For new users, the
Thankfully, it’s not that complicated once you understand the different sections of the dashboard. In this article, we’ll take a detailed look, so you’ll understand exactly what you’re doing and where to go.
How to Login to the
WordPress Admin Dashboard
By default, the login URL for your
Alternatively, you can go straight to https://yoursite.com/wp-admin to access the dashboard, and if you’re not already logged in, you’ll be redirected to the
If you’ve installed
If you’ve forgotten your password, you can use the “Lost your password?” link below the login form to have a password reset link sent to you by email.
Overview of the
Let’s look at the different sections of this screen.
- Navigation Menu – On the left side of the screen, you’ll see the main menu. We’ll cover the menu in more detail in just a minute, but it’s essential to understand that the exact links and options included in the menu are influenced by the theme you’re using and the
WordPressplugins installed. Many themes and plugins will include a control panel or options accessible from the menu, adding to the default menu shown above.
- Site Health –
WordPresschecks several details of your site and will report any issues. If the health is “good,” there’s nothing you need to do. However, you can click on the link to the Site Health screen for more details.
- Quick Draft – You can quickly save a blog post draft without going into the screen to create a new post.
- At a Glance – Here, you’ll see a few details like the number of posts and pages on your site, the version of
WordPress, and the active theme. WordPressEvents and News – Links to news like WordPressupdates as well as some events are here. This is the only section of the screen that is not specific to your site.
- Activity – Highlights the recent activity, like published posts and new comments.
The Dashboard Menu
The navigation menu is key to the functionality of the
Themes and plugins may add some additional options to your menu, but we’ll cover the default menu items and explain when you’ll need to use them.
The dashboard menu item or the “Home” link directly below will direct you to the main dashboard screen we just looked at above.
From the updates page, you’ll be able to see the version of
You can also see a list of any themes or plugins that need to be updated.
Click on the “posts” menu item to manage your blog posts, including creating new posts, editing existing posts or drafts, deleting posts, or viewing the posts by category or status (e.g., published, draft, scheduled, pending).
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Your Media Library stores photos, graphics, or PDFs uploaded to any of your pages or posts. Clicking on the media link allows you to upload new files or manage the already uploaded files.
Click the pages link to add a new page or manage the existing pages.
By default, visitors will be able to leave comments on your posts (you can disable this from the settings). From the comments menu item, you’ll be able to access all of the comments.
This includes already published comments, comments waiting for moderation or approval, and comments flagged as spam.
Tip: You can use the settings (Go to Settings > Discussion) to determine which comments are approved to the site automatically and which ones to hold for moderation.
From the appearance section, you’ll be able to control which
Widgets allow you to add content or elements to specific parts of your site based on the theme you’re using.
For example, you can add a search field or a list of categories to your sidebar. Of course, the exact customization options available will depend on the theme you’re using (we’ll go over the theme customizer later).
Plugins add functionality to
From the plugins section of the dashboard, you can see the plugins currently installed or add new plugins.
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If you’re managing the site yourself, you may have the only
However, if you have other contributors or editors, you can create and manage user accounts here, including assigning user roles or permissions.
User accounts can also be for developers working on your site or anyone that needs to log in.
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You can import content from the Tools section if you’re moving the site from another platform to
In addition, some plugins will add other menu items to the tools menu.
The settings area includes several pages of settings that are critical for your
For example, you’ll be able to set details like the site title, URL, timezone, control the number of posts displayed on your archive pages and in your RSS feed, manage many settings related to comments, set the permalink structure, and more.
In most cases, you can leave the general settings as is but scroll through all of the settings to see what you’d like to change. Plugins may also add more options that are accessible through the settings.
Clicking on the “collapse menu” will remove the words in the menu, leaving only small icons.
Using Lasso from the Dashboard
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If Lasso is installed on your site, you’ll see a new menu option to access all Lasso settings. Just click into the Dashboard to access its functionality:
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At the top right, you’ll see “screen options.”
Click on it, and you’ll be able to customize the visible details of the dashboard. Untick the checkboxes to hide any of the sections or dashboard widgets you don’t want to see.
Admin Panel Color Schemes
This color scheme will only impact the admin dashboard and not the front end of the site used by visitors.
To set the color scheme, click on “Users” in the menu, then click on your user profile. You’ll see the option to select from nine different color schemes.
You’ll only see the toolbar if you’re logged in, so regular visitors who aren’t logged in to your site won’t see it.
The toolbar allows you to access certain areas of the dashboard quickly.
For example, if you’re looking at a page or post on the front end of your site, you’ll see a link that says “Edit Page” or “Edit Post,” which is often the fastest way to make changes to your content.
Sidenote: Some themes and plugins will add more options or functionality to the toolbar.
How to Create a Blog Post
One of the most common tasks you’ll be doing from the dashboard is writing new blog posts. When you’re ready to create your first post, there are a few ways to get to the “Add Post” screen.
Option 1: Use the Toolbar
As long as you’re logged in, you should see the toolbar whether you’re in the dashboard or on the front end of your
Hover over “New” and click on “Post” in the dropdown.
Option 2: From the Menu
If you’re already in the
Either way, it leads to the “Add New Post” screen, where you’ll be able to create your post.
Add the title where it says “Add Title.” Then, you can either start typing below to enter the post body or use the “+” icon to add other types of blocks like images, videos, subheadings, and more.
In the right sidebar, you’ll see settings for the selected block and the post. When the post settings are selected, you’ll be able to set the category, permalink, add tags, add a featured image, and more.
How to Customize the Site’s Appearance
You can also customize the layout and design of your site from the
The customization options available will vary significantly depending on the theme you’re using. Some themes offer minimal options, and other themes give you many possibilities for controlling the finer details of your site.
To access the customizer from the front end of your site, click on the “Customize” link in the toolbar.
If you’re already in the dashboard, hover over “Appearance” and click on “Customize.”
Once the customizer is open, you’ll see a preview of your site with the options in the left sidebar.
The preview will display changes as you’re making them, but changes aren’t applied to the live site until you click on the “publish” button.
That means you’re free to experiment. You’ll see the changes, but visitors won’t see them until the changes are published.
The customizer has different categories of settings like site identity, colors, menus, and more. The options you’ll see will vary depending on the theme you’re using.
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