How to Edit an Existing Link in a Page or Post

Ok, step one is done.  You learned how to create a link in your page or post.  (Going forward, I’m just going to use the word page but these edits will work both on pages and posts.)

Sometime after that link is created, saved and the page is published, you realize you need to update that link to something else.  Here are some instructions on how to do just that.

Editing an Existing Link

  1. Open the page you want to edit.
  2. Click on the link you want to change. A small window should pop up showing the link, a pencil (edit) icon and a broken chain link icon (remove link).
  3. Click on the pencil (edit) in the pop-up window
  4. The tool features in the pop-up window will change to an Apply arrow in a blue box and a gear wheel.
  5. Triple click on your link. You’ll know you’ve done this right when the background around your link turns blue and the link text turns white.
  6. Paste (Ctrl-V) the new link in the box.
  7. Click the Apply arrow to apply the updated link change.
  8. Update your page.
  9. Check your link.

How to edit an existing link in a page or post.

Breaking an Existing Link

  1. Open the page you want to edit.
  2. Click on the link you want to change. A small window should pop up showing the link, a pencil (edit) icon and a broken chain link icon (remove link).
  3. Click on the broken chain link icon.
  4. Your link should be removed.
  5. Publish or Update your changes.

How to Create a Simple Photo Gallery

Photo galleries are a great way to show a group of related photos on your website.  WordPress has a Create Gallery Media Library tool within the to help you create that first simple photo gallery.  Here are the steps:

Creating a Simple Photo Gallery

A photo gallery can go anywhere you’d like within a Page or Post or on a Page by itself.  Place your cursor where you want your gallery to appear and click into that spot.

Click the Add Media button

Once you’ve placed your cursor where your want to have your image gallery, click on the Add Media button to open the Media Uploader.

 

Create a Gallery link.

In the popup window, click the Create a Gallery option from the list on the left.  You’ll be brought to the Create Gallery page.  This is where you can click on all the images you want to add in your gallery.  If the images are not in your Media Library yet, no worries, just click on the blue Upload Files to upload your images.

Once you’ve selected your images, click on the blue Create a new gallery button in the lower right corner of the screen.

You’ll be brought to the Edit Gallery screen.

Edit Gallery

Edit Gallery screenshot.

From the Edit Gallery screen, you can give your images captions, click and drag to re-arrange the order and remove an image from the gallery.  If you decide to remove an image from the gallery, just click the X on that image.  No worries, you will not be removing the image from the Media Library.  You can use images you upload and images already in your Media Library by clicking on the Add to Gallery link on the left.

In the Gallery Settings, you can decide if the image links to its Attachment Page, Media Page or not have a link.  You can decide on the number of columns and if the images will be in a random order each time your gallery is loaded in a browser.  You can also decide if the image in your gallery will be Thumbnail, Medium, Large or Full Size.

Once you have your photos in the right order and the settings done, you are almost there.  Click on the blue Insert Gallery link at the bottom right corner of the screen.  The gallery will then be inserted in your Page or Post and you’ll see something like this:

Simple photo gallery in Page or Post.

If you want to make any changes to your gallery, click on the pencil.  To remove the gallery, click on the X.  If you’re happy with the gallery on your Page, click the Publish or Update button to save your changes.

WordPress Dashboard

The WordPress Dashboard can be a little daunting to the first time user.  Below is a quick overview:

The Dashboard

WordPress Dashboard.

  1. Dashboard title – This is where you will see the name of the site (upper left in the top horizontal menu bar).  If you click on your site name, you’ll link to the front end of your website.
  2. On the right hand side of that same horizontal menu bar is the name of the user that is logged into the dashboard.  Hovering over your name brings up a popup window – this is where you can log out of the dashboard.
  3. The left sidebar menu is the WordPress main menu.  This is where you’ll create Pages or Posts, access the Media Library, see the Comments made on your Posts and Pages, access Widgets and Themes under Appearance, add Plugins to your website, see who is a User on your website and more.
  4. Screen Options – click on this button and a window will drop down.  In this window you have the opportunity to choose what you see on Dashboard.  Screen Options is also available on Pages, Posts, Media  Library, Plugins, etc.
    1. Clicking the Help link will drop down a smaller window where you can get help related to the page you are on.
  5. Welcome to WordPress – this is quick links to customize your site (blue button), write a blog post, manage widgets and more.
  6. At a Glance will quickly tell you how many Posts and Pages you have in your website.
  7. Activity will list your recently published Posts.
  8. Need to start drafting a Post quickly?  Try Quick Draft.
  9. WordPress Events and News will include upcoming WordPress Meetups, recent WordPress updates, WordCamps and other news.
  10. Footer
    1. On the left –  a link to WordPress.com
    2. On the right – a quick note to let you know what version of WordPress you are using.  This information is helpful when you’re considering adding a plugin.  Remember to make sure new plugins are compatible with your version of WordPress.  Note:  You should always be updated to the most current version of WordPress.

How To Embed Videos in Your Website

Yes, you can embed videos in your website.  You could upload the videos into your Media Library, but that is not the best choice.  A much better alternative is to first upload your video to YouTube or Vimeo.   Once you have uploaded your video to YouTube or Vimeo, copy the video URL.  You can find the URL here:

Embed video using the YouTube or Vimeo URL.

Go back to your WordPress website and paste the video URL in the post or page editor and watch the magic.  WordPress will automatically fetch the embed code and display your video for you.  Publish or Update your changes.

How to Update a Plugin

How to Update a Plugin

For the security of your website, it is important to keep your plugins and WordPress code up-to-date.  Some security plugins will let you know when a plugin needs to be updated.   More recent versions of WordPress will update the core code on its own and a few plugins can be set to automatically update but most have to be done manually.

How do you know if your plugin needs an update?

When you log into your WordPress dashboard, WordPress will notify you there are plugin updates by putting that number in a red circle next to the Plugin link.  Click into your Plugins page and you will quickly see what plugin(s) needs updating.    In this example, the Akismet Anti-Spam plugin needs updating.

Before updating any plugin, it is always a good idea to back up your website externally to something like Google Drive or Dropbox. 

After backing up your website, feel free to read the change details included in the update – this is a good way to learn more about how your website works. I recommend updating plugins after backing up your website because backing up your website should always be your first step.

Update the Plugin

To update the plugin, click on the Update Now link in the peach section under the plugin.  Hang tight and leave the site alone while the spinner shows the update is being completed.  Once the update is complete, you’ll get a green check mark showing the update was successful.

Once the plugin is updated, go back and check the front end of your website (what your website visitor sees).  Make sure everything looks good.  It should be fine but it is always good to check after an update to make sure the update is successful on the front end too.

Multiple Plugin Updates

If you have multiple plugins to update, avoid the temptation to have them update simultaneously.  That is an easy way to have a code failure and break your site. (NEVER update more than one plugin at a time.)  Instead, follow these steps:

  1. Backup your website
  2. Update the first plugin
  3. Once the plugin update is done, check the front-end of your site – click through a page or two
  4. Repeat, starting with step 2 until all plugins are updated.