Editing Pages

To begin with, login to your CMS if you are not already and click on Pages > All Pages on the left menu. This will present you with a list of all the pages on your site in a nested format, that is to say that sub-pages of a “parent” page will be found underneath the parent page and slightly indented.

On this page you can do the following:

  • Search for a page in the top right. This is useful if you have lots of pages on the site.
  • Add a new page using the “Add New” button. There is a separate guide for this.
  • Hover over a page name and select:
    • Edit: Full the full page editing controls
    • Quick edit: Edit a small selection of the page settings direct from this page
    • Trash: Delete the page. This moves the page to the “Trash” sub-link (below the “Add New” button). After 30 days in the Trash section it will be automatically fully deleted.
    • View: Opens the page as the customer/website visitor would see it.

In almost all cases you will be editing the page in “full” mode, this can be done by selecting the “Edit” link mentioned above or just by clicking on the page title. Doing so will take you to the full page edit screen which is essentially separated into the following areas:

  • Main/default content: This comprises of the page title, featured image and the main page description box.
  • SEO information: This is found underneath the above section and is the content that is provided to search engines such as the Meta Title and Meta Description. This information is used by search engines when they create the listing in their search results for the page in question, and also to identify keywords that you may be targeting,
  • Additional editable regions: This is any additional content controls that we build for you, specific to the page. For instance if you have an image slider on the page you are editing then it is likely that you would add/remove images from that image slider in this section.
  • Page categorisation and publish controls: This is where you can decide what (if any) page this is a sub-page of, what template to use, whether it is published or not and whether to save your most recent edits as a draft.

Main / Default Content

  • Title: This is usually the name that is used for the page when it appears on any navigation/menu. This can be changed to something else when you create a menu but in the main that is not the case. Occasionally it will also be displayed as the title on the page itself, but most of the time we create an additional editable region called “Visible Title” which is displayed as the page heading/title on the front end.
  • Main content box: Here is where (typically) the main page content will be added. You have a large area in which to enter your text, add links, insert images and so on with the help of the toolbar running across the top. Occasionally this box may not be used, but if that were the case it should be clear from looking at the page you’re editing.
  • Featured Image: This is often found on the right side column and is simply a button that loads the media gallery from where you can select an image (and upload a new one if you need to) to be defined as the “featured image”. What this featured image is used for will vary from site to site, but for instance it is often used as the area in which you define the large banner that runs across the top of a page.

SEO Information

(Note that you can click on the heading for this box to expand/collapse the content within).

  • This shows you a preview of what this page may look like when it is shown in a search engines results page. The plugin will attempt to create this information for you based on the content you have already added but you can also adjust this yourself via the “snippet editor”. For instance click into the “SEO Title” box and you can set a new main title that will appear in blue above. You can do the same for the “Meta Description” which is the short description that appears underneath the page URL in green.
  • If you wish, you can also enter the keywords that you wish to target with this page into the “Focus Keywords” box. The tool will then assess your page within the Analysis section and advise if you may benefit from mentioning those keywords more within your content, for instance.

Additional Editable Regions

(Note that you can click on the heading for this box to expand/collapse the content within).

This area can take many forms as it is where we will build the controls for you to carry out specific tasks on the page. For instance if you have an image slider then you would add or remove images here, if there was an area which displayed a grid of click-through boxes, each comprising of an image, a title and a description in rows of three – you would add the boxes and set the content here. It is therefore not possible for us to explain within a guide how this section will look for your specific website, however the controls themselves should be labelled well and offer self-explanatory functionality.

If you find yourself unsure how to carry out a task here, or indeed have any other question, please feel free to contact us.

Page Categorisation & Publish Controls

This section is displayed running down the right hand side (except for on smaller screen devices).

  • Publish: Here you can:
    • Preview changes before you apply them using the Preview button
    • View previous revisions that have been saved automatically for you
    • Decide whether the page is visible to public (default), requires a password to be entered or is private.
    • Update/publish the content you have adjusted
    • “move to bin” – deletes the page.
  • Page Attributes: Here you can:
    • Select the parent page (if applicable). For instance if you have a page called “Services” and you have 4 child-pages, one for each of the services you offer, when you create each of those 4 pages you should assign a parent of “Services”. Obviously this requires the “Services” page to exist beforehand.
    • Select the template to use for this page. When we create your site it is likely that we will define a number of different templates (essentially the layout into which content is added). For instance the home page would typically have a more complex layout with various call to actions and boxes. The contact page may have 2 equal columns, the left with your contact information and a map and the right side with an enquiry form. The other “informational” pages may just have a large content area on the left for the main content and a side bar on the right. It is highly unlikely that you would want to change the template for any of the pages that we have already created for you, but as you add pages you may want to use a specific layout style from one of those pages. The template you select will also dictate what fields appear in the “Additional Editable Regions” section. We will typically define the most common “Standard” page template as the “Default” template but you are free to select from any of the other existing ones when deciding your page layout.
    • Set the order of the page. In situations where the page will be displayed in a list you can set the order it should appear amongst its sibling pages. The lower the number the higher it will appear. This does not include the order it appears within menus as you set that when you edit or create the menu, soin reality is rarely used so can be left alone the vast majority of the time.
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