In the back end of the WordPress site, the WordPress Navigation Menu is located on the left-hand side of the page.  This training provides a brief introduction to what we will be covering next.  We will also introduce two plug-ins that will assist you with formatting your WordPress content.

 Show Notes

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Referenced in this Training

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WordPress WP Edit Plugin:

WordPress  TinyMCE Advanced Plugin:

Video Text

Hi folks today I’d like to get started on the menus on the left side of the dashboard.  I think to start with,  I’m going to combine posts and pages a little bit.  These are the two places where you actually add content to your site.  The editors are very similar to one another, so it makes sense to do them together.

Pages vs. Posts

Pages are typically used for any content that isn’t going to change things like you’re about me, or your homepage and usually if you’re doing some sort of affiliate marketing, you want to have a privacy policy and affiliate disclaimer page. The posts will be more time sensitive content.  This is not to say if your topic is something that never goes out of style that your post will need to be pages, but what happens with posts is that they are displayed in reverse chronological order.  They are time stamped and they’re usually categorized. We will go over each of those little parts as we get to them.  

Basic Formatting

Before I spent a lot of time on the posts and the pages and how to edit,  I wanted to open up the page editor for you, and I’ll do that with the sample post that comes with all new installations.  In order to reach that page, I click all pages and it shows me a list of the pages that I have installed. If I want to edit that I just hover over that, and I can click on the title or I can click down here under edit. If I go into the editor at the top of this post, you will see a number of formatting buttons.  These are somewhat limited.  They allow you to do bolding, italic, strikethrough’s. If you want to change the background of the text or you want to increase the font size of the text or any of the nice things that you would get with a standard word processing program aren’t there. So I’ve installed two plug-ins, they both do the same thing, and you will want to run only one of them, so you’ll have to make a choice. 

The WP Edit Plugin

The first one is called WP edit and I’ve already set this up and installed it, I will show you how to do that later.  If I activate that now when I go into my page you’ll notice that I have the choice of font families, font sizes, I could change formats,  I’ve added an underline, it has enhanced functionality. I’ve added additional short codes, there basic things that you can add to the functionality of your editor that will help. Here is a toolbar toggle, I can actually hide all those or I can display them.  Now if I wanted to use the other plug-in, that one was WP edit. You’ll see up here at the top of the page, it mentions WP edit and here’s how you set up the various features that it has.

The TinyMCE Advanced Plugin

The other one is called the “Tiny MCE Advanced”, I do not want to run both of these plug-ins at the same time, so I will deactivate the WP edit and then activate the tiny MCE advanced. Once I do that, when I go into my pages, it will show me additional enhanced items( The layouts a little different). In this particular one, I added emoticons, I rearranged things a little bit, the toolbar toggle hides everything except the top line, and I can put that back.  So essentially, these two plug-ins will give you additional editing features that you may want to have. I myself like to use the WP edit, I will turn off the tiny MCE will turn the WP edit back on.  So now I have the enhanced features where I can use an extra font family I can increase or decrease my font sizes.  If I want to add special formatting to my text, I can add it from there. 

Final Thoughts

I just want to give you a heads up on that particular feature, and when I get in the plug-ins I will walk through how you add a plug-in and how you find the various plug-ins, but I wanted to mention those because we’ll be doing some editing here in the near future and I wanted to work with a full set of features. In the next tutorial we’ll be talking about editing pages.  Thanks.

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