WordPress Basic Documentation by Essential Web Apps
This documentation covers WordPress basic things in general so it helps you to customize our themes (Please follow the Theme documentation first).
We are improving this core documentation continuously following our clients feedback
Here we will learn about the basics of WordPress Posts. Let’s get started. Before we start please log in to your WordPress admin panel.
From Dashboard mouse over on Posts and click All Posts.
To add a new post click on this Add New Button
You can also edit the existing posts by clicking on this edit button.
When you click on this edit button it will take you to the edit post view. This is the title of your post, you can change it according to your preference.
These are the descriptions of the post.
Usually, the default WordPress blocks like Heading, Paragraph, Image, etc are used for description. You can easily add more blocks as your need by clicking on this Plus Icon.
You can use any of those blocks simply just drag and drop the block anywhere on the editor.
Blocks can be found using this search box also.
Now if you click here on the right panel, it will open for you. Where you can edit some more post settings.
If you scroll down, you will see the options for category and tags. Here you can select the category and add new tags for your post.
If you expand this Featured Image option you can change the image or replace it by clicking on the image.
When you click on the image it will open the bellow screen for you. From there, you can add a new image by uploading, or you can replace it with existing images on media.
Lastly, you can edit the excerpt of the post which usually shows after the title. Some themes come with different templates, you can select the template from the next option.
Here, we will learn about WordPress Categories. Before we start let’s log in to your dashboard.
Now, hover over the Posts and click on Categories.
You can add a new category from the left side of the category page.
To add a category, give a name, slug and if you want it as a child category, then select a parent of this category from this Parent Category option.
Next, the description. You can add some description here but not all themes show this in the front view. Some themes also come with the image option. You can add a category image in the next option, then click this add new category button.
If you want to edit an existing category, just click this edit button and it will take you to this edit category page.
In some cases, if you need the ID of a category, just bring your mouse pointer onto the category name and you will see a category&tag_ID at the bottom of the screen. This is the ID (here it is 5) of your category. Some of our themes have the widget option to exclude some categories from the front page if you wish. So this is useful in this case.
WordPress Media Library
Today we will learn about WordPress Media Library.
It’s the location of all the media files you upload to your WordPress website. You can find the Media Library by mouse over on this Media and click Library from your dashboard.
You can upload new media files from your computer by clicking on this Add New button.
By default Media Library has two views one grid view and the other one is the list view.
You can sort files by selecting file types from this drop-down button also by selecting the uploading date in the next button.
And this Search box allows you to search the media files you have uploaded.
If you click on this edit button, a new window will open where you can edit some basic options of your media files.
Here you can add the title of your media file and this is the Permalink of your uploaded file.
Next, you can add a short description, caption, and details of your media file in this Alternative Text, Caption, and Description box.
Now, if you click on this edit image button it will open some basic options for altering media files (image).
You can crop, rotated, and flip the media files from here. The image scale can be edit in the next option. You can also crop the files manually by entering the dimension and ratio in those boxes.
Then you can also apply the change to all your images or only for some of them from this Thumbnail Settings.
For video or audio files you won’t get access to any editing functionality.
On the right-hand menu of this edit media page, you will see the details of your media files like the uploaded date, who uploaded it, and the file’s URL, name, type, size, and dimensions, etc. If you need the direct URL of your media file you can copy this from here.
Now, have a look at your post media files. Let’s have a look at this Featured Image
You can add images from your media library or you can upload one from your computer by selecting here.
When you select an image or upload one the right-side menu will open details and edit options which we discuss above for the media library.
If you add an image to your post using block editor, you will be able to select the size of your image from the block settings.
Today we will learn about WordPress Navigation. Before we start let’s log in to your dashboard.
Now, hover over your mouse on Appearance and click on Menu from the options.
To add a new menu click here.
Give your menu a name, then click the Create Menu button.
Add items from this left column simply by checking those boxes and click the Add to Menu button.
You can drag items to your preferred order and click this arrow to see the additional configuration of the items. Do not forget to click this save menu button after every change you made.
Now, that you have a menu let’s assign the location of the menu from Menu Settings. The different theme has different locations here we are using our Amanda theme which has two locations. Select location from display location option which even location you will select menu will appear on that location.
If you want to add Posts, Categories and Woocommerce endpoints on your menu, you can do it by clicking on those arrows and selecting the items from the option then clicking the add to menu button.
In some cases, you will need this Custom Links item on your menu. Just click this arrow then add link, text, and click the Add to Menu button.
If you click this Screen Options button you will see some other options which you can add to your menu.
Now, select the options according to your preference by marking the boxes.
When you mark a box it will automatically appear under add menu items.
There are some advanced menu properties under the screen options.
If you mark any of them they will appear on the additional configuration options of items. Only for some special cases (for styling a menu item), you will need them.
To edit an exciting menu click this down arrow and select a menu then click on the select button.
Then you can edit the menu from the Menu structure area, do remember to click this save button after every edit you made.
You can also assign the location of your menu from the Manage Locations tab.
Click on this arrow select the menu and click on the save changes button.
Widgets and Sidebars
Today we will learn about WordPress Widgets and Sidebars. Let’s log in to your WordPress admin side.
From Dashboard mouse over on Appearance and click on Widgets.
It will take you to the widget page. Now, the different theme has different widgets and Sidebars. On the left-hand side of the widgets page, you will see widgets of your activated theme under this available widgets area, and on the right-hand side contains the sidebars. Here we are using one of our themes called Amanda.
To activate a widget you can drag it to your preferred sidebar or click this down arrow sign. Then select the sidebar from available options and click this Add Widget button.
It will automatically appear under your selected sidebar.
To edit the content of the widget click here.
Now if you go to the front end you will see that your select widget appears at the sidebar.