How to edit your WordPress site (For Beginners)

How to edit your WordPress site (For Beginners)

This basic WordPress guide for beginners outlines how to make changes to your WordPress website based around editing pages and posts, this is based around sites that aren’t using a page builder but will give some information for how to edit pages that use a page builder below.

Login to WordPress

To start you have to be logged in to the WordPress admin panel, to do this go to yoursite.com/wp-admin then use the username and password that has been given to you to login.

Edit a Page or Post

On the left hand side of your WordPress admin panel you will see various settings for options on your website. If you click on pages you will see a list of all the pages that are on your website, from this list you can click to edit,  trash or view the pages. The same system is used for blog posts under posts, depending on what you would like to edit, click the appropriate link.

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Visual Editor

This section tells you how to use the wordpress visual editor and the features that it has, note that you need to press toolbar toggle to show the second line of options.

The WordPress Visual Editor Toolbar

With the visual editor you can:

  • Bold
  • Italicise
  • Strikethrough
  • Bullet Points
  • Numbered Lists
  • Quotes
  • Horizontal Rules
  • Text Alignment
  • Links
  • Insert a read more tag
  • Mark a heading
  • Underline
  • Justify
  • Text Color
  • Paste in plain text
  • Clear Formatting
  • Insert a special character
  • Indent
  • Undo & Redo

If you would like to read the official documentation on the WordPress visual editor it’s available here.

WordPress Text Editor

If you’re familiar with how to code in HTML or you are copying and pasting HTML from another location you need to post it in the Text tab of the WordPress editor, this allows for you to move back to the Visual tab and have it converted correctly, if you paste it in the Visual editor it will display as code on your website.

Featured Images

If your theme supports adding a feature image to the page or post that you are editing, you can easily add one by selecting “Set featured image” as shown below.

How to set a featured image

Using a Page Builder

If your installation of WordPress is using a page builder, to find the official documentation of the page builder that you are using try and google the name along with the word documentation.

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