WordPress Admin Panel Guide

In this WordPress admin panel guide, you will learn about the WordPress dashboard and all of the options available. Getting to know the WordPress administration panel is an important first step in setting up your WordPress blog.

Read on, to learn how to access your WordPress admin panel and how to use your WordPress admin panel.

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What Is WordPress Admin?

The WordPress admin panel is the place where you can make changes to your WordPress website or WordPress blog.

It is often called the WordPress dashboard after the name of the first menu item. However, the WordPress Dashboard is only one place in the WordPress admin that you use to control your website

In this article, I will review each of the WordPress admin panel options. But first, I show you how to access your WordPress admin panel.

Want I quick guide to setting up your WordPress layout and creating content?  Check out the WordPress Admin Getting Started Guide.

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WordPress Admin Login

Where Is The WordPress Admin Login Page?

To access the WordPress dashboard you will need log into WordPress on the admin login page.  The admin login page is usually located at https://yourdomain.com/wp-admin.  The login page is sometimes located at https://yourdomain.com/wp-login.

If your WordPress blog is installed in a sub-folder of your website or on a subdomain, the login page will be located there.

For a subdomain, the WordPress admin panel login may be located at https://subdoman.yourdomain.com./wp-admin.

For a sub-folder, the login page may be located at https://yourdomain.com/sub-folder/wp-admin.

If you cannot find the WordPress admin login page in any of those locations, your hosting company may use a different WordPress admin login URL.  In that case, you will have to contact your hosting company to get the location so that you can log into WordPress.

How Do I Log Into My WordPress Admin Panel?

Once you are on the WordPress login page, you can log in using the username and password you used when installing WordPress.  Or if your hosting company or WordPress developer did the install for you, you will need to contact them for the WordPress admin username and password.

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After you log in, the WordPress admin panel will be displayed.

Introduction To The WordPress Admin Panel

Once you log into WordPress, the WordPress Dashboard page is displayed.  On the left-hand side of the page, you will see a list of admin menu items that you can select.

Below I discuss each of these WordPress admin options.

The WordPress Admin Collapse Menu item at the bottom of the list can be used to hide the menu.  Only the icons for each menu item will be displayed.  Click the circle with a triangle at the bottom of the menu to show the menu.

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WordPress Dashboard

The WordPress Dashboard page gives an overview of your WordPress website.  It contains two sub-menu items, Home and Updates.  They should both be displayed when you first log in.  If they aren’t, select the Dashboard menu link.

Home

The Dashboard Home page is shown whenever you click the Dashboard link on the menu.  By default, there will be several boxes displayed.  These include “Welcome”, “At A Glance”, “Activity”, “Quick Draft”, and “WordPress Events and News.”

You can hide the Dashboard boxes by selecting “Screen Options” and unchecking the checkbox next to the box name.  You can show the Dashboard boxes by selecting “Screen Options” and checking the checkbox next to the box name.

The “Welcome” box contains links to help you get started with WordPress, links to Next Steps, and More Actions.  You can go through each of these actions when you first start using WordPress.  Select, Dismiss to hide the Welcome box.

Updates

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The Update page displays WordPress Updates that you need to install.  These include WordPress, Plugins, and Themes.

Sometimes, there will be a number next to the Update menu item.  This is the number of updates that are outstanding.

You can check for the latest WordPress version by clicking the “Check Again” button.

If any updates are required, they will be listed under each header.  Click on the appropriate links to install the updates.

Posts

The Post menu item contains four sub-menus.  These are “All Posts”, “Add New”, “Categories”, and “Tags”.  When you select “Posts” the “All Posts” page will be displayed.

All Posts

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On the “All Posts” page a listing of all our posts is displayed.  Links for each Post status are displayed above the list with a number in parathesis that indicates the total number of posts with that status.  The statuses are:  Published, Scheduled, Draft, Pending, and Trash.  To see only those posts for a particular post status, click the status link.

The post listing displays the Title, Author, Categories, Tags, Comments, and Date.

Next to each post title, one of the statuses will be displayed if the post isn’t published.

Click on the title link for the post you want to edit.  Or hover over the title to get access to additional post actions that include Edit, Quick Edit, Trash, and Preview.

Click the “Add New” button to create a new post.

Add New (Post)

You can also click the “Add New” menu item under Posts to create a new post.

Categories

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Every post that you write can be assigned to one or more categories.  A category is usually a section of your website and lets you group related posts.  Categories can have hierarchies.

The categories page is where you create new categories and edit existing categories.

Read WordPress Category Page:  How Categories Work In WordPress to learn more about categories for your WordPress posts.

Tags

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Every post that you write can be assigned to one or more tag.  A tag is an ad-hoc keyword you can assign to a post.  Tags do not have hierarchies.

