Cultivate Digital

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596 North Road Ormond 3204 Melbourne, VIC
Phone: (130) 050-2466

A Guide to your WordPress Content Management System

How to Login to your CMS site
  1. Refer to the email sent to you by Cultivate Digital for your username and password
  2. Type in your website’s address then add a backslash and type in manager (eg. www.yourwebsite.com.au/wp-admin/)
  3. This brings up the Admin page
  4. Copy, or type in, your username and password
  5. Click on Login to enter the Content Management System (CMS.)

***3 wrong attempts will lock you out of the site – this will reset within a day and you can login again***

Navigating the CMS system
***This is an overview of the main buttons you will use within the CMS***

  • Mostly you’ll be editing pages, once you are logged in look for the Pages link in the big left hand menu.
  • You may have other plugins located in wordpress (depending on your setup). In which case click on Plugins.

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How to Make a New Page
Making a page

 

 

  1. Click the add new button in the top left area – right next to the Pages title.

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  1. Give the page a title.
  2. Depending on your wordpress you might just have a blank box to to type in. Others will have a builder like Divi or Elementor. Please read the section on how to edit your website.
  3. Now hit Publish in the top right corner.

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Adding your page to a menu

  1. Click Appreance in the main left area and then Menus.
  2. Choose the menu you would like to add to, some websites have a top main menu and others also have a footer menu.
  3. Now tick the page you would like to add from the left menu.
  4. Click Add to Menu button under this list.
  5. Drag the new menu link into the correct order if needed.
  6. Hit the big blue save button in the top right.

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How to Edit a Page
  1. Depending on your website you migth have a blank box to simply type into others will have a builder such as Divi or Elementor.
  2. If its a simple box simply type or paste your content into here.
  3. If its a builder you can click the Use builder button and start creating a layout.
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  5. You can normally edit the website on the live preivew. To do this hover your mouse over ‘Your website name’ in the top left of WordPress and click View website.
  6. Most builders will have an edit button in the top left.
  7. Once you are in editing mode simple double click the element you would like to edit.
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  8. A window should pop up with options to change the text, size and other styles.
  9. We recommend not changing text colours and sizes manually. These normally affect the phone and other website sizes. So always double check your work.
  10. Hit save and you’re done. The save button can be found at the very bottom of the page in the purple ‘…’ icon. You will need to save every page separately.
How to Make a Blog
  1. Once logged into WordPress, click Posts in the top left area.
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  3. Click Add New or click on the name of an existing blog to edit it.
  4. Give your post a title and then start writting your post below.
  5. Some people like to write their blog post up first in a word doc and paste it in. That’s fine, but just check your formating and font is all consistent.
  6. When you are done hit the blue Publish button, top right.
Making Links to Websites and Files
  1. Once your logged in and editing a page or editing via a builder like Divi edit that element you want to change.
  2. Highlight the text you want to create a link for (click and drag)
  3. Select the chain link (Insert/Edit Link) in the menu above the content area 
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  4. It will bring up an Insert Link pop up box
  5. URL box: copy and paste in the web address or type it in eg. http://www.yourwebsite.com.au
  6. Press OK
  7. Save your page.

 

  • The Target dropdown menu allows you to open the site in another page (eg. To link to another website or a PDF.) If you are linking within your own website leave it as the default “None.”

 

Inserting a file (a PDF for example.)

  1. First you need to upload a file. Edit an elment and look for the Add Media button.
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  2. Click it and upload a file, once thats done copy the url as show below. You may need to highlight and copy the text manually.
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  3. Now close this window. Hightlight some text as done previously. Click the chain link icon and paste your files url in here.
  4. I would recommend setting the target dropdown to new window. This way your pdf for example will open in a new window and the customer wont lose your website.
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  5. You’re done, rememeber to save and test your work.
Editing Images before Uploading
How to Crop and Resize with Free Software.

