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How to Use Your Wordpress Site

Adding products to an online catelog or to sell online is as easy as adding new posts to your WordPress site.

We’ll be using “WooCommerce” a WordPress plugin that seamlessly adds cutting edge “ecommerce” capabilities to your WordPress website.

First, you’ll need to login to your wordpress site.

Now click “Products” in the left column navigation. Here you’ll be taken to an overview of all of the products you’ve added to your website.

Click on “Add New” and you’ll be greeted with a text editor that I find easier to use than Microsoft Word™…

  1. Give Your Product a Title – The thin box at the top that says “Product name” is where you put in your title for your product.
  2. Type a Description – In the large box below the title you may write as large a description as you want inserting images into your description by clicking “Add Media”. These images are optional and separate from the “Product Images” that will be displayed in a gallery at the top of the product page. You may also embedd videos.
  3. Select a Category for Your Product – Categories and subcategories are how you organize your “catelog” and make is a breeze for your visitors to find what they’re looking for. Your main shop page will generally be a nicely displayed list of your categories, and when people click a category they begin seeing products. You can also setup your store to display in any other way you choose. Select your category under the “Product categories” heading in the right hand column. If the category you need has yet to be created click “Add New Category”, give it a name and select a “Parent Category” if it is to be a subcategory and not top-level.
  4. Add Your “Product Gallery” Images – First, add your “Product Image”. This image will be representative of your product and will be its “Thumbnail” image when displayed in your store. It will also feature prominently on your product page. Now select additional images to add to the gallery by clicking “Add product gallery images” under the “Product Gallery” heading.
  5. Add the Price of Your Product – At the bottom of the edit product page you’ll find the “Product data” box above the “Product short description box”. Under “Regular price” add your price.
  6. Now Save Your Product! (Congratulations You Just Added a Product to Your WordPress Shop!) Just click “Publish” at the top right of the edit product page or click “Save Draft” if you need to get back to editing it later…

WordPress is simply the best for adding and editing content to your website without ever having to mess with any “code”. I find that adding and editing content on your website is easier than using Microsoft Word™.

So, how do you “log in” to your WordPress website?

You type the following url into your browser replacing “yourwordpresswebsite.com” with the domain name of your own WordPress site: http://yourwordpresswebsites.com/wp-admin/

Then, you enter your login and password and click login. If you ever forget your password you can reset it on the /wp-admin/ login page.

But first, you will need a login. You will either receive an email from WordPress with an invitation to become a user or your user name and password will be manually given to you.

If you receive an email invite it will look like this:

Network <admin@yourwordpresswebsite.com>
11:13 AM (6 minutes ago)

Hi,
You’ve been invited to join ‘Your WordPress Website’ at
http://yourwordpresswebsite.com with the role of Editor.
If you do not want to join this site please ignore
this email. This invitation will expire in a few days.Please click the following link to activate your user account:
http://yourwordpresswebsite.com/wp- activate.php?key= fadb5ff3171fe971

Click the link and you will be taken to a page saying “Your account is now active!” that lists your user name and password. Copy and paste those – you will be able to change your password in the next step if you wish.

Now you’re going to log in to your website by directing your browser to http://yourwordpresswebsite.com/wp-admin/ – replacing “yourwordpresswebsite” with the domain name of your site.

Log in with your user name and password you received after clicking the link from the email.

Now that you’re logged in you may click on “Profile” and at the bottom next to “New Password” click “Generate Password”.

WordPress will kindly generate a gigantic very secure password that you may replace by simply typing in your own password of your choosing. You will need to click the checkbox “Confirm use of weak password” if WordPress judges your password as weak.

I tell my clients that adding and editing posts and pages on your WordPress website is as easy as using Microsoft Word™. My clients all seem to agree.

  1. First you’re going to need to log into the “backend” of your wordpress website. Type the following url into your browser replacing “yoursite” with the domain name of your website: http://yoursite.com/wp-admin/ Type in your user name and password and click “log in”. You may recover your password if you’ve forgot it. If you’re one my wonderful clients I’m here to help you if you have any issues.
  2. Click “Posts” at the top of the left side column on the page and then click “Add New”. 
  3. Give your new WordPress post a “headline” (aka “title”). Your title is the most important thing on the page if you want people to read what you have to say. Make sure it identifies what you’re about to tell your reader and make sure it’s not boring. Your WordPress also defaults as your “HTML Title Tag ” (the most important tag for the Search Engines). Make sure your title includes the “keywords” you’re targeting with your post. If you’re using “Thesis for WordPress” (like all of my wonderful clients) you can customize your title tag separate from WordPress title if you scroll down on your edit post page to “Custom Title Tag”.
  4. Write or paste your content in the content box. Clicking on the “Paragraph Dropdown” will give you options for different headings. Clicking control-b, control-u, and control-i will bold, underline and italicize your text respectively. You can also use the buttons next to the paragraph dropdown. You may also add bulleted and numbered lists and hyperlinks are added by clicking the “link button” (looks like the link in a chain).
  5. Adding images couldn’t be easier! Simply click the “Add Media” button above the “Paragraph Dropdown”. Then click “Upload Files” if your pictures are not already in your “Media Library”. Select the files from your computer and upload them. Then give them a title and alt tag for the Search Engines if you wish (I just use the same for both). Then click “Insert Into Post”.
  6. Add a “Read More Break” if you wish. The “Read More Break” will add a read more button on your “Blog Page” and your visitor will need to “click through” to read the rest of your post.