(This guide is only intended for those of you who have a website hosted with me that was built in WordPress).

First off, a warning and disclaimer: Do NOT change anything you are not sure about, chances are it will break the website. If you need me to repair it, it will cost the usual labour rates (posted on my website) to correct it. However, as long as you are careful with what you change, you should be fine. Please see the list below to help you stay safe when making changes.

To see changes as you make them, open a separate tab/window to your website and press F5 to refresh the window – this will show you any changes you have made since the last refresh.

To get to the login page for your website, please add “/wp-admin” to the end of your website/domain name. For example, if your website/domain is “www.mydomain.com”, then you need to type in “www.mydomain.com/wp-admin” to get access to the login page. Then simply enter the username/password you were given to log in.

All the options you need to keep your site up-to-date are in this secure area, with menu options on the left-hand side.

To add a brand new page, hover over the PAGES button then click ADD NEW. Give the page a unique name in the title box, then enter the text in the bigger window below. Click PUBLISH to make the page “live”.

To edit text on an existing page, click the PAGES link on the left-hand side. Now click the page you want to edit. Make the changes then click the UPDATE button to confirm the changes. IMPORTANT: we never use POSTS in WordPress, only PAGES.

To add photos/pictures to pages, you can use the built-in Media Manager. Upload the image to the Media Manager. Then inside the page, click the <b>Add Media</b> button to add it into the page. Once you have saved the page and pressed F5 to refresh the browser, the new image should now show up in your page.

To edit the menu options, hover over the APPEARANCE option, then click MENUS. Add/remove pages to/from the menu as you see fit, then click SAVE MENU to confirm the changes. Do NOT make any other changes, only add and remove pages from the menu, or you may break the menu system.

To edit sidebar text, this is normally stored in a “widget” – hover over the APPEARANCE option, then click WIDGETS. On the right-hand side, you should have one or more “text boxes” which, when clicked, will open to show the text. Edit the text as required, then click SAVE then CLOSE.

Again PLEASE remember the warning at the top – only make changes you are sure about!