Now that you have your domain and hosting set up and WordPress installed on it, I know you must be eager to get going with the creation of your website. In this article, we are going to get familiar with the admin interface of WordPress and put the very basic settings in place so that you can move on to the next step.
WordPress Admin Interface
Before you begin with actually making your website, I would recommend spending some time getting familiar with the admin interface of WordPress. It’s not that difficult to figure out, but once you are aware of what’s where, it will certainly make things easier for you to navigate around.
Here’s a quick overview of what you’ll get to see when you log in.
⁃ On the top is a grayish colored bar, where you will see the name of your site, and the number of updates available (if any). Along with this, there will be a ‘quick add’ menu for new pages, posts etc. At the far end, you will see your name and if you move your mouse over it, you will get a few options, including the option to log out.
⁃ There is a menu bar at the left of the admin page. If you click on each menu item, you will see a drop down that includes the sub-menu items for that main option. These main options include links to the:
⁃ Dashboard : It is a quick look at the information bits of your website. It is the first page you will see when you log in.
⁃ Posts : This is where you will find options to add and manage your blog posts.
⁃ Media Library : You can add and manage the various media files like images and uploaded videos etc from here.
⁃ Links : If you want to show links in the sidebar (we’ll cover that later), you can add and manage them here.
⁃ Pages : Here’s where you can add and manage the pages on your website.
⁃ Comments : Where you can manage the comments that people leave on your website’s pages and posts.
⁃ Appearance : You can change the Theme (look and feel) of your website from here.
⁃ Plugins : Add more functionality to your WordPress website by installing various plugins.
⁃ Users : If you have more than one person managing your website, you can set up their accounts and passwords here. You can also allow them limited or unlimited access to the content of your website’s back-end from here.
⁃ Tools : If you have added various plugins, chances are their settings can be accessed within this menu.
⁃ Settings : This is where you can set up the basic settings of your website. And this is where we are going to be spending our time today. 🙂
Take some time out to go through these various menu options and getting a grasp of what they can do. We’ll have a more detailed look at them in our next article, where we’ll quickly walk through the basic settings that we need to put in place before we start adding our pages to our website.
(3 April 2013)
Madhavi spends her time writing web content and helping people make websites. She regularly blogs www.madhavighare.com and shares her thoughts about web writing and WordPress. She also explores her ardent fascination with myths and symbols via the Tarot cards on her blog www.taroticallyspeaking.com