Jan 25, 2011

Working With WordPress & Thesis

The WordPress CMS system is a very easy and intuitive interface for updating your website. Many of our custom websites that feature the WordPress Content Management System (CMS) also use a third-party plug-in called Thesis to update the design of the website. The following article details some of the basic steps for adding new pages and content to your website.

Login to WordPress

To login into your WordPress Site, simply visit the address of your website provided by the designer and scroll to the very bottom of the page.

  1. Click the [WORDPRESS ADMIN] link at the bottom of your website. (www.yourblog.com/wp-admin)
  2. Input your username and password and hit the [LOG IN] button.

Add a New Page

  1. Click o the [Pages] tab in the left hand navigation.
  2. Click the [Add New] button at the top of the page next to the Pages Title and Icon

Edit the Content of a Page

  1. Enter Title – The Title area will be the large headline at the top of your new page, thus it is a good idea to make your title a descriptive surmising sentence for the whole page. Example for an About Us page, a good headline would be “Learn More About Organization Name”.
  2. Enter Content – The large blank area under the title is your “content box” which contains all the information (like text and images) that make up your new webpage.
    • Content Area Toolbar
      At the top of the content area are a row of buttons with icons which you can use to format text and add images just like in a word processing application such as Microsoft Word. The below image diagrams each different button and its use:

      The WordPress Content Toolbar

    • First Row: Bold, Italic, Strikethrough, Bulleted List, Numbered List, Quotation, Left Align, Center Align, Right Align, Insert Link, Remove Link, Split Page, Spell Check, Full Screen, Kitchen Sink
      Second Row: Change Style, Underline, Full Justify Text, Change Text Color, Remove Text Format, Microsoft Word Text, Erase, Add Media, Insert Custom Character, Left Tab, Right Tab, Undo, Redo, Help

    • Copying Text from Microsoft Word
      While you can type straight into the Content Box, most people already have their content created in Microsoft Word or a similar word processing application. These applications create meta data which can interfere with the styles of your website, changing fonts, colors, sizes and formatting. In order to remove all these styles, you should copy and paste any text from Microsoft Word into the Paste From Word window first which is an option from the content area tool bar. When finished hit the Insert button.Save and Publish
  3. Save and Publish – Now that we have a title and formatted content, we need to save our page. To save and publish a page, thus making it “live” on your website, click the blue Publish button located in the top right hand of the page in the Publish box. If you want to save your page, but Publish at a later date, simply hit the Save Draft button. You can publish a draft page at anytime in the future.

Add an Image

  1. Place your cursor where you would like the image to appear.
  2. Click the [Add an image] button  beside the “Add Media” section located just above the main toolbar.
  3. Select the [From Computer] tab.
  4. Click the [Browse] button and locate the image.
  5. Click the [Upload] button.
  6. A preview of the image will appear, which is where you edit settings for the image.
  7. Click the [Insert into Post] button.

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