Are you new to WordPress? Maybe you’re switching from blogger or another blogging platform, or possibly you’re brand new to blogging period. Whatever the case, if you’re new to WP then you might be thoroughly confused by the backend of your website. This is completely normal and to be expected with something new.
I promise it’ll make sense once you get toured through WP. Let’s have a look at the Posts section in your dashboard today. Tomorrow we’ll look at the Media section and we’ll work our way down the lefthand side of the dashboard until we land on Settings.
WP Dashboard Homepage
This is the page you’ll see when you first log into your blog. It’s a snapshot of what you can do inside of your dashboard. Honestly, I never use this page. But, I feel it important to point it out, as it’s the first you’ll see when you log in.
You can click the image below to enlarge it. This page will have links to click to customize your site, write a blog post, manage widgets and more. But once you know where to find all of that inside your dashboard, I doubt you’ll use this page.
This is the heart of the blog, the posts section. You’ll be using this part of the dashboard anytime you come in to write a blog post.
As you can see, you simply click on the “posts” link and it’ll open up the sub-menu with the “all posts” – which is an overview of your current posts – “add new” – which is where you write a new post – “categories” – which is where you’ll set up your blog categories – and “tags” – which is where you’ll set up your tags.
Click on the “add new” link under “posts” on the lefthand side of your dashboard to write your post. You’ll add a title, add your text and any media you want to add, choose a category (which I’ll show you how to create later in this post), add any tags, set your feature image, and if you have an SEO plugin, you’ll add your SEO and then hit publish.
Click the image to enlarge it.
This is a super important part of your blog. You’ll want to set up categories that are straight to the point. You want them to make clear sense for your readers. You might also want to consider breaking up your main categories into sub-categories. For example, I have a category called WordPress, which I have made my parent category to WordPress Plugins. This helps keep things organized for you on the backend.
To add a category simple choose a name for your category, then choose if it has a parent category, add a description if you’d like, and then hit “add new category”.
Tags aren’t completely necessary but if you’d like to add some tags you’ll simply click on the “tags” link under the posts section.
Just add the tags, a description if you’d like, and hit “add new tag”. I use tags occasionally. Like, in this post I used “wordpress dashboard” as I’m not going to make that a category, but want a way for people to search the tags if they’re interested in reading more posts with that tag, should I write them.
Okay, that wasn’t too overwhelming, was it? I promise it’ll get easier the more you use your WP blog. As not to overwhelm you with too much information at once, we’ll start the next WordPress Dashboard post tomorrow, in which we’ll talk about “Media”, “Pages”, and “Comments”.
If you have any questions, please leave them below in the comments section of the blog. I’m happy to help as best I can.