In this post am going to show you round the WordPress Dashboard also nown as the WordPress Admin Panel, and I will also show you how to install, activate and configure the necessary plugins.
The truth about WordPress, is that you don’t really need any knowledge whatsoever in web development and design to own, build, and maintain your very own blog or website. You can use it as your personal blog, a site for your business, an affiliate website to earn more money, or an eCommerce site with which to build your online business.
But if you want to go deep into WordPress, it is advisable to learn some HTML, PHP and CSS coding. It won’t hurt if you do rather it will give you and hedge over others.
What is the WordPress Dashboard ( WordPress Admin Panel )?
The admin panel of your website is the backend of your website where all the work take place. It will allow you to:
- create new pages
- Secure your site
- Approve and disapprove comments
- Make a post, schedule a post, publish a post and edit your posts
- upload media
- handle links
- Check your whole site statistics
- Install WordPress free and premium themes
- Install WordPress free and premium plugins
- Make your site or blog look exactly the way you want it.
Watch video below to see how the WordPress Admin Panel looks like:
WordPress Dashboard Login
When you log in to the WordPress, using your dashboard login URL, username and password, you are introduced to an initial screen called the WORDPRESS DASHBOARD as shown in the video above. The WordPress Dashboard can be likened to the inner room where all that the user sees is controlled and setup. It is where you administer the entire system.
The WordPress Dashboard contains several options or sections that helps you configure Your website or blog. The following are some of the options you need to configure in order to make your website look exactly the way you want it to be.
- Posts: This option enables the creation of new posts, update posts, delete posts and create a new category.
- Page: This option enables the creation of new pages, update pages, and delete pages.
- Comments: This section enables you to approve comment, delete comment and also delete spam.
- Appearance: This section contains the following:
- Themes: Is this sub-section you get to install the theme you want, You have the option to chose from thousands of free themes, which determine how your website will look.
- Customize: Is this sub-section you get to customize your installed and activated theme to your taste.
- Widgets: In this sub-section you get to configure how you want your side bar to look at and the sections you want to appear.
- Menu: In this sub-section you get to configure your menu. You set the options you want to appear in tour menu.
- Plugins: This section contains two sub-sections, which are:
- Installed Plugins: This is where you get to configure your plugins, de-activate your plugins, delete your plugins and also update them.
- Add New: This is where you get to install new plugins and activate them for use.
- Users: This section contains three sub-sections ( more are added depending on the plugins installed), which are:
- All Users : This sub-section contains the list of all the users on your site or blog that have registered on it. You get to see those who have registered as subscribers, author, editor, administrator and many more depending on the type of site you are building. You can also see their registered email and how many post they have uploaded if they are allowed to post. As the administrator of the site, you can also change a User’s Role, reset User’s password or delete a User in this sub-section.
- Add New: This sub-section allows you to add a new brand user to your site or blog.
- Profile: This is where you add to, or edit the profile of your website user. This include the profile picture, the biography, and the social media channels
- Settings: This section contains 7 sub-sections ( more are added depending on the plugins installed), which are:
- General: This is where you get to check your website’s title, tagline, confirm the URL, confirm or change admin email, set the default user role ( always set the default user role to “Subscriber” for security reasons). You also get to set your date and time format here.
- Writing: This is where you get to set your default post category, default post format and also update your ping settings
- Reading: This is where you get to set what displays on your home page. Either your latest ten posts for example or one of your static pages or landing pages. You also get to configure your syndication feeds. You also get to choose if search engines should index your site or not ( this request is usually up to the search engines to honour)
- Discussion: This section allows you to configure your default post and comment settings
- Media: This keeps record of all images, documents or files stored. And also enables you to go through, adjust and update individual files. It allows you organize them all.
- Permalinks: This is where you chose the URL structure for your website or blog. I strongly advise you choose the “Post Name Structure” which displays like this – https://yourwebsite/sample-post/ . This is very good for SEO.
Note that you will have more options or sections depending on the plugin types you installed.
Johnson Omoregie is an SEO specialist/Website Developer/ SEO Copywriter/Content Developer. He eats and sleeps Search Engine Optimization (SEO)/Digital Marketing. And help business generate leads and conversions through Organic Traffic. He is the author of Business Profit Blueprint: Million Dollar Tips To Promote Your Business And Increase Profit.