This page is intended for Fotoscope clients who wish to use WordPress to carry out some basic maintenance on their own websites. It contains instructions for a variety of tasks that can be carried out without the need for advanced web design skills.

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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.

  • Open up the admin login page in your web browser
  • The URL (web address) for this is your_domain_name.co.uk/wp-admin
  • Example: anywebsite.co.uk/wp-admin
  • Enter your username
  • Enter your password
  • Click Remember me the first time you do this. (You won’t need to type your username/password next time you visit.)
  • Click Log In

The WordPress menu is where you will access most things you will need to use. It is always on the left hand side of your page. The specific buttons which will appear on it will vary from website to website.

Most buttons have sub-menus. These appear when you hover over any button.

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 any changes you wish to the text.
  • 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.

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It’s good practice to update WordPress on a regular basis to make sure you are always using the most recent versions of the software. It also enhances your website security to do this.

There are 3 things that need to be updated:

  • the WordPress software itself
  • the website theme
  • plugins

These can all be updated from a single screen. Here’s how:

  • point at the Dashboard button at the very top of the main menu – choose Updates from the dropdown menu. The Updates window will open.
  • update WordPress if it isn’t the current version
  • check any Plugins and Themes that appear in the list and update these

You can also update Themes and Plugins from their own pages. An orange circle with a number inside will alert you to any required updates.

It’s also good practice for security reasons to delete any Themes or Plugins which are not being used. You do this from the relevant pages.

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