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WordPress Tutorial – Learn How to Use the Dashboard

May 19th, 2014 | by onlineincomejobs.com

Welcome to our WordPress Tutorial Series.

Watch our Free WordPress Tutorial – Dashboard

Transcript provided below.

In this video, we will take a quick tour of the WordPress Dashboard.
Witch provides the management tools for your WordPress powered website.
Ok, So let’s begin…
To access the dashboard, we click the LOG IN link on your site’s home page.
In case your home page does not have a Log IN link, you can type WP-admin at the end of your website’s URL.
This will open the login screen.
We enter our username and password and click the log in button.

When you login successfully on your website the Dashboard will be the first thing you see.
Each screen in the administration area contains 3 sections.

The Toolbar, across the top of the page.

The Main Navigation menu on the left hand side.

And the main work area.
When you login to your dashboard for the first time, you will see this welcome module.
That contains a simple collection of links to help you get started.

These include, A shortcut to costumize your site’s theme.
Begin creating and editing your site’s content.
Manage your widgets or menus
Enable comments … or learn more….
When you become comfortable with the dashboard, you can click here, to dismiss the welcome module.

 

At the top of the Dashboard, we can see the Toolbar…
Witch contains links to the most commonly used administrative functions.

Including Links to find more information about WordPress.

Documentation

Support Forums if you need help
The Toolbar also contains quick links, for example
To create a new post, upload a media files, add a new page, or create a user.
Hovering over the sites name, will enable you to switch to the public view of your site.
And when your logged in, the toolbar remains across the top of the site while you browse.
Enablingyou to quickly edit the post or page you are viewing.

Or create new content.

Hover over the site name again, to return to the DASHBOARD, or any other panels in the administration area.

On the right hand side of the toolbar, you will find links to edit your profile, or log out.

It’s recommended that you visit your profile right away, and setup your personal preferences.

These options will allow you to costumize  WordPress to work best for you.
You can even change the color scheme in the admin area.
Complete your name and contact information , and make sure to select a strong password.
And click Update.
To return to the Dashboard at any time, click the DASHBOARD link at the top of the main navigation menu.

Just below your username in the toolbar, are two hanging tabs. SCREEN OPTIONS and HELP witch expand when clicked
to provide additional options, or contextual help, specific to whatever page or panel your on.

Screen Options, allows you to costumize your DASHBOARD by choosing witch boxes are displayed.
You can completely hide boxes you don’t wish to use, by simply unchecking the box next to each item.
You can also return at any time and re-enable these.

On the left hand side of the screen, is the MAIN NAVIGATION MENU.
Here we can find links to all the administrative screens in WordPress.

By hovering over a menu item, we will see the sub-menu, offering additional functions or options that are available.

 

In case you need more screen space, you can minimize the entire menu into just a strip of icons
by clicking on the COLLAPSE MENU link at the bottom..

When the menu is minimized, you can still access sub-menus by hovering over the icon for each item.

 

If you wish, you can even re-arrange the boxes on the DASHBOARD
If you hover your mouse over the title-bar of a box, you will notice that your cursor changes,
leting you know that the box is movable.

Simply click, and then drag the box to a new location on the page.
Then release your mouse when you see a doted grey outline in the new location.

 

This enables you to completely personalize your dashboard so that it works best for your needs.

The boxes can also be collapsed or expanded by clicking anywhere in the title-bar itself, or by clicking the arrow on the right.
Ok…

Now let’s focus on the individual boxes on the screen.
The SITE CONTENT MODULE , provides summary statistics on your sites posts, pages and comments
and identifies what version of WordPress and theme you are currently using.
The Activity Module displays your most recent posts and comments from your readers,
and allows you to moderate them by hovering your mouse over each individual comment.

You can Approve, Reply To, Edit , mark as spam or delete a comment directly from this box.
Word-press news contains links to the most recent articles from popular WordPress sites around the web
And at the bottom you will find a link to a featured WordPress plugin.
One of the most Handy Tools in the Word-press dashboard is Called QUICK DRAFT.

IT Enables you to quickly create a post and save it as a draft.
Thisis a good way to quickly save ideas for future articles that you might want to come back and finish later.

Simply Enter a Title, add some descriptive content, and then click SAVE DRAFT
a list of drafts you previously created appears at the bottom of the box, enabling you to quickly open that post, in the editor.

 

 

That about sums up the dashboard introduction, see our next video on the two main forms of content in WordPress.
Posts and pages.