Introduction to the WordPress Admin Panel

WordPress Admin Panel

Understanding the features in your WordPress Admin Panel is a great way to learn how to master the functions of your WordPress-powered website or blog. Our guide shows you around the main features.

Logging In To Your WordPress Admin Panel

You can log into your WordPress Admin panel by typing the following into your browser:

  • The username and password you selected when you created the WordPress account.

This will take you to the Dashboard, which is a summary of the content on the site and like the back-office of your WordPress site.

Left-hand Side Menu

In your Dashboard, you will see a navigation menu on the left-hand side. The precise contents of this will depend on your level of admin access, but all users will see the following options:

  • All Posts: Clicking on this displays all of the published and draft contents on your site, including comments and comments pending approval.
  • Add New: Selecting this option allows you to add new content to the site.
  • Categories: This allows you to broadly group together posts that are related by topic.
  • Tags: These can be applied to describe your individual posts in greater detail.

This option should be selected in order to add pictures of videos to the site.
New pages for the site can be created using this option or existing pages can be found via the search function and edited.
This function allows you to moderate any comments that have been left by readers of the blog or visitors to the site.
You can change the look or feel of the blog in this section of the Admin panel.
Plugins are add-on extension tools that add more “bells and whistles” to your WordPress site. For example, some common plugins include Google Sitemaps, caching and anti-spam plugins. WordPress configures the plugins, allowing users to simply add them on.
The Users menu allows you to assign new user privileges and designate who else can log into the site and create content.
The Tools menu lets you export the site (for example, to another server or hosting company) or to import new content on the site in its current location.
The Settings menu allows you to configure all of the mechanics of the blog, such as how it works and what all of the functions do.