting will behave in asimilar way to MS Word. The HTMLsetting will respect HTML tags & coding
Pages are accessed & edited in much the same way as posts. Howeverpages are not grouped by category
The page editor is virtually the sameas the post editor.The only real omission is the ability toselect an associated category.For some themes there will be theoption to assign different pagetemplates.
Images are handled via the media manager. WordPress assembles allmedia into a single container, which at times can be slightly cumbersome.
The “add new” button will allow you to upload new media content directly into the siteAlternatively mediacan be inserteddirectly into the pageor post via the“upload/insert” link
Users are handled via the user panel. In general the only reason tocreate users is to allow access to site editing. The hierarchy of userprivilege is:Administrator: Has access to all administration features and functionalityEditor: can create, manage and publish posts for all users- has permission toapprove contributor level submissions. Cannot access plugin or theme toolsAuthor: can create, manage and publish postsContributor: can create & manage posts, but content must be approved beforepublishingSubscriber: can comment, receive newsletters, see protected content
Since the advent of WordPress 3.0 (released 5/11) the menu modulehas enabled the dynamic construction of menus – these menus canbe placed in any widget region
The widget panel allows the placement of functional elements that areeither part of the core WordPress code, or which have been madeavailable via the insertion of “plugins.
Plugins should be carefully selected and be used sparingly. In manycases the site design depends on a particular plugin configuration … sodo not be cavalier about adding or deactivating plugins.Many plugins require configuration after activation.
The design of the site is even more closely tied to the theme being used.While the data contained within the site is not dependent on the selectedtheme, functionality and layout using is … so think long and hard beforeexperimenting with theme selection or the modification of theme options!