We recommend using Google login [if Google accounts are setup] to access the backend of your new site, but if you’d prefer to create a username and password, please feel free to do so.
The left hand menu will be used for navigating the different components that make up your site. The most important and frequently used menu items will be Posts, Media and Pages.
Posts are typically content that you’ll want organized and hosted on a certain page. You can categorize and add tags to your posts which make it easy to curate through the Featured Content module by filtering by post type. An example of a post would be a news article, you can create posts for these and add a category of News for each post. You may then want to build a page that displays all news articles by post type.
This is where you’ll upload any images, PDFs, etc that you want to include on your site’s pages. Each time you want to add a media item on a page it will pull up the media library to select from or give you the option to upload a new media item.
These are the pages that make up your site! This is where you’ll go to add new site content or update existing content. Example pages for your site could be, Homepage, About, Careers, Our Work, etc. You’ll learn more about how to build these pages here.
If you hover over Appearance in the menu, you’ll see that there are three options that are available. The main place you’ll be working is Menus, this is where you’ll build and update your website’s navigation.
Select Menus to edit your global header and footer navigation. You’ll see a dropdown at the top of the page that will allow you to select the nav menu to edit.
There may be a time when you don’t want the name of the page included in your navigation to be what users see on the frontend. For example: You’ve built a page titled Our Company History, but it’s a bit long to include in the header navigation along with the other menu items you need to include so you’d like to shorten it to About. In the menu structure, expand the page you’d like to update and simply change the Navigation Label and hit Save. Don’t worry, the page name won’t actually change it is only a visual change for the user.
Custom links gives you the option to:
To add a link to an external site, select the Custom Links dropdown and enter the URL in the URL field and the text you’d like to appear on the menu in the Link Text field. Select Add to Menu and drag the item where you’d like it to appear in order with other menu items. Don’t forget to select Save Menu after the changes are made.
Theme settings are where you can edit your Global Variables. These are options that exist on every page on your website and remain the same unless changed. Examples of global variables could be Footer text which may include copyright language or an action you want viewers to take on every page. This could be a signup or a callout for an important update.
On every page you build you’ll have a Yoast SEO section under all your flex modules. This is a plugin that can improve your website’s ranking and appearance on search engines. Most of the work needed is automated but there are some fields that will need your input.
Meta Description: You’ll want to include a description of your organization or page that gives the user some information when the URL is shared or your website is searched.
Social: You have the option to add images for Facebook and Twitter previews as well as a title and description that will be included when shared on the social platforms.