  • Pixlr – free tool to resize and crop images to a professional standard.
  • www.pixlr.com or Google ‘free image editing tool’ for similar software.
  • Once it has been downloaded, open Pixlr and a New Image box will be present on the screen
  1. For your banner: Cultivate will provide these dimensions, they will be on your home page, in the Summary (Introtext) box
  2. Insert the Width then the Height dimensions
  3. Press OK
  4. An untitled canvas will appear
  5. Select File, open Image
  6. Find the image (banner) that you wish to insert, open
  7. The image will open in a new box
  8. Select the Edit tab then Select All (or CTRL A)
  9. Select Edit tab again and Copy (or CTRL C)
  10. Click on the blank canvas to ensure it is the front image then select the Edit tab and Paste (or CTRL V)
  11. The image will either be too small or too big for the canvas. If it is too small, when you stretch it, it may become blurry, in which case you need a bigger & better quality image.
  12. To shrink or enlarge the image, select the Edit tab then Transform
  13. Squares will appear in all four corners
  14. Click and drag until the image is in line with the canvas. Ensure that you hold down the shift button whilst doing this to keep the correct proportions.
  15. Select the File button and Save.

 

If there is white canvas present in the background after clicking and dragging to the correct size you can do two things: Find another image that is more proportionate or colour the background to hide it. To colour:

  1. Select the Eye Dropper from the Tool Bar on the left. Click on the colour you wish to duplicate
  2. The colour will appear down the bottom of the Tool Box
  3. Select the Paint Bucket icon and fill the areas that are white and you wish to colour
  4. Press the File button and Save.

When inserting other images that are not rectangular, you will need to trial different dimensions. For example, it may be 250 x 250 pixels for a square image.

Adding Images (Uploading and Inserting to your CMS)
  1. Login and go to editor mode.
  2. Depending on your website builder you should be able to double click a current image or area.
  3. A window will pop up that looks a bit like the below.
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  4. If you are adding an image to the elements background: Look for background option. Click the current image and replace it by dragging and dropping a new image into your media library.
  5. Finally hit the blue select button in the bottom right.
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  6. If you are adding an image to a text area simply click in that text box, click where you would like the image to be placed.
  7. Now click media library, upload the new image by dragging and dropping. Finally hit the blue select button in the bottom right.
  8. Save and you are done.
Adding products - Woocommerce
  1. Login and in the WordPress backend look for Products. Click All Products.
  2. Click Add New.
  3. Give the Product a name and description.
  4. On the far right pick the categories this product should be in. See our section dedicated to Attributes in the main WordPress menu under Products.
  5. Scroll down until you see Product Data.
  6. Under general set a price.
  7. Depending on your set up you may want to set inventry levels or you may not need to track this.
  8. Depending on your products you may need to set Attributes, these may be colours, sizes, metal types etc… You should have some set up by us in here.
  9. If Attributes havent been setup yet or you need others you can Hover over products in the main left menu and click Attributes and add more in here. See our section dedicated to Attributes in the main WordPress menu under Products.
  10. Lastly scroll right down to the bottom and add a short description, this will appear right at the top of the product near the price.
  11. Hit the Blue update/save button in the top right of the page.
Attributes for Products - Woocommerce
  1. Login and in the WordPress backend look for Products. Click Attributes.
  2. This will create a new “set“. For example sizes and then we’ll configure terms under that which would be red, green etc…
  3. If you already have a set setup then ignore this next step.
  4. Enter a name in the far left box, ignore slug and hit the blue Add Attribute.
  5. This will create a new “set”. For example sizes.
  6. Now in the far right click configure terms.
  7. In here you can add more colours, sizes etc…
Categories for Products - Woocommerce
  1. Login and in the WordPress backend look for Products. Click Categories.
  2. Categories are like pages for products.
  3. To add a new category simply enter a name in the far left box and hit the blue Add button.
  4. In some case you may also want to add a thumbnail.
  5. If you need to change the name or image of an existing category you can hover over its name in the far right and click edit.
Shipping - Shopping / Woocommerce
  1. In many cases we can initially set this up for you so please email us your requirements.
  2. Login and in the WordPress backend look for Woocommerce click settings.
  3. Make sure the store address is correct and filled out.
  4. Click the Shipping tab then click Add shipping zone.
  5. Give the shipping type a name, and add countries you’ll ship too.
  6. Now click add your shipping types, this may be free local pick up it may be a flat rate, or a shipping company with a plugin like Aus post etc…
  7. For shipping companies like Aus post most will have a plugin, please contact us for help with this.
  8. Save and you are done.
Payments - Shopping / Woocommerce
  1. In many cases we will set this up for you so please email us your requirements.
  2. Login and in the WordPress backend look for Woocommerce click settings.
  3. Click the Payments tab.
  4. In here you can add Paypal, cash on delivery etc…
  5. For other providers like Eway, afterpay, stripe etc… we may need to help you install their plugin first before its availble. In that case please contact us.