Let me start by wishing all of you a happy new year and a very prosperous 2019.
For those of you who follow our Web Grower, you will see that we have recently created numerous WordPress website tutorials for beginners covering topics such as how to create and write a WordPress blog post.
In this article, we this step-by-step WordPress tutorial will target the most common questions asked when we launch a new WordPress website, so we have put together your WordPress website tutorial cheat sheet for beginners, so you can always refer to this tutorial the next time you forget or need any assistance.
How to log into my new WordPress website?
Honestly, this is one of the most common questions asked when we hand over the keys to your shinny new website. We understand you are eager to jump into your new website, so once you have your login details (these should be sent to you), simply type “/wp-admin” to the end of your website…
For example – www.examplewebsite.co.uk/wp-admin
Here you will be presented with a login area where you will add either your assigned username or email address in the top field, then your password in the bottom field, as shown in the screenshot.
How do I change my password?
Once you have logged into your website, you are automatically redirected to the website dashboard area. On the left-hand side, simply scroll down until you see ‘Users’, hover over ‘User’s’ with your mouse then click on ‘Your Profile’ within the sub menu.
Next, simply scroll down until you see ‘Account Management’, then under ‘New Password’, click ‘Generate Password’. You can keep the new password which has been generated for you, but if you would rather use something you will remember, simply remove the new password and type your new password in.
If your password is considered as weak, you will need to tick the ‘Confirm use of weak password’ box to continue, then click ‘update profile’ to change your password.
*If you need to change the password for another user, instead of clicking ‘your profile’, click on ‘All Users’ then simply click ‘Edit’ once you have found the correct user.
How do I access my website contact form enquries?
Although your contact form is tested once your website is launched, over time mail server issues or changing/misconfiguration new mail set-up can lead to you temporally loosing important website contact form enquries.
While it may appear these website contact form enquires may be lost forever, we install a third-party plugin called ‘Flamingo’, which is designed to record and store all contact form enquries within the database of your website.
If for whatever reason you suddenly stop receiving website enquries, I will show you how you can access all website enquries so no enquires are ever missed!
On your website dashboard, scroll down and hover over ‘Flamingo’ then simply click on ‘Inbound Messages’. Here you will find all website enquries listed from the newest enquiry.
If you need to search for a particular enquiry, you can search for the email address used within “Search Messages” field. If you have missed a list of enquries, simply tick the ones you want to download then click the ‘Export’ button which will download a spreadsheet of all your website enquries containing all the information the user will submit when filling out the contact form.
How can I improve my search engine presence?
Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is a very competitive and complex practice designed to help your website increase ranking positions within various search engines.
I’m going to give you a crash course on how you can improve your search engine presence by introducing you to Yoast SEO.
Installed on all our client websites, within every page and post of your website, users will have the opportunity to maximise search results through the help of Yoast SEO. Simply edit any page or post within your website, then scroll down the page until you see Yoast SEO, then look to add/edit the following settings with a live preview so you can see how your content will look when found within search engines.
SEO Title – This is the title of your page or post which will appear in search engines. To allow users and search engines to better understand your page/post, look to give a clear description by including keywords or your product or service.
Slug – This will be how the URL of your post or page will appear. By default, it will be generated by the name of your page or post but may also include snippets such as your website name. Again, look to add a slug as close to your SEO title as possible.
Meta Description – The meta description is a sentence which describes what your page or post is about in more detail. You will have roughly 160/170 characters to use here but adding a good description will not only communicate to search engines so they can better understand your content, it will also increase the likelihood of users clicking on your page/post.
WordPress Tutorial Cheat Sheet – The Verdict!
I hope you have enjoyed our WordPress tutorial cheat sheet for beginners and hopefully we have answered at least one of your questions. If you wish to discuss any of these points in more detail or want us to tackle any WordPress website questions you may have in our next WordPress tutorial, simply contact your Cheshire web design agency.