Learn More About The Basics of WordPress

August 17, 2021

If you're new in building a website for your business, I highly recommend using the most user-friendly and reliable platform - the WordPress.

First things first. Before you hop-in into its some advance features and capabilities. First, you need to know the basics of WordPress in order for you to understand how you can fully maximize its power in creating your website.

Now, Let's have a walkthrough inside the Wordpress Dashboard.

Wordpress Dashboard

I put some numbers in the image so you will be guided on each options. I ONLY highlighted the basic stuffs. These are the things you need to understand the WordPress basics.

1. Updates

This is where you can check if your website needs an update. Inside this option, you will see themes, plugins and WordPress itself with available version for updating.

PRO TIP: When doing maintenance for your website, make sure to update your themes and plugins one at a time. This will help you identify what theme or plugin causes the error just in case your website crash while doing the maintenance. Do not forget to create a back up if you're about to proceed with the major update like changing the version of your WordPress.

Plugin Update

This is a sample image inside the Updates option, If there are plugins available for update, just select it on the checkbox and click "Update Plugins".

2. Posts

This is where you create your blog post - like the one you're reading right now. This is the only place where you manage all the articles in your website. 

Below are the options you'll see inside the "POSTS"

Wordpress Post
  • Title: Basically this where you input the title of your blog 
  • Status & Visibility: Here, you have an option if you want your blog to stay in draft or be publish. "Draft" means, your article is not yet visible or available in your live website while "Public" means the blog can now be seen by your web visitors.
  • Permalink: This is the URL or link of your blog post. By default, the links are auto-generated after you create a title for your blog. For example, the permalink of this post is https://digitalmastersacademy.net/learn-more-about-the-basics-of-wordpress. You can edit this link if you access the "Permalink" option
  • Categories: This is where you create a categories for your blogs. It will help you organize post depending on the type of the article. This also serves as a guide for your blog reader to filter what categories they are interested with.
  • Tags: This is a keyword for your blog article that allows your audience to search your post in your website easily. Also, it affects how your blog can be seen in the Google Search.
  • Featured Image: This is the image that represents your article. Are you seeing my picture above this article? Well, that is exactly what featured image is.

Keep in mind that the looks and feel of your post or blog is controlled by your theme.

3. Media

This is the place where you ADD or upload media to your website. Media such as image, pdfs, worksheets and other files. basically, this is the library of all the resources you are using in your website.

Wordpress Media

PRO TIP: Do not upload video files directly to your website. It will affects it speed and performance. The best approach is to get a video hosting where you can just get a link and paste it to your website.

4. Pages

This is one of the most important parts of your website. This is where all the web pages are created. Though it is somehow looks like a post, it doesn't have the category feature and it can be control by a page builder.

Wordpress Pages

Since web pages can be customize by page builders, it allows you to modify and change everything the way you want it.

PRO TIP: When creating a title for your web pages, you can name it before your products. Example, instead of naming it as Landing Page or Sales Page, just put the name of your product so it will appear more professional when they view it on their browsers.

5. Comments

This part is where you manage all the comments from your blog article. Inside this option, you can approve, unapproved or mark as spam the comment.

Wordpress Comments

6. Appearance

Inside the Appearance section, you can find five more options. Themes, Customize, Widgets, Menus and Theme Editor.

THEMES

This is where you update, change or delete the existing theme of your website. Your theme generally decides how your website will looks like. The more professional-looking and user-friendly your theme is, the better for your audience to navigate within your site and for your to customize it base on your preferences.

Wordpress Theme

This is the current theme I am using for my website. Check it out here.

CUSTOMIZE

This is where you can edit some of the basic stuff in your website along with your WordPress theme.

Wordpress Customize

WIDGETS

This is where you can modify the sidebars, footers and other widgets in your web pages. 

MENUS

This is where you will structure the menus inside your website. You can create multiple menus and place it in different part of your website. For example, the menu for our website look like this:

Wordpress Menus

THEME EDITOR

This is where you can modify the code of your theme. And I advise you to not change any of this if you're not sure what you want to customize. This option is for advance user only.

Wordpress Theme Editor

This is the warning you will receive if you tried to access the Theme Editor. 

7. Plugins

This is the section where you can manage all the installed application you're using in your website. Basically, all the features you want to add to your site can be done by a plugin.

Wordpress Plugin

Inside the Plugin section, you can deactivate, activate, delete and set to auto update your WordPress plugins.

Keep in mind that the more plugins you have inside your website, the harder it is to maintain and improve its performance. Make sure you only install the necessary plugins.

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8. Users

Now, here in Users section, this is where you can add other people to your website. You can set their role as Administrator, Editor, Author, Contributor or Subscriber.

All this roles have different capabilities: (source)

Administrator: somebody who has access to all the administration features within a single site.

Editor: somebody who can publish and manage posts including the posts of other users.

Author: somebody who can publish and manage their own posts.

Contributor: somebody who can write and manage their own posts but cannot publish them.

Subscriber: somebody who can only manage their profile.

PRO TIP: You can add multiple Administrator under your name by using different email address. This can serve as a backup just in case one of your Admin account got disabled.

9. Settings

Lastly, the WordPress Settings. Here you can control different section in your website. It also have sub-section - General, Writing, Reading, Discussion, Media, Permalinks & Privacy.

General

This is the default screen once you access the Settings section. It controls some of the basic configuration inside your website like Site Title, Tagline, Site URL, Admin Email and Dates.

Wordpress Settings General

Writing

The writing settings controls the writing experience and provides options for customizing WordPress site. Basically, it is about the blog's post category and format.

Wordpress Settings Writing

Discussion

This is the section where the admin controls the posts and pages that come in through users. You can also set a default avatar for people who have access to your website but doesn't have a gravatar image set-up.

Wordpress Setting Discussion

Reading

This section allows you to set the what are the pages that will appear in the front end - Homepage & Blog Page. You can also set the number of blogs to appear in a web page.

Wordpress Settings Reading

Privacy

This is the section where you can set a Privacy page for your website.

Thank you for reading this article. Always remember that you don't have to familiarize everything inside your WordPress website. What you need to understand well are just the basics.

Let me know in comment section how you enjoy this article. Cheers!

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