Any time you want to change something on your website yourself, you’ll need to log in. To log in, you’ll need your user name and password. (You can save these using a password manager, such as the one built in to Google Chrome, so the details will be pre-filled next time you log in.)
This article is a basic introduction so you know what to expect when you log into your site. For more detailed instructions, see the video tutorials page.
The first page you see after logging in is called the WordPress dashboard. Most of the time, you’ll be working with Pages or Posts.
To edit a page, hover your mouse just under the page title and the words Edit | Quick Edit | Trash |View will appear. Click on Edit.
The page will look something like this:
You can see how the page content breaks down into separate modules – with each module corresponding to an element on the front end of your web page.
Most of the time, you’ll be working with Text, Image and Gallery modules.
What you need to know before you get started with any editing
Making changes to your content is simple enough once you know what to do, but to begin with, it’s important you tread carefully.
Step 1 – Find the content you want to edit
To edit your text or image, you first need to locate it on the page. Unfortunately, you can’t see it straight away because every item on the page is hidden inside a module.
But finding it shouldn’t be too tricky as when I created your site, I labelled each module. So just look for the one that corresponds with what you want to update. Sometimes this may take a bit of working out, especially if the page has a lot of content. So you may want to keep the front-end view of the page open too, so you can switch back and refer to it.
WARNING: Mind you don’t accidentally click the wrong thing and delete or duplicate something. All is not lost if you do, as there is an undo function, but just go slowly until you’re confident you know what you’re doing.
If you’re starting to sweat and think you might just ask me to do your editing and updating for you, let me reassure you, it’s really quite straightforward once you learn how.
For a look at editing in action, when you’ve finished reading this, I suggest you watch the first 2 minutes or so of the How to add a Review video tutorial.
Step 2 – Open the module and make your changes
Once you’ve found the right module, click the hamburger icon – the one with three horizontal lines – to open the module.
Edit your text or change the image. Then click Save & Exit.
Step 3 – Click the Update button
Before you move off the page, make sure you click the Update button. If you forget to do this, you may still be able to retrieve the edited version using WordPress’s built-in restore function, but it’s best not to count on it. So make it a habit after you’ve made any kind of change to click Update before you leave the page.