I want to congratulate you on building your WordPress website and commend you for your actions to get Your Home Biz up and running the easiest way.
In this article and video, I will explain the WordPress Dashboard. After logging into your WordPress website, you will be on what is known as the WordPress Dashboard. The dashboard is where you can finish setting up your WordPress website and access all the features WordPress has to offer.
So let’s get started.
In the top line, you will see your website’s name in the area to the right. You will also see a box with an arrow that says new post. This is where you can go directly to other features in WordPress, which I will explain in future articles. You will also see Howdy (whatever name you choose). Next, you will see a logout area (this is where you can log out of your dashboard). Finally, you will see two tabs under the first line and over to the left: Screen Options, arrow, and Help. The Screen Options area allows you to change your dashboard’s look, and I recommend leaving it as is for now. The Help section is where you can get help with your WordPress dashboard.
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You will sometimes see a yellow box under the top line saying you can update your website to the most recent version. If you see this box, I recommend clicking on it and then clicking on the Auto Update section. This keeps your website up to date with WordPress.
Underneath the above information, your screen is divided into two sections. The first to the right is a column (under the dashboard box) that takes you to all WordPress features. The larger second section, labeled Dashboard, is a section to keep you updated with WordPress information.
Before I go into the explanations, I recommend setting your WordPress website up with the Networking feature. This will give you the ability to create subdomains from your WordPress dashboard. For those of you who do not know what a subdomain is, I will explain. A subdomain is like building a whole new website. Your main domain will be Your Domain Name. Xxx, and a subdomain would be XXXX. Your Domain Name. xxx. This allows you to set many websites up under one domain name. You can visit WordPress at codex.WordPress.org/Create_A_Network for the complete details. I will also give you a part of the WordPress directions below.
Create a Network
NOTE: You do not need to complete these steps if you are currently running WordPress MU. Your network is already enabled. Once you upgrade to the 3. x branch, you will be prompted to update your—htaccess rules for MultiSite.
Alert! If you upgraded to WordPress 3.1, the Super Admin menu has replaced the Network Admin section. Look on your admin HEADER on the far right: it will say, “Howdy, YOURNAME – Network Admin – Log Out.” The link is ‘Network Admin.'”
You will get an additional box in the first line if you activate the network option. This box next to the Log Outbox will say either Site Admin or Network Admin. Because you have started the network option, you will now have the option to use the dashboard as the Network Admin (everything you do from here has effects on all your sites) or as the Site Admin (everything from here is for one particular area). When you are in the Network Admin dashboard, it will say Site Admin next to the Logout box, and when you are in the Site Admin Dashboard, it will say Network Admin in the box next to the Logout box.
I will give a quick overview of the column under the dashboard box when using the Network Admin dashboard (I will go into greater detail about every option in future articles). You will see a section titled Sites if you have activated the networking feature. This is where you can view all your built-in WordPress sites under one domain name.
Next, you will see a Users section. You can set up different users for your WordPress website and control their access.
The next section is Themes. In this area, you can change the design of your website and control a lot of what people see on your website. Once again, I would like to state I will be doing more articles and videos explaining these in detail.
The next section is Plugins. This is where you can install different plugins to give your WordPress website more features and perform other tasks.
The next section is settings, and this is where you can set different settings specific to your needs; once again, I will state that I will explain these in future articles and videos.
The final section is updated, where you can get updates for your WordPress website and updates for the features you are using.
Now, I will explain the column on the left under the dashboard box when you are in the Site Admin dashboard. From this dashboard, you can work on one particular site.
The first box will be sites if you have activated the Network option, where you can see all the places you have or create a new one. You will not see this line without starting the Network option.
The next line will be Posts, where you can post information to your main page and continue adding new content.
Next is Media, where you can incorporate media features into your site.
The next line is Links, where you can see where your website is linked.
Next is Pages, where you can add new pages to your website and edit any already created pages.
Next is Comments, and this is where you can view and control any comments that have been posted on your WordPress Website.
The next line is Appearance, where you can control your website’s design and features.
Next is Plugins, where you can add, turn on, and off the plugins you have chosen for your website.
The next line is Tools, where you can access any tools used in your WordPress website.
The final line is Settings, where you can make your website how you want it to be.
This has been a longer article than I expected, but I believe you must understand the dashboard and how it is in your best interest to set your WordPress website up with the Network option.