WordPress Instructions

Login

Generally the administrative login for a WordPress site will be http://www.domain/wp-login.php On that page, you’ll have to enter a username and password. Logging in as the administrator will give you permissions to do anything to the site (change look, add plug-ins, etc.)

Dashboard

Generally the administrative login for a WordPress? site will be http://www.domain/wp-login.php On that page, you’ll have to enter a username and password. Logging in as the administrator will give you permissions to do anything to the site (change look, add plug-ins, etc.)

Image Links

When uploading an image, you can set what link the user will be taken to when clicking on the image. This is the Link URL field. Usually this will default to the image itself. Sometimes it does not. To make sure the image will link to itself, click the ‘File URL’ button underneath the input box for the Link URL. This will assign the Link URL to the URL of the image, so when the image is clicked on, the browser will go to the image.

Updating Large Rotating Images on Home Page

  1. In order to have an image in this area, you must first have a page created that it will link to. If you don’t have that page set up yet, do that first.
  2. Each image you add to that large rotating section is added/managed on the page that it links to.
  3. While editing the page that will have the large image in that rotating section, in the “Custom Fields” area is an image path in the ‘value’ box. That image path can be updated to any image within your site.
  4. In that ‘Custom Fields’ area, choose “articleimg” with the value equal to the pathway of the image you wish to display.
    ** To find that pathway, go to the left sidebar tools under “Media”, click on the image you want to display (or upload it there if you haven’t already) and Edit. The URL (path) is listed at the bottom of that screen.
    Example: /wp-content/uploads/2011/03/moose.jpg  (note the ‘moose.jpg’ part is the file name)
  5. Once you’ve uploaded the image, have copied (or written down) the file pathway, go back to edit the page you were working on. Paste or type in (exactly) the file pathway for that image.
  6. Add another custom field, this one called ‘featuredtext’ in that drop down. Type in there the text you want to show in the dark gray box that overlays the image on the home page. (NOTE: you will are somewhat limited to the amount of characters in that space…refer to what you have in there currently to see about how long a statement will fit in that space properly.)
  7. Click the blue Update/Publish button to save your changes. Now look in the web address bar on that same page (in WordPress while in Edit mode), and look for “post=67” (or similar number) and write it down/remember it.
  8. Then on the left sidebar tools, go to  “Settings” > “Featured Content Gallery” and in the “Featured Content Selection” towards the top of the page (right side), there is a text field that contains some numbers already. Look for “Select here to use individual post or page IDs – Post or Page IDs (comma separate no spaces):” Add the post number from the page you just created and wrote down. (The posts are set to display randomly so the order of the numbers does not matter.)
  9. Then click “Update Options” at the bottom of the page.

 

Updating Events Calendar on Home Page

  1. This area can only hold about 4-5 upcoming events. It will not expand if you add more, it will only show 5 at one time. To show a list of the full calendar of events, do that on the actual full EVENTS page.
  2. To edit this area, you edit the home page Secondary HTML Content (towards middle-bottom of page).
  3. Your home page is called “The Loose Moose Saloon & Conference Center” in the list of pages on your site.
  4. NOTE: When editing this area, simply leave everything the way it is now, just replace the text with the new event info. The table there is there now is set up to display how it was approved in the original mockups, so to keep thing simple, just replace the text, do not change the format or layout of anything there.
  5. The View All Events button will always link to the Events page. No need to ever edit that button.

 

Updating a Page that Already Exists

  1. On the Dashboard page, click on the Pages link on the left side of the page. You’ll see a list of pages there.
  2. Click on the Edit link under the page you want to edit.
  3. Tip: If you are not the Author of the page, you might want to check with that person before changing the page.
  4. Edit the text in the box like you would a Word file – select text and then click on the B to make it bold for example.
  5. You can choose to use the Visual or HTML editor mode. Visual is recommended for most users.
  6. Tip: last button on the right of the single line of icons, click on that to see the second row of buttons
  7. See the attached sheet for a quick primer on the controls available.
  8. Click on Update Page to save your changes to the web site.

 

Creating a New Page

  1. Click on the Pages link on the left side of the page.
  2. Click on Add New under Pages to get a blank page ready for new information or use the New Page option that appears under the arrow in the gray bubble near the top of the page.
  3. Enter a page title.
  4. Tip: keep these short and use words people are likely to type in on Google.
  5. Enter the text for the page. You can copy and paste from other programs like Word, but formatting won’t come across perfectly.
  6. Set the Parent for your page – does your page go under one of the other pages?
  7. Keep the Default Template so your page will match others on the site.
  8. Note: some themes support page templates and some don’t. If supported, you’ll see a Template option under Attributes.
  9. Set an Order for your page, what order is it in the list of links?
  10. Check the Page Author and select yourself.
  11. Scroll way down and enter a Title, Description and keywords for your page in the All In One SEO Pack at the bottom of the page.
  12. Click Update Page to save your changes.

 

Uploading Media (Pictures and PDF Files)

  1. Click on the Upload link in the gray bubble at the top of the page or click on Add New under Media on the left side of the page.
  2. Note: you can also insert a URL to an image that’s on a web site already.
  3. Click on Select Files button to select the file to put online.
  4. Tip: Make sure your image has been cropped and saved at about 72 to 150 dpi in JPG or PNG format before uploading it. Convert Word or Excel files to PDFs first.
  5. Tip: Wait for the file to completely upload before clicking on anything else.
  6. After uploading, enter a TITLE and Description, Caption is optional (it shows on the page).
  7. Click on Save all changes to finish the upload.
  8. You’ll see your image in the Media Library.
  9. Note: For YouTube videos use the URL, not the embed code code.

 

Using Media and Pictures on Your Page

  1. While editing your page (new or existing), click where you want your image or file to appear in the page.
  2. Click on the Add Media “flower” next to Upload/Insert.
  3. Click on the Media Library tab, click on Show next to the image or file you want to insert.
  4. Complete the Title, Caption, Description and if you want the image to be a link to another site, enter a URL in the Link URL box.
  5. Tip: be sure to include the http:// in the address here.
  6. Tip: if you are making a link to a PDF, click on the File URL button to auto-fill in the link to your PDF file.
  7. Click on Insert into Post (even if it’s a Page, the language on the button is just wrong).
  8. To insert audio or video into a page using code:  or [youtube=http://whatever]   these will insert a player in WordPress

General Information

  • Setting a page to “no-show = 1” will allow you to set up that page and have a link to it from another page, without forcing it to show inside the main navigation.
  • Pretty URL’s can be achieved by going into “Settings” and clicking on “Permalinks”. In that window, choose the radio button called “Day and Name”.

 

Learn more About WordPress

http://wordpresstraining.com/training-index (free WordPress training videos and blog tutorials)
http://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Lessons
(good information under the Designing Your WordPress Site heading)