The backend of your wordpress website might look as overwhelming as your Mother-in-law on your wedding day, but don’t stress, it’s not as cray-cray as it first looks (your website that is).
It’s a whole new world of buttons, monochrome text and uploads and it doesn’t look anything like the beautiful front end of your website! That’s because you’re logged in to the control center of your site – it might not look pretty, but it functions well and is super user intuitive. Once you get to know it, WordPress is actually the bee’s knees. It doesn’t take long to learn how easily and effectively you manage your own website.
To prove our point, we’ve put together a little ‘behind the scenes’ tour of the dashboard so you can easily see where everything is, and what everything does and be on your merry little way to creating WordPress magic.
- LOGGING IN
Step one is accessing the dashboard! Head to your URL with “/wp-admin” on the end (eg. www.smackbangdesigns.com/wp-admin) and you’ll hit the screen below. Enter your login details and you’re good to go!
- THE DASHBOARD
Everyone’s website dashboard may look a little different depending on what your site does and what you have installed. The main page of the dashboard will show some things you may need quick access to. Down the left hand sidebar is where all your pages / posts and products will sit!. If you click the ‘screen options’ drop-down on the top right hand corner, you can customise what is shown on your dashboard.Some plugins (such as Google Analytics) will have the ability to add certain views or settings onto the main dashboard page (ie. with Google, you’ll be able to see your stats right here, without having to go to a separate web page). Remember to always keep an eye on the update section on the left hand site. If there’s an update available for your theme or plugins, there will be a red dot and the number of updates in it. It’s really important to update these as they come! They’ll keep your site running smoothly and bug-free.
- MEDIA GALLERY
Think of this as your master library – this is where all your uploaded images (and other files such as videos or PDFs) will sit in a nice, neat gallery. You may upload your images from a different page (ie. straight onto your blog post) but here you can see ALL the images no matter where they are on your site. You can also upload images directly to this gallery. This page is largely used so you can access images you’ve previously uploaded, or grab the images URL.
- BLOG POSTS
If you have a look down on the left hand side, you’ll see the post section. This is where you’ll write, edit, add images + tags (and publish or save) your blog posts.When you click on ‘posts’, a new window will open with all your posts showing. From here you can edit a previous post by clicking on it, or click ‘new post’ to start a begin writing a fresh one.
This page is where you add in the title of the post, and the content of the blog.Up on the top right hand side, there’s the publish section. You click publish if you want the post up right away (this is if it’s a new post), save as draft if you want to come back to it later, update if you’re editing an existing post or hit edit to schedule the post, change the date/time of the post etc.
Down on the right hand side is where you can assign categories and tags to the post.
To edit existing categories or tags, hover over posts and you’ll see a drop down with tags and categories. You can create new ones here or within your post editor.
To set a feature image (this is the image that’ll be visible on the blog landing page), you can upload one on the right hand side. You can upload a new one, or choose an existing one from your media gallery.
- CONTENT CHANGING / UPLOADING
There’s a few key sections to note when updating and adding content to your site. Apart from blog and product pages, the rest of your site will be ‘content’ pages. These differ slightly in the backend site to site depending on what functions your site may have.Basically a content page will look like this, with spaces to upload and update your written content and images. This is a very simple page with written content and an image. More complex sites may have other options on this page to upload more images, choose dropdown options etc.
The product pages on your site can be accessed through the ‘product tab’. Functioning similarly to a blog post, you can view all your products quickly by clicking on the products tab. From here, you can edit existing or add new products.Once you click ‘add new’ or ‘edit’ this is the page you will see. Here you can change the name of the product, the product description and the product images. On some sites, there may be an option to add more than one image per product. Below, this is where you can add all the product details including price, tax, linked products, etc.
Hopefully this brief run-through will set you off on your way to WordPress freedom along with sunsets and horse rides. For further help, feel free to get in touch with us!