You can find all the articles on how to start a blog with WordPress, and they lead you step by step to buy a domain , to install WordPress and after that they say you are ready to go.
Yes, your site is online but you have to build a site after all ; and installing a theme does not resolve magically all your problems. You have to make your settings, build menus, write the articles with excerpt and featured images, create pages, categories, tags and so on.
So I put together a WordPress Tutorial to make you a tour of the WordPress admin area . I think it’s better to be familiar with WordPress so you can work more relaxed knowing what you’re doing. And ,after all , WordPress is the sacred place for a blogger, the place you will spend lots of frustration hours.
Here we go :
http://yourblogURL.com/wp-admin (replace ‘yourblogURL’ with your domain)
After you’ll enter the username and password that you set up during the WordPress installation process you’ll land on your WordPress admin area, the place where all the magic happens ????
The WordPress admin area allows you to control all of the behind-the-scene details of managing your site. Once you find your way around, you’ll realize it’s really easy to use and navigate.
Now I’ll divide the WordPress administration area into 3 parts to make it easier to get through it. I want this tutorial to be short and to the topic without any unnecessary discussion besides, because there is plenty of information to cover.
1.WordPress Admin Bar
The bar that goes across the very top of the screen once you’re logged in to your WordPress site.
- ● On the far left side of the bar, you’ll see the WordPress logo. If you hover over the logo, you’ll see links to WordPress-specific information. These are quick-links if you’re ever needing to take a look at WordPress documentation, visit the support forums or leave feedback.
- ● Next you’ll see the name of your site. Hover over this and you’ll see a submenu to visit your site or your shop (if you have one). This is how your site looks to visitors.
- ● The envelope that follows next gives a quick reference for comments.
- ● + New link. If you hover over this link, you’ll see a submenu that will quickly take you to the add new screen for post, media, page, user, products, forms and so on . All of these things can also be done from the navigation on the left side of the dashboard, but this link is great for getting these tasks done quickly.
- ● The logo for the Yoast SEO plugin is because I have the plugin activated, If you don’t use the plugin the logo will not be there.
- ● And the Caching is also from a plugin, same thing with the SEO plugin.
- ● On the far right side of the screen, you’ll see “Hi, your name.” Hover over this section to see the submenu to edit your profile or log out of the site.
By default, once you’ve logged into your WordPress site, the Admin Bar will also be visible to you from the front end of your site (how your site looks to visitors). Remember, the WordPress Admin Bar is only visible to you when you’re logged in to your site.
From this view, the WordPress Admin Bar changes a bit.
- ● Now, if you hover over your site name, you’ll see links for the dashboard, which will take you back to the dashboard home, and links to take you to themes, widgets and menus.
- ● There is a new link to Customise and Edit Post.
- ● To the right of the logo for the Yoast SEO plugin is a bullet that indicate the SEO score for the post, in case you wonder what that is.
- ● This view also adds a search function on the far right side of the screen.
The Dashboard is made up of a collection of modules that contain blocks of information about your website. A snapshot of the current state of your WordPress website.
There are standard modules available on every WordPress website and modules added by plugins and themes.
☛ STANDARD MODULES
- ● At a Glance – This module provides a quick overview of how many posts, pages, and comments have been published on your site. At a Glance also includes your WordPress version number.
- ● Activity – Displays the title of the most recent posts and snippets from the latest comments. If something happened recently on your site, you’d find it listed here. You can click on any of the Activity links to jump right to the action.
- ● Quick Draft – The quickest way to create a new post. It’s unlikely that most users will ever take advantage of the Quick Draft module because this feature is quite limited.
- ● WordPress Events and News – The latest news from the WordPress world is presented in a constantly updated feed. Keep an eye on this module for news about WordPress updates and security releases.
- ● Welcome – If you’re just starting with WordPress, you’ll see a top welcome box from WordPress with some quick links to help you get started.
