BASIC STUFF

To log in go to your website name with /wp-admin after. 

(example bigcatdesigns.com/wp-admin)

That will take you to a login screen – like the one to the right.  Note that if you try more than 4 times, you will be locked out for 20 minutes, so remember your password!

Once logged in you will see your dashboard

First thing is to always check and see if you have anything that needs updating by checking the top left corner of your site, next to your site name. Click on that number and update any plugins or WordPress versions that may need addressing.  If its a WordPress system update, it is a good idea to run a backup before updating.  More on that later.

To the right is your main dashboard. This is where you will start with anything you need to do in WordPress.

  1. Media is where you keep graphic files and videos. Try to keep your graphics no larger than 2000 pixels on the largest size and at 72 DPI. larger files will take a long time to load. If you are having trouble with them looking blurry (like text in a graphic) as a PNG instead, but these files are much bigger, so use sparingly.
  2. Pages are all of the places where someone can navigate in your website. (Like your homepage, contact page, etc.).  
  3. WooCommerce is where your shopping cart and settings are located. Here you can change settings like sales tax, shop address, etc.  You can also review your orders here.
  4. Products is where you can add new products or update current products.  
  5. Appearance.  This is where you can globally change things for your site, like font type, size, color, hyperlink color. etc.
  6. Users.  This is the list of your users with email addresses and username.  You can edit this list as you like.  It is good to review to make sure you don’t get any spam users.
  7. All in One Migration – this is a tool used to create and restore backups.  This is a good idea to use prior to making big updates on your site.  You should also use your host’s backup system, which is generally automated, to do incremental backups of your site.  At least weekly.
  8. Forminator.  This is what you use to make any type of form for your site. It is currently being used as your contact page.


Also on your dashboard is your order screen. You can see here if you have any pending orders.  Your monthly sales, etc.  You can click on these to be taken to any action items.  You will also receive an email notifying you that you made a sale.

About Colibri

Your site uses an editor called Colbri. For the most part you will do all your editing with this module (except for your product pages).  

There is a great set of documentation for Colibri here:

https://docs.colibriwp.com/?_ga=2.4256496.259382090.1605898902-1808515611.1596125431

I will go over some of the items you will use the most.

To the left is the Customizer. You can find it on your dashboard under Apperance/Customize. It brings up your front page and you can change how everything will looks globally.

  1. Under General Settings you can change things like your Site Identity. (your Logo), The font and font sizes you use by default, color scheme, background images etc. You can play with it and it does not save until you publish. Hitting the < will take you back to the main page. 
  2. Menu – you can add or remove menu items and re-arrange them. You can make one menu item go under another by dragging it below and to the right of the one above
  3. WooCommerce is where you can change the size and number of items in your “catalog”, the size of product images, your store notice (vacation etc.), Checkout terms and conditions, privacy policy, etc.





Using Colibri on pages –  Colibri is a drag and drop editor with lots of pre-styled template you can use. Once you are on a page, you can move the contents around easily, as well as add new content or delete old content. Nothing is published until you hit the publish button!

When you add a new page (from the PAGES/Add New button on your dashboard) you will be give a screen that says “Add Title” This is the title of your page and it should be relevant to the content so the search engines can find you. Once you name your page select Publish (2x) from the top right corner, Then choose Edit In Colibri from the top bar.

You will see a blank page. You can start by adding either a blank box, where you can add your own text and photos, or a pre-design block where you can use an already made template and modify to your needs. Play around with the different styles!

If you are creating a blank block, click “add blank box” and decide how many columns you will need. 

Once you have done this you will see a “+” sign. That is where you can drag a component to edit.  

Click on the large “+” sign at the top left of your screen. You will see Blocks and Components. Blocks are premade templates. Components are different items you can use. Try dragging the “Text” box from the components list to the “+” sign in your box. You will gets some Lorem Ipsum text that you can edit. Now try dragging an “Image” box from the components list. You will now be prompted to add an image. When you either choose an existing image or upload a new one, you will be prompted if you want to crop the image. Cropping will take you to a square format. Generally I choose not to crop as you can move the image around later to where you like it.

You also have access to many other components. You can play with these to see how they work.

Once you are happy with your page, don’t forget to Publish.


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