In part 3 of our Free WordPress Video Tutorial series, learn how to use the WordPress Dashboard. In this video, we will be looking at how to use wordpress dashboard. This video is catered to WordPress for beginners, however it can be applied to anybody really. In this video, we will be looking at:
1. Learn to use WordPress and why
2. How to Login to WordPress
3. How to change your WordPress profile
4. How to add new posts and pages
5. How to navigate the WordPress dashboard
The first thing we are going to do is login to the backend of wordpress, which can be found at mydomain.com/wp-admin. From here, everything we need is going to be on the left sidebar of WordPress. To change your user profile, simple navigate to users and my profile. Here you’ll be able to change your password, about me section, and add your social profiles. You’ll be on your way in no time into learning how to use WordPress!
Alright. So, in the previous lesson, we learned how to install WordPress. And, we got to look at, a little bit, how the C panel works and, we actually installed WordPress on our website.
And, here’s a recap of what our website looks like. Our website currently looks a little bit something like this. And, we see that it’s very simple. Nothing has been changed to it. Just a default template of WordPress.
So, in this lesson, we are gonna be learning about the WordPress dashboard. And, that’s where we’re gonna be editing our WordPress website.
And, just a very quick overview of what we’re gonna learn in this lesson is, we’re gonna learn about the Front End versus the Back End. And, this is just terminology that we, kinda, have to get squared away. And, we’ll also gonna be taking a quick tour of the dashboard.
And, so the first thing we need to be talking about: What’s the difference between the Front End versus the Back End?
And, put very simply, the Front End is what users see. It’s at your Domain.com. So, for example, wpforalltv.com is the Front End. It’s what users actually see. Versus the Back End, that’s what the Admin sees or what the editor of the website, like us, will see. And, it’s where all the edits and the changes are made. And, it will be accessed at your Domain.com/wp-admin.
And, that’s universal for all websites.
And, we’ll take a look at how to, actually, access this Back End. And, this Back End is also called the dashboard. It’s where we access the dashboard.
So, now that we have these terminologies squared away, how do we actually access the dashboard or the Back End of WordPress to our WordPress website?
And, so if you recall from the previous lesson when we actually installed WordPress, I told you to hold on to a couple of things, which was your admin area url, your username, and your password. And, if you didn’t copy and paste those somewhere into a note, you should have received an email, as well, as long as you input a correct email address.
So, we’re just gonna pull that up. And, we’re gonna click on the Admin area. And, we click on the admin area url, which is always gonna be your Domain.com/wp-admin. You’re gonna enter your username and your password. And, you’re gonna see something like this, with the little WordPress logo up here, indicating that you know this is a WordPress website. And, you’re just gonna log in.
So, in this next window, you’ll see, this is actually the WordPress dashboard. And, this is where we’re gonna make all of our changes to our website – any edits, any addition of a new page, a new post, adding pictures.
Whatever you wanna do, this is where you’re gonna do it, if you wanna make any changes to your website.
And, so I’m actually gonna go over all these different Menu items in the future lessons.
But, I just wanna, kinda, show you a very brief overview of the dashboard and, some things that we need to change right away.
And, the first thing that I want us to change is… If you recall, that we had that password. That password that was very long and impossible to memorize. So, we wanna change that.
So, how do we do that?
We’re gonna go to something called the “Users”, right? And, when we click on that, we’ll see that these are the different users. And, when you have multiple users, say, for example you allow multiple people to sign-up for your website, you’ll have a bunch of them listed here. For now, we only have us as the single user.
And, we just wanna click “Edit”. And, what you see here, we can change a bunch of different things. I won’t, actually, go through these. We can, kinda, just browse through them on our own time.
But, the one thing that I do want to change is our password. So, we’ll just change our password to something that’s more memorable and, also, something that’s secure as well. And, then we’ll just gonna click “Update Profile”. And, this will be the password that we’ll need when we have to log in to our WordPress dashboard.
Alright. So, the next thing I wanna talk very briefly about, I’m definitely gonna be talking about more in detail in the future, is just to go over some of these Menu items.
So, the first thing, being the most important, is probably gonna be your Post. And, so Post is where you add any new post. And, I actually talked about how to edit those in the future. But, for now, we just know that post are things like blog entries.
Media is gonna be somewhere that when we wanna add new pictures or anything like that, we’re gonna add that to the media library.
Pages is where we’re gonna actually add static pages. And, I’ll talk about what’s the difference between a page and a post is. And, I’ll talk about that in the next lesson, actually.
Here is the Comments. So, this is where we’re gonna actually edit all the comments.
And, in Appearance – There’s a couple different things that we’ll need to use in the future, such as the Themes. Also, we’ll need to know Widgets in the future – how to customize them.
And, also, Editors is needed when we have to customize any css code.
And, then the next one, being your Plugins. And, so there’s a couple pre-installed plugins. And, I actually talked about, in the future video, which plugins you need not only to optimize your website in terms of speed but, also, in terms of search engine optimization. And, also, just for functionality.
And, we talked about Users briefly before. How we add a new user or, maybe, edit your profile.
And, in the future, I actually talked about some that’s very important, which are these roles. And, the roles are used, maybe, if you want a membership site or if you have multiple authors.
And, we’ll talk about Settings more in the future and, kind of the best settings that you should have for your website.
And, that’s it for this lesson.
But, in the next lesson, we’re gonna actually start customizing our website. And, what we are gonna be doing is looking at how to change our WordPress theme.
We’re gonna show you how to install it and, also, how to select a proper theme for your website.