☛ MODULES ADDED BY PLUGINS AND THEMES
Besides the standard Dashboard modules, you may see additional modules added by plugins or themes.
- ● Yoast SEO module – displays a summary of your post SEO scores, with links to view a list of posts that match each score.
Unfortunately, those modules can become overwhelming as the Dashboard becomes cluttered with information that may not be relevant to your needs or interests but it’s easy to hide what you don’t need and re-arrange the remaining modules.
You can hide modules by clicking the “Screen Options” tab positioned in the upper right corner of the Dashboard page and uncheck the box next to the module name.
To change the position of the modules on your Dashboard, simply click and drag a module to your preferred location. Use this technique to position the most important modules at the top of the screen.
The other major component of the WordPress admin area is the left-hand navigation menu. This navigation menu provides links to all of the WordPress administration screens for posts, the media library, pages, comments, appearance options, plugins, users, tools and settings.
Next, I’ll go more in depth with the content block and the controls block. I will leave the plugin menus on the outside as they differ from site to site, depending on the plugin that will be installed.
☛ CONTENT BLOCK
- ● Posts – Displays tools for writing posts (time oriented content), categories and tags. You can find in article POSTS vs PAGES details on how to publish a post with categories and tags.
- ● Media – Uploading and managing your pictures, videos, and audio.
- ● Pages – Displays tools for writing your static content called pages. Discover the difference between a post and a page and how to create a page in the article POSTS vs PAGES.
- ● Comments – Controlling and regulation reader to responses to posts.Each post has an area beneath it for visitors to leave their comments. This is what makes the posts interactive.The Comments section on the dashboard allows you to approve, reply, edit, trash or spam a comment from the dashboard itself. The comment will appear live on the website beneath your post only when you approve it.
☛ CONTROLS BLOCK
- ● Appearance – Displays controls for manipulation of theme/style files, sidebars, etc. Detailed explanations in the article >> How to install a theme and customize it.
- ● Plugins – Displays controls dealing with plugin management, not configuration options for a plugin itself.Plugins are extensions that can be installed on WordPress in order to extend its functionality and add new features to your website.There are plugins for almost everything. From social media sharing to improving the security of your site to giving you data about how the people visit your site and search engine optimization.To add a new plugin, click on the Add new button under Plugins section. Choose from Featured, Popular, Recommended, Favorites or enter keyword in the search field to find the plugin you want. To install the plugin, press Install Now and then Activate buttons.The Upload Plugin button on top allows you to upload plugins that have been purchased.Plugins will give you a new menu on your navigation menu: this is where you will control your plugin .
- ● Users – Displays controls for user management.
- ● Tools – Manage the export, import, and even backup of blog data.
- ● Settings – Displays settings for your wordpress site. Take a look at the basic settings you need to know to use your WordPress site on the article >> Configuring the WordPress general settings.
A slow WordPress is a bummer for any website owner. No visitor wants to wait for a page to take more than 3 seconds to load. Unfortunately, websites powered by WordPress tend to slow down with time, therefore, it’s important to give a lot of attention to WordPress performance optimization. Here are a few tips for you :
- ● Using WordPress Caching Plugins – are probably the easiest way to speed up WordPress.
- ● Optimizing Images – Images can often play a part in making a WordPress website inefficient. It’s, therefore, very important to optimize images , resize and compress them while retaining quality and making your website faster!
- ● Keep WordPress updated – WordPress is updated frequently; make sure that your website always has the latest version installed.
- ● Split comments into separate pages. Receiving comments is always a big yes-yes! But if your post has too many comments then it can become a loading hazard. A great way to preserve efficiency is by going to Settings -> Discussion. Here check the Break comments into pages box.
- ● Remove unused themes and plugins. If you have any unused themes and plugins installed on your WordPress, remove them.
I hope this WordPress tour has helped you become comfortable and confident about your blogging journey. If you have other questions leave a comment.
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