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A Quick Tour Of WordPress Admin Dashboard


  • 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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