Help & Support
This page is public, but not accessible unless you have access to the URL – therefore only site members can view the content. Below is information that should be beneficial to you when editing or adding to your site. If you would like to request that I add any other information to this page, let me know.
What is the dashboard?
The Dashboard is the screen you are first taken to as a user of the site.
From here, you can add or edit content, and manage your site. Only users of the site with a login can access this page.
What do I need to know?
The most important sections for you to be able to use are “pages”, “posts”, “media”, “customise”, and “menus”.
“Pages” displays all of the pages on the site. The list of pages will be different to the pages shown on the menu. Each page has a slug and a name. Some of the pages have a parent or child status. From here you are able to go into your pages and edit content, or create a new page.
“Posts” are where you create each article or event. These are created in a post format 1) to reduce clutter and 2) because there are settings where they are automatically added to your site. Posts can have categories and tags to separate the content up or allow the site visitor to search for a specific post/article.
“Media” contains all the media used across the entire site. From here you can view all the media that has been uploaded, delete any unused media, add new media, or edit your current media.
If you are using your own media, ensure that you have made sure you have permission from parents, etc to use this media. If you are using media from elsewhere e.g. stock images, these MUST be credited:
“Customise” allows you to change colour scheme, appearance etc. Here is where I have been able to add extra HTML and CSS to personalise your site.
“Menus” is where you can create the various menus used within the site. Currently, there are 2 menus used on your site: Primary and What We Do. On this tab, you are able to add or remove pages from the menus, or even add a menu of events or external pages.
Your colour scheme:
What is a blog post?
Blog posts are used to display the events posted on the events page. They are displayed on the page using a query loop, therefore new posts will automatically appear first on the page.
How to create a new event
To create a new event, first go to the dashboard and select posts.
This shows you all of your previous posts.
- To create a new event post, click “add new post” which takes you to a screen similar to when you are creating a new page.
- Add a title, URL slug and choose the author. URL slug and author can be added using the toolbar on the right. – REQUIRED
- Add your featured image. Make sure that the dimensions are 16:9. This is the image that will display on the main events page where events are listed. – REQUIRED
- Add the dates of the event in the Excerpt. This will display on the main events page where events are listed. – REQUIRED
- Add a H1 heading to the top of the page which will display the title.
- Select the categories that apply to your post.
- Add the tags that apply to your post.
- Add blocks to create the event page.
When you have published your post, it will automatically appear on your events page.
Under the posts tab, you have a categories option.
Categories allow you to categorize your events. You can add and delete categories easily using this page.
Each event/post can be added to multiple categories, but ensure that they are at least added to “all posts”.
To add a category to an event, go to the edit page of your post and select the categories on the left-hand toolbar.
Using this feature also helps with SEO.
Tags allow you to link events to each other. If multiple posts are tagged as “camp” then the site is able to link one event to another.
To add tags to an event, go to the edit page of your post and add your tags on the left-hand toolbar. Tags can be added separated using a comma:
help, page, support, website
Using this feature also helps with SEO.
What is Search Engine Optimization?
Search engine optimization (SEO) refers to how accessible your site is when being searched for. For every search engine, a ranked list of sites is created for each search. According to data, only around 5.7% of websites actually reach the top 10 rankings on Google within a year of being published, which is why it’s important to increase visibility of your website in search engines.
How Does it Work?
Search engines use an algorithm to order websites displayed from a search. This can take several months to a year to establish. These are based on various factors to try to optimize user experience. By optimizing your site, you are establishing a higher rank.
How to Improve SEO?
SEO can be improved by making your content as relevant as possible. This can include the tags that you use, your page titles, categories, and key words. The information written on each page also enhances the optimization of your site. Likewise, user experience is very important, particularly ease of use and the speed your pages take to load. Although some of these changes may feel small and impotent, they can make a huge difference to the ranking of your site.
Google has some helpful pointers on how to optimize your site for search engines:
- Be descriptive: Use accurate, descriptive titles for your pages. Google recommends putting different topics, or services on different pages, one topic (or closely related set of items) per page.
- Be complete: Mention everything that you have to offer. Google is smart, but they can’t guess what you don’t tell them.
- Be topical: Update your content to account for seasons, trends, etc. So during 2020/21 references to working from home, covid-19, etc would have helped.
- Keep your site up to date: If you haven’t updated your site since 1925, it’s time to remove the references to Stanley Baldwin in your current events blog.
- Use text: Don’t put your site content or page titles only in images, video, animations, or other non-text formats that Google doesn’t understand as easily as text. If you use a graphic for your site name, include the name in the page text as well.
- Get referrals: Have your site mentioned in useful places online. See if you can get into your partner sites, or on other school / childcare sites.