WordPress Manual

  • Edit or Delete an Image Gallery

    Editing or Deleting an Image Gallery is much like editing or deleting an image. After clicking on an Image Gallery that has been inserted into your Page or Post, two icons will appear on top of the gallery. Clicking the Edit button (...
  • Insert an Audio or Video Playlist

    Inserting an audio or video playlist is almost identical to inserting an image gallery. Click the Add Media button (...
  • Inserting Video, Audio or Other File Type

    The procedure for inserting any other type of file into your Page/Post is exactly the same as Inserting an Image. Simply click the Add Media button (...
  • Embedding a Video, Image or Other Content

    Another way to add video or other content ...
  • Adding HTML Links

    HTML links allow your site visitors to easily navigate around your site. They’re also used when you want to allow people to download files from your ...
  • Inserting an HTML Link

    Inserting an html link in your Page/Post to one of your own pages or another site is extremely easy. Simply clic...
  • Disabling Comments for Posts & Pages

    Some websites (business/organisation sites mostly) don’t want their visitors to be able to comment on their pages. Here’s how to shut comments off on WordPress pages: 1. While you are writing a new page...
  • Setting Up a Static Front Page

    A static page is a page that doesn’t change. Unlike a blog, where the first new article will show up at the top every time, a “static” page will show the same content every time someone comes to the site – like a home page you...
  • Login

    Before you can make any changes to your site, you will need to log in. The login for your site is typically found at the following URL – http://your-wordpress-site.com/wp-admin. Obviously, replace ...
  • Dashboard

    Once you’ve logged in, the WordPress Dashboard appears. This is your main administration homepage. At the very top of your Dashboard (and across every page) you will see the name of your site in the header area. In the example screenshot bel...
  • Dashboard Menu Options

    Down the left-hand side of the Dashboard and on every page you will see your main admin navigation menu. This is where you’ll find all the options to update and configure your site. Hovering your cursor over each of the main men...
  • Toolbar

    The WordPress Toolbar is a way of easily accessing some of the most common WordPress features. When you are logged into your WordPress dashboard and you visit your website, you will see the Toolbar running across the top of your site. Thi...
  • Hiding the Toolbar

    You can stop the Toolbar from displaying by modifying the preferences associated with your Profile. Simply click on the Users link in the left-hand navigation to display the list of Users. From this list of Users...
  • Posts versus Pages

    WordPress is built around two basic concepts. Posts and Pages. Posts are typically blog entries. A series of articles, listed (usually) reverse-chronologically. Pages are used for more static content (i.e. content that doesn’t change or chan...
  • Posts

    After clicking on the Pages menu option you'll be shown a list of Pages that your site contains. Among the information displayed is the Page title, the Author, No. of Comments and either the Date Published ...
  • Pages

    After clicking on the Pages menu option you'll be shown a list of Pages that your site contains. Among the information displayed is the Page title, the Author, No. of Comments and either the Date Publis...
  • Adding your Site Content

    Adding content to your site is an easy process no matter whether you’re creating a Post or a Page. The procedure for both is almost identical. Apart from how they display on your site, which was described earlier, the other main differenc...
  • Adding a New Page

    To add a new Page, hover your cursor over the Pages menu option in the left-hand navigation menu and in the fly-out menu, click the Add Newlink. Alternatively, click the ...
  • Adding a New Page

    To add a new Page, hover your cursor over the Pages menu option in the left-hand navigation menu and in the fly-out menu, click the Add Newlink. Alternatively, click the ...
  • Adding a New Post

    To add a new Post, hover over the Posts menu option in the left-hand navigation menu and in the fly-out menu, click the Add New link. Alternatively, click the Posts...
  • Adding Content with the Visual Editor

    e editor used to enter content into your Page or Post is very easy to use. It’s much like using a regular word processor, with toolbar buttons that allow you to Bold (...
  • Switching to the Text Editor

    At the top of the editor there are two tabs, Visual and Text (...
  • Changing your Post Format

    A Post Format is meta information that can be used within a Theme to style or customise the presentation of a Post. The Post Formats feature provides a standardised list of formats that are available to all themes that support the feature. Ther...
  • Reviewing Past Revisions

