WP Tutorial #1 – Logging In

Logging Into WordPress

So you have your first WordPress website installed and ready to go.  You want to know where to go from here.  In any new installation, the login link will be “yoursite.com/wp-admin” or “yoursite.com/wp-login” (both should work honestly).   This is what it will look like:

loggingin

Logging into WordPress made easy right? Once you are logged in you will be sent to the Dashboard area.  This is the main page for the back end of your new website.  Think of this as the control area where you have full control over the website.  Here is about what it should look like:

dashboard

Now, as a first time user of WordPress this may look a little daunting to you.  If your website was developed by us it will come with a complete personalized user manual along with instructions on how to use the extra functionality.  Here is a basic description as to what everything means on the Dashboard page:

Dashboard – The dashboard link will always take you back to the main back end page.  When you click on it you will see both “Home” and “Updates” which are just how they sound.  Home will take you back to the dashboard home and updates allow you to monitor any plugin, theme, or WordPress updates that you might need to do.  There will typically be a number in a different color next to the word updates if you have anything that needs to be updated.  If you click on it, it will take you to the updates page which will allow you to automatically update everything.

Posts – This will have at least four options when you click on it.  “All Posts” will be the page you are taken to when you click on it.  Posts are typically used whenever you have articles that you want to write.  These are different than pages.  “Add New” is where you go if you are wanting to add an article, “Categories” is one of two ways to organize your articles along with “Tags” which are keywords that you use for your articles.

Media – This area is where you will upload any images, videos, etc that you want to use on your site.  The “Library” is where you are taken when you click on it and this will show all of the media that you have on the website already.  “Add New” is actually pretty self-explanatory.  This is where you add new media (which can be by dragging and dropping from a folder on your computer, browsing your computer, or adding from a URL).

Pages – This area are for any pages that you want to create for your website.  This typically includes an about page for your website, contact page, homepage, and whatever else you want to show on your website.  You are taken to “All Pages” when you click on it which will be the area that lists all of the pages that have already been created.  You should have a sample page already.  “Add New” is just like with the posts area which allows you to add a new page and customize it.

Comments – This area is where you can manage comments that are made on your website by approving or denying comments that come in.  You can mark them as spam, trash them all together, or approve them for use on your website.

Appearance – This is one of the more complicated sections of the back end of WordPress.  You are taken to “Themes” which shows you all of the templates that are available to use on your website.  Chances are the default template will be one of WordPress’ standard themes such as “Twenty-Fifteen” or something.  You are able to add new templates on this page. The “Widget” area is where you control whatever widgets your website might have.  This can include sidebars, menus, footer, header, and basically anywhere else on your website.  It’s pretty specific to each theme as to what kind of functionality is included on this page.  “Editor” comes in pretty handy when you are on a computer that may not have Dreamweaver, Notepad++, or if you do not have access to your FTP.  You can edit the template files directly through the browser here.

Plugins – This area is where you regulate all of the plugins that are on your website.  Your default WordPress website comes with two separate plugins called Akismet and Hello Dolly.  I usually get rid of Hello Dolly and activate Akismet.  Akismet blocks a lot of the spam that you might otherwise encounter from using such a popular content management system.  You are also able to add new plugins here by clicking on “Add New” either up top or on the left side of the site.

Users – This is precisely what it sounds like.  This is where you are able to manage all of the users that you have on your website.  There are several roles that you can add users to.  This is too much to cover in this article but we will cover it in the future.  You can also edit your profile here.

Settings – This area is just like it sounds as well.  There are several different areas that you have control over.  You are taken to the “General Settings” page which has all of your basic site information on it.  “Writing” is where you decide what your default post category and format will be.  You also edit your mail server here.  “Reading” is where you choose where your blog is located, front page, number of posts to show on each page, etc.  The “Media” area is where you can change the various sizes of images that you upload.  These will be the default settings.  “Permalinks” is where you decide how you want your website links to show up.  Most of the time we use a custom structure but this will be posted in a different article.

As you can see, logging into WordPress is not nearly as hard as you thought it would be.  If you want to learn more just check out some of our other WordPress Tutorials.