Managing Your Website Using WordPress (Rampages)

VCU Rampages.us is a community of learners focused on furthering connected learning and digital engagement. However, it operates on the WordPress platform, and the thus the title of this resource.

Creating a website with WordPress (Rampages) only takes a few clicks, and once it is up and running can be easily navigated and edited using WordPress’ (Rampages’) dashboard. While it may look incredibly daunting at first, each module of the dashboard is incredibly intuitive and easy to use. To get started with the WordPress (Rampages) basics, let’s begin with the video below.

It’s as simple as that!


Now that we understand the basics of WordPress(Rampages), let’s go through some critical portions of the dashboard. Below is a cheat sheet for the different parts of the dashboard listed in the order they appear for easy reference.

 

Main Dashboard

Upon logging into your Rampages account, and accessing your website, you will be greeted by this main screen. Here you can see important information about your site at a quick glance. To the left, we’ve gone ahead and circled the key components of the dashboard that will be useful to you as a new website creator.

 

Media

No website is complete without media and still images; they serve an important role of contributing to the overall design of the site and keeping the information fresh and intriguing for the reader. Using the Media tab you can navigate over to the Media Library. Here, you can add various pictures and other forms of media that you plan to use for your site! To start uploading your files, click the Add New button at the top of the page, we’ve gone ahead and circled it here.

 

Pages

This is where your core editing and creation will be done on the website. The Pages tab shows all of your created pages, both private and public, in a list. When you first open this tab up, it is likely to be blank. To get started creating your first page, click the “Add New” button that we’ve circled at the top of the page. If you have previously existing pages that you wish to edit, gaining access to them is as simple as clicking their name in the list.

This is what the page editor looks like. The “visual” tab, is where beginners should focus their energy, as it is incredibly intuitive and works like designing a document or PDF in most document editors. Here you can add media, text, links, and embed videos for your selected page. When you’re happy with a change and want to see what it might look like, click the preview button on the right hand column under the “publish” heading. This will allow you to see a preview of what the page might look like when you push it live. MAKE SURE TO CLICK UPDATE BEFORE NAVIGATING AWAY FROM THIS PAGE. This will prevent you from losing any changes you may have made.

There is also an HTML editor on this page as well. To access it, click the “Text” tab to move the visual editor and open the HTML editor. HTML provides a closer, more customizable way of editing the elements of the page, but is only recommended for those who know HTML code and are familiar with website design already.

 

Appearance

One benefit of WordPress, is the catalog of templates and customization options for you to choose from when designing your site. In the Appearance tab, you look through WordPress’ (Rampages’) catalog of templates or create your own. You can customize specific parts of the design, or choose a new one and apply it with the click of a button.

 

Plugins

The last crucial tab for a new web developer is the Plugins tab. A huge benefit of WordPress (Rampages) is the ability to create and download other user created plugins to help with specific creation aspects of your website. On this page you can see a list of plugins that are readily available for your site. Using the check boxes next to each plugin, you can activate them and deactivate them as you see fit. You can also download additional plugins from the internet and upload them to your site from this page.


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