Hello World! More than 43% of all websites in the world are presently powered by this awesome open-source platform. Every day, more and more individuals seek online to learn how to utilize WordPress. To need to learn WordPress, you don’t even need to own a website. It may be necessary for people like marketers, content creators, designers, and web developers to have a solid understanding of WordPress. Working on this platform is frequently a requirement of their jobs!
To use them effectively, just as with any other program or tool, you must be familiar with their controls and settings. The same applies to WordPress; if you don’t know what to do, you won’t be able to make the most of it.
But looking through the WordPress Dashboard, also known as the WordPress control panel or the WordPress backend, may be extremely intimidating. The most aesthetically appealing content management system is not this one.
For the remainder of this article, I will be using this website and The Ugly Writers for most of the examples.
If you are reading this, you may already be familiar with how to access your dashboard and how it looks. Nonetheless, let’s go over this quickly.
You may log into your WordPress account in a variety of ways. However, the two most popular methods are to connect to your WordPress website directly or through your web hosting panel.
The default login URL
The URL you would use to access your website with the addition of “/wp-admin” is the default URL for logging into WordPress.
For instance, you would navigate to “uglywriters.com/wp-admin” to get the login screen if you wanted to access the WordPress backend of the website uglywriters.com.
Logging in to your dashboard
Your WordPress website’s backend can be accessed by:
- Access your login page at “uglywriters.com/wp-admin.”
- Type in your WordPress login information.
- Choose “Log In.”
You may now manage your WordPress site from your admin dashboard in WordPress.
Dashboard control panel
The “Welcome to WordPress” toolset with helpful links will show up at the top of the dashboard if you’re a new user. If you’ve installed additional plugins and have already seen this panel, you could get alerts from those plugins in its place.
Remember that your navigation menus may differ from the screenshots in this article in terms of appearance. There may be more or less things on your menus, depending on the user role, plugins, and hosting service you use.
Upper Nav Bar
You’ll see a black nav bar with white text running across the top of the screen just above the left-hand navigation bar. There are several useful shortcuts in this bar that can speed up your navigation. For instance:
- The Home button (text will change depending on the website title you gave) will allow you to quickly visit your homepage and see the changes you have implemented.
- You may rapidly add a post, page, media, and users to your backend by using the + New icon.
- With the help of the message/text bubble icon, you may approve, modify, remove, and reply to comments in the comments section.
- You may have more functions on your nav bar depending on the plugins you use.
Left Menu Bar
Within WordPress, here is where you’ll spend most of your time. This primary menu contains all of the controls and options for WordPress. Items will vary depending on the plugins you have installed, similar to the Upper Nav Bar.
For someone with the WordPress administrator user role, the menu seen in this picture is what they would see. You most likely have a different user role if you can’t view all of the menu options.
You’ll notice additional icons in the menu as you add more plugins to your website.
These are the common items on your left menu bar:
- Dashboard. The Dashboard essentially serves as your WordPress site’s command center. From here, you can control every aspect of your WordPress website. A list of updates for your WordPress core, themes, and plugins can be seen next to that.
- Posts. Here, you may write a brand-new Blog entry. You may also control your Post Tags and Categories next to that.
- Media. Here, you may keep all of your pictures, documents, and media assets. You may explore your media library, add new material, modify the files, and update the information.
- Pages. You may access all of your website’s pages from here, including the main page and our company page. If you wish to create a new page or make modifications to one that already exists, go to this area.
- Comments. In this area, you’ll manage your blog comments. The comments that are sent to your blog can be approved, deleted, modified, or replied to. Of course, if you’d like, you can always turn off comments on your website.
- Appearance. The settings in the appearance area have a direct impact on how your site appears and functions. Here, you may update or control your website navigation menu, add background pictures, and alter or personalize your website themes. And if you want to modify the style or design of your website, you’ll undoubtedly spend a lot of time here.
- Plugins. The “apps” of your WordPress site are called plugins. They are bits of software that enhance or expand your site’s functionality. You may download and utilize plugins without any coding experience because they are fairly simple to use. To manage your installed plugins or to discover and install new ones from the WordPress plugin directory, go to this area.
- Users. The users who have logged into your website are listed in this area. WordPress offers several levels of authorization for each role-related user. Your WordPress navigation menu could have different things depending on the job you’ve been given.
- Tools. This component of WordPress is referred to as the “utilities” section. You may import and export a variety of data from it, including posts, pages, form submissions, and your personal information. Here, you can also access the file editors for your plugins and themes and monitor the health of your website.
- Settings. The “global settings” for your site may be found in this section. There are a ton of settings and choices available for you to explore. The URL structure, site title, and other crucial variables are all editable.
- Collapse. Click this menu item to shrink the entire left menu bar (icons only)
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