WordPress FAQs

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How To Use WordPress

WordPress is a very popular CMS, and is used by over 70 million websites worldwide!  WordPress is renouned for being user friendly, however there are still parts of using WordPress that can be confusing.

We have designed this FAQ page and the subsequent knowledge PDFs to help guide you through some of the most common issues that people face when they are developing their WordPress website.

If you have any questions about WordPress, or you can't find an answer to the question you are searching for, please get in touch with us on 01257 429217 and we may add your problem to our knowledge base.

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How To Change A Password Via The Database?

There may come a time when you need to reset your password, but can't remember how to get to it.  The good news is ythat you can reset your password inside the database.

To change a password in your database, first you need to find your database in your hosting panel, and navigate to the wp_users table.

In here you can see the usernames and passwords of all registered users on the website. To change the password, click onto the user that you want to change and edit the password, being sure to select the md5 option (encryption). then update.

For a step by step instructional guide that goes into more details, click here

How To Change A Theme On A WordPress Website?

To change a theme in your WordPress website, first you need to find the theme tab in the left hand-side menu of your WordPress website.

In this tab you will see a selection of different themes. If you would like to look at more available themes, press the ‘add new’ button at the top of the screen. To preview a theme you think may look good on your website click on the selected theme and click preview.

Installing your WordPress theme is quite simple. Click onto the theme and click the ‘Install Theme’ button. To activate the chosen theme return to the theme menu, click on the theme you have just installed and click activate.

For a step by step instructional guide that goes into more details, click here

How To Add Items To A Menu?

WordPress will initally add all pages that you create to a menu.  However, you may want some control over how your menu looks and what is displayed there.

Go to Apperance>Menus and you will see the options to create a new menu, or to add and remove menu items, create dropdown menus and change the location of the menus to appear in different pre-specified places (depending on the theme).

If you would like more detials on adding menu items please take a look at our guide.

How To install Plugins On your Website?

To install a plugin on your WordPress website you must first navigate to the ‘Plugins’ tab on the left hand-side menu and find “Add New’. Then find the plugin you would like to install on your website.

Click ‘Install Now’ on your selected plugin to begin installing it. Then you must activate this plugin. To do this click activate on your chosen plugin. Your plugin will now be active on your website.

For a step by step instructional guide that goes into more details, click here

How To Create A Blog On Your Website?

WordPress was designed with blogging in mind, so creating a blog on a WordPress website is pretty straighforward. The first task is creating a page that is designed to hold all the blog posts.

Go to pages and create a new page (if a blog page isn't already created) and give it the name that you want your blog holding page to have.

Then navigate to the settings tab on the left hand-side menu and click on reading. Select the page that you created as the blog holding page. Now you can start adding blog posts. To do this navigate to the posts section on the left hand-side menu then click add new. You can now start writing your blog posts.

For a step by step instructional guide that goes into more details, click here

How To Deal With Comment Spam In WordPress?

Comment spam can be a really annoying issue to deal with on your blog. Comments are a great way to start a conversion and generate interaction between you and your community, unfortunately this can and often is abused by underhand SEO spammers who will try and place links on your comment section to go to their spammy website selling knock off rubbish!

You can turn off comments on your blogs in Settings>Discussion, to prevent any future blogs getting spammed.

For a more indepth guide on comment spam please take a look at our guide here. Please Click here.

How To Add A Contact Form In WordPress?

Interacting with users of your site is a great way to build relationships. The convential way of allowing users to contact you is by leaving a contact email address. This however, leaves you a target for email scrapers meaning your inbox gets filled with junk.

Fortunately there is an alternative. Adding a contact form is a great way to allow users to interact with you whilst making sure that your inbox doesn't get flooded with spam.

You can add a contact form plugin by navigating to plugins>add new.

For a more in depth guide on how to add contact form. Please Click here.

How To Add A Store In WordPress?

Having an online store in your WordPress website is a great way to start making money from your website by selling things! The most popular E-Commerce solution on WordPress is a plugin called 'WooCommerce' which is by far one fo the best options.

To install the 'WooCommerce' plugin naviagte to plugins>add new and search for 'WooCommerce'.

You can find a more in depth guide on how to install Woocommerce by Clicking here.

How To Make A Page SEO Friendly?

Having pages that are optimised for search engines (SEO friendly) is a great way to rank higher in search engine results. Meaning that you can attract people who are actually interested in your websites content.

WordPress is very helpful in terms of SEO straight away, but to tweak any settings such as page titles and meta descriptions, you will need to install a plugin.

The plugin that we would recommend is called 'Yoast SEO' plugin.

To install this plugin you must navigate to plugins > add new and search for 'Yoast SEO'.

For a step by step guide on hown to make pages more SEO friendly. Please Click here.