Every small business website has cornerstone content. Earlier in the course, you made a content inventory and began the process of writing content. Now it's time to assemble the content in your website.
- [Instructor] Once you've done the hard work of planning out your site and creating course content, it's time to start adding that content to your WordPress site. If you're wondering why we're adding content first, before going looking for themes and plugins, it's because of this. In WordPress your content is completely independent of your design. That means you can switch out themes or change plugins without it messing with your content. Also, when we get to the step where we're looking for themes, it's helpful if we already have some basic content on the site to work with. You'll have a much better idea of what to look for in a theme once you've seen your content on the page. So let's go ahead and log into our WordPress admin and start adding some content together. My WordPress site is at the domain I'm using for this course. You can follow along by going to your domain and then at the very end type /wp-admin. And that'll get you to this login panel. Now at this point, I'm working with a completely fresh install of WordPress. And when I installed WordPress I set this site title to Leaf & Mortar, the name of the business. If you need to change the site title at anytime, you can do that by going to settings, general. And here it is right there. This is also where you can enter a tagline. Not all themes will show the site tagline but I wanted to point it out to you in case you select a theme that does. Now if you do make any changes on this page, make sure that you scroll down and click the save changes button. So let's go ahead and walk through creating our first page together. To do that, I'll click on pages. I don't have any to show yet. But when I do, this page will show a list of all the pages on my site. We'll start by adding a new page and this is going to be our about page. Since I took the time earlier to organize content from the content inventory by individual folders, I can just copy and paste from the about document into my site. So there's my text and I do want to go ahead and change this into a heading block instead of a paragraph block. The paragraph block is the default when you paste in content. And by the way, this block editor is a fairly new addition to WordPress as of late 2018. And if you're not sure how to work with the block editor, I'd recommend reviewing the WordPress 5 Essential Training Course, specifically the third chapter that talks about working with blocks and the block editor. So let's go ahead back and publish our page. I'll go ahead and view the page on the front end of the site. And here we can see our site title, the tagline and the content for that about page. Now right now we're running the default 2019 theme that comes with WordPress. And just to show you what I mean about themes not impacting your content, let's change our theme. I'll go to themes in my WordPress admin and we'll select the 2017 theme. Now, if I go back to that about page and view it, we can see that it looks a little bit different. And here's our about page again, this time with just a different theme. So you've got your content, it's exactly the same. It just has a different visual appearance. So with that, why don't you go ahead and get started creating some pages and adding content on your site. I'm going to do the same thing here, and then we'll continue together in the next movie.
- Establishing site goals and needs
- Adding new pages
- Finding a theme and site images
- Customizing colors, fonts, and menus
- Setting up your webpages
- Adding contact forms and social media buttons
- Testing your site
- Securing your site