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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
WordPress Admin Dashboard URL

 

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

WordPress Admin Login

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.

WordPress Dashboard

 

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.

WordPress Dashboard Menu

  • 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.

Add New Page WordPress Dashboard

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.

Final Thoughts

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.

Take care

Todd

I have been in the online world since 2004 I have the experience to know how to help you succeed. The best decision I ever made is becoming an affiliate marketer as my business is flowing well. I can help you do the same, and get that online business going. Please see my About Todd Page for more information

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22 Responses

  1. Awinikistevie says:

    Hello there, This is an amazing article that you have got here. The information that you offered are of great benefit and they are more helpful to beginner like me. I really do not know how to navigate through the word press dashboard. Personally I have been working it out myself to get better. But, with simplicity you have broken it down for me.

    Thanks for sharing this with me.

    • Todd says:

      Awinikistevie,

      I am happy this helped you out, that is the intent to make it easy and clear for beginners to understand the process and remove the stress.

      Thanks for the comment

      Todd

  2. evans says:

    Hello dear, splendid review you have here on word press admin dashboard, in a more concise form,The WordPress admin dashboard, often called WP Admin or WP admin panel, is essentially the control panelfor your entire WordPress website. It’s where you create and manage content, add functionality in the form of plugins, change styling in the form of themes, and lots, lots more. Hope this helps visitors understand the concept more…

    • Todd says:

      Evans, 

      Thanks for a great breakdown of the admin dashboard, It surely is the control panel for your website allowing for multiple functions and purposes. 

      Thanks for the comment

      Todd

  3. edahnewton1 says:

    Hey nice article you have there. Thanks for sharing such a timely information to the public. I have been having some difficulty in using the worldpress Admin dashboard for sometime now, having gone through your simplified description and illustration from this article, I am enlighten, I will definitely do well to put it in practice on my menu. Will be pleased to know more about it in your subsequent articles. Regards.

    • Todd says:

      Edahnewton1,

      I appreciate the nice words and that you enjoyed the article. Using the login process and also getting used to the functions as time goes on becomes easy. Next article is on adding media to WordPress website. Stay tuned. LOL 🙂

      Thanks for the comment

      Todd

  4. Philebur says:

    Hello there, thanks a lot for sharing this wonderful piece of information here with us. I must say i really did enjoyed going through this article. I was referred by a friend earlier to engage in this but I never knew this much about wordpress, thanks for sharing this well detailed review I think I can go about this now

    • Todd says:

      Philebur,

      Glad you see value in the information, the intent is to make it easy. Tell your friend they provided good advice. WordPress has really made this process much more fluid.

      Thanks for the comment

      Take Care

  5. Blessed says:

    Thanks for sharing this amazing review, WordPress admin area is highly important to understand for a proper navigation, widgets, menu and all that…you did well in talking about the 2 step security using the newly setup admin user in operating the site while the main admin is kept at top security level. You have analyzed the WP admin area for all to understand easily great job , I look forward to see the phase 2 of this review.

    • Todd says:

      Blessed,

      Thanks for mentioning the security piece. Most beginners forget that and I wanted to make it known how important it is. There will be another article on this but right now it is about the beginner level. So I am covering the dashboard elements piece by piece.

      Thanks for the comment

      Take Care

  6. Alane says:

    Hello Todd,

    I really enjoyed reading your article about what and how to use the WordPress admin dashboard. You defined it very well, and I very much liked the way you organized the contents, ads, and the flow of your language.

    I learned a lot from you, especially about assigning a new user account. It’s just amazing. However, I have two questions:

    1. Would you please show me using the screenshot of how you managed to organize the table of contents?

    2. What are the four key plugins that the website must have?

    Remain blessed.

    Thanks.

    • Todd says:

      Alane,

      I am glad this helped you. Thanks for the nice words about the flow of the content. The table of contents is a result of a plugin called Easy Table of Contents

      Just do a search in your plugins menu and you should find it and others like it. The set up is pretty simple in fact the defaults are not bad either. Hmm 4 plugins? well I’m a bit spoiled since my site has pre-installed security SSL protection and SEO and Image optimization plugins from Wealthy Affiliate hosting service

      I would go with an SEO Plugin like Yoast or All in ONE SEO Pack, Both free versions are great

      An image optimization like Kraken.io(pro version pre installed on wealthy affiliate hosting)

      For those not on the Wealthy Affiliate servers, a Spam blocker of some sort and  you will need a GDPR consent plugin to stay legal. Add others as you need, I have tried several and have settled on my current lineup.

      Thanks for the comment and i enjoyed the questions.

      Take care

  7. Bernardo says:

    Hi Todd

    Thank you for your insights into setting up WP, it is very comprehensive information you have provided. You certainly know your way around the program and have given me some great help to change some items on my website thanks to your article. 

    It can be quite confusing at the start when setting up WP,  you have explained what everything is for and certainly made it easier. Thank you again 

    Regards Bernardo 

    • Todd says:

      Bernardo,

      Glad you liked the article, making the process simple and easy to understand can remove many of the barriers people may have in getting started.

      Thanks for the comment

      Take Care

  8. Christine says:

    This is a great, step-by-step instruction for creating a website using WordPress. For new users like me, this is useful.

    Thank you for the easy way to login to the WordPress dashboard. I do not like to look up the login information every time.

    I am very confused about the plugins. I need to learn more about that.  Looking forward to your next article to learn more.

    Thank you.

  9. Duni says:

    This is really helpful for those that have never used WordPress before. I certainly could have used something like this when I was first building my website. This is going to help a lot of people get their sites up and running in no time! What is your favorite WordPress feature?

    • Todd says:

      Duni,

      The intent is to remove the stress and show how easy the process really is. Hopefully others will find the same value that you did.

      I like the media library. Makes adding images and videos a snap. Infact that’s my next post. 

      Thanks for the comment

      Todd

  10. Lee says:

    Thank you for this helpful guide on how to use WordPress. It takes practice to get use to it. I appreciate in this tutorial how you to add users. It is a good ideal to have a user account separate from admin so you can use it to comment in the comments section. Like most things, the more you practice with the WordPress dashboard the more you will get better at using it.

    • Todd says:

      Lee,

      Glad you liked the article. Adding a user also provides a more personal connection to the visitors. Instead of every post saying Admin at the bottom and in comments like you mentioned, you get a name and an overall better experience which leads to the trust of your readers. 

      Thanks for the comment

      Take Care

  11. Sami says:

    Your article very thoroughly covered the introduction to Word Press.  The first time to build your own site is a bit intimidating. Add frightening to that for me.  Your article is an accurate description of how it goes as you are starting your site.  You just left out the excitement one feels as they are doing this for the first time. 

     Building your own site is such an exciting adventure, and the path you are guided down when you follow the Wealthy Affiliate plan is so easy.  Mind you easy does not mean you can ignore the work.  Building the site is easy, but must be done.  You as the new business owner are entering a wonderful world that you build and create for yourself.  There is much to be done.  You won’t see the option of joining a program that will make you rich for only $5999.00  You will find one that offers a free week and the first month at $19.00.  This is a trusted and tried way to create an online income for yourself using Word Press.  Sami

    • Todd says:

      Sami,

      very good point about the excitement of creating a website for the first time. Getting past the intimidating part is

       easy once you factor in the excitement. I will most likely update this post to include a mention of how fun it is to do this. 

      Thanks for the comment

      Take care

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