Category: Tutorials

Hi, it’s Malee from Sacred Fire Creative. Today, I’m creating a video for my client, Emiley Kelley, and right now, we’re logged into the WordPress backend and we’re going to learn today how to add blog articles or your posts in WordPress. This information is good for anybody who has a WordPress website and maybe they’re doing it themselves, and so I’ll show you a few different things.

First of all, we’ll take a look at the website. If you hover over the name of the website up here and you click visit site, you’ll be able to go directly to your website. You’ll see here, we’re still logged in, so you’ll still see this information at the top, but your menu is next and then the first part of your homepage. We started over here actually and we can just sort of scroll through the slideshow here. You can also see your blogs starts right away from the homepage.

For example, let’s take a look at this and say we just wanted to read one of these posts. We’ll just click continue reading. Now, for example, if I wanted to edit this post on WordPress, there’s a very easy way to edit it or you can click edit right here. You can also edit the post up here. There’s several ways to find it. What we’re going to do is we’re just going to click edit here.

While we’re waiting for that, we’ll notice that it’s uncategorized. One of the first things that we might want to do is add categories. Obviously, if you need to change any of the text, you can just go in and change it right there. Then if you need to change the image, you can remove the featured image and then set a new one.

If, for example, I want to add a new category, I can click add new category here. What I want to do is remember to not click banner. Those posts are only on this particular theme created for the banner so that they don’t show up in the blog page. If I go back to the website, I’ll show you what I mean.

Emiley, for your particular website, we created this banner area, the slideshow and these are not posts. They are quotes and images that we’ve chosen to represent your brand. To make sure that they don’t show up here in the blog or when I click the blog page, what we’ve done is we’ve separated it as the category banner. We’ll go back again into the blog article. Again, we’ll click edit.

Say we want to create a category called goal setting. We can add that as a new category and then just unclick uncategorized and click update. You can obviously change this to however you want. The other nice thing is that we can also add tags here. I’ll show you a few other items while we’re here.

Some important things to know. Here is where you can add your tags. Once you add several tags, you can choose from the most used tags. You’ll be using that a lot. Also, if I scroll down, if I want to change how it shows up on search engines, I can click edit snippet and go ahead and change the title here. If I like what it says here, I’m just going to keep it. You can modify your description here and it will change it right away.

You just want to be sure to click update if you make any changes. The other thing to note is if you’re using a certain keyword, you can add it here and then you’ll notice I’ve chosen a keyword that I thought would be good for this particular article. Obviously, it’s giving me the green light which is the best. There’s also, if I chose something else like … It gives me a preview, so that one is orange and then there’s also red which means there’s a little bit more work to be done.

I’m just going to leave that for now. It also gives me some ideas on how to improve my SEO score for this blog post. You want to make sure and have a different keyword and a green light for your SEO for each blog post. The other thing you can do is you can click this button, your share button. If you want to change the image that shows up on Facebook or on Twitter, you can do that too.

You can just upload a new image. It even gives you the recommended sizes. I’m not going to do that for now, but since I changed my keyword, I’m going to go ahead and click update. Now, I’m going to go back to view post and I’ll notice our image is coming up right away. Here is the category that I changed to, goal setting. You can add a few categories if you want. You can just change it. You’ll also notice here that the SEO green light is on. That means that we did a good job for that particular keyword.

Now, I’m going to go back to the dashboard. That was how to edit that post. If I wanted to see all the posts I’ve created, I just click on posts. It’s going to give me a list with images, the author, the categories, tags and the date and also the SEO. Again, we’re going to keep those banner posts the same. We’re not going to change those.

Let’s say I want to add a new post. There’s a few different ways to add a new post in WordPress. From this screen, you can do it one of three ways. You can click add new right here. You can click add new to the menu on the side. You can also click new post at the top. I’m just going to click add new right here. From here, you can enter the title. You can enter your text right here. I’m going to scroll down.

I showed you the SEO area where you can edit the snippet. I showed you the area on the right where you can change the category with an add text. You can also set your featured image. When you click set featured image, you’ll notice that the first thing that comes up is the media library. You can choose from your media library. Maybe there’s an image that you haven’t used yet. You can just set featured image or you can upload a file from your computer. This is how you do it right here on the left.

I’m going to go ahead and get out of that. Some important things to note here are that once you’re finished, you can either save the draft or go ahead and publish it. You can also schedule it so you can change when it’s published if you like. That is pretty much all you need to know for adding a blog article.

Now, I’m going to go back to the website and I want to give you some examples. Just in case, for example, you want to change your about page or you see a typo and you want to make an adjustment. I’m going to go to a page and it doesn’t matter really which one, so I’m going to go to about. First, I’ll notice that we have an image here and then this is an area where we can already click edit.

Say you saw a typo right here. Go ahead and click edit. Right here in the text, you can change it. One thing that’s nice in WordPress is you can toggle between the text or the code and visual. This is giving you just the visual impression, so I have all the formatting there. If you want to change anything, you can just go ahead, write in here and change it.

The other thing I can show you in this editor is if you want to see more options, you can toggle the tool bar right here. It’s going to show you another row. You can format the headings this way. The other thing to note is if you want to add a link, you can just insert link here. It’s going to pop up with some information, so you need to know where it’s going to go, what text you want linked to that URL and whether you want to open the link in a new tab.

