Welcome to this part of our ongoing tutorials on WordPress. As promised, we will go step by step until we reach a point where you can readily use the Content management system for your blogging activities.
A few days ago, I introduced you to a tutorial on how to install WordPress. If all went well for you, you must have installed your own site by now. If not, please overview it before taking the next steps.
I also shared a handbook that we will be using for the rest of the course. You can download it here: https://samediamba.com/wp-guide
Logging in to WordPress
If you installed WordPress successfully, your dashboard link should be https://yourusername.000webhostapp.com/wp-admin/, where your username is what you entered in step 5 of the tutorial. In my case, the dashboard link will be https://samediamba.000webhostapp.com/wp-admin/.
Please bookmark the link for future reference.
The screenshot (Figure 1) below gives a summary of how login works:
The WordPress Dashboard
Once you’re logged in, you will be directed to the dashboard. The dashboard is the first screen presented to you when you login to your WordPress backend.
It contains a collection of “gadgets” that give you a quick glimpse of your website and the recent occurrences there. You can customize it to your preference.
Before I start, here is a video from the amazing guys at iThemes that gives a brief overview of what the dashboard looks like:
Figure 2 below also gives a snapshot of the various parts of the dashboard:
The Dashboard menu
This provides the menu that navigates to the various parts of the dashboard like posts, pages, the media library, comments, appearance, tools and settings. It is placed on the left side of the screen.
This is a collapsible menu that contains checkboxes. These enables us to show or hide parts of the dashboard.
This has a big Customize your site button that takes you to the customizer (more on this later), or the theme section where you can change the default website theme.
There are other quick links that lead to various actions such as writing a post, adding an about page, managing menus and widgets, and managing comments.
The quick draft area enables you to write a quick post, including the title and some notes.
Here we get the latest from the official WordPress blog, including updates, versions and alerts.
The widget displays the latest from your blog, and comments. You can approve, edit, disapprove, reply to or send a comment to spam from here.
At a Glance
Here, you will get an overview of your blog post statistics, as well as number of comments. Also displayed is the current version of WordPress. If you click on any link here, you will be led to the respective screen.