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Making WordPress Content Updates Easier

WordPress makes it easy to access your website’s back-end to make updates. Whether you’re sitting at your desk or lying on the beach, all you need is a device with an internet connection.

While that’s easy enough for anyone to access, it doesn’t necessarily mean the process of finding the content you wish to update is easy. If you’re not a web designer by trade, it may not always be so clear where to click or how to replace a specific bit of content.

To help make things a bit more clear, I employ a few features that will allow you to find what you’re looking for. The goal is to leave no doubt in your mind as to where to click and where to carry out your desired tasks.

For example, the WordPress menu contains items like Posts and Pages. Easy enough if you know what you’re looking for. Still, what if you have a section on your website called “Press Releases” – where in the world would you find that? By default, it may not be so easy to figure out (unless you’re the one who setup the website).

In this case, I’d create a special section inside the WordPress admin called, well, “Press Releases”. In the world of WordPress, it’s called a Custom Post Type. In the real world, it helps the user easily locate a certain set of content.

In another example, let’s say your site’s home page is comprised of a large photo at the top and three columns of text below. While I could easily enough place all of this info in the standard WordPress content editor, that’s generally not a good idea because the layout of the page could inadvertently be broken upon an update.

A better way is to create several “fill-in-the-blank” type of fields that would allow you to swap out the large image and update each of those three text columns separately. This makes it easier for you to update, without fear of breaking the layout.

This is more than your standard WordPress installation. It’s all about personalizing the software for your particular website and making things easier for you to find.

Examples of WordPress Custom Post Types/Custom Fields