WordPress Dashboard Overview


In this workshop, we’ll cover everything you need to know to find your way around your WordPress site’s Dashboard. Starting a new site can feel daunting, but once you know the tools available to you – and where to find them – it is easier to take those first steps forward.

We’ll cover the very basics, from how to log in to what you see when you log in. Then, we’ll provide an overview of the different menu items you see in the sidebar of your site’s Dashboard, and what they’re for. Finally, we’ll cover a few tips and tricks for managing your Dashboard. Think of this as your roadmap to navigating your site!

Learning outcomes

  1. Familiarity with what the WordPress Dashboard is and how to navigate it.
  2. An understanding of how to find the different tools you need to manage your site, including why certain modules might not appear (Screen Options).
  3. Clarity on the difference between posts and pages, and generally how to structure your site.

Comprehension questions

  • What is the WordPress Dashboard?
  • How can you navigate from the Dashboard to the front page of your site?
  • Where can you change your site’s title?
  • How can you add new users or contributors to your site?
  • For which type of content is it better to use a page, rather than a post?
  • Length 27 mins
  • Topic UI, WordPress
  • Language English
  • Captions English

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Erica Varlese
@evarlese
I am a Community Wrangler sponsored by Automattic and based in the New York area. I spend most of my time contributing to the Polyglots, Community, and Training teams. My WordPress journey began about 10 years ago, when I started my blog while working as a freelance writer. In my offline life, I love travel, coffee, dogs, and learning languages (ping me in français, italiano, português, o español – I love any chance to practice!)
Cami Kaos
@camikaos
Cami lives, works, and parents in the rainy city of Portland, Oregon. She’s had a love of WordPress and WordCamps since the last century, when she happened to stumble upon the first WordCamp Portland. Since 2013, she has worked at Automattic, as a community organizer for the WordPress open source project. In that role, she gets to work with WordCamps and their organizers from around the world, every day. She continues to write on an irregular basis at camikaos.com where she explores concepts from the plight of modern parents to mental health to marveling at the seemingly mundane. Cami is active on a number of social platforms but can be most readily found as @camikaos on Twitter.
Courtney P.K.
@courtneypk
Courtney has been an avid WP user since 2004. She has been a community organizer for the WordPress open source project as part of Automattic’s Five for the Future since 2016. She loves to figure out which dish to cook and which cocktail to mix for you. Courtney currently resides in Portland, Oregon, with her spouse and two rascally kittens.