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WordPress Basics

WordPress is the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world and has grown into a  well-architectured personal publishing system built on PHP and MySQL. Outlined below are some WordPress basics to help you get started on editing your website.


WordPress Basics (Client Info)

Outlined are the main elements you will be using to update your website. Any features not noted in this document can be ignored (they are either not used or are advanced administration settings which should not be modified).

WordPress Administration Panel:



Updating your website content is easy:

  1. Find the page you want to update by browsing your website.
  2. Click the Edit Page link on the top administration bar.
  3. Make your changes and click Publish to save your edits.

Alternate Method

You can also find your pages using this alternate method:

  1. Select Pages on the left navigation menu.
  2. Select your page to Edit, make changes and Publish your updates.

Adding documents to your pages:

  • Add Media The Add Media button is located on the top left of the content editor toolbar.
  • Upload Files Select your files on your computer you want to upload to the Media Center.
  • File Details While this step can be skipped it will make it much easier for you to keep track of your files later. You want to add enough info so you can easily identify your documents when looking at them through this Media menu a few months from now.
  • Attachment Display SettingsYou want to select Link to Media and then click the Insert into Page button.


Home Page

The home page is a special page that displays a number of different content types. Each website will have different home page options depending on the website requirements. Reference your site documentation for more specific information.

Some general things that may be included:

  1. News
  2. Events



If you add new pages or want to re-arrange your navigation bars.

  1. From the administration menu. Go to Appearance > Menus
  2. Select menu you want to update.
  3. You can drag the pages around to the new location. Pay attention to indentation as these will show up as subpages (a drop down menu on the primary navigation or under the main link in the footer).
  4. When you are finished editing your menu click the Save Menu button.

Adding new pages to the menu:

  1. Select the Menu you want to edit: Main, Company, Investor Relations, Markets, Services
  2. On left of the menu administration page. In the Pages tab you can select View All to see all the pages on your website.
  3. Checkmark the Pages you want to add to your navigation bar and click Add to Menu.
  4. Drag your new page from the bottom to the appropriate section.
  5. Click Save Menu to update your website.



Posts can be thought of as news articles. They also feed into the main category pages (gear pages) of the website. Generally posts will appear in chronological order. If you want to rearrange the listing you can edit the dates to manipulate where the post will appear on the category page.



When you are editing posts you will see a categories box on the right menu. This will indicate what lists the post will appear under.