Editing the Site
To start editing the new website click “Customize” on the Admin bar at the top of the screen.
The “Customize” window will give you access to various sections to start changing the look of the site.
The “Header Background” section is broken down into five parts:
- Header background color – sets the background color of the header area
- Header background image – sets the header area to use an image. The suggested image size is 190px high by 1100px wide.
- Background Repeat – sets the header image to repeat to fill the entire space. Checking the box will repeat the image across the page.
- Background stretch – stretches the background image to fit the space. Checking the box will allow the image to fill the entire header.
- Header Attachment – should the header section be fixed or attached to the page? Checking the box means the header scrolls up with the page. Leaving it unchecked will cause the header to always appear, even when the user scrolls down on the page.
You must click the “Publish” button to save any changes.
You must refresh the page to see any changes.
“Site Identity” is where you can change the site tagline (also known as a site description) and your site icon.
- Site Title – what you see as the site name
- Tagline – line normally under the Site Title that describes what the site is about, can also be considered a catch phrase or slogan
- Site Icon – the image you see to the left of the site name. Site icons should be square and at least 512 × 512 pixels.
- Make it simple
- Keep it short
- Keep it logical
Widgets are blocks of content, sometimes with special functions, that can be positioned at various locations on a page. For some functions, they may be drag and drop.
Under the “Homepage Settings,” you choose the name of the page that will be your “Home” page which is the default page that will open when a user navigates to your site. You can choose for the Home page to be the latest post if you want to direct users to blog posts, or you can choose a static page such as a page you create called “Home.”
The “Users” section is accessed from the Dashboard. Hover over the name of your site on the Admin bar at the top of the screen. In the dropdown menu, select “Dashboard.” The “Users” section allows you to control user accounts for individuals who access the site. You can edit your user account and any account that is associated with the website. This feature is controlled by user level, and site Administrators are the only individuals who can edit someone else’s account.
- Under “General” you need to set your time zone so that time stamps on the website reflect the actual time.
- Under the sub-menu item “Permalinks,” click into the page and select “Post name.”
SG Optimizer helps make the site safer for users by making sure that all of your connections are HTTPS and by managing the cache system for your web site.
SG Optimizer - Super Cacher
From the SG Optimizer menu item on the Dashboard, click on “Configure” on the SuperCacher Config icon. Make sure that “Dynamic Cache” has a check mark next to it. This will improve the speed of your site.
SG Optimizer - Force https
Then on the SG Optimizer screen, click on “Configure” on the “HTTPS Config” button. Make sure that the “Force HTTPS” box is checked. This service helps make your site more secure.