Keeping your clients up-to-date.

October 22, 2012 9:21 am

I thought over the next few weeks, it would be a great idea to start documenting some fundamental but simple steps to ensuring you get the most out of your brand new CMS website. Today I give a swift tutorial on how to create posts.

Creating posts is an important task which needs to be carried out with a consistently, high quality and engaging approach. Customers are drawn to companies who keep their sites well up-to-date, with rich and interesting information, so news, tips and advice in your area of expertise, can prove valuable to a potential client. An easy way to start doing this is through your WordPress news-feed. Once your website is completed, your website designer will provide you with admin details for your site. You will then be trained on how to use each element of the admin panel.

As you can see in the image above, the admin panel is a really easy to navigate, with the different compartments of your site, slickly sitting within the tabs located on the left of the page. Your site news is controlled by the “posts” tab. Within the front end of your site, your designer should have created an area in which your posts can be located by your users. It’s also a good idea to stream these onto your homepage with a click through to each individual post – this will allow your news to be more easily accessible.

So, login to your backend and select the posts tab. This will now display all the current posts located on your website – you can easily edit and amend any of the posts that have been created in the past, or delete those which may be out of date or not necessary. To create a new post, simply select “Add new”. Here you will be presented with an empty white box in which you can add text, images, video and other media. Use this in a similar way that you would Microsoft Word. You can import images by clicking on the upload/insert button, just above the panel. I always recommend to my clients to edit their posts in “Visual” mode, this can be switched in the top right of the box.

Next step is to ensure you write an article which is relevant and engaging to your user – include some images to help visualise the subject matter. Once you are finished, preview the page to make certain that everything looks as it should – this can be done by clicking the “preview” button to the top right of your page. So – everything is okay, you’re happy with the post and ready to pop live. Before clicking the “publish” button, make sure that you have entered your post into a category. Your web designer should have set up some of these ready for you to start using – ask them which category should be ticked to allow the post to be streamed onto your homepage. Now, click publish and go check that the post is showing on both your homepage and the news page. That’s it! It’s really that simple, get experimenting and start creating some posts to attract new customers to your business! Remember, any questions, be sure to give me a nudge at james@mmadigital.co.uk – thanks for reading!


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