This article will walk you through the steps to add a new sales event. Some steps may seem confusing reading them through just once so please watch the video below before adding your first Sales Event. If you have read this entire article and watch the video and you still have questions please feel free to Contact The Turning Gear by email.
Logging in to your WordPress website
First, you need to login to your WordPress website. Visit “https://www.esassales.com/wp-login.php“. This page is nothing fancy but will give you the ability to login to the back end of your website.
Enter your login information and click the “Log In” button.
After clicking “Log in” you will be redirected to the back end of your WordPress website. The back end gives you a lot of options on how you can edit the website.
Please don’t let the back end layout confuse or stress you out to much. After all, 90% of the options you are given are non-necessary to add a new sales event.
To ensure your websites performance remains in a quick and working manner it is strongly suggested that you don’t make ANY changes to ANY options other than those stated in this document.
Adding A New Blog Post
All “Sales Events” are being added to your website via “Post”. What this means is we will have to create a new blog post for each Sales Event.
To add a new post we need to use the navigation bar located to the far left-hand side of the screen. On this navigation bar you will see links to manage your WordPress Dashboard, Posts, Media, Pages and more. We will not be focusing on any of these tabs except for the tab that says “Posts”.
Click on the tab that says “Posts”.
After clicking the “Posts” tab you will be redirected to a new page. At the top of this page you will see an “Add New” button. Just bellow that button will be a list of all “Posts” created on your website. Go ahead and click the “Add New” button at the top of this page.
You will be redirected to the post creation portal. This is where we will be adding your new sales event to your website.
Preparing/Formatting Your Post
WordPress gives us a lot of options for how we can edit our posts. It’s important that we change some of the default settings to help your website visitors have a better experience on your website.
Again, please don’t get over worked about all the options in front of you. We will only be focusing on the settings on this page. “Title”, “Category” and “Divi Page Settings”.
Adding A Post/Sales Event Title
The title you enter on this web page will not be seen by users visiting your website. This title field is here strictly for your organization purposes only. With that being said you can add a title what ever way you feel is best for your personal organization. However, I recommend sticking with the format of “Month, Date & Date | Sale For (persons name goes here)”.
Example: “September 7th & 8th | Sale for Lisa Jerry”
We will go over how back end organization works later in this post.
Enable The Divi Visual Builder
The Divi Visual Builder will give you the ability to load your Upcoming Sales Templates and edit your upcoming sales in an easy way.
To access the Divi Builder, click the blue “Use The Divi Builder” button located under the Post/Sales Event Title.
Removing The Default Post/Sales Event Sidebar
By default, WordPress shows a sidebar on the right-hand side of all “posts”. It’s used for big blog websites and helps users search for content on a website. Because your website isn’t a blog this sidebar is relevant to us.
To remove this sidebar we will be navigating to our “Divi Page Settings”. These settings are located at the top of the “Post Settings” bar located on the right-hand side of your screen.
Inside the “Divi Page Settings” box you will see a setting titled “Page Layout” with a value set to “Right Sidebar”. We need to remove this sidebar.
Click on the “Page Layout” drop down and a few options will appear. Select the option titled “Full Width”. DO NOT get this confused for the option that says “No Sidebar” as the options will result in different outcomes.
Changing The Post/Sales Event Category
Categories help us organize content on your WordPress website. For example, all of the post categorized as “Upcoming Sale” will be shown on your home page while posts like this one (categorized as “website navigation help”) will not be shown on your home page.
To add a category, you need to utilize the “Post Settings” bar located on the far right-hand side of the screen.
Navigate to the tab that’s titled “Categories” and select the “Upcoming Sale” category.
Add A Featured Image To Your Post/Sales Event
The featured image will be the image that is displayed on the home page of this website and will help give users a hint of what to expect at your upcoming event.
To add a featured image travel to the very bottom of the right-hand sidebar and you will see a box that reads “Featured Image”. Select the image you would like to feature on the home page for this event. If you have not uploaded an image for this event yet, click the “Upload Files” tab located at the top left-hand corner of the featured image popup.
Load The “Sales Event Template”
After clicking the “Use The Divi Builder” button in the last step, the pages layout will change slightly. You will now see a box in the middle of of the page with a large blue bar. Inside of the blue bar are three options “Save To Library”, “Load Layout” and “Clear Layout”. Click on the middle option that says “Load Layout”.
After you click on “Load Layout” you will be sent to a new popup with a big blue bar located at the top. In the blue bar you will see three categories of layout types you can choose from. “Premade Layouts”, “Your Saved Layouts” and “Your Existing Pages”. Select “Your Saved Layouts”.
After making the selection stated in the paragraph above you will see the template titled “Sales Event Template”. Click on this template.
Changing “Sales Event Template” Content
Once you have loaded the “Sales Event Template” you will see some default content. The content is laid out and organized inside of boxes. We are only going to focus on two of those boxes. The boxes we are going to focus on are the grey boxes that say “Information Text” & “Photo Gallery”.
Adding Event Information Text
Hover your mouse over and click on the three black lines to the far left of the “Information Text” grey box. A popup will appear with the default template text inside. You can add and delete content as needed inside of this text box.
When you are done editing the text you can click the green button in the bottom right-hand corner of the popup that reads “Save & Exit”.
Adding Event Images
Hover your mouse over and click on the three black lines to the far left of the “Photo Gallery” grey box. A popup will appear and you will see a grey box that reads “Update Gallery”. Click this button and deselect all the previously checked images. Once you have unseleced all the preloaded images you will be prompted to upload new images. Click the button that reads “Select Images” and upload all the images you would like to feature on the event page.
When you are done editing the images you can click the green button in the bottom right-hand corner of the popup that reads “Save & Exit”.
Publishing Your New Sales Event
After you have made all the changes that were stated in this article go ahead and hit the blue button located in the for-right sidebar that reads “publish”.
Just like that, you have added a new Sales Event to your website.
If you have read this entire article and watch the video and you still have questions please feel free to Contact The Turning Gear by email.