The tags page is where you create new tags and edit existing tags.

Media

The Media menu item contains two sub-menus.  These are “Library” and “Add New”.  When you select “Media” the “Media Library” page will be displayed.

Library

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On the “Media Library” page, all the different media files on your website will be displayed.  These include images, audio, and video files.  You can filter the media files displayed by selecting the “All media items” drop-down box.  You can also filter by those files that aren’t attached to a post or those media files that you own.

Click the “Add New” button to upload a new media file.

Add New (Media)

You can also click the “Add New” menu item under Media to upload a new media file.

Pages

The Pages menu item contains two sub-menus.  These are “All Pages” and “Add New”.  When you select “Pages” the “All Pages” page will be displayed.

All Pages

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On the “All Pages” page a listing of all our pages is displayed.  Links for each Page status are displayed above the list with a number in parathesis that indicates the total number of pages with that status.  The statuses are:  Published, Scheduled, Draft, Pending, and Trash.  To see only those pages for a particular page status, click the status link.

The page listing displays the Title, Author, and Date.

Next to each page title, one of the statuses will be displayed if the page isn’t published.

Click on the title link for the page you want to edit.  Or hover over the title to get access to additional page actions that include Edit, Quick Edit, Trash, and Preview.

Click the “Add New” button to create a new page.

Add New (Page)

You can also click the “Add New” menu item under Pages to create a new page.

Find out more on creating a new page in the article How to Create a Page In WordPress.

Want to use a page for your homepage instead of the standard page that only shows your latest blog posts?  Read the How To Create A Custom Homepage In WordPress to find out more.

Comments

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On the “Comments” page a listing of all comments is displayed.  Links for each Comment status are displayed above the list with a number in parathesis that indicates the total number of comments with that status.  The statuses are Pending, Approved, Spam and Trash.   To see only those comments for a particular comment status, click the status link.

Appearance

The Appearance menu item contains six sub-menus.  These are “Themes”, “Customize”, “Widgets”, “Menus”, “Header” and “Editor”.  When you select “Appearance” the “Themes” page will be displayed.

Themes

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On the “Themes” page all the themes that are installed are displayed.  The active theme is the first theme displayed.  From this page, you can install a new theme or customize the active theme.

When you click the “Add New” button, the “Add Themes” page is displayed.  On this page, you can select a theme from the WordPress Theme Directory or upload a theme file.  See the How To Install WordPress Themes article for more information and step-by-step instructions for changing your theme.

When you click “Customize” on the active theme, the Home page of your website is displayed along with the customizer menu.

Customize

You can also click the “Customize” menu item under Appearance to customize your active theme.  See the Customizing WordPress Themes article for more information and step-by-step instructions for customing your theme.

Widgets

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On the “Widgets” page a listing of available widgets is displayed.  The Widgets page also displays the widgetized areas provided by your theme.  In the default theme, these include the Blog Sidebar, Footer 1, and Footer 2.

You can drag-and-drop widgets from the Available Widgets list to any of the widgetized areas.

When you click the “Manage with Live Preview” button, the Home page of your website is displayed along with the customizer menu.  The “Widgets” customizer menu item section is open.

Menus

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On the “Menus” page you can edit existing menus and create new menus.  You can also manage the locations of menus.

When you click the “Manage with Live Preview” button, the Home page of your website is displayed along with the customizer menu.  The “Menus” customizer menu item section is open.

For more information on creating menus, see the article How To Edit The WordPress Menu Bar.

Header

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When you click the “Header” menu item, the Home page of your website is displayed along with the customizer menu.  The “Header” customizer menu item section is open.  You can then make edits to your header.  You can use an image or a video for your header.

(Theme) Editor

When you click the “Editor” menu item, the “Edit Themes” will be displayed along with a warning message about editing your theme.  Unless you are a WordPress developer and know how to edit theme files, it is best to heed the warning and select the “Go back” button.

Plugins

The Plugins menu item contains three sub-menus.  These are “Installed Plugins”, “Add New” and “Editor”.  When you select “Plugins” the “Installed Plugins” page will be displayed.

Installed Plugins

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On the “Installed Plugins” page a listing of all your plugins is listed.  Links for each Plugin status are displayed above the list with a number in parathesis that indicates the total number of plugins with that status.  The statuses are Active, Inactive and Recently Active.  To see only those plugins for a particular plugin status, click the status link.

When you click the “Add New” button, the “Add Plugins” page is displayed.  On this page, you can select a plugin from the WordPress Plugin Directory or upload a plugin file.

Add New (Plugin)

You can also click the “Add New” menu item under Plugins to select or upload a plugin.

(Plugin) Editor

When you click the “Editor” menu item, the “Edit Plugins” will be displayed along with a warning message about editing your plugins.  Unless you are a WordPress developer and know how to edit plugin files, it is best to heed the warning and select the “Go back” button.

