After you have successfully installed WordPress, now is the time to start knowing the details about WordPress Dashboard, which is the backend from where you will control your website. It is the mission control center for your wordpress site from where you will do everything ranging from changing the appearance of your website to creatings menus and other simple tasks like creating posts and pages.
When you will login to your WordPress dashboard, you will see this screen with a top bar with menu and a side menu bar at the left. The one at the left side is collapsable from the bottom ‘Collapse’ button. All the features and functions of WordPress dashboard are available via these two menu bars.
In this post, we are going to have introduction to the most important features available in WordPress dashboard.
From the top menu, the most important menu link is the New button from where you can do the following new actions related to your blog:
- creating a new post
- adding media
- creating a new page on your blog
- and adding a new user
These are some of the most frequent tasks that you will come across, therefore, a handy link to these has been provided at the top.
From the left sidebar of Wordprss dashboard, the next important link is Posts and when you hover your mouse on that link, it will open a sub menu from where you can do the following tasks:
- Getting all the posts available so far (including draft and scheduled posts)
- Adding a new post
- Managing categories of posts on your blog
- Managing tags
Down under Posts menu is Media menu from where you can add new pictures and videos etc to your blog. The next menu is Pages which is used for getting all the pages displayed and also for adding a new page. The difference between a post and page is explained in our next tutorial.
From the comments menu you can get a list of all the comments posted by visitors and also you can moderate comments from this link.
Then comes the important menu of Appearance on WordPress dashboard, which is the point from where you can do the following tasks related to your blog:
- Managing themes for changing the appearance of your wordpress blog
- customizing the existing theme
- Managing widgets
- Creating and managing menus
From the Plugins menu, you can manage the existing plugins and also add new plugins to extend functionality of your wordpress blog.
And from the users button on WordPress dashboard menu, existing users can be edited and the new users can be added to the WordPress website. You can also edit your own profile from this menu.
The next important menu on WordPress dashboard is Settings and it can be used to perform the following tasks:
- For editing general settings related to blog like Tagline, time, name of the blog etc.
- From the Reading sub menu, settings related to number of posts to be displayed on a single page, what gets displayed on the front page and RSS settings can be changed.
- From the discussion menu, you can regulate the comments settings for your blog
- And the very?important setting of Permalinks is also available via this menu from where you can change your permalinks to SEO friendly form.