The WordPress Dashboard provides access to all of the management tools for your website at EWU. To access the dashboard, open a browser and enter your website’s URL followed by /wp-admin to pull up the log in screen.
Enter your EWU NetID username and password and then click the Log In button. The dashboard is the first screen you’ll see when you’ve successfully logged into WordPress. Each screen in the administration area contains three sections: A toolbar across the page. The main navigation menu on the left hand side, and the main work area.
The first time you log into your WordPress dashboard, you’ll be greeted with a welcome module that contains links to help you get started including shortcuts to customize your site’s theme, begin creating content for your site, manage widgets and menus, enable comments or learn more. You can dismiss this welcome module once you are more comfortable with the WordPress dashboard.
At the top of the dashboard is the toolbar which contains links to the most commonly used administrative functions including links on more information on WordPress, view documentation, and visit the support forums if you need help.
Hovering over your site’s name reveals a link to visit the public view of your site and when your logged in, the toolbar remains across the top of your site while you browse enabling you to quickly customize your site or create new content at any time. Hover over the site name again to return to the dashboard or other panels within the administration area. The toolbar also displays simple notifications. If there are updates available for your sites theme or plugins or if there are new comments to approve and you’ll find quick links to create a new post, upload media files, add a new page or create a user.
On the right hand side of the toolbar you’ll find links to edit your profile or log out. It’s a good idea to visit your profile right away and configure your personal preferences. These options allow you to customize WordPress to work best for you.
If you like, you can enable keyboard shortcuts for comment moderation and you can hide the toolbar while your viewing the front end or the public view of your site. Be sure to complete your name and contact information and enter a brief description about yourself. You can also upload or change your profile picture which will appear throughout your site.
To return to the dashboard at any time, simply click the Dashboard link at the top of the main navigation menu. Just below your username in the toolbar are two hanging tabs labeled Screen Options and Help. These tabs expand to provide additional options or contextual help specific to whatever page or panel you are currently on. Screen options allow you to customize your dashboard choosing which boxes are displayed within the work area. You can completely hide boxes that you don’t plan to use by simply unchecking the box next to each item. You can re-enable them at any time.
On the left side of the screen is the main navigation menu which contains links to all the administrative screens in WordPress. Hovering over a menu item displays the sub menu containing additional options. If you need more screen space you can collapse the entire menu into just a strip of icons. When the menu is minimized, you can still access the submenus by simply hovering over the icon for each item.
If you prefer, you can rearrange the boxes in the main work area. Click anywhere in the title bar of a box and then drag a box to a new location on the page. Release your mouse button when you see a gray dotted outline in the location where you want the box to appear. This enables you to completely personalize the dashboard in a way that works best for you. The boxes can also be minimized by clicking anywhere withing the title bar itself or by clicking the arrow in the top right corner.
Let’s take a look at the individual boxes on the dashboard screen. The At a Glance module displays a summary of your sites content and identifies which version of WordPress and theme you are currently using. The activity module displays your most recent posts and allows you to moderate comments from your readers by simply hovering your mouse over an individual comment. You can approve, reply to, edit, mark as spam or delete a comment directly from this box. WordPress News contains links to the latest articles from popular WordPress news sites around the web. One of the most handy tools on the dashboard is called Quick Draft. It enables you to quickly create a new post and save it as a draft. This is a great way to save ideas for future articles you might want to come back and finish later. Simply enter a title, add some descriptive content and then click Save Draft. Your most recent drafts are listed at the bottom of the box enabling you to easily open that post in the editor.