Exploring the WordPress Dashboard
WordPress Dashboard allows users to add, delete, and edit content on the website. This is great if you need to change and graphics or text.
Additionally, the Dashboard allows the admins to add new pages to the WordPress blog.
Additionally, from the dashboard, you can access the following items:
Themes- We talk more about Themes in the section below. In short, they are the skin on the front of the website that make it useable and attractive to visitors.
Plugins- While themes are great for making your site look nice, plugins enhance the functionality of your website. This is another topic we discuss below in the post.
Media- Store images and video on your WordPress blog to enhance the look and feel of the site. This can be done with the media uploader.
Comments- Moderate comments on your blog posts through the comment section. We discuss below some plugins to automate some of your comment moderation.
Appearance- As the name suggest, the Appearance section deals with the various facets that alter the appearance of a website to users. First, you can find the theme part of the website in the Appearance section.
You can also find the widget section under appearances. By default, the widgets are used for the sidebar on WordPress. Many plugins can be added to the website through the sidebar.
Finally, if you know some coding you can use the editor to make changes to your site. If you do not know code, then stay out of the WordPress editor. One mistake can mess up the entire site.
Users- Do you have multiple admins managing your blog? What about giving subscriber access to clients, so they can access certain sections of the site. You have an unlimited number of options with whom to add and blacklist from the Users section.
Tools- The biggest feature in tools is the import/export options. You can import and export content from your blog directly from the tools section. These features allow you to move content from one blog over to another blog.
It can be useful for backing up your content on your computer as well. The problem is the data is not easy to access without a WordPress site.
Settings- Besides for being the place where many plugins add their own plugin settings, the settings also contain the major settings to change some of the core parts of your WordPress site. This includes the General, Writing, Reading, Permalinks, and Discussion settings on your site.
Here is an overview of each section of your settings account:
General- The basic components of the website are located here, including the site and domain name, as well as the time/date format used.
Writing- As the name suggests, this setting allows users to create different types of posts. For example, using the bookmarklet Press This, so you can drag and drop a link into your bookmarks. The bookmarks allows you to capture text, images, and videos throughout the web that you want to use on your blog.
Additionally, this section has a little used tool to help writers send blog posts via email. The Writing section shows you how to set up an email account you can use to email blog posts remotely to your site.
Finally, the Writing section has a ping subsection. The Ping subsection has a link to Ping-O-Matic included already to notify Google of new blog posts created recently on the site.
Reading- Choose how many blog posts to display on your home page. Or perhaps, you do not even want your blog on the home page. The reading settings allow you to change the homepage of your site to any static page of your choosing. Make sure to create the page before changing the pages.
Permalinks- Set the permalink structure for all of your posts and pages. The permalinks are the structure behind the URL for each page. For example, what format do you want your blog posts permalinks to each blog post?
If you blog every day, then maybe you want a permalink structure like:
However, if you do not create content on a daily basis, you might be better off with a simple URL structure like the following:
If you want to create a hybrid option, then you can use the custom URL structure option in the permalinks. The choice is yous.
Discussion- This section sets a number of commenting rules that are used in the comment section we discussed earlier. This includes moderating inappropriate comments automatically.