In this article we will help you to get used to your WordPress site. Learn how to manage settings, change or customize themes, add plugins or approve or delete comments.
- Appearance – customizing WordPress theme, widgets, menus
- WordPress Plugins – what are plugins and how you use them, custom plugins
- WordPress Users and Roles managing
- WordPress Posts details
- WordPress Pages
When you login the first page you see is the WordPress dashboard home. At the left you have the menu where you choose your actions, and the logout button(the most important button) appears at the top right corner of the screen when you hover your mouse above your name there.
Now we will overview all the parts you need to master to manage successfully your site.
The settings menu is at the bottom of the left menu part.
When you hover you mouse above it a submenu with desired settings will appear. The first one is called general.
Here you can manage the basic settings of your WordPress site – site title, the tagline(description) and the url.
- Site Title – the name of the site – you see that at the top of the browser and in the template.
- Tagline – description of the site
- WordPress Address (URL) – the address of your site including the directory where your wordpress is.
- Site Address(URL) – your site URL
- Email Address – the email of the administrator of the site, use valid one.
- Membership – check it if you want people to be able to register freely on your site (usually no)
- New User Default Role – if people are able to register what will be their role?
- Date format
- Time format
- Week Starts
- Site Language – sets the language for your WordPress.
After changing anything you need to press the Save Changes button at the bottom or your changes won’t be saved.
The writing settings control the default post category, default post format and offer you the option to publish your posts through email. This is needed for example when you need to post content even if you don’t have access to your WordPress blog.
How to setup post through email?
First you need to create email with POP3 access. This email must not be published anywhere and must be hard to guess as anything that is sent to it will be published. Then you must fill the required fields with your data. That’s it.
In this page you can manage how your blog shows your posts. You can choose to show post on the front page or a static page. The decision depends on what is the content and the type of your site.
- Front page displays – what to show on your front page and posts page
- Blog pages show at most – how many post to be displayed per page.
- Syndication feeds show the most recent – how many post so show the RSS feed
- For each article in a feed show – What to be shown in the RSS feed – full text or summary
- Search Engine Visibility – if you don’t want search engines to visit your site check this box and your site will be ignored by them.
After editing the above settings you need to hit the Save button at the bottom for your changes to take place.
- Here you will find Default article settings – about other blogs notifications and comments. The fields here are pretty self explanatory. If you want people to post comments you must check Allow people to post comments on new articles. If you are afraid of spam comments you can stop commenting from this field.
- Other comments settings – a bunch of settings to manage your comments better.
- Email me whenever – if you like to receive emails when someone posts comment and for moderation
- Before comment appears – if you like to manually approve comments
- Comment moderation – posts with links usually (but not always) are spam comments.
- In the next field you can make your own list of forbidden words.
- Avatars – the user avatars settings
After changing anything here you need to hit the save button for you changes to take place.
The media settings describe how you see your images and thumbnails in your blog. There are several fields here and their names are self explaining:
- Thumbnail size – the size of the thumbnail of your images (Small preview images that you usually embed into posts)
- Medium size – image sizes
- Large size
- Organize my uploads into months and years based folders
Permalink settings defines the way your WordPress uses URLs.
- Common settings – one of the most important setting in your site. The way users and search engines sees your urls. Most of the time for seo and other reasons you will choose Post name. For testing and debugging you may need Plain links. Some plugins like language and localization ones depend on this setting or even add more options here.
- Optional – custom category and tag base for your urls
After editing these fields you will need to hit Save Changes to safe the new settings.
Themes are the tools WordPress uses to manage its appearance. You can get tons of free themes, purchase paid ones or make your own custom theme. Now we will overview the theme management options – or the Appearance menu in WordPress.
In this submenu you can choose your current theme, select new themes, upload custom ones.
If you want to get new themes select the Add New button at the top of the page or the big blue Add New Theme button at the end of your themes.
WordPress Plugins – what are plugins and how you use them, custom plugins
WordPress Users and Roles managing
WordPress Posts details