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Adding a Page to your WordPress website

You may or may not have heard the acronym WISYWYG before.  WISYWYG is for What You See Is What You Get and is used for creating html content for websites, emails, and much more. Within WordPress the WYSIWYG tool is used quite a bit as it is the Visual Editor for adding content for pages and posts.  Although creating pages and posts with the WYSIWYG tools can be a bit tricky it is much easier than learning html coding. You have access to add text, images, video and audio files.  The following video will go through how to add a page with a single image and some text.  

How to put your page in the WordPress menu system

One of the most significant advances with WordPress 3.0 when it was released last year was the menu system.  Before menus adding pages and content to your site needed to be very well planned out and making changes to a large site was cumbersome. As an example before the menu function if you added a page or post to your site it would automatically be added to your site.  You will notice in the video that with the menu system the page doesn't display on the site until you want it to. Now with a couple clicks and drag and drop you are able to add and edit the layout of your site in a matter of minutes.  As was brought up on the previous post about themes, making sure that the theme you choose has WordPress menus available is important.  This video will show you how to add a menu and then add a page to that menu using a commercial (paid) theme from WooThemes.

Mark Potter
As a total aside - on the image sizes - if you're ever posting and wondering why you can't choose large (as in the demo vid here) - it's because the image is smaller than the large size is set to for your theme. You can edit those sizes for your theme in Settings > Media. From there you set the maximum size - it'll limit the long edge to those settings, and set the short edge to preserve the aspect ratio of the image.
Mike Fitzpatrick
That's awesome Mark, thanks for adding that. By the way you mentioned CSSEdit in the theme post, does that have similar functionality to firebug? Although I would guess more advanced since it is a pay app.
Mark Potter
I've been using it for a couple of years, and I absolutely love it. It's got an x-ray mode where you can click on something - say an image or H1 line - and it shows you a breadcrumb trail of all of the tags applied to that, so you can navigate up the trail to hit a specific div, or you can click a selector in the inspector window to navigate to that particular part of the css file. If there are multiple css files affecting one tag it will show you a list of those as well. You can open any\all of the style pages that affect that element, and then you can override them with a live preview - so you can edit \ add \ change a given style tag and see how it behaves on the live site - without affecting what a normal user sees, and without having a separate sandbox site. It's a huge time saver whether you're doing an initial design or when you're polishing and making 1, 5, 10px adjustments here and there. It's a bit of a game changer to be working with a live preview of your actual site that you can interact with, without having to mess around with a sandbox, or breaking something a customer would see. When you're editing tags - you can write from scratch, or it's got a builder panel built in - so you can drop down say the dimensions menu - and it's got boxes to fill in for margins \ padding \ etc. The engine is pretty slick and outputs pretty clean code as well. The only real drawback is that it uses webkit as its rendering engine, so browser (IE) specific edits are still a bit of a chore, but standards-based stuff is pretty straightforward.

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