    When you’re editing your Post or Page, the number of revisions for that particular Post or Page is shown in the Publish Panel, if you have any. Click the Browse...
  • Adding Images & Other Media

    Adding images and other media files such as videos, documents or PDFs is extremely easy within WordPress. All your images and files are stored in the Media Library. Once they’re uploaded into the Media Library, it’s a very simple...
  • Inserting an Image

    Using the WordPress media manager, it’s extremely simple to insert, align and link your individual images and image galleries. To insert an image into your Page/Post, click the Add Media b...
  • Edit or Delete an Image

    There are various options available for adjusting the layout of inserted images. After clicking on an image that has already been inserted into your Page or Post, a small toolbar will appear over the image. By selecting one of the alignmen...
  • Setting a Featured Image

    Some themes allow you to specify a Featured Image for your Page and Post. A Featured Image, often called a Post/Page Thumbnail, is usually some sort of image that is representative for that particular Page or Post. How these images are displayed i...
  • Insert an Image Gallery

    WordPress has its own simple built-in Image Gallery that allows you to add multiple images to a page in one easy step. To insert an image gallery into your Page/Post, click the Add Media button ...
  • Edit or Delete an Image Gallery

    Editing or Deleting an Image Gallery is much like editing or deleting an image. After clicking on an Image Gallery that has been inserted into your Page or Post, two icons will appear on top of the gallery. Clicking the Edit...
  • Insert an Audio or Video Playlist

    Inserting an audio or video playlist is almost identical to inserting an image gallery. Click the Add Media button (...
  • Inserting Video, Audio or Other File Type

    The procedure for inserting any other type of file into your Page/Post is exactly the same as Inserting an Image. Simply click the Add Mediabutton (...
  • Embedding a Video, Image or Other Content

    Another way to add video or other content into your pages is through embedding. A popular example of this is embedding a YouTube video into your page. When you’re embedding a file, there’s no need to upload the file to your sit...
  • Adding HTML Links

    HTML links allow your site visitors to easily navigate around your site. They’re also used when you want to allow people to download files from your site, such as PDFs or other documents, for viewing images or even just linking to other webs...
  • Inserting an HTML Link

    Inserting an html link in your Page/Post to one of your own pages or another site is extremely easy. Simply click and drag the cursor and highlight the text that you want turned into a link and then click the Insert/edit...
  • Inserting Links to Media Files

    Adding a link to media files such as documents or PDF’s is just as easy as adding a standard html link. There are a couple of ways you can go about it. Click the Add Media button (...
  • Editing an HTML Link

    To edit an html link, click the link within your Page/Post that you’d like to edit to display an inline link toolbar. Once the toolbar appears, click the Edit button (...
  • Removing an HTML Link

    To remove an html link, click the link within your Page/Post that you’d like to remove to display the inline link toolbar. Once the toolbar appears, click the Remove button (...
  • Editing Existing Content

    To edit an existing page, simply click on the relevant Page/Post title, when viewing your list of Pages or Posts. Alternatively, click on the Edit link that appears beneath the title when hovering your ...
  • Deleting Content

    If you wish to delete one of your Pages or Posts, click on the Trash link that appears beneath the title when hovering your cursor over each row. This will move the Page/Post to the Trash. ...
  • Fullscreen Editing

    WordPress allows for fullscreen composing. It provides for complete distraction free editing of your Page or Post. To enter fullscreen mode simply click on the Distraction Free Writing button (...
  • Saving and Publishing content

    Once you’ve added all your content to your Page or Post you have the option of Saving the Page as a Draft or Publishing the page. Clicking the Save Draft button will simply save your Page/Post. Th...
  • Categories

    You can use categories to define sections of your site and group related posts. The default category is Uncategorized but this can be easily changed in your Settings. Pages cannot be associated with Cat...
  • Adding Categories within your Post

    Adding Categories whilst editing your Post will automatically assign those Categories to your Post. When adding or editing your Post, the Categories panel can be found just below the ...
  • Tags

