Hi, this is Brad with Firstsiteguide.com, and in this video I’ll be taking you through the WordPress Dashboard. The Dashboard is also known as the backend, and it allows you to fully manage your blog’s content, community, functionality and design. It’s accessible only to users who have an account on your blog. It consists of three main areas, the left side menu, the top navigation bar and the middle section. The left-hand column is where the most important pieces to the puzzle are located.
Starting with the “Update” section, this is where WordPress will notify you of any updates to your plugins or themes. For anyone who has WordPress 3.7 and above, the core updates will be installed automatically. The “Post” section will allow you to add new content to your blog. You’ll find options here to view all your posts, add a new post, organize categories and text. Your WordPress installation also comes with a unique “Media manager”. Inside of here, you’ll be able to upload rich media content like images and videos, as well as assign them to different posts and pages.
Pages provide static content or information to your readers. Standard WordPress pages include an about me page, a contact me page, services, resources and so forth. Underneath the “Pages” section, you’ll be able to view all pages and add new pages. Comments allow users to ask questions and provide feedback on your blog posts and pages. The “Comments” section will allow you to approve new comments, mark them as spam, or delete them entirely. Underneath the “Appearance” tab, we have all the visual sections that you can customize, including themes, widgets, menus, your header and background.
“Plugins” are bundles of code that affect how your blog looks or feels. They can also add new functions and capabilities to your blog. The majority of plugins are free, and you’ll be able to add them and activate them within this section. The “User” section allows you to edit your profile and add new users to your WordPress blog. The “Tool” section will allow you to access and execute some extended tasks on your WordPress blog, which includes importing and exporting your content.
The “Setting” section will allow you to configure basic options, including your site name, description, different kinds of writing, reading and discussion settings, as well as media and customizing your permalinks, which is your URL structure. From the top navigation bar, you’ll be able to visit your site, moderate and improve comments, and you’ll also have a new shortcut section, writing a new post, media, page or user. The middle section also has a few other shortcuts for you to customize your site, write your first blog post and an about me page or visit your site. You can also take some more actions by managing widgets or menus, turning comments on or off, or checking out the official WordPress guide on getting started.
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