Getting started with your website editor…

There’s a lot of features in our website editor, but let’s get you started with the basics…

Firstly, see our tutorial on logging into your website.

After you’ve logged-in, you’ll see a dashboard. On the left-hand side of your screen, a menu gives access to various sections.

 

Posts:

This is where you write your blogs or news articles. For most websites, this is typically where you’ll be adding most of your new content.

Click “Add New” and you’ll see a headline box and main body box. We recommend keeping your headline as concise as possible.

The URL for your post is automatically generated from your headline. It’s best to keep your page URLs short, which makes them easier to share, so here’s how to edit your addresses.

You can also change the associated date for an article, for example if you want to back-date an announcement, or schedule an article for future publication.

Adding quotes to your press release? Check out the fancy formatting you can use!

Once you have published a post, the headline is automatically added to an index page on your website (and sometimes in other places too, such as your website’s footer). Often an excerpt of the article is displayed too, which contains the first few words of your post. Your posts are also sorted into chronological order:

On some websites, you can choose a featured image, which basically is a thumbnail associated with your post. These thumbnails are typically displayed in your news index, shown against each headline. If this applies to your website, we will tell you.

If your website allows visitors to leave their comments on your posts, see our comment moderation article.

 

Pages:

This is for your main information pages, such as your Home page, About page, Contact page, etc.

If you see a special grid appear (which looks like the thumbnail to the right), here’s how to edit your text within the grid layout. Please note, this does not apply to all websites.

Certain pages have content pulled into them automatically, so for instance if you have a News or Events index, there’s normally no need to touch these pages. They are automatically updated by the system.

In some places, you might also notice some special codes. Be careful not to touch these, as they tell your website to insert functions, such as displaying a contact form:

See our separate guides on adding videos and files (e.g. PDFs) to your website.

 

General editing tips:

See our step-by-step instructions on adding links into your pages.

It’s good practice to split long pages into sections by using subheadings. See also how to add spacing gaps between sections.

To add pictures to your website, see our guide on uploading images. We recommend using your own image editing software to resize your images, before they’re uploaded to your website.

When copying and pasting text into your website from other sources (e.g. from an email), be careful if it picks up any strange formatting. Read our tips to prevent this happening.

On most editing screens, there are “Preview” and “Save Draft” buttons on the right-hand side:

When you’ve finished editing a page or post, click “Publish” (or “Update” if you’ve already published your page):

Looking for a quick way to get from the website editor back to your website? Just click on your website’s title in the toolbar at the top left of the screen.

If you ever accidentally delete something, you can sometimes roll-back your edits by looking for a “Revisions” link on the right-hand side menu. However, this facility is not always available:

 

Media:

This area simply lists all the pictures and files you’ve uploaded to the website for reference purposes. Not all websites will see this menu link.

 

Forms:

If you have a contact form installed on your website, you will normally see this link.

Here, you can view all your contact form submissions and export them as a spreadsheet file if needed.

When visitors use a contact form on your website, their messages are sent to your email address. We recommend testing the contact form, so you can confirm the messages are being accepted by your email account, as some company spam filters are quite strict.

 

Advanced Modules:

Some websites may have additional modules installed. If this applies to your website, we will let you know.

For example, your website may have an events system, file listing tables or job vacancy listings.

 

Your Profile:

Here you can change your password. We recommend you choose a secure password, otherwise your website could be at risk of being attacked.

It’s also really important to keep your email address up-to-date, because this will allow you to reset your password should you ever forget it.

You may instead find this page under the “Users” menu, if it’s enabled on your site (see below).

 

Users:

If you have multiple editors or customers logging into your website, you may see a “Users” menu.

See our guide on adding, editing and deleting users.

If you have different users making edits to pages or posts at the same time, they’ll see a lock notification.

 

To find out more about using your website editor, we have further guides available in our support area.

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