This is, for example, if you’re sending the viewer to another website, you probably want to open it in a different tab. If you want to link to existing content to one of your blog articles, past articles, you can just click it. Then you can click add link and then just be sure to update if you make changes. That’s it from now. That will get you started. If you have any questions, be sure to let me know. Thanks a lot.

How to edit images and text in WordPress with Visual Composer

Hi, it’s Malee from Sacred Fire Creative. Today, we are diving into the backend of WordPress.

When you log into WordPress and you’ll have a special web address, user name, and password, this is what you come to. This is called your Dashboard.

The first thing that I am going to show you is that if you hover over the name of the website. In this case, “HeartSpace,” you will see “Visit Site” comes up. I am going to go ahead and click that.

This particular site for HeartSpace Horse Sanctuary & Healing Center for my client, Melanie, this is the homepage. You will see it is very visual. It was created using Visual Composer. We are going to show you just a few different ways that you can edit this site.

I already went over these with Melanie, so I kind of know that she might be adding a horse, for example. I am just going to click on “The Horses,” and we are going to go that page so you can see what it looks like.

At first it has your header and “Why Horses?” Then, it goes into a description of each of the horses. You will notice in these descriptions that there is a large image on the left, the title of the horse, the name of the horse, and a paragraph describing that horse and what is going on with them.

For this page, if I wanted to add a new horse, for example, I can click on “Edit with Visual Composer.” I am going to go ahead and click on that. What is really great about Visual Composer is that it looks a lot like the website.

Once it loads up, it is going to bring up a screen that looks almost exactly the same as your webpage. Now, I will show you what is different. What is different is I hover over an element, like the image, you will see a few things pop up. If I hover over the text, you will see a few different things pop up. I will just point out a few things first.

I am going to hover over this image. In the middle here, it says, “Single Image.” There is a pencil, so I can edit it. There is the clone tool, so I can make a copy of it, and there is delete. If I just don’t want an image on that site, I will just click, “Delete.”

Now, if I want to add a new horse, for example, the easiest way for me to do this would actually be to go to the row, and you will see that up above, click on this arrow and click the clone button. Now, it seems like it didn’t work but if I scroll down, you will see there are two versions of Scout.

We have cloned the entire row, the image, the name of the horse, and the paragraph. Now, to edit it, I am just going to go into “Single Image,” click on this pencil, and here, I can just X out that horse and choose a different one. If I want to choose a horse, I can either go to the media library and choose an image or I can go to “Upload Files,” and select a file from my computer.

Once you have chosen your image, you want to click, “Set Image.” I am not going to do that because I am not going to change it. Then, you want to be sure to “Save changes.” Again, I am just going to go ahead and get out of here.

Now, to change the text, you will notice that the name of this horse up here is in a different text block than the paragraph. I am going to go ahead and click, “Edit Text Block,” and change the name to the new horse. I’m going to close that. Be sure to save your changes if you do have a new name.

If I want to edit this paragraph, I am just going to click again the pencil or the edit button. It’s thinking. There we go. Just go ahead and change this text here. Again, to make those changes, be sure to click, “Save changes.” I am just going to close out of this.

In order to save your changes that you made here, you are going to want to click, “Update,” here at the top.

Now, say you make a whole bunch of changes that you didn’t want, like I did, I am just going to go ahead and click this “X.” All right.

This warning comes up. WordPress is trying to make sure that you either want to lose your changes or you don’t. Yes, I don’t want to make these changes, so I am going to leave the page. If you made some changes and if you forgot to update it, then you want to click, “Stay on this Page,” and then go ahead and click that “Update” button. For now, I am going to leave the page.

I also talked to Melanie about maybe adding some photos. She has got a photo gallery here. I think we have 55 images of horses here.

The same sort of thing. We are going to click, “Edit with Visual Composer.” Again, it is going to look a lot like the webpage because of Visual Composer but this is within a text block just for formatting. I am going to click, “Edit Text Block.” It is going to bring this up. I am going to click on the image. It is going to give me a way to edit it. I am going to click, “Edit.”

Here is where I can either add to the gallery here or delete images that you don’t want in the gallery. Then, click, “Update gallery,” to make those changes. Also, be sure to click, “Save changes,” and “Update.”

Now, I am going to go back to the dashboard and show you a different way to access those pages. You will notice here on the left on the dashboard, there is a menu item here that says, “Pages.” When I hover over it potentially, there we go, you can see, “All pages.” I will just click that. This is just another way of accessing the pages with the titles. Again, what I will do is I will just click, “Edit with Visual Composer,” if I want to edit that page.

The other thing I want to show you is on the left here is “Media.” I am going to go to the media library. Now, in the media library are all of the photos that are part of the website. Now, if I want to add a series of photos, I can click, “Add New.” Then, when I click, “Select Files,” I can add new photos from my computer.

All right. There you have it. You have some different tools to edit your images and text using Visual Composer and this was for the HeartSpace Horse Sanctuary & Healing Center. I hope you enjoyed the video, Melanie, and thanks a lot.