Editor’s Tips for Updating the Westbury Sub Mendip Parish Council Website
1. Logging In
2. Creating a Calendar Event
3. Creating a News Item (aka a ‘Post’)
4. Editing a webpage (aka a ‘Static Page’)
5. Adding a Word document to a website page
6. What Roles besides Editor are available in WordPress?
7. Asking a ‘How do I …?’Question
8. How is a new Community Group Page added?
Go to the Editor’s login page at http://firstname.lastname@example.org/wp-admin
Sign in with your user name and password (tick the ‘remember me’ box if you want to make it easy next time)
If you don’t have a user name, ask the site Administrator for one:
(Mark Smith, email@example.com)
N.B. After the Login screen you are taken to the WordPress ‘Dashboard’ page. You may see various WordPress Updates and/or Plugins being notified/listed on this page. Please do not attempt to implement any of these updates. They will be implemented by Tickbox Marketing in a controlled process as part of their hosting service for the website.
After logging in, from the Home Page, hover over ‘Events’ in the black WordPress bar at the top of the page.
From the drop-down menu, click on ‘Add Event’.
On the ‘Add New Event’ page, enter your Event Title,
Next add any descriptive text in the white box below the title.
Then add the time and date in the white box below.
Optionally, add Cost.
Finally, scroll back up to the top of the page, right hand side, and click on ‘Preview’ or ‘Save Draft’ or ‘Publish’, as you wish.
After logging in, select ‘Posts’, then ‘Add New’ from the Dashboard Toolbar.
Enter a Post Title, and then suitable text.
To add a picture, click on the ‘Add Media’ button above the text entry box. Select a picture from the photos already uploaded to the website, or click on the ‘Upload Files’ tab to upload a picture from your own computer.
Optionally (but usefully), choose a category for the Post, from the box on the right hand side. There are three high level Categories, ‘Parish Council’, ‘Neighbourhood Plan’, or ‘Community’. Within the ‘Community’ Category there are various sub-Categories for each club or society.
After logging in, navigate to the Page you want to edit.
In the WordPress Menu bar, click ‘Edit Page’
Click on the text you want to edit – a Text Block editing window will open.
Make your changes, and when finished click ‘Save’ – the editing window closes and you return to the Edit Page. You now have the choice, in the top right ‘Publish’ box, to ‘Preview Changes’, or go straight to ‘Update’ which publishes your changes.
To check the result, navigate back to the Page you edited to see your published changes.
From the WordPress Dashboard left side Toolbar, select ‘Media’ and ‘Add New’ – you will be given an ‘Upload New Media’ screen with a ‘Drop Files Here’ box.
Drag and drop the document you want to upload to the website (alternatively, use the ‘Select Files’ button to use the selection via file menus approach).
Now go to the web page you want to put the document on, and click on ‘Edit Page’ in the WordPress Menu Bar – You are taken to the Edit Page.
Click the ‘Edit Element’ icon (a square with a pen writing on it) and a Text Block editing window opens.
Click on the ‘Add Media’ button, and from the ‘Media Library’ tab on the ‘Insert Media’ window, find the document you previously uploaded, and click on it. Then click the blue ‘Insert into Page’ button.
Click the blue ‘Save’ button, to return to the Edit Page.
On the Edit Page, click on the blue ‘Update’ button in the top right ‘Publish’ box.
To see the result, navigate to the published Page.
Wordpress provides these roles:
• Administrator can add people to roles, and edit
• Editor can edit all pages
• Author can edit their own Posts (i.e. News items), but not anyone else’s
• Contributer can create a draft Post, but an Editor or Administrator must publish it
• Subscribers can be notified of new Posts/News items
If you can’t see how to do something, try asking one of the other website Editors for help.
To see the list of Editors, login to the website, which takes you to the WordPress ‘Dashoard’. In the left hand column, click on ‘Users’ and choose whoever you like from the list of Editors to email or phone your query to.
Alternatively, email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask if the query can be sent to email@example.com .
Please don’t contact Tickbox Marketing until our local Westbury resources have been consulted, because we want to limit our website hosting costs with Tickbox Marketing as far as possible.
If you think your Question and an answer should be on this ‘Tips’ document, let Mark Smith the Clerk know!
Follow the steps in Tip 4 to create a Page, and before Publishing, in the ‘Page Attributes’ box on the right, use the ‘Parent Page’ drop-down list to select ‘Community’ as the Parent Page.
When editing Pages, and Posts, if you scroll down to the bottom right of the page or post you will find a box called â€˜Featured Imageâ€™. If you use this to attach an image from the Image Library, the Image is used as an identifier for the page or post, appearing alongside the Title like a logo for the page or post.
10. Contact Forms
To add a contact Form to your webpage open your webpage in the Advanced Editor. Select the â€˜Content Elementsâ€™ tab. Click on â€˜Contact Formâ€™.
- Inserting Links to outside websites
To insert a link to an outside website follow the steps in 3 (News Item/Post) or 4 (Web Page)above to get into the ‘Edit’ window. There is an ‘Edit/Insert Link button in the Edit window formatting buttons at the top of the window. Position your cursor where you want the link to appear, then click this button –
You will be offered a space to insert the web address you want to link to.
Either paste the address in, or click on the cogwheel symbol and paste the address in along with a simpler ‘link text’ wording for users to click on.
Then publish the Post or Page as in step 3 or 4 above.