WordPress Dashboard

All the controls for managing your WordPress site are available from the Dashboard — the administrative page you are shown after logging in.

WordPress Dashboard

WordPress Dashboard

After logging in, you can always access the Dashboard from any post or page by clicking your site’s name in the menu bar. If you hover over the name, a drop-menu will appear that gives you direct links to specific sets of controls for themes, widgets, etc.

Click your site name to go to your Dashboard

Click your site name to go to your Dashboard

Hover over your site name to view Dashboard drop-menu

Hover over your site name to view Dashboard drop-menu

 
Dashboard menu sidebar

Dashboard menu sidebar

From the Dashboard you can customize your site settings, edit or create new posts and pages, upload pictures or documents, and much more.

Notice the menu sidebar is divided into three sections. The top section has two items — My Sites and JetPack. The second section contains menus for managing content — posts, media and pages; you will use these often. And the last section contains menus for managing sitewide settings.

Let’s look at the Dashboard menus more closely.

Posts

The Posts menu item gives you links to view All Posts, to Add a New Post, and to manage categories and tags (more about that later).

Posts menu

Posts menu

Media

The Media menu takes you to your Media Library where you can manage all the images, videos, documents and other assets you’ve uploaded. OR you can choose “Add New” to go directly to the form where you upload files from your computer.

Media menu

Media menu

Pages

Links to manage pages — View All or Add New.

Pages menu

Pages menu

Comments

This menu takes you to pages where you can manage all the comments posted to your blog by visitors. For security reasons, we e disable comments, trackbacks, and pingbacks on publicly accessible ACPS blogs.

Appearance

Here you control how your site looks. The pull-down menu shows links to pages where you manage the Theme applied to your site; Widgets in your sidebars; Menus for navigation; a place to add your own stylesheet rules (CSS); and controls for your header and background images.

Appearance menu

Appearance menu

Plugins

Plugins are self-contained modules that add functionality to your site. From this page you can activate, deactivate and configure the available plugins.

Users

Your can modify settings for your own user account here, as well as add new users and assign privileges (Subscriber, Administrator, Editor, Author, Contributor). Anyone who visits your site can view it, of course. If you want to grant others the ability to create posts, please assign the proper role when you add them. Generally, no one but you should be granted administrative rights. For more information on roles, see: http://codex.wordpress.org/Roles_and_Capabilities.

Users menu

Users menu

Tools

Includes import and export functions.

Tools menu

Tools menu

Settings

Settings menu

Settings menu


Site-wide settings in several categories:

  • General: settings for your site title and tagline;
  • Writing: default settings for posts;
  • Reading: configure your site to act like a standard blog, or like a static web site;
  • Discussion: options for comments, link notifications, trackback, pingbacks, and avatars;
  • Media: options for images;
  • Permalink Settings: how WordPress builds URLs for your content;
  • Sharing: Optional configurations for social media integration.