It’s important to update content regularly. A website is not set in stone. It promotes products, advertises up coming events, tells a story, shares photos – the list goes on. But what can be more frustrating than not being able to update your content quickly? Everybody wants a reasonable amount of control at any time, and that’s certainly true when it comes to business owners and their websites.
Updating copy is something you can do easily yourself. And you can be more confident about it when you know what you’re dealing with.
Almost all websites have something like a filing cabinet of information bolted to their back end. The ‘filing cabinet’ is a database and the interface controlling it is usually called ‘the back end’ or ‘an admin panel’. The database got a fancy name: Content Management System, because it was just that: it managed the site’s content. CMS, for short.
Before you start editing your website content, there is just one thing you need to do. Check with your web administrator or designer, or developer that the database is backed up regularly. How often this happens is up to you and depends on how much you would mind if the whole thing went belly-up. Backups are generally scheduled automatically now, so once every 24hrs is a reasonable start.
Confidently knowing that your data is being backed up now gives you the freedom to update your content yourself! WordPress has an in-built editor so that you can update content as you would with standard word processing software. It also has ‘revisions’ built in (stored in the database) so you can wind back to a previous version of your edits with little trouble. Revisions are generally switched by ticking the box within ‘Screen Options’, top right hand corner of the admin panel.