So you’ve got the link to your brand new website and you can’t wait to start customizing to make it your own. Let’s walk through what you’ll see when you first log in.
When you visit the admin link to your website (www.yourdomain.org/wp-admin), you’ll enter your username and password to access the area where you can add your content, upload photos, create events and more. After logging in, you’ll see the dashboard.
You can send us questions through the two forms you’ll find on your dashboard (labeled above). The Website Support form is meant to field questions about any technical problems you may run into, and the Marketing Ally form can be used to submit general marketing strategy questions you may have regarding email marketing, social media or SEO best practices.
Exploring the Dashboard
As you get up and running, we want to point out a few more helpful sections of the dashboard that you may frequently use.
On the left side of the screen, you’ll find a dark gray bar with links to several key areas of your site. We call this the admin menu. In the image below, we’ve labeled several of these key sections:
- The “Posts” section is where you can add and edit blog posts.
- The “Media” section is where you can upload and edit all of the images on your site.
- The “Pages” section is where you’ll see a complete list of all the Pages throughout your site. You can edit and add or remove pages within this section.
- The “Users” section is where you can add, remove and edit users who should have access to make edits to your site.
Ready to make your website do some heavy lifting for your organization? Don’t be shy, dive right in! We’ll guide you through some steps to get started, from populating a basic page to adding new blog posts. Use the links below to skip to certain sections of the article if you know what you’re looking for.
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Create a New User
You may want more than one person to have access to the back end of your site, whether they need access to everything or only the blog. Read this article to learn how to create a new user and assign their permission level.
Create a New Page
There may come a time when you’d like to add a new page, or even more likely that you’d want to edit an existing page. Use the following articles to learn how to edit specific aspects of a standard page on your website.
The Anatomy of a Standard Page
We’ve labeled several elements you’ll likely find on a typical page of your site. Most of these items can be updated on a page by page basis, but a few elements appear globally on your site and are controlled elsewhere in the back end. The image below should help clear up where to find the settings for elements on a standard page.
Customizing a Page
Everything in the larger, Main Content Section on the left side of the page is controlled within the individual page editor in the back end of your site. Here are a few common ways to customize a page with text and media:
Get more content advice with the Beginner’s Guide to Nonprofit Website Content.
Customizing Other Elements that Appear on a Page
More universal elements that you see throughout your website, such as the sidebar navigation, are not managed on a page by page basis.
- Details on how to edit the sidebar navigation can be found here.
- To edit the sidebar widgets, hover over the Appearance section of the left-hand admin menu in the back end and click on widgets. Find details in this article.
- To edit information in the footer, hover over the Appearance section of the left-hand admin menu, and click Customize.
- If you’re using Airy or Charity+ themes, click on the “Widgets” option and browse through the widgets titled “Footer” to find the elements you wish to change.
- If you’re using Pioneer, Scholar or Vision, click on the “Footer Settings” option on the left side of the page to update the footer content.
Adjust Homepage Content
Your homepage has a unique layout to help users understand who you are and what you do. Find our step-by-step instructions on how to update your website’s homepage below.
While you should really steer away from editing your primary navigation items once your site goes live, it’s good to know how to update it as you’re setting everything up on your test site. See how to update your primary, secondary and sidebar navigations.