As you know, I am beginning to pick up more clients. This means I will have less time for continued pro bono work. In order to leave you in the best position possible, I have provided a walk through of your site below. I will attempt to show you all the different ways available to you, to customize your website without my assistance.
The WordPress dashboard is your home page for website administration. You have access to every plugin and option available from the dashboard. The main navigation menu is to the left. Here you will see every plugin and option available within the dashboard environment.
Important Dashboard Items
Within the dashboard, the most important items for you will be:
Contact: This plugin manages the forms on your site that users will use to contact you. Click on Contact to view and edit the available options.
By clicking edit, you change the properties of the specific form. Also, to the right of the form name, you see what is called a short code. This is how you put the form onto whatever page you would like it to be on. Just copy that entire line of code, and paste into a page. Wherever that code is pasted, a form will appear on your site. You can also create new forms as well. Once you create a form, it will appear on this list with its corresponding short code.
Email Subscribers: This is what is used to send the monthly reminders. This is a two part process. First is the plugin settings, which you can change from this menu option.
When you first go here, you will see a list of all the email address subscribed to your reminder. On the far left menu, drop down options for this plugin will appear. You can change the administration email address, the reminder message content, and several other settings. Caution: If you do not know what something is or does, DO NOT CHANGE IT. This plugin is different from many of the others on your site, because it relies on your server’s Cron jobs to function. This is something like a code, that I included in your cPanel (not your website, but essentially your web host). It tells your actual server, not your website, to check if it is the first of the month. If it is the first of the month, then your server contacts this plugin and executes code that sends out your email reminder. If you change a setting that interferes with this “communication” or Cron job, the email reminder will no longer be sent.
Generally Regarded as Safe Options for Newsletter
(Things you can pretty much edit safely)
This is your website, so I will not pretend to have the authority to tell you what you can and can not do. However the things listed below are items you can safely edit. I would suggest you do not edit anything not listed below. I will not be readily available to repair any problems resulting from this app, so you may need to find another developer if errors occur due to editing options not listed below.
When clicking on Email Subscribers on the Left, a sub-menu will appear. From that sub-menu you may safely select:
Compose: When you first go here, you will see a list of the emails you have already written as templates. To the right of each of them, under Actions, you can edit the email. You can edit this email template without risking any problems.
Newsletters: Here you can send emails manually. The first option, you choose the email template you composed and want to send now. Second option ALWAYS CHOOSE SEND IMMEDIATELY, NEVER CHOOSE CRON unless you know what you are doing. Third option select the subscriber list you want the email to go to. Then click SEND EMAIL.
Email Settings: This page has several different settings. Like I said above, do not change something if you do not know what it is/does. The following are safe to change:
Sender of Notifications: This will be the email address that your reminders appears to have been sent from, once the email is received. The email address does not HAVE to be real, however, I would suggest you use a working email address in case a user replies to one of your reminders.
Double Opt-In Subject & Double Opt-in Content: This is the email that will be sent once someone signs up for your monthly reminder. You can edit this to change what the confirmation email says when it is sent to a user after they sign up.
All the Welcome Email Options: You can change this as well. It is what is sent to your user after they have successfully signed up for your monthly reminders.
Unsubscribe Link: NEVER CHANGE THIS. Allowing your users to unsubscribe is a LEGAL REQUIREMENT. J2 Web will not be responsible for any legal ramifications, or damages of any kind, resulting from your removal or tampering with user’s ability to unsubscribe.
Everything after the Unsubscribe Link Option is generally safe to edit. Again, if you are not sure what it is, don’t edit it.
Appearance: These options are the general and overall appearance of your website. There isn’t much you should need to change here. The sub-menu option “MENU” allows you to edit the navigation structure of your site. As we discussed, the horizontal menu on your full site is custom coded, since your theme would not support a horizontal menu. So the changes you make here will affect your mobile sites menu but not the full site. IF YOU CHANGE YOUR THEME YOU WILL LOSE ALL THE CUSTOMIZATION OF YOUR WEBSITE.
Settings: These are the general settings for your website, such as time zones…etc. There are two important fields here you need to change. The first is SITE TITLE. You should title your site, essentially give it a name. The second is TAG LINE. You will need to add a brief description of your organization here. Why is this important? Search Engine Optimization. Google has already found your site. However, how you rank in search results, and what information google shows about your site is dependent on what you put in the Site Title and Tagline. Site Title will be the large blue link in google, while tagline is the information about your site displayed below. Since those two items are currently blank, here is what shows on google right now:
Once you edit Site Title: Where Google shows “my blog” it will show your site title. Once you edit the tagline, the text below “My Blog” will show your tagline text.
Customizing Your Site
And now the fun stuff. Once you are on your dashboard, you will see a home icon, followed by your site title, at the very top left. Click this. You will be taken to your websites home page, and there will be a black banner at the very top with an option “customize” on it. Click customize. This will open a panel on the left.
