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Before You Start Using the Visual Editor your WordPress installation is done and the Headway Base theme is installed and activated, it’s just about time to open the Visual Editor and start designing. However, designing works best if you have some content in place first. Not only will it be easier to design and preview your site in the Visual Editor, but a site shouldn’t be designed without consideration for its content.

This article applies to new WordPress installations. If you are redesigning a website with content already in place, feel free to skip this article. (But you may want to see Redesigning with Headway While Your Website Is Live.)

The following suggestions will get you started with a new website:

  • Create Pages.
    If you will have static content that you want people to have quick access to, put this information in WordPress pages. (To start creating a page, in the WordPress admin panel for your website, click Add New in the Pages menu.)
  • Set Up Your Navigation.
    With pages in place, you have something to link to in a WordPress navigation menu. Create any menus you want to appear on your site. For example, you may want a nav bar across the top of the page above your site name and tagline in addition to a menu in a sidebar. (In WordPress, click Menus in the Appearance menu.)
  • Add a Blog Post or Edit the Default.
    A new WordPress installation includes a placeholder post entitled “Hello world!” You may want to add a few test posts and maybe edit the default post. With multiple test posts in place, when you preview your site in the Visual Editor, you can see how your site will behave when the bloggers start posting. You can always delete these test posts when your site is about to go live.
  • Set a Static Page as the Home Page (Optional).
    When WordPress is installed in the site’s root directory, the blog automatically becomes the home page of the site. If your site is primarily a blog, it makes sense to leave it this way. But if you want static content on the home page and the blog as a side feature, follow these instructions.

Even if you plan from the beginning to have a static front page, it is recommended that you install WordPress in the root directory. This way, you can manage the entire site using WordPress and Headway rather than having to worry about making your Headway design match the rest of the site. You also benefit from Headway features, such as SEO settings, across your site.

With some initial content in place, you’re ready to start designing your site with Headway.

This article was last updated for Headway version 3.8.3

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