Users

The Users menu item contains three sub-menus.  These are “All Users”, “Add New”, and “Your Profile”.  When you select “Users” the “All Users” page will be displayed.

All Users

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On the “All Users” page a listing of all our users is displayed.  Links for each User role are displayed above the list with a number in parathesis that indicates the total number of users with that role.  The roles are Subscriber, Contributor, Author, Editor, and Administrator.  To see only those users for a particular role, click the role link.

The page listing displays the Username, Name, Email, Role, and number of Posts.

Click on the username of the user you want to edit.  Or hover over the username to get access to page actions that include Edit and View.

Click the “Add New” button to create a new user.

Add New (User)

You can also click the “Add New” menu item under Users to create a new user.

Your Profile

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On the “Your Profile” page you can edit your personal WordPress account information.  You can also update WordPress options such as the WordPress Admin Color Scheme.  You can disable WordPress Admin Bar (also called WordPress Admin Tool) from display on your website when you view your home page and other website pages.

Other options include Name (Username (cannot be changed), First Name, Last Name, Nickname (required), Display name publicly as, Contact Info, Email (required) , and Website URL),  About Yourself (Biographical Info and Profile Picture (your profile picture is automatically retrieved from Gravatar)).

You can also generate a new password on the “Your Profile” page.

Tools

The Tools menu item contains five sub-menus.  These are “Available Tools”, “Import”, “Export”, “Export Personal Data”, and “Import Personal Data”.  Some Themes and Plugins will add sub-menu items to the Tools menu.  When you select “Tools” the “Available Tools” page will be displayed.

Available Tools

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On the “Available Tools” page there are boxes for available tools.  Click the link in the box to be taken to the tool.

Import

The “Import” page allows you to import posts and comments from other blogging platforms such as Blogger, Blogroll, and LiveJournal.  It can also import from an RSS feed.

The WordPress Import allows you to import posts, pages, comments, custom fields, categories, and tags from a WordPress export file.

Export

The “Export” page allows you to export WordPress posts, pages, comments, custom fields, categories, tags, and media from your WordPress site.

Use the WordPress export file as a backup or to import into another WordPress website.

Export Personal Data

Use the “Export Personal Data” page to request the exporting of a user’s personal data from their user account.  Once the request is approved by the user, the personal data can be downloaded.

Erase Personal Data

Use the “Erase Personal Data” page to request the erasing of a user’s personal data from their account.  Once the request is approved by the user, the personal data can be erased.

Settings

The Settings menu item contains seven sub-menus.  These are “General”, “Writing”, “Reading”, “Discussion”, “Media”, “Permalinks” and “Privacy”.  Some Themes and Plugins will add sub-menu items to the Settings menu.  When you select “Settings” the “General Settings” page will be displayed.

General

The “General Settings” page contains basic setup website information such as the Site Title and Tagline.  It also includes the URL for the WordPress website.

Other general settings you can edit include Membership (whether or not someone can register themselves as a user on your WordPress website), New User Default Role, Site Language, Timezone, Date and Time formats, and the day of the week the week starts on.

Writing

On the “Writing Settings” page you can set the default post category and post format.  You can also set up the ability to post to your blog through email.  And you can enter the services to ping when you create a new blog post.

Reading

On the “Reading Settings” page you can select whether your homepage displays your latest blog posts or a static page.  See the article, How To Create A Custom Homepage In WordPress for more information on creating a page to use as a static homepage on your WordPress website.

You can also set how many blog posts should show on both a homepage set to latest blog posts and on a syndication feed.  And you can choose between full text or summary for displaying your article in those listings.  And you can set an option to tell search engines not to index your website.

Discussion

The “Discussions Settings” page controls all the options related to comments on your WordPress blog.

Media

The “Media Settings” page controls the maximum dimension of the thumbnail, medium, and large images.  When files are uploaded you can set if the files should be uploaded into a folder structure that includes month and year.

Permalinks

The “Permalinks Settings” page allows you to control the structure of your post page URLs.  You can also update the URL structure for category and tag pages.

Privacy

The “Privacy Settings” page controls which page should be displayed for your privacy policy.  If you do not have a page, you can select the “Create New Page” button.  WordPress will create a new page and open it in the “Edit Page” page.  WordPress includes text that you can update to get you started creating your website Privacy Policy.

Other Admin Panel Menu Items

When you install a theme or plugin on your WordPress website, they will often add new menu items to your WordPress Admin Panel menu.  The menu items may be visible on the menu or they may be included on other menus like the Tools and Settings menus.  Check the documentation of for your theme or plugin for more information on theme admin panel menu items and plug admin panel menu items.

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