Last post we talked about self-hosting and WordPress setup. Now we will move on to Logging into your WordPress dashboard and get to know it better. Let’s start with how to log into your WordPress dashboard. The first question is where do I even go on the web to log into this? There are a couple of different ways of doing it, but I will just give you the most direct way.
Let’s start by opening up your web browser and going to the address bar up at the top. When you started your Hosting account in our case, that would be BlueHost we purchased a URL. In the address bar type in your URL then /wp-admin at the end of it. This will take you to your login page. This is where you enter the username and password that you set up on the last post.
Now that you’re logged in let’s take a look around and get familiar with a few things. And then we will begin to get things set up just how you want them or what works best for now if you’re not sure what’s right for you.
On the left, you will see a column of menus that start at the top and goes all the way to the bottom. This is how you will navigate to whatever tool or method to Output your content onto your website. Some will seldom be used, but others will consistently be used. Look at the diagram below and familiarize yourself with it before we go on.
On the right of the page which is the main body is primarily just for notifications when on the home dashboard page. When navigating through the menus on the left, this main body will be populated with whatever the menu is that you selected.
At the top of the page on the right, there is a drop-down menu that says screen options just to the left of the help menu. When selecting screen options, the screen will open up an inch or two, and that will depend on how much content there is. There will be checkboxes of all the different elements that are on that particular page that’s up at that moment. You check the boxes of things you want to see on the page, and you uncheck what you don’t want to see on the page.
Again at the top of the page on the right, there is another drop down menu that says help. This works just like when you selected screen options with the page opening up an inch or two, and that would depend on how much content there is within. Instead of checkboxes this time there will be a few menu items over on the left side of that box, and they are the topics that it will give help on. Each time you select one of those topics the box will populate with information on what that is and what can be done with it.
This will complete getting familiar with the dashboard. On our next post, we will be exploring another piece of software that I believe is very important. We will be looking into the Genesis framework and child themes.