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Overview

Once you sign into your website’s Admin, you’ll arrive at the Dashboard. Navigation is pretty straightforward.

All the links are on the left and top which you can access from any page in the Admin. Hovering or clicking on any of the main links will expand to show other subpages.

Here is what you can do when clicking on each link:


 

Your Company

“Your Company” is the generic name for your site. You can change this to your name or company name in the Customizer.

To view your site, hover over the site name and click Visit Site.

After clicking on Visit Site, you will leave the Admin area and go to your actual site. There is no back button from the site back to the Admin area, so you’ll need to click the BACK BUTTON in your browser to get back to the Admin.

HINT: To work efficiently, instead of just clicking on Visit Site, RIGHT CLICK and open the link in a new browser tab. Then you can toggle back and forth between your site and Admin to view your work.

Be sure to refresh your actual site after you’ve made changes in the Admin to see the results.


 

Support Center

You can contact your Personal Web Assistant through the Support Center

The Support Center also contains instructions, tips, video tutorials, and FAQs for working on your site. You’re on the Support Center right now.

When you contact your Personal Website Assistant be sure to use the same email address you signed up with. That email links your account with your Assistant.


 

Dashboard

Think of this as your Admin homepage where you can access general information and – if you sign up for the Premium Account – your visitor tracking data.


 

Pages

To edit content on your site, start by clicking on Pages. This will take you to a list of all the pages on your website. You can also add new pages to your site by clicking on the Add New subpage.


 

Media

The Media Library contains the images and documents you upload. To upload an image, click the Add New subpage and choose an image from your computer.

By default, the Media Library will display images in a Grid View. In Grid View you can sort your media by Type (Images, PDFs, etc) and by Categories (you create your own Categories) selecting the drop down menus at the top of the grid.


 

Downloads

Here’s where you upload and manage the files you want to share with others (i.e., you want others to download). You can easily insert a link to these files into pages and posts. You can even track when and how many times a file has been downloaded.


 

Posts

Posts are stories (which could include text, images, audio and/or video) listed in reverse chronological order on a page. Blogs, for example, are made up of Posts. Press Releases are Posts. Latest News items are Posts. Due to their reverse chronological order, Posts are meant to be timely. Older Posts are archived based on month and year. As the Post gets older, the deeper the user has to dig to find it. You have the option to organize Posts based on categories and tags.


 

Comments

Comments are a way for visitors to add feedback to your Posts. If you choose to enable comments on your Posts, then a comment form will appear at the bottom of the Posts and people can respond to what you have written.


 

Appearance

Under Appearance are many customization options to allow you to get your site looking just the way you want it.

Customizer

The Customizer allows you to make site-wide edits to your site (e.g., fonts, colors, site name, footer information, and more) in real time, so you can see how they look before you publish to your live site. More about the Customizer.

Menus

A Menu, also called Navigation, is a group of links for your visitors to find the important parts of your site faster. Menus are typically located at the top and bottom of each page.

Background

Clicking on Background will take you to the Customizer where you can add a background to your site. You can either upload an image or select one from your Media Library or select a color for your background. You can also add an image that repeats across the entire background to create a wallpaper effect.


 

Users

Here’s where you can update your Admin account as well as other the accounts of other users on the site. You can also add new users here. Items you can update include your password, email address, and publicly displayed name (recommendation: never use your username as your publicly displayed name).


 

Forms

Here’s where you access existing forms and build new ones for your site. Forms created in this section are added to pages which is done in the Pages section. You don’t link to forms like they’re pages. Forms generate entries when visitors fill out forms. You can view entries for each form in this section as well.


 

Meta Slider Pro

This is where you create slideshows, also called Sliders, for your site. Sliders typically consist of rotating images and text, often seen at the top of the homepage.


 

Tracking Code

If you are using a third-party service to track visitors or actions on your site, like Google Analytics, here’s where you add the tracking code. The code is supplied by the company offering the tracking service and you would paste the code into this section.


 

Next: Customize fonts, colors, title, more

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