Let’s look at the options available:
Site Identity: Most of the options here have been disabled on your site, since you opted for a more customized appearance. However, there is one important option here, SITE ICON. This sets the icon on your web browsers tab when someone visits your site. Currently, I have it set to be your calendar from the banner, however you can change this to any image you wish.
Colors: There is nothing here you will need to change. It has all been built into your site’s customization.
Background Image: If you wish to have a background image for your site, it can be changed here. Currently, you have a white no image background.
Menus: This has been disabled for your site. As we discussed, your site does not support a horizontal menu, so it was custom coded and can not be changed from this option.
Static Front Page: This determines which of your pages is shown as your home page. You can change this to any of the pages you currently have on your site. Currently, it is set to the page number 54. This page does not have an actual title, because if it did, the title would also show which you did not want. However, this is fully up to you and how you wish to change it in the future.
Additional CSS: This is custom code that is used to style your site, which I added in to achieve the customization you requested. Do not edit this, unless you know what you are doing.
Widgets: This is the most important part. There are several widgets used on your site. The first four are sidebars. You can add these to your site if you wish. Currently your site has no sidebars enabled, but you can enable whichever ones you wish.
Top 1, 2, 3, 4: Currently these widgets are displayed on your home page. They control the three images of the women and their testimonials. There is some code in each of these that control each of the testimonial sections shown on your home page. Currently Top 1, 2, 3 are being used while Top 4 has no content. To change the content click on one (number 1 controls the most left, number 2 the middle one, number 3 the right one). Here is the code
<img style=”display:block; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto” src=”http://monthlybreastexam.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/terry.jpg”/>
<h3 style=”font-size: 1.25rem; text-align:center”>Terry-Lynn</h3>
<p style=”text-align:center”>While in the shower, I found a lump in my breast…. I was referred to an oncological surgeon for my biopsy. He told me that the lump didnt show up on my two-week-old mammogram! </p>
<p style=”text-align:center”><a class=”btn btn-sm blue” href=”http://monthlybreastexam.org/terry-lynn/”>See More</a></p>
The first line displays the image of Terry, and ensures that she is centered within her section of the page. You can change the image by adding a new image’s file path between double quotes after src=
The second line displays Terry’s Name. You can edit the name by typing over Terry-Lynn found just before the last h3 tag.
The third line displays a short portion of her testimonial.
The last line controls the Read More link.
This code is all HTML.
If you wanted to remove these sections, you would go into each one (Top 1, 2, 3) click TEXT, then at the bottom, click REMOVE.
All Other Widgets: You are not currently using any of the other widgets available. You can certainly use them if you wish. More on this later.
The Horizontal Menu: This is found under the widget “BANNER”. Here is the code for your horizontal menu. This code also inserts your main banner at the top of the page:
<a href=”http://monthlybreastexam.org/home/”><img src=”http://monthlybreastexam.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/cropped-banner.jpg”> </a>
<div id=”navcontainer” class=”navcontainer”>
<a href=“http://monthlybreastexam.org/level-1-breast-exam/”>Instructions – Level 1</a>
<a href=“http://monthlybreastexam.org/level-2-breast-exam/”>Instructions – Level 2</a>
<a href=“http://monthlybreastexam.org/breastexam/”>When to Do</a> </div> </li>
<li class=”dropdown“> <a href=“http://monthlybreastexam.org/474-2/” class=”dropbtn”>You Must Know</a>
<a href=“http://monthlybreastexam.org/statistics/”>Statistics</a> </div> </li>
<a href=“http://monthlybreastexam.org/about/”>About Us</a>
<a href=“http://monthlybreastexam.org/contact-us/”>Contact Us</a> </div> </li>
<li><a href=“http://monthlybreastexam.org/special-thanks/”>Special Thanks</a></li>
The parts in this color tell the browser what page the link should take the user. You can change this by editing the text here to the page’s link you want the user to be taken to. The link must come after herf= and be enclosed by double quotes.
The parts in this color are what the links will actually look like on the page. You can change these to say whatever you want. Remember, whatever link you have in typed before it will be where this link takes the user.
Whenever you see this, it means that menu item has drop down sub-menus.
When you are in the customize section, you can change whatever you want and the page will refresh to show you what those changes will look like. So you can play around all you want, and see the effects of those changes you make. However, these changes are not permanent until you click Save & Publish at the very top of the left panel. Once you click that, whatever changes you have made are permanent. So test it, play with it, just don’t save it unless you’re sure you like what you are seeing.
When editing pages, you have page attributes to the right. The Template option determines what your page looks like. Remember when you asked for the content to appear to be centered under the main menu but aligned left? This is where that is controlled. To make your content look like this choose the option Template Left & Right Column. However, you can choose whichever template option you like and see what it looks like. This can always be changed later if you want to.