Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start writing!
The WordPress Dashboard is the first screen you see when you log into the administrative section of your website. This is where you can add and update the pages and posts of your website.
At the top of your WordPress dashboard you will notice a navigation menu with the title of your website. The menu also contains the name of the person who is logged in at the present time . If you click on it, you will see there is a link to log out of your WordPress dashboard. You will also notice that there is a link to edit your profile settings.
When WordPress introduces or updates its features, they will conveniently bring it to your attention by giving you a a Dashboard tour of that new or updated feature. After you have read about the new feature, please click” Dismiss” to hide the tour.
Unless you have a customized version of WordPress, you should see that just below your name on the top navigation menu, there are a two tabs: Help and Screen Options. When you click on these tabs, a slide down panel will appear. The Help section displays helpful information to assist you in navigating your way around the dashboard. The Screen Options section displays various several choices that allow you to customize what is viewed on the current post or page. The options in in this section vary depending on which page or post you are currently looking at.
Dashboard Menu Options
If you look to the left side of your WordPress Dashboard you can the administrative menu. Here is where the links to edit your website are located.
If you hover over these links, you will see that a “slide out” menu with various options will be displayed for each menu choice. When each of the links is click on the admin menu, that menu option will expand to reveal any available options for that section.
Below is a brief overview of the options on the Administrative Navigation menu:
The first page that will appear when you Login into your WordPress Dashboard, is your dashboard homepage. When you look to the left at the very top of the Dashboard, in the “Right Now” section, you will see that it lists the amount of Blog Posts, Pages, Categories, as well as Tags that your site contain, in addition to the amount of pending, approved and spam comments.
In the Posts section, you are able to create and update Blog posts.You are also able to add and update Blog Categories and Blog Post Tags.
In the Media Library, is where are all the images, videos, documents and files that you have uploaded are saved. You may scroll through the Media section to find and edit any media files.
Starting with version 3.5 of WordPress, the Links option is removed by default. This was done to simplify the interface of the dashboard. However, if you were already utilizing the Links option in a version prior to WordPress 3.5, when you update it it will automatically stay in place for you to use. But, if you are not currently utilizing this feature or if this is your first installation of WordPress, you must go to WordPress Plugin Directory to get the Link Manager plugin. Once you activate this plugin, it will then show up on your Dashboard admin menu.
The Link Manager is a plugin that is adds links to your WordPress website. The links are generally shown in list format using one of WordPress Widgets. The links in the section may also be separated by Categories.
In the Pages section, you can add and edit Pages in your WordPress website.
In this section, you are allowed to manage all your comments. This also includes replying, deleting or marking Spam comments.
In the Appearance section, you control the look of your WordPress website. You are allowed to choose, change or delete a Theme, edit and add Menus and/or Widgets, and if you have enough advanced knowledge you are even allowed to edit your theme source files, such as PHP and CSS.
In the Plugins section, you can extend your WordPress website functionality. You are allowed to add or remove plugins, in addition to activating or deactivating plugins.
In the Users section, all the users for your website are listed. If you have a Admin or Super Admin Role, you are also allowed to add new users and manage their admin privileges (Roles).
In the Tools section, you are given access to several tools. You are also allowed to Import and Export data to and from your WordPress website as a data file.
The Settings section is where you edit your site configuration. There are many things that can be configured in this area. Among them are,the website name and web address, whether or not your site visitors can add comments and several other website settings. Quite often, once you set your website is up, it is usually not necessary to edit any of the website settings.
At the very bottom in the Admin menu you will see the Collapse menu link. Clicking on this link will minimize it and you will just see icons instead. Clicking the arrow will extend the menu back to its former status.
On occasion, after installing a WordPress Plugin, You will also see additional links on the Admin Menu. The position of these links is dependent on the Plugin. However, often times the links will appear either under the Settings section or the Tools section or they will create a entirely new menu item on the Admin menu.
WordPress in recent years has become the number one solution for building a website due to it’s ease of use, in addition to it’s versatility. When business owners and web developers plan to create new website, WordPress should always be a should be the first platform that is chosen.
There are many reasons why WordPress has grown in fame with many old school and new web developers alike:
Installation is Easy
Firstly, installing WordPress is extremely easy with most hosting companies and can be done in just a few clicks of your mouse. If your web hosting company has Cpanel with Fantastico installed on its servers, then with just a few minutes, you can have a new installed WordPress site, ready to be customized to your liking.
It’s Free to Use
WordPress is open source software, which means that you can use it at no cost and edit the source code without having to stress about violating any copyrights. It is used by millions of people across the globe to create beautiful, dynamic, search-engine friendly websites and blogs. Not only can you use it for no cost, but there are literally thousands of WordPress themes and plugins that you can use to customize your website without having to spend a cent. When you have very limited funds, that fact in itself can be extremely attractive.
It’s Not Just for Blogging
Many people have made the mistake of believing that WordPress is just for creating blogs, however it is far more versatile than that and you can build almost any type of website that you require using WordPress and it’s plugins.
WordPress is built using to basic principles: Posts and Pages.
Posts are blog entries or articles that are generally listed in reverse chronological order. This is useful if you have any information that needs to be updated or released to your clients on a regular basis, such as “Latest Company News” or “Personal Updates.
Pages are simply static content that does not change frequently. Such as a “Services” or “About Us” page.
That’s the beauty of WordPress: It is very easy to create anything from a static website to showcase your businesses products and services with only a few pages to a thousand page membership site with user interaction and anything in between.
Social Media Loves WordPress
With social media becoming such a huge part of being online for both businesses, clients and everyday users it is of great importance to start integrating social media activities into your online presence. There are several WordPress plugins allow you to do this very easily, so that you can connect with Facebook Twitter, Pinterest, Linked In and just about any other social network you can imagine.
And Finally, Millions of People Power the Websites with WordPress
Below is just a small sampling of the tons of websites powered by WordPress:
Ford Motor Company is one of the largest and most profitable global businesses . They are the 3rd largest maker of cars in the world. The company sells luxury cars under the Lincoln brand and it sells vehicles under the Ford brand. It was founded by Henry Ford in 1903.
The world’s fastest man’s website is powered by WordPress!
With more than 20 million unique visitors a month, Mashable is one of the world’s largest blogs. It focuses exclusively on providing news pertaining to social networks, such as facebook, pinterest and twitter.
Katy Perry is a multi-platinum American singer-songwriter and musician that uses WordPress to power her website!
America’s Original Secret Millionaire, Dani Johnson – Former homeless single mother who went on to become a multi-millionaire and one of my mentors! And yes, you guess it, her website is powered by WordPress!
The official site of actor, musician, and businessman Justin Timberlake is powered by WordPress.
Best Buy Mobile
Best Buy Mobile is an online magazine that showcases the latest gadgets, apps, and technologies in the consumer mobile industry. Their website is powered by WordPress and is run by Best Buy, the largest electronics retailer in the world.
MTV is one of the most watched television networks in the world and its the fact that they chose to use WordPress to power its News Blog is certainly noteworthy.
CNN, one of the world’s largest sources of news, powers many of their websites with WordPress!
Harvard is the oldest American institution of higher learning and they use WordPress to power the Harvard Gazette’s entire website.