Editing pages

  • 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:Screen Shot 2016-08-26 at 10.59.41
  • If you are already in the back end select Pages in the main left hand side menu

  • Here you will find the static pages of your site.

  • Click a page to edit it – 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 next 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:

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  • Here you will be able to change the heading weight by clicking the ‘Paragraph’ drop down menu:

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  • 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.

  • The first WYSIWYG box is for an introductory paragraph, this comes out styled with a different larger blue font.
  • The second box that is the general editor, this is where you enter the bulk of your text for the page.
  • When creating a page layout we would suggest a ‘magazine’ style, with images on the left and right and sections separated by sub headings. Images can be aligned left, right or full width but not centred.

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  • When you have edited your text and images remember to click ‘update’ near the top right.

  • If you are creating a Parent page (i.e. the first page to intdouce that section) set the template under the Page Attribute panel to ‘Section Parent’:Screen Shot 2016-08-26 at 11.10.40
  • You will then see ‘Parent section pages’ underneath the editing boxes. Here you set your child pages. Note that the child pages need to exist first before you can link to them.
  • 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 About:

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  • When you have created your child pages you can then go back to their parent page and set the links up.
  • 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

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  • 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 :

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  • 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.