Guide to The Editor

November 4, 2019

Your site is live, it looks the business and it's about your business ...but wait that new telephone number you've just acquired is now not on your site!

Nooooo 🤯

Don't panic, we are going to take you on a quick video tour of 'The Editor' (our content management system) and show you how to edit your content. (which we've made open in a new tab so you can follow along)

In the video below, we're going to do a high level overview: how the owner of a website (you) can log in to make changes and publish those changes on the web.

So what are we waiting for, get a brew and let's get started:

Ok great. So now you've changed some of your on page content you're done, right? 🤔 Wait... what about Meta Data, Open Graph {and insert other confusing web terminology here}.

You'll be glad to know we are not going to dive head-first into SEO (search engine optimisation) and other confusing web jargon. But if you're interested in learning more on busting that pesky web jargon, click the link to read our 'Digital Overview'

We digress. Let's get back to general page settings. The pages tab in the Editor gives us access to each page on our website. From here, we can edit each page, optimise site search settings and set passwords for specific pages.

Watch the video below to find out how easy it is to keep your site tidy and effective behind the scenes for web optimisation.

Now you are au fait with the on-page content and the site’s behind the scenes settings, what about 'Collections'? What are they and what do they do?

Don't worry if you don't have a section called Collections. Not every website has (or even needs) a Collections panel, but if yours does, Collections are like databases. We can use Collections to organise team members, blogs and various types of content.

Got a Collection? Watch this next video to find out how we can use it.

🥳 Your training is complete!!!

However, we know how baffling the web can be, so if you have any questions or queries, please don't hesitate to get in touch. Just raise a 'Got a Question' ticket via your account: https://support.maintenanceaccounts.com or email directly support@maintenanceaccounts.com with your question and we will get back to you asap!

Best Practice:

It's best practice to publish content as you go along, rather than doing a whole string of amends and then publishing them to live.

A great tip is to keep a spare text edit open and copy the original content you want to replace before you edit it so you can use it as a backup. The same goes for images / other content: create a backup first in case you make an error or need to put back what was there originally.

Currently, the Editor does not have a ‘revert to previous’ restoration button. So if you make a big mistake, you will have to come out of the Editor and get us to restore a version from before you made edits.


Pro Tips:

  1. Always use plain text editors when copying and pasting new text so it does not accidentally carry over any unwanted styles.
  2. When you replace an image, unless you are intending to use a different ratio, always try and paste a like-for-like dimensions image. For instance, if the original image is 800px by 600px, make sure your new image is the same size or it may create unwanted gapping.
  3. As we said above, it's best to publish your content as you go along, rather than make a long string of amends and then publish at the end (this helps reduce accidents in posting content).
  4. Again, always keep a spare copy of what you're replacing as you work, just in case you need to revert and put that content back in.
  5. Don’t stay logged into the Editor, or leave unpublished content. This is just incase content gets overwritten when we (Target Ink) go into the designer to do amends or SEO, especially if we publish something you did not yet want published! (Don't worry we can see if you are actively in the Editor and will stay clear!)

We will be adding more hints and tips in future blogs to aid your overall experience of 'The Editor'.

Good to know: if you are on one of our support contracts, we can help you with an explanation on 'how to'. Or better yet, do the amends for you.

If you are no longer on one of our support contracts, please feel free to contact us, but please note any work carried out will be invoiceable. We will always let you know how long it will take / the charge it will incur before carrying out the work.

If you'd like to sign up to a new contract, get in touch and we can discuss your options.