Website Design resources
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EasyWPGuide (WordPress User Guide)
Easy WP Guide is a simple WordPress User Guide which is updated on a regular basis. This is a free resource where you simply need to enter your email address during the checkout process.
- Go to www.easywpguide.com
- Click the Download button on the homepage.
- Scroll down and select the Download button under the PDF Personal Use option.
- Select the English guide option.
- Click Add to Cart.
- Click Proceed to Checkout.
- Enter your email address in the field then click Place Order.
- You will now see an Orange bar with Easy WP Guide for WP5.x (English). Click this button to begin the download. The file is approx 50MB in size which is why we are unable to email you this directly.
- The file should be available in your Downloads folder.
- You will also receive an email with a link to download it again at a later time.
WordPress itself is a very secure platform. However with any sort of technology, vulnerabilities and bugs can be identified at any given time. It is when this happens either within WordPress itself or within a plugin or theme for WordPress, that an update is released. These updates patch or fix any security issues or bugs which may have been identified. Updates also provide you with new features for the different components within WordPress.
Keeping your WordPress website up to date is vitally important. Just as we should always run antivirus/anti-malware programs on our computer, we need to keep the WordPress core file structure plus all plugins and themes up to date.
I highly recommend you read my blog post on Why WordPress Updates are so important.
You have the option to perform WordPress updates yourself within the Dashboard, or if you do not feel comfortable to do so, we offer WordPress Care Plans where we take care of all updates each month or fortnight, and also provide additional services such as 1-hour free technical support per month. To read more information see our WordPress Care Plans page or contact us to discuss.
WooCommerce (online shop)
WooCommerce is an online shop platform which is compatible with WordPress. The developers of WooCommerce provide in-depth documentation on how to use their plugin. We recommend you browse through the documentation homepage to identify how to perform basic functions within your online store. Some links which may help can be found below:
If you have a question which is not answered by the WooCommerce documentation, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
UpdraftPlus (Site Backup)
We have automatically configured your website to perform regular backups using a plugin called UpdraftPlus. It is good practice to occasionally check that these backups are happening without error.
- Login to your WordPress Dashboard.
- From the sidebar select Settings then UpdraftPlus Backups.
- This screen will display the Next Scheduled Backup and a list of Existing Backups. Check the date of the most recent backup, if it is more then 3-4 weeks old then please contact us for troubleshooting.
Your website will be set to store your backups in a cloud storage account such as DropBox or Google Drive. Check the website information documentation we sent you at hand over of your website for the account details to access this storage account.
Your website has automatically been configured with a WordPress security plugin called All in One WP Security. This plugin reduces security risk by checking for vulnerabilities, and by implementing and enforcing the latest recommended WordPress security practices and techniques.
This plugin has been configured for your website however it must be kept up to date to ensure any changes in security practices are updated.
If you believe you may have an issue on your website caused by malicious code or a security hack, please contact us urgently for assistance.
Your website may be using a drag and drop page builder called Elementor. We use Elementor to allow us to create great page layouts in a fraction of the time when compared to other methods.
Elementor provides a range of element types which you can then add into your website to create content areas, including images and much more.
To identify if your website is using Elementor:
- Log in to your WordPress Dashboard
- Check if Elementor is listed in the side navigation bar
- If you can see it, then it is active on your website
To edit a page or post using Elementor:
- Select Pages or Posts from the sidebar
- Click the title of the page or post you wish to edit
- The page or post information will be displayed
- You will also see a blue Edit with Elementor button in the middle of the page.
- Click the button.
- You will now see the content and design of your page or post using the Elementor page builder.
- A list of the different types of elements will be shown in a panel down the left side of the screen.
- You can click on any existing element and you will then see the editing options for that particular element.
Some useful resource links are below:
Your website has been set up using Google Analytics to allow you to analyse traffic to your website. It is a free tool where you can view information such as how many website visitors you have had over any time period, which pages they have viewed and for how long, the source of your traffic and much more.
Your website will show a summary of website traffic on the main Dashboard Home screen or you can access to full Google Analytics website to view data in more detail.
To access the Google Analytics website:
- Go to https://analytics.google.com
- Log in with your Google username and password
- You will now have access to the full set of statistical information for your website
SEO (search engine optimisation)
We use two different SEO plugins when developing a website. You may have either the Rank Math SEO or Yoast SEO plugin. These plugins are used to help analyse your website content and compare it to best practices for search engine optimisation. One of these plugins has been installed and configured on your website but you may need to then configure and check each page and post on your wesite to see if it is optimised correctly.
Some useful links are provided below for both SEO plugins.
Rank Math SEO
- Beginners Guide to Yoast SEO (The configuration wizard has already been completed by us, skip to the SEO analysis chapter
- WordPress SEO: The Definitive Guide by Yoast SEO
If you wish to discuss SEO in further detail or have specific questions please do not hesitate to contact us.
If you are using MailChimp for your email marketing and subscription lists you will find some useful resources below. Your WordPress website and Mailchimp account are linked together using a plugin within your website. Anyone who subscribes to your newsletter on your website, will automatically be subscribed into your MailChimp list.
To send a newsletter, you must do this through MailChimp. MailChimp refers to newsletters as “Campaigns”. Your subscriber list is called the “Audience”.
- MailChimp 101
- MailChimp Homepage and Login
- Requirements and Best Practices for Audiences
- Marketing Tips
- Guides and Tutorials
To access MailChimp, follow these steps:
- Go to login.mailchimp.com
- Enter your username and password and click Login
- The Welcome screen will appear with an overview of what’s been happening within your lists.
- From the left sidebar click Audience
- The Audience screen will be displayed
- Click the All Contacts option from the yellow panel to display a list of your individual subscribers
- The Audience screen will display a second toolbar giving options for Manage contacts, Add contacts, and other Settings
- From the side navigation menu you can access Campaigns which are your individual newsletters
- To create a new Campaign, click the Create Campaign button from the top right corner of the screen.
Refer to the Mailchimp website and links above for more detailed instructions.