Follow these steps to get your website up and running.
But, before we get going on to the step-by-step content, a few points about images.
Your website is set up with a range of stock images. As soon as you can, replace these with your own images – photos you have taken yourself, commissioned photos, or other stock images. We’ve written a blog with tips about sourcing photos.
It’s important to add images that are the right size for the right place on your website because photos that are too big will slow your website down. Here’s our blog that explains how to prepare images correctly.
You can either upload your images before you edit any content, or whilst you are going through the steps below.
Step 1: using the Customizer
The Customizer is a key WordPress feature to personalise your website.
Coming Soon page
Your Coming Soon page is activated when you receive your website. Edit the content to match your brand.
Add your brand colours and typefaces to your website, and really start to make it your own.
Above the Fold content
This is the content your visitors see when they first land on your website.
There are three places you can add logos:
- Above the Fold (as you have seen in the previous video).
- Navigation bar: this is the bar with your menu, and the logo will appear on the left, alongside your site title (if you want to display this).
- Favicon: this is the logo that shows on page tabs.
Contact Details and Social Media Accounts
Add and edit your contact details and social media links within Customizer, and they will appear across your website.
Step 2: Home Page
The heart of your website, with lots of extra features that you can edit.
You will find more detailed videos about how to add and edit Services and Testimonials on the How To… page.
Step 3: Other pages and blogs
Your website is already set up with an About page – add your own content, including a headshot.
Your contact page is already set up with a Contact Form, plus any contact details you gave us. (See Section 1 above to find out how to edit your contact details.) Personalise the page by adding your own content.
If you have written any blogs, these will appear on your main blog page, which is already set up in your menu. If you don’t have an active blog, remove from menu (see Section 4 below).
You can add any number of extra pages to your website.
Blogs or posts
Blogs are a great way to demonstrate your expertise. If you do include a blog on your website, make sure you post regularly. Add in to the menu when you have at least three blogs live – you can backdate the published date for blogs.
Step 4: Menus
Now you have all your pages and posts ready, the final stage is to update your menus.
Step 5: Go live!
As soon as you are ready to go live, just de-activate the plugin:
Check out more videos on our How To…. page.