What is the WordPress Admin Dashboard-Get Rolling
What is the WordPress Admin Dashboard
Where all the Magic Happens
So you decided you want a WordPress website and now you just need to figure out how WordPress works and most importantly what is the WordPress admin dashboard, so you can get logged in and add content to your site and begin building and adding more features and improvements that will create a good user experience for your visitors.
The WordPress Admin Dashboard is where you control all the features and add content and functionality to your website. Other wise known as the WordPress editor or just WordPress dashboard, they are all the same just different terms. I will show you the entire process of getting in to your dashboard area and also a bit about updating and navigation of your dashboard. There will be another post covering more specific steps in navigation and updates but today we will cover the basics to get you started so you can begin to get familiar with the settings and choices available
If you have arrived at this page and do not have a WordPress website yet then please follow along with our How to Use WordPress to Create a Website Beginners Guide You can get started and follow along as we show you the steps for navigating your Website editor
Login to WordPress Admin Dashboard
When you purchased Web hosting from your host provider, you should have received information about logging into your WordPress Admin dashboard. Most likely with an option to create a password using the user name of “Admin” when you first login.
However, if you do not have that information handy or simply don’t want to look it up every time you login to your site, then there is an easier way. Using your domain name followed by WP-admin. Book mark it on your browser and you won’t have to ask yourself, What is The WordPress Login URL again? I looks like this below
Just add the wp-admin to the end of your domain and once you enter that URL and hit enter you will be taken to the WordPress Login window shown below
Your first login will most likely be by using username Admin and then your password you set up at hosting or one that was assigned to you. Selecting the “remember me” check box will let you get in with one click next time you want to login.
That will depend on your browser and how long it keeps the cookie data stored. Personally I generally don’t use it, just for security purposes, It also keeps me up to date on my login credentials since I have to know them in order to get in. Resetting this password can be a bit painful if you keep forgetting it so it is up to you if you want to use the check box.
You should also go to WordPress website and set up a free account when you have time. It is place to stay current on all things WordPress and also find out about new features and even some site support if you have questions
The WordPress Dashboard Layout
After successfully entering your login credentials you will be taken to your WordPress Dashboard. This is where the magic happens for your website. 🙂 In here you will add content in the form of posts or pages, create and update menu’s so users and find your information. You add images or media and many other great features for your site.
Below is a screen shot of what the WordPress dashboard looks like when you login. You have several options at this point. You can control what displays in the main screen to make it easier to see what you want to see.
You have total control as an admin in this dashboard, you can also add additional users and apply permissions to them if you have others who help with your site, you will also use this for adding content and adding upgrades and additional features to your site. You pretty much live in here when working on your site. Not to worry, it will all become easy soon enough, once you get familiar with how things work, you will begin to feel more comfortable navigating.
Initial Navigation of WordPress Dashboard
Now that you have made it to the main editor window of your website. You can now begin to learn how things work and where to go to start adding features and content for your site. The menu on the left is where you control your main operations. A basic overview of the left side menu options in the editor
You have a variety of content settings options, which will be the place you go when creating your articles or adding images, responding to comments and so on.
- Posts- Where you create blog posts or articles to share to your target audience
- Media- Video, audio, and image files go here to later add to posts or pages on your site
- Pages- Create your main website pages here using this tab- similar to posts
- Comments- Article comments from readers appear here respond to comments here as well.
Then you have configuration settings that help you set up how your site is displayed and how it functions.
- Appearance- Multiple options within this tab to customize your site, add menu’s, headers, backgrounds and more
- Plugins- Plug and play ad dons to your site can be found here, add free plugins easily that give a wide variety of options for you to improve the user experience of your site and also add features for you as an admin to use
- Users- This is where you create and manage additional users to your website and assign access permissions accordingly
- Tools- used for several choices including importing and exporting data files, site health data and so on.
- Settings- General data about your site like the tagline, or name of your website that gets displayed publicly, some additional layout and display options like what page displays when someone finds your URL and many other choices
You also have screen display options within the dashboard editor itself. In the upper right there is a “screen options” tab. Which displays the snippets of data on the front page of your dashboard when you login
You have the option to remove or add the choices from the screen options menu. Best bet here is to select and deselect the choices to your liking, you have some very informative possibilities from website health, to WordPress news and update info to your latest activity or even a place to quickly add a draft of a post idea for publishing at a later date.
Next Steps for your WordPress Admin Dashboard
Once you have made it in to your dashboard area you can begin to learn your way around, and start creating the framework of your website. You can always change this at any time so do not worry about being perfect right off the bat. You can start creating initial pages and a new user account.
I will have another post soon that shows how to create menu’s and pages and posts but for now just use the “pages” tab at the left and create a page for your site. Once you select pages you will be into your content editor where you select add new and then give the page a Title like “About Me” and begin to fill out a bio of yourself and what your website is about.
You have the option to save the content as a draft which is not published online or publish which makes the content live online. Try saving as a draft until you have it the way you want it then publish it. You can edit it again at any time.
Managing Users In WordPress Dashboard
It is a good idea for security purposes to add an additional user “you” with something other than Admin as the user name.
Your homework assignment, is to add yourself as a new user and assign the role of admin and use this as your primary login. Leave the current Admin user alone but you are creating a new admin user. This helps in two ways. First you still could login as site admin using your initial admin password at any time if your new user account becomes corrupted or you get an error at login.
Secondly it provides a second level of security to your site. You can name the user anything you like and assign a totally different password. In the Role drop down area, select administrator for your new user account, fill in all the boxes and save it at the bottom.
use the newly created user account as your main account for all things you do on your site. Change the original Admin password and file that info somewhere safe, then just use the new account from now on.
Now that we have gone through the initial steps to get you familiar with what is the WordPress admin dashboard, then you are now free to experiment a bit with the menu. You can create pages and content and we will go over in more detail how that works in my next post. But try to login and out a few times to make it a habit and an easy step for you
Continue to add information to your about me page and any others you have created. You have learned how the basics work on the dashboard, the next step is to show you about plugins and setting up your site for SEO and also going over pages and posts so you can start to go to work and build your empire online 🙂
How are you doing with your new website? I would be happy to answer questions. Please email or comment below and I would be happy to respond.