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Basics

Logging In

To access the backend of the website you will need to enter through the login screen shown below. To get to the login screen either:

Wordpress Login Form
The WordPress login screen

Dashboard

Upon logging in to the backend you will be taken to the dashboard screen shown below. The dashboard shows information about the current state of the site. To use the WordPress functionality you will need to get around the place for which there are two important features of the interface. These are the navigation menu running vertically down the left hand side and the toolbar running horizontally along the top.

Wordpress Dashboard Screen
The WordPress dashboard is the first screen you see after logging in.

Read about the dashboard in more details at the WordPress codex dashboard page.

Navigation Menu

The links on this menu access the different administration screens. Hovering over the links in the navigation menu will often reveal a sub-menu with more options. For example in the admin screenshot above the posts sub-menu is displayed. Additional items can be added to this menu by us installing plugins or adding them manually.

Wordpress Navigation Menu
WordPress Navigation Menu

 

Admin Toolbar

The toolbar runs horizontally along the top of the screen and contains useful shortcuts. This can also be added to by plugins. Sometimes we also remove options if they are going to be of no relevance to you. For example a site where comments are disabled has no need for a comments button.

Wordpress Admin Toolbar
The admin toolbar runs along the top of the screen and helps you navigate to highly trafficked screens

Screen Options and Help

Screen Options

If you’re using WordPress and you can’t find a module that should be on the screen there’s a good chance it is marked as hidden in the ‘Screen Options’ area. To show the module again:

WordPress screen options
The screen options tab is always located just below the admin toolbar
screen options box
In this example ‘Sharing’, ‘Revisions’, ‘Excerpt’ and so on are visible and ‘Send Trackbacks’ and ‘Custom Fields’ are hidden

Help

If you find yourself stuck then another source of help is the aptly named ‘Help’ tab located right next to the ‘Screen Options’ tab. Clicking it will open up a box similar to the image below with information about the screen you’re on.

WordPress help box
An example of help available for the ‘post editing’ screen.

Where Next?

Try creating a WordPress post in our posts tutorial.

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