It can be somewhat of a daunting task for the less techy people among us when starting out with WordPress. Not all of us have had training and all of the different titles and categories in the back-end of the site can get a bit confusing. Here are some stripped back basics that you will want to know when making changes to your WordPress website and/or blog once it’s all set up.

Basic Site Changes

Page changes aren’t blog posts!

For many sites built in WordPress, a lot of page content isn’t put up as a post but instead under the “Pages” category in your left hand menu. In the long run this makes it easier to differentiate between a blog post and page content. Content will be held in text boxes for each page so that you know where each section, making it easier for you to edit as and when you need to.

Posts VS Pages

Comment/spam control

It’s a good idea to double check that comments are disabled for all site pages, as you won’t need your customers to leave a comment on pages such as ‘About Us’. If your site has a blog, make sure that comments have to be authorised before they are posted so that you don’t end up with a lot of spam posts/links being posted below your blogs.

Comment control

Blogging Basics

Adding media

Every blog needs some visual content! Whether it be an image or video, WordPress makes it really easy for you to pop what you want in – of course when you know how.

Above your text editor box there’s a button labelled “Add Media”. From here you can choose media already uploaded to your site, upload new media, or link a URL to an image or video. You can also create a gallery or video playlist, but you generally won’t need to worry about these as much.

Insert Media

Before you upload an image, our top tip is to resize it and check the clarity. Then make sure you add a relevant title and description for your image/video, and insert it into the post. From here you can center, left or right align the media, and click preview to check how it will look when the post is up.

H Tags

So you’ve just written a blog post, perhaps about an upcoming event, and want to tell your readers key information like when and where. We all know that the days of big blocks of text are long gone. If you format your blog post in this way hardly anyone will read it from top to bottom.

This is where h tags (or header tags) come in. They’re not only good for breaking up big blocks of text, but also great for SEO purposes. Header tags are identified from h1 all the way to h6, showing the order of the text.

This is how each one will look in code:

H tags

This is how they’ll look when posted:

h tags in preview

 

Here’s the bit some people don’t realise…Google won’t be your friend if you get these mixed up. H tags must go in a hierarchy down the page, h1 being the most important title, and h6 being the least. There should only be one h1 tag on the page – this is normally the title as it tells readers (and Google) what the page/post is about.

You can switch from the ‘visual’ tab to the ‘text’ tab on your blog post editor to add these in. They’ll look different to our headings, depending on your site’s theme.

Blogger author boxes & Gravatar profiles

A blogger author box appears under your blog post. If you want to keep the author anonymous and just have the post come from the company –  or don’t think an author box is relevant – you can disable this. Author boxes are useful to put a face to the post, it adds a level of respectability to a company blog. Just make sure before you post that you turn off “Show Author Information” in your Post options editor, otherwise you will have two author boxes on top of one another.

No to author info

 

You may notice when you visit blogs on websites that people have a picture next to their author information, which is usually displayed in a box. These are known as avatars. However WordPress uses a ‘Gravatar’ or ‘Globally recognised avatar’.  You can set up and register with Gravatar and connect this to your WordPress site, which here at BritWeb we will usually do for you.

SEO Stuff

Yoast SEO Plugin

SEO is important for anyone who owns a website and regularly uploads posts. You’ve got to make sure that your posts are appearing correctly on search engines. Our top tips are to make sure you write completely original titles and meta descriptions, that are easy to read, engaging, and not spammed with keywords.

 

Yoast SEO Break-down

Check permalinks

When you enter the title for your blog post or page, underneath will be a section that says ‘Permalink’. Always make sure to check this as this will be the URL link for your post/page. Make sure it makes sense and is readable, and describes in brief what content will be on the page.

Check Permalinks

Categories

If you’re writing a blog post, make sure to pop it in a relevant category. You’ll find the tickboxes to the left hand side of your text editor.

These categories need to be relevant and used wisely; don’t just put your post into every category you’ve ever used thinking that it will be shown more, as this will just hinder you in the long term. They are a helpful way to group related posts together for navigation purposes, making it easier for your customers to find the content that they are looking for.
Categories box
We hope that these tips for WordPress help you out with some of the basics when it comes to making quick changes. If you have any pressing questions, pop them in the comments below and we’ll get back to you!

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