How to Use WordPress Dashboard (Beginner’s Guide)

If you’re a new blogger or a business owner that having a new WordPress website I know that you’re having confused with the WordPress dashboard.

If you haven’t started your blog yet, make sure to check out my free guide on starting a blog!

Yes! The WordPress Dashboard or WordPress admin panel can be a little confusing if you are seeing it for the first time. It comes with lots of menu items, links, and settings, and much more which needs 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, settings, and everything works for your site.

Where to start?

Don’t be panic, you’re not alone!

In this post, I will share with you a simple and detailed guide to the WordPress admin dashboard. So, I’m trying to be covering every single thing you need to know to stand out with WordPress!

No more words, Let’s get into WordPress!

How to Get to WordPress Dashboard

I know you already know what is WordPress. but here’re some few more words about it.

WordPress.org, called self-hosted WordPress, bringing you an 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 ask you the WordPress admin login username and password. You just need to provide the login details that you already entered installing WordPress on your host.

WordPress Login Page

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 to 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! 😀

WordPress Dashboard 2020

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 of WordPress. Here are the things we are going to learn about WordPress,

  1. Posts
  2. Media
  3. Pages
  4. Comments
  5. Appearance
  6. Plugins
  7. Users
  8. Tools
  9. Settings

Ready? let’s Continue!

1. Posts

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 add new posts to view all posts, view categories, or tags.

WordPress Post Guide

If you want to create a new post, just click on “Add New” then it will take you to post editor. The post editor looks likes this,

WordPress Posts

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 editing options to write your blog post.

Once you ready to publish your posts, you can hit the “Publish” button to make it alive. You can edit your published posts anytime from the “Posts” tab!

2. Media

WordPress Media

This is the place that any of your photos, videos, other all 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.

3. Pages

When you clicked on “Pages”, it will take you to create 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.

WordPress Pages

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.

4. Comments

WordPress Comments

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.

5. Appearance

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.

Appearance of WordPress

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,

  1. 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.
  2. Customize: This section allows you to customize the current theme that is activated on your WordPress website.
  3. Widgets: The Widgets section is where you can customize your sidebar and footer of your blog. But sometimes this can be different from the theme you’re using.
  4. Menus: This section allows you to create a menu for blog header and footer gathering your pages.
  5. Theme editor: This section is where the backend code is for your theme. It’s always better 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 so that it never going to be complicated for you!

6. Plugins

Plugins can extend and add more functionality to your WordPress. There are thousands of plugins available to choose from.

WordPress Plugins

Simply, WordPress plugins can enhance your site’s performance, features, security, and more for building a better suit your needs and serve your visitors too. But, using a bunch of plugins may slower your blog performance.

So, you can click “Add New” and then click “Install” on any plugin to add in on 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.

7. Users

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.

8. Tools

Tools contain import-export, site health, and related options to your site. As a beginner, you don’t need to do any tasks here.

9. Settings

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,

WordPress Settings

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 discouraging 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 images sizes to use when adding an image to the Media Library.
  • Permalinks section is the place that you can create a custom URL structure for your permalinks and archives. This really helps people finding your blog posts easily. So make sure to set your permalinks to “post name”.
  • Privacy is the place that allows you to select a privacy policy page for your website.

There you go!

How to use WordPress for the first time! How do you feel right now? WordPress is easy or not? Just take a look at your own WordPress dashboard and see how it looks like for you!

Understanding WordPress as a Beginner

I hope you enjoyed this and I think now you’re now happy with WordPress.

So, WordPress makes it easy to create your own website or blog. And WordPress plugins can add additional functionalities to your site. it’s just simple clicks and saves you a lot of time.

All you need to do is, understanding WordPress yourself!

So, what do to if you got a problem with your WordPress site, any plugin, or something else?

First, if you’ve got a problem with your hosting, contact your hosting provider.

Just go to any search engine and search it or go to WordPress support forums to find a solution if its a plugin, contact the plugin developers. Either you can use some of WordPress tutoring sites like wpbeginner.com too.

However, if you wanted to learn WordPress deeply, Go to Udemy and search for your preferred online course!

Now it’s your turn! Let me know how is your experience with WordPress in the comments below!

WordPress Guide

24 thoughts on “How to Use WordPress Dashboard (Beginner’s Guide)”

  1. It is confusing!!! It actually put me off a little bit when I first started my blog. Thank you for this post, I find it very useful.

  2. I learned WordPress from udemy and wpbeginner as well. I didn’t face any particular problem with the WordPress dashboard because I have used the WordPress dot com as a teenager before. I imagine that it would be more challenging for a new blogger without any experience with WordPress though. Thanks for sharing!

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