Parish Council Website Support

Support Information for Website Editors

Pages and Posts

A WordPress site is made up of ‘Pages‘ and ‘Posts‘.

Pages are the basic building blocks of the site and tend not to change much such as the contact page and the members page. Because these parts of the site are static, they can be integrated into the menu structure so that they are always easy to find. It’s probably best to leave the pages alone as there is a certain amount of HTML code used within them, so if anything needs changing on a ‘page’ just email the details to me and I’ll do them for you.

Posts are best described as your news items. The home page of the site is set up to always show your latest added post at the top of the list of all your older posts. Once you go over a certain number of posts, navigation will appear at the bottom of the list to move to older posts. These can also be accessed using the ‘Archive’ list in the right hand sidebar. Creating new posts is what you will do to add content to the site. This guide will help you understand all you need to know to add or edit a post.

Right Sidebar

The sidebar on the right of the screen is made up of ‘widgets’. These are special areas that can be used to show specific information automatically and shouldn’t need any action. If you need anything changing, let me know.

The ‘Meetings’ Page

This page is accessed via the main menu bar and is not actually a page but an automatically populated list of any forthcoming events that have been entered via the ‘Events’ plugin. To add a new event or edit a current event you will need to click on the ‘Events’ tab on the lefthand menu of the admin dashboard or by clicking on the ‘+ New’ button on the top bar admin menu.

Don’t forget to always select the ‘Parish Council Meeting’ category from the right sidebar to ensure that the information appears in all the lists.

A video guide showing how to add a new event can be found below.

The ‘Documents’ Page

This page is used to display all the archived minutes and agendas. If you are logged in as an administrator you can use the drag and drop technique to add new documents to the list or for more options and to edit current documents click on the ‘WP-Filebase’ tab on the admin dashboard. The most import thing to remember here is to use a consistent document naming structure when you create the PDF files to save having to change them once uploaded. I suggest the following formats;

  • Minutes saved as – “Minutes – May 23rd 2016.pdf”
  • Agendas saved as – “Agenda – July 26th 2016.pdf”

It is also important to make sure that you drop the files into the correct category, i.e.. year or select the correct category if using the input form.