Once you have a self-hosted WordPress website, you have begun to explore the magical WordPress source code. Don’t worry if it sounds new to you, I wrote this series here to help you realize that it’s a lot simpler than you think.
Before we get into the details of the Dashboard features and how to use it, I will show you some WordPress features to help you figure out how it is for you. It is easy to move on to the rest , because I realize that things will be simpler if you have a rough understanding of it by using visual examples.
WordPress default template
I would like to explain briefly as follows:
- Site Name & Description: Site Name means the name of your website that you declared at the installation stage, and Description is the description for your website – as a slogan.
- Sidebar: Meaning a content bar is located next to the main content, it can be left, right or both sides depending on the theme. In a sidebar, you can see components such as Recent Posts, Recent Comments, … these components are called Widgets. This we will dig deeper into its own part.
- Post: By default, the post is treated as an article, when you write a post and post it on the website, it will display the website. Going along with Post is Page but other Page in Post is not displayed on the website when it is posted, it only displays when the user accesses its correct address. I will explain these two concepts later.
- Footer: This means the last part of a website, there will display information such as copyright, introduction, etc. v footer may be different depending on the theme.
Now click on the “Hello world!” Post and we have the following elements on the page displaying the content of a post (this is called a single page):
- Post content: In this area, you will see the full content of a post including the post name, the content of the post and the information of a post such as the date posted, the name of the author and maybe it will display. Always category (category) of this post depending on the theme.
- Comments area: This will display the list of comments on the post you are viewing, it will display detailed information about each comment and you can reply to others via the Reply button. Right below the area is a comment form and if a guest, they will need to enter their name and email to post a comment.
Right on the page viewing post content, you look up on the black menu (also known as the Admin Bar) will see links to functions such as creating a new Post, Page, see the name of the user who is logged in. This bar is only displayed when you log into the website.
Looking sidebar, you will see it has some widgets available as follows:
- Recent Posts – The latest post, by default, will display only 5 posts here.
- Recent Comments – The latest comment, default it will show 5 comments.
- Archives – List of archives to post by date.
- Categories – List of categories in the post, by default it will have an category called Uncategorized containing the post “Hello world!”.
- Meta – The menu bar of website administration functions.
WordPress dashboard admin
Now hover over Admin Bar on the website name and select Dashboard to access the admin page (Dashboard) of your WordPress website.
And now that you’ve reached the WordPress Dashboard page, it should look like this:
On the left of the Dashboard is a black menu bar with links pointing to areas to administer, on the right it will display the content corresponding to each admin page.
By default, when you go to the Dashboard page, on the right side, there will be links that lead you to each section for you to get used to it. Which includes areas divided into small blocks as follows:
- At a Glance: An overview of your website, namely it will tell you how many posts, how many pages, how many comments and which version of WordPress you are using with your theme’s activation. .
- Quick Draft: You can draft a Post and press the Save Draft button to save the draft. You will then go to the Posts section to view and manage it.
- Activity: Statistics of the latest activities on the website such as which post was posted at the time, the new comment.
- WordPress News: Latest news from WordPress admin or popular WordPress websites.
If you need help, you can click on the Help menu above to see quick help to get you familiar with the Dashboard better. Or you can hide / show each area below in the Screen Options link.
By the end of this section, you probably already know some of the terms in WordPress, right? Fortunately, these are the most common terms so you don’t need to worry about the following lessons. In the next section, I will guide you in detail how to post a new post so you can post your first article on the website.