First Steps

Logging In

Begin by logging into the administration area of your website. Visit your site’s login page by placing “wp-admin” after your domain name (for example, http://example.com/wp-admin). Use your username and password to log in.

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Dashboard

After logging in, you are on the main Administration Screen called the Dashboard. It consists a collection of information about the activities on your WordPress site. The Dashboard is keeping you updated with new and interesting bits of information from various WordPress resources.

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On the left side of the screen is the main navigation menu. It shows all the administrative functions you can perform. Move your mouse down the list and the sub-menus will “fly out” for you. Once you choose a “parent” navigation section, it will open up to reveal the options within that section. The menu items include the following:

  • Dashboard
  • Posts
  • Media
  • Pages
  • Comments
  • Appearance
  • Plugins
  • Users
  • Tools
  • Settings

Your toolbar is at the top of your screen. You can have a look at your new WordPress site simply by clicking on the top left, where the name of your website is.