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WordPress is an online, open source website creation application. It was originally designed for blogs but is now very widely used for many kinds of website.
At the heart of any WordPress website is a theme. This determines the overall appearance and style of the site. There are thousands of themes available many of which are free.
WordPress websites also use plugins. These are add-ons which have a specific purpose such as displaying a google map, including an enquiry form or adding tables.
WordPress themes are often responsive which means they will display correctly across different devices such as mobile phones, tablets, laptops and desktop computers.
Sites built with WordPress are accessible from any online computer and some things are relatively easy for novice users to edit.
Hover over Pages on the Main Menu.
Click All Pages when the sub-menu appears. A list of all the pages on your website will open.
Click on the title of the page you wish to edit.
When the page is open:
- Make sure you have selected the Visual Editor.
- Click the Toggle Toolbar button to display both lines of icons. Most of these icons allow you to change the appearance of text. Hover over any icon to see what it does.
- Make sure you don’t change anything which isn’t ordinary text.
- Click the Preview button to check any changes you make.
- Click Publish or Update when you are happy with your changes.
This toolbar may also have other icons and this will vary from website to website. These other icons should usually be left well alone!
Blockquote – this will centre the paragraph and display the text in italics. Just drop the cursor anywhere in the paragraph.
Insert a horizontal line
Align Text – left, centre or right
Add or Remove a link
Insert a Read More tag (You probably won’t need this!)
Toggle Toolbar – this will show or hide the second row of icons.
Apply a paragraph style. Click on the arrow to see the options.
Paste as text – this will remove any formatting within the text you are pasting.
Clear Formatting – this will remove any text styles you have applied.
Insert Special Character – this will offer you a choice of special characters or symbols such as letters with accents.
Increase or decrease the text indent
Undo and Redo – very useful if you get something wrong!
Keyboard Shortcuts – a list of quick ways to do common tasks using the keyboard.
Your website may have a table or tables in it. If you have a button on the main menu which says Tablepress then it means there are.
Hover over Tablepress on the Main Menu.
Click All Tables when the sub-menu appears. A list of all the tables on your website will open.
Click on the title of the table you wish to edit.
When the table is open you can:
- see the rows and columns in the table.
- change the text in any of the table cells
- add, insert or delete rows and/or columns
When you have finished editing a table make sure you click the Save Changes button (at the top or bottom of the page). When you do that the information on the web page is automatically updated.
It’s probably best to leave all of the settings below Table Options!