WP Admin Overview

The Word Press Administrative Interface (Admin Area)

Overview – WordPress provides an excellent platform for adding, editing, and modifying of your website from the “admin” panel.  The menu system utilized allows builders of plugins to add links for plugin modifications and setups to be inserted in existing categories or to create new categories.

Each category title contains a drop down menu which you can activate/de-activate by clicking the right side of title box.

Dashboard

The dashboard is what I refer to as the “home page” of the admin area.  The page provides an overview of everything you need to know at a glance.

The dashboard category is made up of two submenus.  The Dashboard (home page) and Updates lists any plugin or WordPress updates and allows you to apply them one at a time or as many as you want at one time.  If you load the Akismet plugin, you will also have an Akismet Stats link.

Posts

There are four links in this menu; Posts, Add New, Categories, Posts Tags.

Posts, shows a list of all posts that you’ve made for the blog draft or published.  You can then address each post listed individually.  Each post in the list shows key elements for review, and under the title has a hover over menu to edit, quick edit, trash, or view.

Add New, is the link to the WYSIWYG editor for posts where you can create a new post for publishing to you blog.

Categories, is the link to list all categories that you have already created for posts and allows you to add, delete, or modify each category.

Post Tags, is the link to list all post tags that you have already created for posts and allows you to add, delete, or modify each tag.

Media

Contains only two links, Library and Add New.

Library list all the media in the library which you can review, add, delete or modify at you’re choosing.

Add New allows you to upload new media content to apply on your site.

Links

Contains three page links, Links, Add New and Link Categories.  Links are useful to show links to other sites or internal pages.  You can create all the links in this area and the categories can be used to index them into separate directories.  To create these link categories in your sidebars, all you do is drag the link widget into the sidebar where you want it.  Inside the widget is a drop down list of the categories, choose one category and it will be the title for the link with that categories links listed underneath in the page view.

Links lists any links you have created in this area which you can review, add, delete or modify at you’re choosing.

Add New takes you into the links area to create new links and categories.

Link Categories lists any categories you have created in this area which you can review, add, delete or modify at you’re choosing.

Pages

Contains two links, Pages and Add New.  This is the area where you create every page or sub-page on your website.

The Pages link, displays a list of all pages that you’ve made for the site in draft or after being published.  You can then address each page listed individually.  Each page in the list shows key elements for review, and under the title has a hover over menu to edit, quick edit, trash, or view.

Add New is the link to the WYSIWYG editor for pages where you can create a new page for publishing to you blog.

Comments

This area has no sub-links.  The title link takes you to a page that lists all the comments made on your site.  You can manage, change, approve, delete/trash or reply right from this area.

Appearance

This area has four sub-links, Themes, Widgets, Menus, Editor.  This is the area that allows you to make major modifications to your site.

The Themes link takes you to an area listing all the themes you have uploaded to the site.  You can change themes by selecting them and activating them allowing you to see what your site would look like when applied.  There is also an Install Themes tab at the top of the page.  This is where you can upload other themes from you’re the WordPress Library, a zip file from your computer or a zip file from an internet address.  Many of these themes have a level of customization that you can apply, such as, header graphics and colors, background graphics and colors, and even have specialized widgets for the theme.

Widgets, takes you to a page that contains all your available widgets and on the right column areas such as columns, footers, headers (depending on the theme).  I you want to use a widget, just drag from the left and drop on the right.

The Menus link takes you to a page that allows you to create custom menus for use on you site.

The Editor link takes you to a page that allows you to change code in the .php files.  These files (on the right side of the page) contain all the code that makes your site do what is does and how it looks.  If you do not know about code, I suggest you do not play with these files.  It is real easy to mistakenly trash your entire site.  However, if you know code and how to manipulate it, this is a great modify areas of your site.  Otherwise you should stick to using plugins to modify your site.

Plugins

This area has two sub-links, Plugins, Add New.  If the Akismet plugin is installed there is also a link for Akismet configuration and and Editor to modify the code for Akismet.

The Plugins Link takes you to a page that lists all plugins downloaded to the site.  You can delete, upgrade, activate and deactivate the plugins here.  At the top of the page you can search for and add new plugins.

The Add New link will take you directly to the search and download area for plugins.

Users

This area has three sub-links, Users, Add New and Your Profile.  It is this area where you can manage user for your site.  You can identify limits for your users individually and allow visitors to register and sign into the site.

The Users link takes you to a page that will list all users to you site.  You can modify access or any of the user information.

The Add New link takes you to a page where you can manually add new users to your site.  You can also allow/disallow visitors to register as a user to your site.

Your Profile area allow you to change any information within your personal profile.

Tools

The Tools area provides three links; Available Tools, Import, Export.

The Available Tools link takes you to a page that currently has two tools listed; Press This and Categories and Tags converter.

The Import Link takes you to a page with import options.  If you have posts or comments in another system, WordPress can import those into this site.

Options Are:

  • Blogger
  • Blogroll
  • Categories and Tags Converter
  • Live Journal
  • Movable Type and TypePad
  • RSS
  • WordPress

The Export Link takes you to a page with Export Options.  When you click an option from the list below, WordPress will create an XML file for you to save to your computer.

This format, which is called WordPress eXtended RSS or WXR, will contain your posts, pages, comments, custom fields, categories, and tags.

Once you’ve saved the download file, you can use the Import function in another WordPress installation to import this site.

Export Options:

  • All Content
  • Pages
  • Posts

If you loaded the WordPress DB Backup, you will have a fourth link to do Backups.

Settings

The settings area contains seven links for setting how you site operates. The links are; General, Writing, Reading, Discussion, Media, Privacy, Permalinks.

The General link takes you to the page where you set the;

  • Title that shows at the top of you page
  • Title Tagline that appears under the page title
  • WordPress address
  • Site address
  • Email notification address
  • Membership authorization
  • New User Default Role
  • Timezone
  • Date Format
  • Time Format
  • Week Starts On

The Writing Link takes you to the page where you set the;

  • Basic Writing settings
  • Post via email settings
  • Remote Publishing settings
  • Update Services

The Reading link takes you to the page where you set the front page display, how many post to show per page, etc.

The Discussion link takes you to a page where you set preferences of when to be notified, comment options, comment black list, and Avatar selections.

The Media link takes you to a page where you can make settings for Image Sizes, how to control Embeds on auto pilot and where to store media uploads.

The Privacy link takes you to a page where you can select options on site visibility (like do you want the search engines to view the site).

The Permalinks link takes you to a page where you can choose a default link style, some optional settings, or a custom setting.

Depending on what plugins you have installed this area could have many more links for settings on specific plugins.

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