Welcome to WordPress! I know it can be confusing and overwhelming at first but don’t fret, you will quickly go from a novice to an expert with a little time and effort!
Login to WordPress:
First step is to log in to your WordPress website, you can do this by going to YourUrl.com/wp-admin and entering the login info and password to your site (either created by you or provided by your host after install through the cpanel)
There’s a lot going on in your WordPress Dashboard to get used to, below I outline what some key elements are and how to access certain points of your site
Posts – This is where you can add new posts and categories to your website, click or mouse over it to see the drop down of options available
Pages – This is where you will add a static page to your site (these do NOT appear in your main blog or RSS feed)
Appearance – This is where you can add new themes, edit your widgets, and edit your menu. Click or mouse over it to see the drop down of options
Plugins – This is where you can add new plugins to your website and/or delete and update old ones
Settings – This is where you can edit the timezone, site title, tagline, permalink structure, and more! Click or mouse over it to see the drop down of options and start exploring
WordPress Admin Bar:
This is the bar at the top of your site that provides easy navigation, this bar is viewable on both the back end dashboard and the front end of your site. It allows you to easily and quickly access your dashboard from the front end, edit a post, write a new post, check comments, and more.
When you first install your site you will want to update all the settings, you can do so by going to Settings in your dashboard and setting the following:
This is where you will edit the basic settings of your website, I suggest doing this soon after install to make sure everything is correct.
- Website name
- Time zone
- Date format
Generally you can leave this area untouched unless you want to specifically edit your post format.
- Edit post format
- Edit default category
- Setup post via email
This is where you will edit how your homepage and posts will display.
- Blog posts to display
- Front page to display (blog posts or static page)
- RSS feed posts
- Search Engine visibility (do not edit this if you intend for your site to be fetched by search engines)
This is where you will edit your comments on the website.
- Allow people to post comments
- Close comments after so many days
- Set gravatar or other icons for users
- Much more based on personal preference
This is where you will edit how your URL links display and function. Standard WordPress installs set the permalink to a string of numbers, this is not ideal at all. If you are running a fresh WordPress install I recommend changing the URL structure to post title ONLY (no dates). If you are running an older install with links already set you will need to go an additional route and run a 301 redirect on your posts to point the old structure to the new. This can be done via a plugin or the htaccess file.