Sometimes you will need to make basic changes to content on your website, this guide will show you how to make simple edits to written content on your WordPress website.
Log into your WordPress Website
Log in to your dashboard. The login page will be your domain name with wp-login.php added to the end, eg yourdomainname.com.au/wp-login.php
When you get to this page, enter your Username and Password, then click on the ‘Log In’ button.
Navigate to the Page or Post section
Pages and Posts are very similar for the purpose of editing, but are different for how they are used on your website. Pages are generally static simple pieces of content, your contact page will be under ‘Pages’, news items are posts, for example, if you are promoting an upcoming sale, you would create a post with all of the details.
If you’re unsure where the content is, try with Pages first.
If you’re still unsure of where the content is, follow the step below titled “Navigate to the content from the front end of the website” to locate it from the front end.
Locate the Page to edit
1. Depending on the number of pages on your website, it may be clear which page to edit. When you hover your mouse over the title of the page you would like to edit, links will become visible below the title. Click on ‘Edit’ to open up the page to make changes.
2. If you have many pages, you may need to do a search. Enter the name of the page into the search box, hit ‘Search Pages’ and it should return a match for the page you need to edit. If it doesn’t, try a different search term or check spelling and try again.
Navigate to the content from the front end of the website
Alternatively you can go back to the front end of your website (what the general public can see), find the page you want to edit. When you are logged into your website you will notice an admin bar at the top of your site. To edit the page which you are looking at, click on ‘Edit Page’ from the admin bar.
Understanding tools for Page editing
The edit section for pages and posts is very similar, in this tutorial we will focus on editing a page.
1. Page Title: This is the name for your page, which will display on your website.
2. Permalink: This is the link to your page which you can share so that people land directly on that page. This can be edited by clicking ‘Edit’.
3. If you want to add an image, click ‘Add Media’ and upload – this tutorial is about editing text, so won’t cover image upload in further detail.
4. This is your toolbox, there may be differences in what you can see based on plugins used with your website. If you cannot see many tools, click on the ‘Show/Hide Kitchen Sink’ (as shown in the red box), in case the additional options are hidden.
5. This is the main content area
6. There is a ‘Visual’ and ‘Text’ tabbed section. When looking at the main content area, if there appears to be a lot of code which you cannot understand, it is possible you are looking at the ‘Text’ tab, click on the ‘Visual’ to make it easier for editing. The Text tab is helpful if you need to add in code, eg embed a YouTube video (we have covered this in another post here)
7. When you have made changes to the page you can preview those changes before they are live
8. Once you are happy with the changes, click on ‘Update’
If you have used a text editor, this is pretty much the same. Find the content you would like to change, click to position the cursor and then delete/add/modify with your keyboard.
When styling your content, use the ‘Heading’ tags where possible, do this by selecting the text, eg, select ‘Connect with us’, then select the heading type from the dropdown. Heading 1 is the biggest heading, generally for page titles, Heading 2 is for sub titles etc. Experiment here to determine which heading is appropriate (use the Preview Changes option to see how it looks before you update for the public).
Just a note on making headings, you will need to break the line so the heading isn’t applied to all the text. To do this, click at the end of the line where the heading is (before you have changed to heading format), then press ‘Enter’ on your keyboard. Now you can format as a ‘Heading’ without it affecting the rest of your text.
Once you are happy with your changes, click on the ‘Update’ button, then open the page to see the changes (you may need to refresh your page to see the latest changes).
You’re now done and can log out of the dashboard.