Inserting Images and Creating Galleries or Slideshows
- When in a post or page composition window, find where you would like to insert your image(s) and then press your mouse so the blinking cursor sits in the spot.
- Press “Add Media” above the icons near your editing window.
- Now, either press on an image you want to insert, if it’s already been uploaded into your media library, or press the top tab that says “Upload Files” to upload a picture/video/sound file, etc. Once a file is uploaded, it stays in your media library for future use.
- Before inserting the selected files into your page or post, fill in the “Title”, “Caption”, “Alt Text”, and “Comment” fields. These should be keyword-rich answers that can also make sense to website guests and describe the image or image’s purpose. If you want a caption under your inserted image, make sure you fill in the relevant field. 🙂 These words are used in search engine ranking to determine relevancy to topic, so try to keep good descriptions.
- If you want the image aligned in the centre of your page, make sure you set the dropdown alignment box. If you want the picture to appear on the left beside your text, pick the “Left” option, the same for the “right”. Also, you can select the size of image to insert (a clickable thumbnail or a medium or full-sized version).
- You can also set what happens if a person clicks the image via the “Link To” dropdown box – go to a web link, open the image in the basic attachment page(preferred, as it’s your site with your picture in the centre of a page), open it in the media window (a blank window with your picture in the centre), or do nothing.
- Press Insert into Post” and watch your media appear! (Your media might appear as a grey box, but that’s fine.)
- To add a slideshow instead, do this: on the “Media Library” window, hit the left tab that says “Create Gallery”. This will let you select multiple images to use.
- Follow the steps until you have created your slideshow gallery. Please note: the dropdown box to the right under “Gallery Settings” is worth experimenting with as it allows you to create a table of thumbnails that can be clicked to bring up a full image, or it can create a slideshow gallery (one image displayed at a time in a moving slideshow), or various types of organised thumbnail galleries such as a square or round gallery. Experiment to get used to the features, and have fun!
Editing or Removing Media or Galleries
- Press on the image you want removed.
- Click the red warning circle to remove the image from your post/page but not from your media library.
- To edit an image, press the picture icon that appears. You can now remove images, add images to your gallery, align the image, link it to a page or site, and much, much more.
Adding Pages to Your Site
- When you’ve logged in and are taken to WordPress’ Dashboard, click on “Pages”, then “Add New”.
- Fill in the new page and make sure its title is whatever name you want to appear in your menu.
- On the “Parent” dropdown box, you can select where to put the page – under one of your existing menu items, or maybe leave it so it puts it as a top level menu link which will appear on the main visible row of your menu. I prefer to put new pages “under” the top level pages, since I have my top-level links all aligned and fitting nicely.
- You don’t need to bother with the “Template” or “Order” settings, but make sure you know which template is set as your default in case you ever accidentally change it and need to change it back.
- Set a featured image if you want your page to have an image associated with it if it comes up in an on-site search. I recommend this for ALL blog/news posts if you don’t already have images in the post (in which case WordPress will use the first one it finds).
- Hit “Publish” to make your page go live.
Adding New Posts to Your Blog or News Page
- When you’re logged in, click “Posts” then “Add New”.
- Follow the instructions above as the editing window is pretty much the same.
- I recommend always setting a feature image for posts, because it makes post previews more attractive.
- Instead of setting “Parent” menu-filing, you now have categories and tags to deal with. I shall explain those below.
Categories and Tags in Posts
WordPress post “categories” are like a filing system. If you were writing a cook book, for example, you’d probably separate your starter recipes from your main courses from your desserts. Categories are much the same thing. They are a way of separating out your posts into categories. You can add any number of them, but it’s best not to have too many so things don’t get too confusing for you. And the less you have, the fuller they will get when you assign a post to one – which makes your site look busy and up-to-date if your categories are visible and their post counts are high.
Tags are different. Each post can have multiple tags assigned to it, and search engines use them to get a gist of what the post is about. To further my cook book analogy, tags are like mini headings under each category, like grouping meat dishes together away from vegetarian dishes, under the category of “Main Courses”.
Multiple posts can share the same tags, which make it easier for visitors to find similar content (they can click on a tag under the post, if tags are showing, and see a list of all posts using that tag). Tags are an often underused but useful feature in WordPress. 🙂
How to Delete a Page or Make a Page Private
- Once you’re logged in and can see your admin Dashboard, click on “Pages”, then “All Pages”.
- Hover over a page name and you will see a list of options appear. There is the “Trash” option to delete your post. Or:
- Press “Quick Edit”, then you’ll see where you can disallow comments on the page, set the page to private (hides page from viewers), and reorganise where your page sits in your menu.
- Make sure you hit “Update” to save your changes.