WordPress is known for being one of the world greatest blogging platforms. It is easy to set up and easy to edit. There are over a thousand free themes available and over 10,000 free plugins you can use. There is also a huge community of WordPress developers, designers and users available to lend a hand and answer questions. What a lot of people don’t realize is what a great content management system WordPress makes. A content management system is a web authoring software program with administration tools that allow users to easily create and edit a websites content. Even people with little or no computer skills can create and update text, images and other content with a minimal amount of training.
WordPress was designed to be extremely easy to use and the Dashboard is what lets it accomplish this. Your Dashboard is where you will find all of the tools you need to create pages for your website, add posts to your blog, or add images, video and other media to your site. It is also where you go to change your theme, add widgets and plugins and set the different options and settings.
When you log into WordPress you are taken to your Dashboard. Down the left hand side of the page are several light gray boxes. The boxes are arranged like a set of navigation links you find on most websites. The top box has only one tab that says Dashboard. The two lower boxes have several tabs each. If you hold your mouse pointer over any of the tabs you will see an arrow appear on the right side of the tab. Click on the arrow and the tab will expand to reveal more options. Click on the arrow again and the options will disappear. If you click on the link in the tab, but not the arrow, it will expand the tab as before and it will take you to the page for that tab. For instance, the first tab on the top box is Post. Click on the arrow and the tab will expand to show Posts, Add New, Categories and Post Tags. However, if you click on the word Post, you are taken to a page showing a list of your posts along with other options. When you click on any of the tabs options you are taken to a page where you can edit that option. For instance, if you click on Add New under the Post tab, you are taken to a page where you can create a new blog post.
I hope you are starting to see just how easy it is to edit a WordPress website and how this makes WordPress such a great content management system. In future posts I will go into more detail about the different sections of the Dashboard, what the different tabs are for and how to use them. If you have any questions or would like my help setting up your WordPress content management system, fill in the form on the right side of the page. I’ll get back to you by the next day and we can get started building your new WordPress website!