The WordPress Dashboard

We will have supplied to you your login information, but if you forget it, you can go to the following URL, replacing “mydomainname” with your actual domain name:

Once you are logged in, your admin home page is called the Dashboard, and will look like this:

WordPress Dashboard

WordPress Dashboard Navigation Sidebar

The navigation is along the left column. Each grey box shows a little drop-down arrow when you mouse over it. When you click the drop-down arrow, it gives you a number of options for that section of the admin.

Following are short descriptions for each section:
Posts are time-sensitive – you’ll use Posts for blog entries, news stories, press releases and events.
Media is where you manage photos, videos, ebooks, etc. You can then insert items from your Media Library into your Posts and Pages. You can also upload content directly into your Posts and Pages, so you don’t have to upload to Media first.
Links are groupings of hyperlinks, generally to other websites. They can be categorized, and displayed on your site, usually in the sidebar.
Pages aren’t time sensitive – you’ll use Pages for About Us, Contact Us, Products, Services, etc. Generally, when you create content, you’ll make a decision whether to create a new Post or a new Page.
Comments is the section where you manage user comments, which may include approving them, or marking them as spam (although we install a great spam filter called Akismet that takes care of the vast majority of spam comments).
Appearance is where we have configured the look-and-feel of your site. We would recommend not touching anything until you get very familiar with basic WordPress functionality.
Plugins is the section where third-party plugins are managed, including activation and deactivation. Again, this isn’t something for beginners to play with.
Users is where you manage the people who have access to the site, including password settings. We will cover Users Roles, such as Contributors and Authors, in more detail later.
Tools provides “power users” with tools to make WordPress more robust. Explore Tools once you have become very familiar with WordPress.
Settings are for much of the basic functionality of WordPress. Don’t hesitate to contact us with questions about certain settings.