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How to Edit Content in WordPress

Add /wp-admin to the end of your URL after .com
Like this: www.thenameofyourwebsite.com/wp-admin

Log in with your username and password
You will see the WordPress Admin panel or Dashboard it will look like this :

 

 

There is a list of main navigation topics down the left side, Posts, Media, Links, Pages, etc. they are on every page of your WP admin panel. Most of the content you are interested in is in either Pages or Posts.
Notice at the top right there is a “Help” link. If you run it trouble you can try that or call us. We’re happy to help.

If you want to Copy and Paste into WordPress
It may be convenient to type your content in another program on your computer, off-line, and then copy and paste your finished version into your WordPress program.  When you copy and paste text or other content from Microsoft Word and some other text editing programs, you will end up pasting code along with your content. Although you cannot see it when you copy text from Word, it is there, and it sometimes makes things go haywire.

Click on pages (or posts) you will recognize the titles of the pages from your website. Select and click on the one you want to edit. Place your cursor inside the white box and start typing, just as you would in any word processing program. Pretty easy. : )

The Visual editor provides two rows of functions, or “toolbars”.  The top toolbar provides the most common editing functions along with a toggle to display or hide the second or lower toolbar (the “kitchen sink).  Below is a quick reference guide to both toolbars. Moving your cursor over any of the icons will display text telling what it does.


Pasting Text Options
Type in a plain text editor.
 On a PC you can use Notebook. That is the default plain text editor found in your applications folder. On a Mac, you can use Text Edit, the default plain text editor found in your applications folder.

Convert your text before you copy and paste into WordPress.
Copy and paste from Word or whatever program you are using into a simple text editor such as Notebook or TextEdit, and then past it into WordPress.

Using the “Paste in Plain Text” button.
You would copy from Word or other program, then put your cursor in your WordPress Editor where you want the text, and then click on the “Paste as Plain Text” button.  This will open a plain text editor which will strip the code from your text.

You may copy and paste from a Word document into your WordPress editor, if you want to retain the formatting from your Word document. However you may not end up with what you want, and your results may create the haywire I mentioned above.

The following options are displayed at the top right of your screen, for a newly created page or post. See below for options on a page that has already been published.

Save Draft – Once you create a post or page, it will not automatically display on your website, until you use the Publish button for that specific post or page.  If you want to simply save your work, either for continued editing or to publish on a later date, then you can use the Save Draft button. This will save your work.  You will be able to access this post or page at any time just as you would a published post or page.  In the admin screen that displays your current posts or pages, the word Draft will be displayed next to the title of any article that is not yet published.

Preview – Preview is not a saving option, just an option displayed under the Publish box along with the others.  Preview opens a separate browser window and displays your post or page in the context of your website, so you can see exactly what it will look like once published.  This is useful since, as stated above, what you see in your visual editor is not exactly what you will see on your website, based on the unique design of your website.

Publish – When you hit the Publish button, your article is “published” to your website.  That is, it will now show up on your website.  Until you use the Publish button, it will still be in a draft mode.
Move to Trash – You can delete your post or page from this screen using the Move to Trash button.  Moving it to the virtual trash is a new feature to WordPress 2.9 that allows you to recover something if you change your mind after wanting to get rid of it.

Status, Visibility, Publish immediately – These are further options that allow you to change the status of your article (Draft, Pending Review, Published); specify who can view your article (Publish, Password Protected or Private); and specify a specific date and time to publish your article rather than have it publish immediately once hitting the Publish button.

If your article has already been published, then the following options will be available:
There will no longer be a “Save Draft” option;
The “Preview” button will change to a “Preview Changes” button;
The Publish button will change to an “Update” button.

Add an Images, Add Video, Add Audio, or Add Media.  The first three are self-explanatory. Add Media allows you to add media other than the first three options, such as a pdf file. moving your cursor over any of the edit command buttons will display text telling what that button does

Add Images and other Media to WordPress
Inserting
To add an image or other media, place your cursor where you want the image or other media to appear, and then click on one of the 4 “add media” options. *Helpful Tip – One common practice is to place images such that they will display at the top right or left of a paragraph.  To accomplish this, place your cursor at the beginning of the paragraph, and when you are editing the characteristics of the media to be entered, you will be able to specify whether you want it aligned left or right.  This will ensure it displays up top of the paragraph.  Otherwise, centering your image or other media is also very common, as is often done in this article where the images are larger and for core reference rather than decoration.
Once you click on one of your “add media” option links, a pop-up will provide the following 4 choices, (see image below): From Computer, From URL, Gallery, and Media Library.


From Computer
You can upload an image from your computer by clicking on the button “Select Files”.  This will allow you to locate the file on your computer and upload it.  If for some technical reason there is a problem with this uploader functioning properly, you can click on the blue text link “Browser uploader” to use a different uploader that should then work. Once an image has been uploaded it is stored with your WordPress installation and will continue to be accessible and usable again via your “Gallery” and “Media Library” as explained below.

From URL
“From URL” allows you to enter in a web address, (i.e. http://designsbytierney.com/images/myimage.jpg), of where your desired image or other media file is located, if it is already available on the internet, and you know the address, and have permission to link to it.

Gallery
“Gallery” will display all of the media that has been uploaded to the current post or page.  The Gallery is useful if you have lots of media uploaded to your WordPress installation, and want to locate more quickly and easily a specific piece of media that was once uploaded to a specific post or page.  The core function of the Gallery is to upload a series of media to a specific post or page and use the built-in Gallery functions to easily and conveniently display that media in a viewing Gallery.

How to Edit Content in Joomla

Go to your website and add /administrator after .com

Log in with your username and password

Navigate to an article either via Site/Control Panel/Article Manager or Content/Article Manager. Find the page you want to edit. As the number of articles on your site grows, use the search filters and drop down menus to narrow the search.

Select and article and click on it.
The editing screen appears when the article is opened.

 

Scroll down the screen to see the full extent of the editor.
Underneath the Editor window there is a section called Article Permissions. This has details about where the Article is located and who can read it. Don’t worry about all that for right. Don’t change any of it.
The editor and the icons
The icons along the top of the editing window enable you to format text and do other things. Please don’t try to edit the overall look and feel of an Article through the editing process. That is best handled through modifications of the Template. We should do that.

 

Most editing is done using one of the icons, so it is worth exploring them.
Point your mouse pointer over each of the icons. A balloon help gives some clue about what it does.

You will see the text for the article. This is where you change it. Pretty easy. : )

The Save, Save & Close and Close buttons
When you have done some editing, click on Save or Save & Close. The Close button reverts to the previous information if you do not click on Save first.
When you Save & Close or Close, you are returned to the Article Manager.
It is good practice to save frequently in case something goes wrong.

Add a paragraph – press Return (You only need to press it once. )
Start typing the new paragraph. There will be a little extra space where you pressed return.

For a new line without a new paragraph – use Ctrl+Return
Put the cursor after a full-stop somewhere and press Ctrl+Return.

The layout on the screen looks a bit different from that in the editor – the editor is not a word processor.