A Basic Introduction To Managing A New Wordpress Blog
While Wordpress is typically user-friendly and straight-forward, someone who may be brand new to content management systems or blogging in general might find there is a bit of a learning curve when it comes to navigating the back-end of the site or managing content. That is what this article all about, a basic introduction to managing your new Wordpress site and getting your all set you up with the basics so that you can hit the ground running.
Navigating the Admin Area
Every Wordpress site has a admin area or "back-end" where authorized users can log in and manage everything on the site. The default URL to access the admin login for a Wordpress site is [yourwebsite.com]/wp-admin. The very first admin user, or "super user" of the site is created when Wordpress is first installed, and once logged in other users can be set up and given different access levels.
As shown in the image above, the Wordpress admin area is divided into three main sections. There is the navigation sidebar on the left, a main working area on the right, and an admit tool bar which spans the top. The sidebar is where most of admin related work is done since it controls pretty much every aspect of your WordPress site, from settings to users, plugins, comments, and most everything else! The top toolbar is also great as it provides a nice way to quickly get to where you need to go, and you can even add your own shortcuts to it if you find yourself often visiting the same backend areas.
Plugins and Themes
When building a blog with Wordpress, it is very common to work with various themes and plugins. The Wordpress theme that is installed and active handles how your site is laid out, how elements look and feel, and lots more. Plugins on the other hand are used to add functionality or extend on existing features. One example of why you may turn to a plugin is if wanted to capture email addresses from your blog readers at some point, and there are lots of plugins out there you can leverage to accomplish what you need done.
The best place to find themes or plugins is by browsing the Wordpress marketplace. There are all kinds of different options to choose from, some of which are free to use and some are paid. The nice thing is, since the Wordpress community is so vast, there is good chance whatever you need for a plugin or theme is available there.
Sometimes you may find the admin area can be a little bit overwhelming with too many content panels or option panes. Wordpress has some very useful built-in screen options you can access in the top right of the admin area. You can adjust the settings to toggle what gets displayed or hidden.
That wraps up the basic introduction - but keep in mind we have only scratched the surface of managing a Wordpress site. If you didn't find what you were looking for or are looking for a more in-depth introduction, we suggest you check out this great resource.