Step-by-Step Guide to Managing Your Website Using WordPress

Step 1 – Request a site

The first step in creating your website is to request a site by filling out the New WordPress Site Request Form. Your account request will be forwarded to the ITS department. You will receive a email confirmation of your website once your account is created.

Use your eCampus ID and your mail.uri.edu password for login credentials
Step 2 – Log on to WordPress Dashboard

Please follow instructions detailed in the email to proceed to log on to the WordPress Dashboard. For example, type in the URL bar of your browser the ITS website address, followed by “/wp-admin”, you will be taken to the ITS WordPress login page at:

http://web.uri.edu/its/wp-admin

Once you login, you will be taken to the WordPress Dashboard.

What is WordPress dashboard?

Your next screen will be your Dashboard. The Dashboard is essentially your control panel. Anything you would like to do will be done here or in one of the tabs to the left. To learn more about your Dashboard see this post on  dashboard features and how to use them.

Step 3: Configure your site settings

if you have the “webmaster” role for your site.

You do this by going to WordPress Dashboard and then selecting Settings panel and various sub-panels.

What is a permalink?

By default WordPress uses web URLs which have question marks and lots of numbers in them, however WordPress offers you the ability to create a custom URL structure for your permalinks and archives. This can improve the aesthetics, usability, and forward-compatibility of your links. Please follow instructions on this post on how to create custom URL and permalinks.

Should you allow discussion and comments?

By default, WordPress allows users that visit your site to comment on the content that you have displayed. As webmaster, you can control what user roles are able to comment and then you can approve or deny these comments. You can also opt to remove commenting from your website all together. Read this post on how to enable or disable discussion and comments for details.

Step 4:  Configure your site look and feel

if you have the “webmaster” or “webeditor” roles.

You do this by going to WordPress Dashboard and then selecting URI Responsive Theme panel. Here you can configure your social media icons, add any header or footer sliders, select your page and post layouts, define additional styles and much more for your site. Read this post on how to do advanced theme settings to learn more about what you can change and how.

What to do with social media icons?

One thing you may or may not want to look into is enabling/disabling the social networking buttons on your webpage. These are simply three links to a page on a social network that you may have. To toggle these buttons and customize them, read this post on  social media icons and how to add or remove them.

Step 5: Create page and/or posts for your site.

Once you have familiarized yourself with the basic functions and foundations of the WordPress platform, it is time to start adding some content for the world to see. Content can be added in the form of either a “Page” or a “Post”. A page is static and is just like any other webpage you may be familiar with. On this website the About screen that you see on the homepage is a page. A post is more dynamic; meaning that it can be pulled into a feed with other posts and those can be displayed on a page. To use this site as an example again, each tutorial is a post because they can be categorized and tagged. Our tutorials are then pulled by a page that displays them. Read the following two posts to learn how to write and edit posts and how to write and edit pages.

Once you have made your first posts and pages you may be wondering how to add image and other media to complement your text. You can do this by reading this post on how to add media to pages and posts.

When writing your pages or posts, you can either write in the Visual mode, or the HTML mode. You should only use the HTML mode if you are fluent in HTML. If you don’t know enough HTML, you can still easily incorporate HTML features into your content. To do this you have two options, you can read the Shortcode post here, or you can click the button above the text box that says URI. From here you can select any of the shortcode shortcuts and incorporate them into your content.

A sample website structure highlighted

Step 6: Set up your site menu and widgets

The next thing that you want to familiarize yourself with is the Appearance of your website. As you learned about in the post above about your Dashboard, Appearance is one of the several tabs the left of your Dashboard. In this tab, you can manage widgets on the site and any menus you may have.

What is WordPress widget?

Widgets are small boxes of content sections on your site that allow you to display certain content. To learn more about widgets see this post on widgets and how to use them.

What is WordPress menu?

A menu is a list of pages, links, or posts that you can set up in a hierarchy that can be displayed on a sidebar or widget. To learn more about menus see this post on menus and how to use them.


For Further questions:

See our list of all tutorials pertaining to working with WordPress.

If you have any questions about starting your website that are not answered by any of the tutorials or videos, please seek assistance from the URI WordPress Online Community.