Keep Your Website Updated
Keep your WordPress plugins up to date. Make sure you know how to use WP Engine to create backup points, restore your website using a backup point, and use your Staging site.
Read more: Using WP Engine for Backups and Updates
Your website uses the WordPress CMS – for an introduction to general WordPress functions go to:
- Videos: Dashboard, Manual, Videos (for video walk throughs)
- PDF: Dashboard, Manual, User Manual (for a PDF guide)
To update the main areas of content on your website:
- Home: add/edit the home page sections using Dashboard, Appearance, Widgets
- Home Page Background Images: add/edit the background images using Dashboard, Appearance, Customize
- Pages: add/edit your web pages using Dashboard, Pages.
- Blog: add/edit blog posts and blog categories using Dashboard, Posts. Make sure to set a Featured Image
- Menus: add new items and reorder using Dashboard, Appearance, Menus
- Forms: edit forms using Dashboard, Forms. Click an existing form to edit. To place a form in a page, use the Add Gravity Form icon in the page edit, next to the Upload/Insert link.
- Footer Menu: Edit the footer menu using Dashboard, Appearance, Menus
- Footer Text: Edit footer text under the footer menu using Dashboard, Genesis, Simple Edits
View use of your website:
Prepare the following types of images to the required sizes before uploading to your website:
- Background Image: 1600px by 1050px
- Logo: 360px by 70px
Optimising images for the web is essential before uploading to your website. Image files should be a maximum of 200Kb, and when possible less than 100Kb. To learn more, read about:
Knowledge Base Articles
The OM4 Service Desk Knowledge Base has many articles describing how to carry out specific tasks.
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Using WPEngine: Updates and Backups
Your WordPress website requires regular software updates. It is recommended you know how to create backup points so you can restore your Live website to a prior backup if needed. You can also create a Staging site (a complete copy of your Live website) so you can try out new plugins or test updates before they are run on your Live site.
- Updates: Keep your website up to date – visit Dashboard, Updates regularly and make sure you are running the latest versions of WordPress, plugins and your theme.
- Backup Points: Create a backup point before running updates using Dashboard, WP Engine, User Portal (or just login to my.wpengine.com) and create a manual backup point. You can Restore to this backup point if needed.
- Staging: You can create a Staging copy of your website at any time, for example to experiment with new plugins. You can update your Staging site without affecting your Live website.
- Test After Updates: After making changes such as updating WordPress, plugins or your theme, you should check your site still operates normally, particularly for your important website functions such as enquiry forms, online sales or service/product pages.