How to Start a Blog – Part 2: A Brief Introduction to WordPress Dashboard

by Taswir Haider in Wordpress

Previous Tutorial: Part 1 – How to Start a Blog: A Complete Guide to Blogging

A WordPress dashboard is the place where you can control all the features of your site. After you have learned How to start your first blog, it is important to know about your new WordPress dashboard.

Wordpress Dashboard Theme and Plugin

WordPress Dashboard Theme, Plugin & Features

Post

Posts are the most important part of a blog. A post is an article usually discussed about a topic with text, image, audio, video or so on. One should post something which is related to the content of the site. In WordPress Admin Dashboard- blog, posts are chronically summarized datewise, so that a reader can easily understand which posts are new and which are old. Generally the latest posts come on the front page so that readers can find fresh content.

You can always add a new post or edit an existing post as per your choice. For each post you need to assign a category, hence a single category can contain as many posts as you assign. For better SEO, not to assign more than one category to a single post.

Wordpress dashboard 1Page

Pages are somehow similar to post but the basic difference is that page is static and not listed by date. An “About” and “Contact” page are the examples of page.

Like post, you can always add new page or edit an existing page.

Media

Media is the place where all the images are stored. Here you will find all your previously used images or you can add a new image as you like.

Appearance

The most important parts of appearance under WordPress dashboard Theme, WordPress Dashboard Widgets and Menu.

a.) Theme: Theme help to change the design and functionality of a WordPress site without changing the information or content of the site. For a professional and serious blogger, choosing a professional theme is always important. You can also choose a from the most popular framework like Thesis, Genesis, Headway and they help to customize the theme yourself.

b.) Widget: Widgets are module that add sidebar content, header banner and some more functionalities. By using widgets you can place Google Adsense, Affiliate Ads, Tabbed widget, Popular posts links and many more on your sidebar.

c.) Menu: Menu basically states navigation menu from where all the important pages and categories are linked. Most free WordPress themes usually support 1 navigation menu but paid themes support 2 navigation menus or sometimes even more.

WordPress Plugins

Wodpress Plugins are set of programs that increase the functionality of the site. After installing, plugins are integrated with WordPress and help the bloggers to perform additional task and features. There are thousands of WordPress dashboard plugins in WP repository which have made the WordPress an outstanding CMS for any blog and site.

Settings

WordPress dashboard is intelligently organized with all the useful and unique features and settings. Now let’s have a look at the essential settings which you should consider after installing WordPress.

I tried to cover all important elements in above WordPress dashboard tutorial and if you need more information on customizing WordPress dashboard, please don’t hesitate to contact me anytime.

Next Tutorial: How to Start a Blog – Part 3 : 7 Essential WordPress Settings

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