Maintaining a WordPress website

There are several aspects of maintaining a WordPress website.

Roles & Capabilities

Maintenance of your WordPress website is controlled via the Dashboard.  By login on you will have access to the Dashboard from where you can administer and maintain your website.

Access is role based, so an Administrator, for example will have control over all features of your website, however an Editor will only be able to create pages and post for your website.

Content

All websites need content, but successful websites have well thought out content that is constantly maintained.

I can help you with a content plan which will help shape your website and will also help in your SEO rankings if that is important to you. There are many resources available to you from online documents and articles to WordPress plugins that will guide and direct you through perfecting your content.

If you have a lot of images on your website there are many way in which you can display them: inline photos/infographics, galleries, carousels to name a few.  You will also need to prepare your images for the web.  There are several tools available, some are free, which will help you optimise for images.

Pages or Posts

Your content will usually be in a Page or a Post.  Pages are normally associated with static information and your user will normal navigate to them from the menu on your site.  Posts are usually articles that are part of your blog.  The user will usually see Posts in a reverse chronicle order in a list on your site.

If your new site requires a different document type, to serve a different purpose from a page or a post, then your WordPress site can have a custom post type.  One example is an online directory system that displays specific information on the screen in a controlled way.

Themes

The look and feel of your website is generally controlled by the theme you are using.  As an administrator of your WordPress site you will be able to change your theme to give your site a completely different look and feel.

However, once your website has been designed for you you would not normally change your theme.  But you might need to update it if the theme developer has made changes.

Plugins

Plugins add functionality to your WordPress website; contact forms, eCommerce, galleries.  The WordPress.org website has over 46,000 free plugins available to you.  All are installable by the website administrator.

Widgets

Widgets add features and content to the sidebars of your WordPress website.  A sidebar can be to the left or right of your content area or, depending on your theme it could be part of the footer or header of your site.

Examples of a widget is; simple text, a new menu, a list of posts on your site, a search area.

Widgets either come as part of the theme, or via a plugin,

Restore (backups)

Being able to restore a website from a backup is an important aspect of maintaining any website.  Backups can taken manually or automatically through a plugin.

The restoration of a backup might be necessary if there has been a failure of the web hosting server, accidental deletion of content, or website failure following a theme or plugin update.

Updates

All software requires updating.  This might be because of a new release that fixes a software bug, or patches a security vulnerability, or adds a new feature.

Items that can be updated from the WordPress dashboard are Themes and Plugins.

In some cases the updates are automatic, but quite often it might be a manual process.  And as I pointed out above, an update could be the cause of a problem, so it is important to take a backup before doing any update.

Training

If you would like to learn more about all these topics, and more, then please Contact Us to arrange a 1 to 1, or group training session.

All of the above is covered in my WordPress in a day training course.

References

WordPress.org

Roles and Capabilities

Posts vs Pages

Widgets

WordPress lessons

 

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