How-To: Updating projects on the Curriculum website

The KS Boys State Curriculum site is built on the WordPress platform. Though WordPress is generally considered a blogging platform, this site does not use it in that fashion. Instead of “blog posts,” each piece of the site is a “page.” This means in order to make any project on the site, you must make a new page or edit an existing page. The pages are carefully organized in a hierarchical format that funnels users down to the exact projects they are needing.

For example, the Projects Page has links to various groups found within the program (city, county, media, etc). Then, on each of these group pages, links to specific projects can be found. Upon clicking one of the project links, the project will come up.

This might seem like a lot of steps, but it allows everything to be very organized, and one an individual arrives at the project being sought, that is all that will be visible, which helps eliminate distractions and questions about what needs to be done. And if someone feels they have navigated to the wrong place, there are breadcrumbs immediately above the title of each page that will allow the user to go back where the individual came from.

The video above gives a broad overview of what needs to be done in order to create a new project or edit an existing one. Below is a step-by-step breakdown of the same process (screenshots demonstrating the various steps are placed immediately prior to the step’s written instructions). However, if the instructions are still not clear, please don’t hesitate to contact Todd Vogts with questions by emailing him at

STEP ONE: Have credentials created to allow you to log into the curriculum site to make changes.

  • Email Todd Vogts ( requesting access
  • Provide him with an email address you want associated with the account and a password you want to use
    • Lacking a password suggestion, Vogts will create one for you, but then you will be encouraged to change it after logging in

STEP TWO: Navigate your Internet browser to the login screen


  • Put your username and password into the appropriate fields

STEP FOUR: Navigate to the Pages via the Dashboard

  • After logging in, you are at the Dashboard
  • Click on Pages, which can be found in left-hand column

STEP FIVE (a): Create a new page by clicking on “Add New”

  • Make a new page by clicking on the appropriate button
    • Do not panic about the number of pages currently in existence
    • Do not delete any of the pages currently in existence

STEP FIVE (b): Edit an existing page

  • Mouse over the title of a page you wish to edit
  • Options to deal with the page will appear below the title
  • Click “Edit” (not “Quick Edit”)

STEP 6: Adding content to a page

  • Put the page/project title in the uppermost field
  • Paste/type the project into the large, open field below the title
    • You can use common word processing features to make the text look the way you want
      • This includes bold, italics, bullets, etc.
  • Set the page template to “Full Width Page (no sidebar)”
    • The “Default” option might work, but manually setting it to this will ensure it appears correctly
  • Don’t worry about the “Featured Image”
  • Don’t worry about the “Order”
    • You can worry about it, though, if you want to organize the projects by importance with zero being the most important . . . otherwise, the default is zero so they will all be treated roughly the same by the system, which is OK

STEP 7: Setting the Parent Page

  • This is a very important step
  • The Parent Page is what establishes the organization of the site
  • Set the Parent Page to whatever group/body the project applies to
    • For example, the “City Incorporation Project” would have a parent of “City”

STEP 8: Publish the Page

  • Click the “Publish” button
    • If you are simply editing an existing page, the button will say “Update” . . . see Step 13 for more

STEP 9: Go back to all Pages

  • Click on “All Pages” in the left-hand column

STEP 10: Edit the Parent Page

  • Mouse over the title of a page you wish to edit
  • Options to deal with the page will appear below the title
  • Click “Edit” (not “Quick Edit”)

STEP 11: Insert name of new Project

  • Hit return/enter where you want the project to be listed
  • Following the bullet that is created, type the name of your project

STEP 12: Linking to the Project

  • Select/highlight the title of the project
  • Click on the “Link” button, which looks like a little piece of a chainlink
  • In the dialogue box that appears, either type in the name of your page in the search field or scroll through the list of pages and select your page
  • Then click “Add Link”

STEP 13: Update the Page

  • When everything is ready, click “Update”

STEP 14: Celebrate & Start Again

  • You have gone through all the necessary steps to create/update a project/page
  • Repeat the process to complete another project