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Getting Started in WordPress and WPBakery

Getting Started

You must first log into the site that you plan to use WordPress in. Go to to log in using your Georgia State email and single-sign-on password. Once logged in, create a page by going to PAGES > ADD NEW.

Once you have created the new page, make sure that you're in the Backend Editor mode. You know that you're in the Backend Editor if you can see "Classic Mode" and "Frontend Editor."

Enter the page's title in the first form field at the top of the page, and then select the layout. Your layout will more than likely be the "constrained full-width" layout (second from the right).

Take this time to look at the column on the right. Add a new or select any category that you need (in order to group specific pages together for future use).

Under Page Attributes, select a parent page if this new page is a child page. Meaning, if you have a page titled "Faculty & Staff" who's URL is going to be, you would select the "About Us" page to be its parent. (Note: The "About Us" page does not have to list the main page as its parent. This is only for tertiary pages and higher.)

Select a Featured Image as well, if you need a specific image to be featured when your page is linked to social media or displayed within a grid within the site.

Editing Basics

Take a look at the "WPBakery Page Builder" starting options. You have "Add Element," "Add Text Block," and "Add Template." We'll look at Add Template first.

When you select Add Template, you have immediate access to the templates we've already built and included with your site. By choosing one of the template options available you can add pre-constructed rows, headings, page layouts, etc., and then just put your content into them once they're loaded on your page.

If you select Add Text Block, a row and single column with a text block (filled with Lorem ipsum) will appear, ready for you to add your own text. When you put your mouse over the text block, you have the option of moving the text block somewhere else on the page by clicking on the icon with four arrows and dragging it wherever you want it to go on the page, or you can edit the text (by clicking on the Edit pencil icon), duplicate the text block (by clicking on the two squares button), or delete it by clicking on the "X". These options are available for almost every element that you can add to your page.

When you select Add an Element, a window containing options for ALL of the available elements appears. It may appear to be intimidating at first glance, especially if you don't know where everything is located, but there is a Search field in the top right of the window which you can use to find whatever element that you need. You can type in "image" or "chart" or "heading", and elements with those words in their title will appear.

The second tab from the left, titled "My Elements," contains a large variety of elements that we've already formatted into the Georgia State theme for you, and all you have to do is change their content (see this article about Georgia State-themed elements for how to use them).

Don't forget to save your progress frequently by clicking on the "Publish" button on the right column. (Note: Once the page has been initially saved, this button will change from "Publish" to "Update".)

The live URL for the page you've saved can be found at the top of the page, just below the Title field. Click on the permalink to see the final live page.

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