Great job on setting up your brand new website with WordPress. It may seem a little overwhelming at first, but it all comes together to make sense with a few explanations. Welcome to this Ultimate Guide To Learn Your WordPress Dashboard.
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Before you go ahead and do a lot on your website, consider getting to know your dashboard a little bit. When you download new plugins your dashboard will gain elements and it would be wise to know your way around before it gets complicated.
If the reality of WordPress is setting in and you’re feeling like a failure I am here to help.
Once upon a time, many years ago, I was in the same boat as you. WordPress was this beast of a program that had me throwing things against the wall from frustration.
A lot of mistakes were made and I fumbled through tutorials, videos and more until I had it sort of figured out.
Since that time, 10 years ago, I have mastered the principals of WordPress and know the ins and outs of all the things WordPress has to offer. Now I want to help bloggers and website owners like you get over the frustrations of learning the platform.
If you haven’t started your blog yet, I highly suggest checking out this FREE resource on starting a blog. This is how I started blogging, and I just love it.
Learn Your WordPress Dashboard : Logging Into WordPress
To get to your WordPress dashboard you’ll first need to log in. To easily find your URL for logging into your site, type in www.yourblogurl.com/wp-admin
Your login details should be provided to you via email from your hosting provider.
Once you are logged in, you’ll see your WordPress Admin Dashboard.
You’ll do most of your website maintenance from here.
The black menu items will be the most important ones, so let’s go through them now. .
The posts section is what you would click on if you were to write a new blog post. If you roll over “Posts” on the side, a sub-menu pops up with the options; All Posts, Add New, Categories, Tags.
If you want to write a new post, click the “Add New” option and you’ll get a blank canvas to write a post on. This is where all of your blog content will live.
The Pages section is where you create all the pages on your site that are separate from your blog posts.
These pages may be:
- About Me
- Sales Copy Page
- Testimonial page
These pages hold your information about the business and are not edited very often.
The media library is where all of your images and videos will live. You can upload them
The comments section is something you’ll check regularly just to make sure that you’ve acknowledged and accepted all the new comments on your website. You can also disable comments in the “settings” section if you do not want comments on your posts.
Check this regularly for spam content, as that is where the spam bots reveal themselves often.
Within the Appearance section, you’ll have the things you need to customize your website.
Themes section is where you can find, download and activate a new theme for your website.
Don’t know which theme to use? Check out these best WordPress themes for bloggers.
In the customize section, you’ll be able to go through your theme and make it how you like it. All themes have support documents, so you can follow along and customize your site as you like.
Google ” Your Theme + Support Documents) and you’ll get the documentation required to set your site how you want to.
You can also just poke around the setting without documentation and see what you create!
WordPress plugins are awesome, but also dangerous. If you pick the wrong plugins, you can slow down your site in a major way, or worse, let bots into your website and ruins the entire thing.
I have a list of the BEST SEO plugins for WordPress websites, and that’s a great starting point.
Please don’t download more than 10 plugins for your site if you want it to load fast for your visitors.
Here are my MUST have plugins for every website I design:
- Akismet – anti-spam comment system
- Contact Form 7 – contact form
- Social Pug – social sharing buttons
- Insert Headers And Footers – Simply add analytics and Pinterest codes
This section has settings for you to add another admin, such as a web designer, or change the colour of your dashboard.
Within the settings section, you can customize your site title and tagline- make sure to make it keyword rich!
Make sure to look at the “Discussion” section so you can customize the way readers leave comments on your blog. I like to make sure I approve all comments before they appear on my site.
Within the permalinks section, check the “Post Name” radio button for proper SEO.
Writing Your Blog Post
I prefer to use the Gutenberg editor which is the default editor that comes with your WordPress set up.
You can use a classic editor, but that does require another plugin which can slow down your website.
I personally love the Gutenberg editor!
Ins and Outs Of WordPress
Let me know if this WordPress guide was useful! I know the platform is a little bit intimidating at first, but if you poke around and check things out you can get to know the platform well.
If you have any WordPress questions, send me an email and I’ll be sure to answer you back.