Warning WARNING: THIS VIDEO REFERS TO OLDER VERSIONS OF WORDPRESS OR EXTERNAL WEBSITES. While the general principles demonstrated may remain the same, specific details may differ greatly from when this was recorded.

Summary

A Quick Tour Of WordPress Admin Dashboard

Walkthrough

  • A Quick Tour of the WordPress Admin Dashboard
  • We're going to look at the WordPress Administration Area, where you can make lots of changes to your site
  • This is just an overview to familiarise you with some of the different areas and their basic functions
  • We'll be going into more specific detail on many of these areas in later videos
  • So when you log in the first thing you see is the WordPress Dashboard
  • In the Right Now section, there's some info about your Posts and Pages
  • You can see if there are any spam comments to be deleted or how many comments are pending approval
  • Down the left hand side there's an extensive menu of different options
  • Posts are for the Blog Posts, Pages are for the Pages, and lots of other options
  • In the right column, there's a thing called Quick Press and this is for posting quick blog or news updates
  • On the top right hand side, there's an option called Screen Options
  • In it you can choose what's included or omitted from your dashboard, by ticking or unticking the boxes
  • This can remove some of the unnecessary clutter, or remove lesser used items from your dashboard
  • In the Help Section you can see more about each one of the modules listed
  • When we move down the left hand menu there's an option to clapse or expand the left side bar
  • Click the small double arrow above the Posts button, to toggle between them
  • If you hover over each icon, you can have a one click access to all the sub options
  • This can be quite handy if you're working with a smaller screen
  • Posts is for blog posts, as WordPress was originally designed as a blogging platform
  • The Media section, this is where you can have images, sound files and video
  • The Links section, where you have a blogrole or list of links off your site which you recommend
  • Separately you can have links in your pages and in your posts to other sites also
  • In Pages, it's the actual pages you have on your site: Home, Contact Us, About Us, etc
  • Comments are used mainly for blogging, but you may want to use them for feedback from visitors
  • For example on SelfAssemblySites we have Comments on every page to get your feedback to improve
  • The Appearance Section is where you set up a design theme which is like a template for the site
  • This allows you to change the look and feel of a website literally at the click of one button
  • Widgets are useful for a number of things, like keeping a list of links to various areas of your site all in one place
  • Menus allows you to edit the horizontal or vertical menus on your site
  • You can drag and drop the menu to add new items, like much of WordPress it's very easy to use
  • Background: if your theme supports it you can change the background colour or style or upload an image
  • Similarly for the Header, this allows you to customize your site with your logo or other branding
  • Editor is quite an advanced area, where you can make important changes to your site
  • Plugins allow you to add various pieces of functionality to your website
  • For example we use an auto-backup function to save guard our site, another for better search engine optimization
  • in Users, you can permit other people access to admin areas of your site, to add new pages or posts
  • You can set user levels, you control levels of access, so that nothing goes live until you've approved and verified it
  • There are plenty of applications for the Tools section, which we'll look at later
  • Finally the Settings area, you'll setup many initial things on your website and not really touch it afterward

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