A lot of clients come to us with little to no knowledge of WordPress, and that’s ok. No one should be scared, because WordPress is simple and easy to learn. Every Orion Group (now SunAnt) client implementing WordPress goes through a one-hour training session with our web staff. This will give you all the tools you need to get started, and you will be able to easily manage things like pages, menus, site users, posts and more. In this blog post, I’m going to give you a little tour of WordPress and the admin area of your website.
The first step to editing any WordPress website is logging in. To log in to any WordPress website or blog, type: “/wp-admin” or “/admin” after the URL or web address of your website (example: http://www.example.com/wp-admin). This is a shortcut that will take you to a page with a longer URL. This page has two fields: Username and Password. Here you can log in with the credentials given to you by Orion Group.
When you login, you will be taken to the homescreen of the admin area: the Dashboard. For the most part, you don’t have to worry about anything in this area. On our newest websites, there is a support form that clients can use to contact us with questions or problems.
Along the top of the admin area is a black menu that gives you some shortcuts. When you are logged in to WordPress, this menu always appears when you view either the admin panel or the website. It gives you shortcuts to things like:
- Your Company Name: This will take you directly to the front of the website, or the admin area if you are viewing the website.
- Plugin Updates: This menu item shows a number if any plugins have updates. If you see a number indicating an update (like the number 7 in the photo above), let us know. Sometimes updating plugins can be tricky.
- Comments: If your website has a blog that allows comments, any new comments will be shown here.
- Add New: When you hover over this button, a submenu pops up with the following links: Post, Media, Page, User. Clicking on one of these options will allow you to add a new page, picture, video, post, or user depending on which option you choose.
- SEO: The SEO (Search Engine Optimization) button, will take you to a page for a plugin that we use to help boost your website in searches such as Google, Bing, and Yahoo!.
- Howdy, username!: On the far right of the admin menu, you will see this text and a little picture icon next to it. When you hover over your username, a drop-down menu will appear with a link to your profile and a link that will log you out of the admin panel. Your profile will allow you to change your name, email, password, and other information.
Along the left of the admin, there are many tabs that will help you manage your website. These tabs include: pages, posts (if you have a blog), media, and settings. Feel free to click on any of these tabs and look around. If you are nervous about changing information, that’s ok. WordPress is easy to understand and use. It will warn you if you are about to make a critical change, or allow you to undo an action after it has been done.
Now that you have a basic understanding of the admin area of your website, look around, add some pages or photos. I encourage you to become familiar with your website and the options WordPress gives you. If you find yourself having trouble, use your favorite search engine, like Google or Yahoo!, to help you by searching the web for answers. There are also hundreds of online forums and blogs that are designed to help new WordPress users manage their websites. I’ll also be posting tutorials on the main functions of WordPress in the future.