Getting Started with WordPress: An Overview of the WordPress Dashboard

If you’re brand new to the world of WordPress or it’s just been awhile since logging in this tutorial will help you understand the basic lay of the land once you log into your website.

Once logging in, you’ll find everything you need access to on the left hand side. From there, you’ll be able to do everything from add pages, edit posts, manage your updates and more.

In the video above and the post below, I’ll walk you through the most common sections even though you’ll most likely be spending most of your time under Posts or Pages.


This is where you’ll land every time you log into your WordPress site. You can edit the display options by clicking Screen Options on the top right. It also houses any updates you might need to make to your version of WordPress, your themes or plugins.


Under this section is where you add and edit any of your blog posts. Add a brand new one and schedule when you’d like it to go live or edit an existing blog post.


Upload and manage the media you have uploaded to your site (think: images and pdfs). If you want to upload videos, I’d recommend using a third party host and embed them where you need them.

If the words hosts and embed scare you, it’s a simple task your designer can take care of for you 😉


Under this section, you’ll find all of your static pages. And where you’ll be able to add an existing page to your site.

Don’t forget to go to Appearance then Menus if you want it added to your navigation bar.


This is where you’ll manage all of the comments on your blog. You’ll be able to review, reply and delete here.


Plugins are simply something that you can install on your website that will grant it additional functionality. You’ll likely have a few of these installed on your site. Common plugins would be a back-up plugin, security plugin, a social sharing plugin, page builder, etc.


This is where you can manage the individuals that have access to your site. If you hire a virtual assistant, for instance, you would create them an account with appropriate user access under this section.

This is a general overview of your WordPress Dashboard and administrative console. Keep in mind, as you activate and install plugins the left-hand sidebar will grow accordingly to grant you appropriate access to those plugin options.


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