If you’re a new blogger or a business owner that has a new WordPress website I know that you’re confused with the WordPress dashboard.
If you haven’t started your blog yet, make sure to check out my free guide on how to start a blog!
The WordPress Dashboard or WordPress admin panel can be a little confusing if you are seeing it for the very first time. It comes with lots of menu items, links, settings, and much more which need to control your blog or website.
But the real thing is it’s actually pretty easy to learn how to manage your site using the dashboard. You just need to take a little time to find out how each menu, setting, and everything works for your site.
Where to start?
You’re not alone!
In this article, I will share with you a simple and detailed guide to the WordPress admin dashboard.
No more words, Let’s get into WordPress!
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How to Get to WordPress Dashboard
I know you already know what is WordPress. but here’re a few more words about it.
WordPress.org, called self-hosted WordPress, brings you open-source software that you can install on your own web host to create a blog or website that’s 100% your own.
Once you get installed WordPress properly on your host, you need to access your WordPress dashboard to start building your site.
So, here is it! You can access your own dashboard by navigating to yourwebsite.com/wp-admin.
This page asks you for the WordPress admin login username and password. You just need to provide the login details that you already entered installing WordPress on your host.
If you’re using Bluehost as your hosting provider, Simply login to your Bluehost dashboard and switch to the “My Sites” tab and then click on the “Log in to WordPress” button.
Once you logged into your website’s WordPress dashboard, it looks like this! So, this is the place you need to build your website! And the place you got confused! 😀
This is your WordPress dashboard. You can edit what is on your dashboard by clicking on “screen options” at the top. It will help you to take easy actions on your website.
But, some of the options above will be different if you may have the plugins installed or not, This area will provide you easy access to certain plugins of your website after your installed some of the plugins.
Before taking any action here, I recommend you keep reading this post for a better understanding.
Ready? let’s Continue!
When you clicked on the “Posts” tab it will take you to another page. Simply, Posts are where your blog posts will be located. You can create or edit new posts, view categories, or tags.
If you want to create a new post, just click on “Add New” then it will take you to the post editor. The post editor looks like this:
Here, the post editor (or blocks editor – each paragraph is a block of your post) helps you to write your own blog posts. You can add a title, write the post and the right sidebar helps you edit options to write your blog post.
Once you are ready to publish your post, you can hit the “Publish” button to make it alive. You can edit your published posts anytime from the “Posts” tab!
This is the place where any of your photos, videos, or other media files are located. If you’re just new, your library will be empty. You can add/upload media files directly to the media section or you can add media from posts and pages too.
When you click on “Pages”, it will take you to the section that creates pages for your sites. Pages are the main navigation points of your website. You can add content to the pages with its block editor like as I mentioned above in the “Post” section.
So, you can create the main menu by gathering these pages to the top of the menu (blog header) or bottom of your blog (blog footer) to show them to your visitors. You can do it by following the “Appearance” in WordPress.
People can leave comments on your blog posts. Then you will see comments here. This section includes all of the comments that have been left on your entire blog. So, you can edit, approve, or reply to your comments from here.
The appearance option is the big thing where people can start to get confused. This is the place you can use any of your themes and customize anything related to the appearance of your website or blog.
When you clicked on “Appearance” it will bring you another few options. So you need to figure out how these options going to affect your website appearance,
- Themes: Themes will include the standard WordPress theme options. Or you can click “Add New” to add a new theme or upload a preferred theme. In my case, I’m using the Astra WordPress theme as my website’s theme. If you need to know more about Astra’s theme, check out my Astra WordPress theme review.
- Customize: This section allows you to customize the current theme that has been activated on your WordPress website.
- Widgets: The Widgets section is where you can customize the sidebar and footer of your blog. But sometimes this can be different from the theme you’re using.
- Menus: This section allows you to create a menu for the blog header and footer gathering your pages.
- Theme editor: This section is where the backend code is for your theme. It’s always better if you wouldn’t take any action on it If you don’t have any experience with coding.
I always recommend you choose a simple, clean, and lightweight theme.
Plugins can extend and add more functionality to your WordPress. There are thousands of plugins available to choose from.
Simply, WordPress plugins can enhance your site’s performance, features, security, and more for building a better suit for your needs and serve your visitors too. But, using a bunch of plugins may slower your blog performance.
You can click “Add New” and then click “Install” on any plugin to add it to your website. If you do not have any idea about what to use for your site, read the best WordPress plugins article for more advantages.
This contains the user profiles of your WordPress website. If you need to have multiple users with various permissions, you can add new users or you can edit your own profile here.
Tools contain import-export, site health, and related options to your site. As a beginner, you don’t need to do any tasks here.
Settings bring you the main setting for your website, but these settings may be different depending on the plugins that you have downloaded.
However, you can see, general, writing, reading, discussion, media, and permalinks if you don’t have any plugin installed yet.
When you clicked on “Settings” it will bring you to the General setting section. It will look likes this,
These all settings are easy to handle and you can see each operation has a small description to show you how it works for you.
So, here’s a quick guide on settings!
- General settings allow you to edit your site title, tagline, URL, contact email address, timezone, etc.
- Writing section is where you can edit your default categories and blog formats.
- Reading allows you to manage content-related settings for your website’s front page. So, you can set a static page for the front or the number of posts to be displayed on the main page, add a post summary, and discourage search engines from indexing the site (keep this unchecked if you want to index your site to search engines like Google).
- Discussion is where you can edit the settings for comments. This section provides a list of settings, so, please take a little time and read every setting option and checked them.
- Media is the place you can determine the image sizes to use when adding an image to the Media Library.
- Permalinks section is the place where you can create a custom URL structure for your permalinks and archives. This really helps people find your blog posts easily. So make sure to set your permalinks to “post name”.
There you go!
WordPress is easy or not? Just take a look at your own WordPress dashboard and see what it looks like!
Understanding WordPress as a Beginner
I hope you enjoyed this guide and I think you’re now happy with using WordPress.
WordPress makes it easy to create your own website or blog. And WordPress plugins can add additional functionalities to your site.
What do to if you got a problem with your WordPress site, any plugin, or something else?
First, if you had a problem with your hosting, contact your hosting provider.
Now it’s your turn!
Let me know your experience using WordPress in the comments below!