Editing content on a WordPress website does not have to be intimidating or overwhelming. You can type it up in a word document and the copy the changes it into your website or type it right into the site itself. Both ways are acceptable. Do what works for you.
Here are a few simple steps to get you started along your way to editing on your WordPress website.
Basic Steps For Editing Your Website Content
Log in: This will take you to the Dashboard of your website.
Pages/All Pages: In the menu column to the far left click on Pages then select “All Pages”. This will open the list of Pages on the website.
Select Desired Page: This will open up a template page. The top line is the Page Title. Most edits will take place in the Body (the large square of text). It is recommended that the tab at the top right of the box be on “Visual” not “HTML” for editing (HTML will have coding interspersed with text. If altered the page will not look the way it should).
Make correction/additions to the content as desired.
Tool Bar items that you may want to use:
Kitchen Sink: Make sure the Kitchen Sink icon section is open on the tool bar above the body of your Page. This will give you 2 lines of icons/boxes for editing. While you can use all of them I am only going to talk about 2 of the icons/boxes at this time.
Spell Check: Make correction where appropriate. Add words that may not be in the dictionary that you know you will be using again.
Header Settings: Next to “Paragraph” is a down arrow. Clicking on that will open a drop down menu that can be used to turn parts of what you’ve written into Heading and Subheadings. The smaller the number the bigger the size of the lettering. Make sure that whatever you want to enlarge is on a line of its own with space above and below.
WordPress SEO By Yoast: In boxes below the Page Content area are your SEO Settings. First you will see a “Snippet Preview” This is what will show on the Search Engines.
Focus Keyword: Using lower case letters, put one key phrase you expect this page to be found for.
SEO Title: This may automatically be filled in with the Title of your Page, but you may also write another Title that is more descriptive, where you can use punctuation, telling what the page is about in 70 characters or less.
Meta Description: Enter a brief description about the topic of the Page. You can take a main thought or write a teaser of what you want people to know about the Page. Make sure it fits the topic. Try to keep this to 156 characters, about the size of a Tweet, as search engines clip it off if it is longer.
When you have finished Editing your Page Content:
Preview Changes: Scroll up the right side of the page and click “Preview Changes” This should open a new tab showing the Page with the corrections you have made before they become permanent, although some of the images may not show until you have Updated. If you need to continue with edits, click the Edit Page tab at the top of your screen and continue editing the Page.
Update: If you are through with the changes, click “Update” in the right side column.
NO WORK DONE ON THE WEBSITE WILL BE SAVED UNLESS “UPDATE” HAS BEEN CLICKED AND ALLOWED TO SAVE THE WORK.
TO ADD A NEW PAGE
Add Page: In the menu column to the far left click on Pages then select “Add Page”. This will open a new template screen.
Title: At the top is a line where you type in the Title. You want to limit the Title to no more than 60 characters if possible, avoiding punctuation. (This title will be the on that becomes part of the URL and punctuation will not show up in titles but will add extra dashes in the URL.)
Body: In the body (the big blank square) you will put what you want to say. In here punctuation is not an issue, just write naturally. Think about telling your content at two levels. Write the content you want to know, but then go back and pick out the key thought of a paragraph and make that the subheading above that paragraph. At the end of the piece look back and see if someone could get the main idea of what you were sharing by just reading those subheadings. Ideally this is what you want to shoot for.
Once you’ve gotten this far you could publish it, but you really want to take the time to do a few more things.
Once you have completed writing your Page you will want to use the editing and tools discussed above before you Publish it.
It is always a good idea to preview the page before you Publish it. This allows you to see how it would look on the website and discover if you need to make adjustments in the Header sizes, alter any images you may have added, or whatever else you may find. Clicking the “Preview Changes” button under the “Publish” section on the right will open a new window (so you don’t have to worry about how to get back to the page you are working on). Just click the Tab that says “Edit Page” and this will put you on the page you want to be at to finish working on your post.
Once you have everything in place you are ready to Publish. At the upper right side is a box that says “Publish”. If you are ready to let everyone read this post just click the blue Publish button. You have now posted a page! Pages need to be added to the Menu before anyone will be able to navigate to them through the website without having the URL to go directly to the page.
NOT READY TO PUBLISH
If you do not feel that you want the world to read this post right away click the “Save Draft” button. Once you have Saved your page you can move to another page or end your time on the website. When you want to go back to that post, on the left column click “Pages” and just go to “All Pages” and click on the Page you want to Edit. You can then make the changes you want. Once you are done you can either save your draft again, publish immediately, or set a date and time to publish.
REMEMBER ALL NEW PAGES MUST BE ADDED TO THE MENU IN ORDER FOR ANYONE TO HAVE THE ABILITY TO FIND THEM USING THE NAVIGATION MENU.
So there you have it. Everything you need to know to edit or create a new page for your website. Have fun!