Wordpress Tips

Customising the new websites

Customising the new websites

This will be updated as time permits. As always, clients of Redback Graphics can call (any decent hour) or email 24/7 for support. These options are only available in websites installed after October 2018.
Log in to your dashboard and navigate to the relevant section to edit.

1. Updating your site logo
Appearance/Customize/Site Identity. Here you can remove or Change the current logo, and adjust the padding (the space around it).

2. Navigation Menu
Appearance/Customize/Header Colours to change Menu link, background colours, hover colours and also mobile menu colours.
To change the font and size, edit that from Appearance/Customize/Fonts and Typography. A link is provided to Google Fonts where you can choose a font, copy its name (exactly), put that in the font field for Body (page content) Heading and/or Menu. You can choose different fonts for each if you want. You can also change the size of the Menu font here, and if it will be uppercase or not.
To change the position of the navigation (and therefore logo), you can set the position of the Menu to centred, left or right justified, via Customize/Site Layout under Menu layout.

3. Full width feature image to Home page
Appearance/Customize/Homepage Settings. Remove or replace current image under “Static front page: header image.

4. Call to Action buttons on Home page.
Appearance/Customize/Homepage Settings. Under “Primary call-to-action button text”, Edit titles, colours, sizes, padding. Similar settings for “Secondary call-to-action button text” etc.

5. Call to Action buttons in the sidebar and the sidebar position.
Appearance/Customize/Widgets/Sidebar. Add or edit existing buttons here. To change the default sidebar (for any new pages) from left to right (or none), do that from Customize/Site Layout under the Menu layout options. You can also change the position of the sidebar from within any page. Edit the page, scroll down under the content editing window, and choose from the “Sidebar Layout” drop down list.

6. Add, change or delete feature image to interior pages or posts.
To edit a feature image on any page (or post), once logged in to your dashboard, navigate to that page (or post), then edit. Under the content editing section, navigate down to “Page Header Settings”. To activate a new image, click “Activate Extended Header”, then choose from your media library or upload a new image at “Header image (Add or upload)”. Update your page.

7. Hide page title from feature images.
To hide the page title from your feature image, while editing your page, scroll down to “General Settings” under the content editing section, and tick “Hide title”. If you would like a title under the feature image, just add it to the page content, and make it a Heading by choosing “Heading 2” from the editing options available above the content editing section, the “Paragraph” dropdown options. Update your page.

8. Change sidebar side, or remove sidebar.
To change the default sidebar (for any new pages) from left to right (or none), do that from Customize/Site Layout under the Menu layout options. You can also change the position of the sidebar from within any page. Edit the page, scroll down under the content editing section, and choose from the “Sidebar Layout” drop down list. Update your page.

If you get stuck, and you are a client of Redback Graphics, please call or email for assistance.

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Add new user

If you’d like to add a new user to your website, so that they can login and edit pages etc, just login to your Dashboard, navigate to “Users”, then “Add New”. Fill in the form with the new users details, ie username, email address, first and/or last name, password, and then choose what role they will have from the drop down list. If you want them to be able to add and edit pages etc then they must have the Role of Administrator.

You can also choose to “Send this password to the new user by email.” or email the new user directly, with their username and password details.

Then click the “Add New User” button and they have been added.

They can login and change their password at any time, if they wish.

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Security upgrade

Due to the increase in hacking attempts on my own and clients websites, I am now offering a security upgrade to current clients websites hosted with Redback Graphics or Jamncream.

The upgrade includes:

  • Backup your website
  • Upgrade your WordPress to latest
  • Provide a new login portal (hackers typically strike through the standard login portal)
  • Install a selection of plugins that will detect and block hackers (IP addresses) from accessing your website

Any client who participates in the security upgrade will have their “block” list updated on an ongoing basis, so that collectively, all websites participating gather more data and can be increasingly secure against further hacking attempts.

If you’d like the Security upgrade implemented, email sales@redbackgraphics.com.au, cost of $75, only available to Redback Graphics clients using a Redback Graphics installed theme.

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Updating WordPress

The old days of a scary update have pretty much gone thankfully. WordPress is an extremely stable framework, and extremely well supported with regular updates. Some updates are more important than others, but I recommend that all Redback Graphics clients with WordPress sites update their WordPress around once per year.

Make sure to do a backup of your site prior to updating.

See article creating a website backup.

To update your WordPress is very simple. Login to your Dashboard, and at the top centre of the Dashboard home screen you will see “WordPress 4.x.x is available! Please update now.”

Click on “Please update now”.
The next screen will offer the opportunity to “Update Plugins” and “Update Themes”. DO NOT update these at this time, only choose “Update Now” button to update the WordPress.
Importantly, WAIT and watch as the WordPress enables Maintenance mode (site offline for a few seconds), then disables maintenance mode and your site is back online. Dashboard will then log you out and ask you to login again, to use the updated Dashboard.

If you have any problems please let me know asap.

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Blocked by firewall

“…your IP address has been blocked.”

If you try and access your cpanel/FTP/Email or website using the incorrect password or username too many times, you may be blocked by the firewall. This is an automated process to prevent hackers to your services. Contact your website host (Redback Graphics clients ONLY email jill@redbackgraphics.com.au), with your IP address and you will be unblocked.

Your blocked IP address will be displayed on the screen that displayed you are blocked. It will be a number eg 203.xxx.xxx.xxx.

If you have closed that screen and can’t locate the error message, go to http://whatismyipaddress.com and copy your IP address, email it to your host to get your IP address unblocked.

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