Dashboard and Site Navigation

Found on the left side of the screen, the black bar is the WordPress site menu where you can easily navigate to different sections on the website. This is a really handy menu that will be accessible on any screen you’ll be working on. If the menu is ever obstructing screen space, you can hide the menu by clicking on Collapse Menu and the menu will be hidden. To make it appear again, click this icon: 

When you first sign in to your WordPress account, you will find yourself on the Dashboard page, which is essentially the homepage. This is the page you always start and land on.

  • On the black bar menu, you can see that there are two subpages for the Dashboard: Home, and
  • If you click Home it will just take you to the Dashboard’s main page. From the Dashboard you can track your recent activity and also how many pages, posts, or comments are currently on your WordPress website; you can make a quick draft of a post that will be saved as a Draft and you can work on it later in the Post.
  • If you click Updates, you can check if your website browser is up-to-date with the right software to run WordPress on.

There are (mainly) two kinds of website you can make on WordPress. For a Blog style of website, Posts are entries that allows any user to create. The Posts are usually listed in a reverse chronological order, with the latest post seen first. In a Blog style website, the homepage of the website is usually the same page as where the posts are listed. Posts are time-stamped, and are meant for creating dialogue and discussion.

If you click on Posts on the black bar menu, this section allows you to:

  • manage All Posts you’ve created,
  • Add New posts,
  • put any existing posts into Categories, and
  • add and manage any Tags on your post.

You can upload different kinds of media onto your WordPress, including word documents, PDFs, images, and music. Instead of accessing the Media section every time you have a media file to upload, you can upload the media file right on any of your posts or pages while you are creating them. If you choose this method of uploading, the media file will automatically appear in your Media Library.

In the Media Library section,

  • You can organize and manage/maintain all the files, documents, pictures, music you can put on your posts or pages.
  • You can also Add New media to your library as well.

For this section of WordPress, Links lets you keep a storage of links, called a blogroll, which is a list of links to other blogs or websites. Unlike Media, even if you hyperlink something on a page or post, the link will not be added to your Link Library.

On this Links menu:

  • Links can be put into categories, imported, exported, added, deleted, and edited.
  • You can manage all the links you put on your WordPress blogroll.
  • In Add New links, it allows you to give a description of what the link is and other specifics.
  • Also, you are able to sort them into different kinds of Link Categories, which can be managed in that subsection under Links.

The Page editor is similar to how the Post editor looks like, but a Page is completely different from a post. A Page is meant to be static, which means these website pages stand separately from your website, and don’t change often, like a “Contact Us” or “About” page found on websites, for example. Pages are meant to keep information (that may not need to change often) in one easily accessible place.

If you click on Pages on the black bar menu, this section allows you to:

  • manage All Pages you’ve created,
  • Add New

Comments is a place where your audience can write feedback or open more discussions on your Blog posts.

Similar to the Pages and Posts sections, for for the Comments section, you can:

  • manage all the comments that is shown anywhere on your website.
  • remove or add any comment.
  • Another neat feature you can do for Comments is to subscribe to a commenter on your domain (aka website).

In the Appearance section, you can manage the designs of how your WordPress site can look.

  • In Themes, you can choose a variety of options of pre-made themes for your WordPress site. Some are already in a Blog style or Static pages style.
  • In Customize, it takes you to a page building site, where you can customize different aspects of how your pages can look, like changing the header, making a website menu for other pages, add or fiddle with widgets, and more.
  • In Widgets, you can manage all the widgets on your website. A widget is a small block of space on your website (usually found on the sides of the page) that serves a certain kind of function, and it adds more features to use on your page, like adding a search bar, a calendar, or a blogroll.
  • In Menus, you can create and manage a customized navigational menu for your website. This is especially helpful tool to use when you are creating multiple static pages on your website.
  • In Editor, if you are fluent in working with coding and CSS language, you can design your own theme in the “style.css”.

Plugins are are a way to add more functionality to WordPress itself. By adding more Plugins, you are adding more customized features available to you.

  • In Installed Plugins, you can manage, add, delete that is already added on your WordPress site.
  • In Add New, you can view and install other Plugins that are already available.
  • In Editor, you have the option of editing plugins already installed on your site to customize it to your need.

In the Users section, you can make bulk changes, add, or delete any user registered on your website.

  • When assigning a user to a Role, it can either limit or broaden the kinds of things a user can do on your website. A list and description of each role can be found here.
  • In Add New, you can create a new user by assigning a username, password, and role and an option to email an invitation to the users in question.
  • In Your Profile, you can change any information for your own user information, such as your username, password, profile picture, and other information.

Tools for this section is similar to plugins, but it does different things. Certain tools can perform some passive non-routine management tasks for your site.

  • The Import and Export subsections lets you import and export your website data scripts to or from other websites like Blogger, Movable Type, or even another WordPress site.