    Tags are ad-hoc keywords that identify important information in your post (names, subjects, etc) that may or may not recur in other posts. Unlike Categories, Tags have no hierarchy, meaning there’s no relationship from one Tag to another. Pa...
  • Adding Tags within your Post

    Adding Tags whilst editing your Post, will automatically assign those Tags to your Post. When adding or editing your Post, the Tags panel can be found just below the Catego...
  • Media Library

    The Media Library is where you can find all the files that you’ve uploaded. There are two different types of views you can select from when viewing your media library. You can click the List View ...
  • Viewing a File in the Media Library

    The Grid View will display a grid of thumbnail images for each of your media files. Depending on the file type, you’ll either see a thumbnail image for that particular file or an icon representation. After clicking on a thumbnail wit...
  • Adding a File to the Media Library

    To add a new file to the Media Library, click on the Add New link in the left-hand navigation menu or the Add New button at the top of the page. If y...
  • Editing the File Properties

    If you’re viewing your files using the Grid View, simply click on one of your media files and you’ll be presented with a pop-up window that displays the relevant properties for that particular file. A...
  • Editing an Image

    WordPress has a basic image editing tool that allows you to perform some simple manipulation with your uploaded images. You’re able to rotate and flip your images as well as scale them and crop them to different sizes. When editing t...
  • Deleting a File from the Media Library

    To delete a file from the Media Library when using the Grid View, first click an image to view the File Properties, then click on the Delete Permanently link that appears in the pop-up win...
  • Comments

    Comments are a feature of blogs which allow readers to respond to Posts. Typically, readers simply provide their own thoughts regarding the content of the post, but they may also provide links to other resources, generate discussion, or simply com...
  • Replying to a Comment

    To respond to a comment that someone has written on one of your Posts, simply hover the mouse over the comment and click the Reply link when it appears. An edit field will then appear beneath the commen...
  • Editing a Comment

    There are two ways to edit a comment. Once you hover over an individual comment you can click the Quick Edit link or the Edit link. Both perform a similar function except that the&...
  • Quick Edit

    Clicking Quick Edit will replace the comment with an editor that allows you to update the comment, the comment authors name, email address and URL. ...
  • Edit

    Clicking Edit will display the editor on a new page. Like the Quick Edit option, you can update the comment, the comment authors name, email address and URL....
  • Unapproving and Approving comments

    If an inappropriate comment has been submitted, you may wish to Unapprove it. This will stop the comment from displaying on your site. Hover your cursor overthe comment and click the Unapprove lin...
  • Marking comments as Spam and Trash

    If a spam comment has been posted to your site you can mark it as spam simply by hovering your cursor over the comment and clicking the Spam link. If you’re using the Akismet plugin and you come a...
  • Appearance

    The various Appearance menus allow you to change how your site looks and behaves. If your site has been setup for you by a third party then it’s more than likely that you won’t need to change any of the settings in here. Depend...
  • Selecting your theme

    The overall appearance of a WordPress site is controlled by the Theme. Although there is a default theme that comes installed with WordPress, most people will either download a new theme, purchase one, or have one custom designed and built. There ...
  • Previewing and Customizing your Theme

    As well as the ability to preview a theme, you can also update various theme settings all while previewing the changes live. The options that you can change will be dependent on the individual theme. For the currently active theme, clickin...
  • Adding a new Theme

    You’re able to add new themes to your site right within the WordPress Dashboard. At the top of the Themes screen there is an Add New button. Click this...
  • Customizing your Site

    Using the Customizer, you can modify certain parts of your website. When you click on the Customize menu option you’ll be shown the various theme options that you can ch...
  • Widgets

    Widgets are independent sections of content that can be placed into any widgetized area provided by your theme. Although these widgetized areas are commonly called ‘Sidebars’ and are quite often located in the left or right-hand column...
  • Updating the Menu

    If your theme supports custom menus, you can make modifications to them from the Menus option. Menus can contain links to Pages, Posts, Categories, Custom Links or other content types. ...
  • Adding a New Menu

    Depending on the current Theme being used, your site may make use of more than one navigation menu. Sometimes you might have multiple menus in your site header, other times you may even have menus located in the sidebar or footer of your site....
  • Editing an Existing Menu Item

