Mainly for the benefit of new users

How to quickly update your website

This item is largely for the benefit of new users to WordPress and the systems I have put together.  This assumes you are using a Divi based system. If you don’t know what that is, you probably are not using a website based on the Divi template. The steps are broadly the same for any system. But on the later Divi sites I have configured them to work in a specific way with a featured image.

Basics

Your site comprises fixed or page based content, this tends to remain static and can be located directly through the menu. This is the main part of your website. It tells the world; who you are and what you do in a generic sense.

There is another form of content called a Post. Posts are handled slightly differently. They tend to be transient in that they are time based, with the most recent being prominent and visible on your site, and the oldest buried in an old blog page in your site. However both are still in your site and can be located. 

When you publish a Post the analogy I have used is think about the News page as massive White Board and a Post as a Post It Note stuck on the whiteboard. The page itself is largely empty if you try to edit it. It is a container of Posts.  When you publish a Post you do not need to assign it a menu. It will go to the blog or news page automatically (unless there is a filter running on your blog or news page).

For non Divi users it is simple, just publish a post and you can see it on the News page. Publish a second post and the first moves down the page with the latest one at the top.

For Divi users you will have a general news page, and in some cases a filtered news page. The filtering works on the basis of assigning categories to your Post. A Divi Blog element in a page can filter Posts and only show selected categories rather than every thing.

Also remember that you can artificially control where something sits on the news page by modifying the date it was published. If you published an event 4 weeks ago, it may be down at the bottom of the page if you posted other articles. If you want it at the top, change the date and time to the current date and time.

Specifics

Follow these steps to place a news item on your website:

1). Login

2). Look for NEW and select New Post an empty post will open in the editor. You can also go to Posts in the menu and select New.

3). You do not have to click on the Divi editor if you want to keep the post simple. If you want all of the whistles and bells that come with Divi then turn it on.

4). Add a title. Probably a good idea to keep the title fairly short.

5). Fill in the content area as you would any content area in a page. You can add images or downloadable documents.

6). In the bottom right there is a sidebar on the screen, scroll down to the bottom and there is Add Featured Image. You can add a featured image to the post. (not recommended for non Divi sites because it depends on how the template uses the Featured Image).  Select an image. The best fit are around 700-1000px wide and an aspect ratio approximating a landscape layout. If you place a square image or a portrait image it will truncate it in the summary layout in Divi.

7). Select one or more categories for the Post. Make sure it assigned to something other than Uncategorised.

8). Publish the item and then visit the website news page(s) and check it displays ok.

9). If your post is very long, you can insert the Read More attribute from the editor. For the Divi systems I have set up recently it is all automatic so your news pages will look fairly uniform.


How to open a Post

From the blog page it is possible to open the Post up by clicking on the featured image, or the title or the read more link if one exists.

Try to add one a month, or more frequently if things are happening in your charity.  Try to avoid not doing anything at all!  Nothing added to your site or a very old post and nothing recently illustrates an unloved website. That will not place your organisation in a positive light.

Do not delete them, leave them on your site unless you really wish to get rid of them. They represent a history of what has been happening in your organisation and for anyone wishing to learn more about your organisation it is a useful record.

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