This image shows the main block of text in the public front-end of a website. This text is contained in a Text Block - and, because it is in the left-hand column on this computer display, it is in a Primary region.

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A Text Block as it appears in the public front-end of the website (click image for large version)

To edit a Text Block, log in to your website admin area, open up the relevant page. You'll see a list of all the editable regions on that page.

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Find the relevant Text Block in the list of editable regions for the relevant page in the admin area (click image for large version)

Then click on the name of the editable region containing the relevant Text Block. In this example, the name of the editable region is Primary 1.

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The editing screen for a Text Block (click image for large version)

The editing screen uses a very simple text editor, a bit like editing a Word document. To edit this block of text, you can just start typing in the box in the middle of the editing screen.

Heading 1 is important for SEO

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Use the Formatting button to format a Heading 1 (click image for large version)

The main block of text on a page should start with a Heading 1. This makes it clear to users what the page is about and is an important part of the page for search engine optimisation (SEO). Some text you type in can be converted to a Heading 1 by highlighting the text, clicking the Formatting button and selecting Heading 1 from the drop-down list.

When you are editing the text in a Heading 1, try to include a good search engine phrase that you want your website to perform well for in search engines.

Other formatting options

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The toolbar above the editing are has other options (click image for large version)

You can add various other types of formatting to text including

  • bold text (use the B button)
  • italic text (use the I button)
  • bulleted lists (use the "Unordered list" button)
  • numbered lists (use the "Ordered list" button)
  • tables (use the Table button)
  • horizontal line, useful for separating long blocks of text into smaller chunks (use the "Horizontal Rule" button)

It is good practice not to try to introduce lots of different fonts, font-sizes and font colours on a website, so the editing screen doesn’t provide these options.

You can also add some other types of content into the block of text by using other buttons on the toolbar, including:

  • images
  • video

Adding links

To add a link:

  • type in the text that will be displayed
  • drag cursor over this text to select it then click the “Link” icon then select “Insert link”
  • this opens up a dialogue box in which you can type the full address for the link
  • you can add a web address here...
  • or an email address if you want a "mailto" link

Search engine optimisation (SEO)

Include good SEO phrases in headings and elsewhere throughout the text block - if this is possible without making the text look too clumsy! You will have to think carefully about what might be the most important search phases for your website. See this FAQ article for some basic ideas about choosing a target search phrase.

Saving your changes

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Saving your changes (click image for large version)

When you’ve finished editing, click “Save Changes” to save the article or “Cancel” to exit without saving.

Important: always check the public front-end of the website!

After making any changes in the admin area and clicking “Save Changes”, always check the public front-end of the website to make sure everything is displaying correctly. Remember to "refresh" or "reload" the web page in your web browser (or close and re-open your web browser) to ensure you are seeing the updated version of the your website.

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Refresh the page in your web browser and check the changes (click image for large version)