    Your current list of menu items resides in the right-hand column on the menu screen. If there are multiple menus on your site, there will be a dropdown list displayed at the top of the page that enables you to select the menu that you would like t...
  • Adding a New Menu Item

    By default, only the Pages, Custom Links and Categories panels are shown. If you’d like to add Posts, Tags or Post Formats as menu items, you simply use the Screen Options tab at the top-right of ...
  • Adding a Custom Link menu item

    Use the Custom Links panel to add a custom link to your menu, such as a link to an external website. Simply type in the website URL in the URLfield and the menu name in the...
  • Deleting a Menu Item

    To delete a menu item click on the down arrow next to the menu item name to view the options panel for that item and then click the Removelink. After making your updates, click the Save Menu...
  • Managing Menu Locations

    After you create a menu, you also need to tell WordPress where to use it. This is where the Manage Locations tab on the Menus page comes in. After cl...
  • Header

    The Header menu option will only be available if your current Theme is making use of this option. It allows you to choose an image (or if your theme supports it, a video) to display in the header area o...
  • Background

    The Background menu option is another theme specific menu. It allows you to choose a background image for your site. Clicking the Background menu option will...
  • Editor

    The Editor menu allows you to edit the individual CSS and ...
  • Plugins

    Plugins extend and expand the functionality of WordPress. Once a plugin is installed, you may activate it or deactivate it here. There are thousands of plugins available that provide a huge range of functionality. The easiest place to find them is...
  • Adding a New Plugin

    To add a new plugin, click on the Add New link in the left-hand navigation menu or the Add New button at the top of the page. The ...
  • Users

    This screen lists all the existing users for your site. Users with roles other than Administrator will see fewer options when they are logged in. Depending on your Role, you can also add new users as well as manage their Roles. At the top ...
  • Adding a New User

    To add a new user, click on the Add New link in the left-hand navigation menu or the Add New button at the top of the page. ...
  • Deleting a User

    To delete a user, click on the Delete link that appears beneath the user name when hovering your cursor over each row. The Delete link wont appear for the us...
  • Editing your Profile

    To edit your profile details, simply click on your user name, when viewing the list of Users or click on the Edit link that appears beneath your user name when hovering your cursor over each row. Altern...
  • Tools

    The Tools menu provides some handy administration tools. Most of the time though, they're used when setting up or configuring your WordPress site and so as such, they won’t be covered here in great detail....
  • Available Tools

    The Available Tools menu option gives you access to the Categories and Tags Converter. The Categories and Tags Converter is a tool for converting ...
  • Import

    The Import option provides you with various tools for importing content from other blogging systems. You can import content from Blogger, LiveJournal, Moveable Type, TypePad and Tumblr. You can also import conten...
  • Export

    The Export option is used to export your data in XML format, from your WordPress site. The export format is called WordPress eXtended RSS or WXR and will contain your posts, pages,...
  • Settings

    The various Settings screens are used to configure your WordPress site. Normally, once your WordPress site is set up there’s no reason to change any of these settings. These Settings...
  • General

    The General settings configure your basic site preferences such as the Site Title and Tag Line, the WordPress Address and Site Address, the administrators email address and the date and time format, amo...
  • Writing

    The Writing settings configure various options with regards to your site content. Settings include defining the Default Post Category, Default Post Forma...
  • Reading

    The Reading settings configure how your site is viewed. You can define whether your front page displays a static Page or your blog Posts, how many blog posts are displayed by default as well as Syndicat...
  • Discussion

    The Discussion settings define how your readers interact with your site and how your site interacts with other blogs. You can configure ...
  • Media

    The Media settings define the default image sizes that are created when an image is uploaded. You can also configure whether your uploaded media files are stored in folders based on the year and...
  • Permalinks

    The Permalink settings enable you to configure the URL format that is displayed in the web browser when someone browses your site. WordPress will default your Permalinks to the Day...
  • Keeping your Site Updated

    From time to time, themes, plugins & WordPress will require updating. Updates typically happen when developers release security patches or add extra functionality. It’s good practice to keep your themes, plugins & WordPress v...