Walking through the WordPress Dashboard

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In this post, we want to show you what the dashboard looks like, and discuss a little bit about what it looks like to navigate it, since this will be where you spend the majority of your time updating your website.

 

THE FIRST PAGE YOU’LL SEE

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This is what you’ll see whenever you log into your website’s dashboard–or something that’s very similar to this. Don’t get overwhelmed, updating your website is simple, while you’ll receive more detailed instructions upon launch of your website, this will help you to familiarize yourself with the layout.

 

POSTS: THE MAJORITY OF YOUR WEBSITE

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Most of your content updates will happen here. Posts are really important, as they generally house the majority of your text and images, and often what’s displayed on more complex websites are just posts that are categorized and laid out in different patterns. To access your posts, just click “posts” on the left-hand side.

 

MEDIA: USUALLY SERMONS AND PICTURES

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The media tab is where you can see all the media you’ve uploaded to your website. While you can actually maintain your website without ever seeing the media page (because you can add media straight from a post), it can come in handy sometimes if you’re looking to download some stuff or find more specific information about an image or audio file.

 

PAGES: EXACTLY WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE

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Every once in a while you’ll have to pay a visit to the pages section of your wordpress site. Think of them like posts older, less flexible, brother. Here you’ll generally find the page templates that are employed throughout your site–depending on the website’s complexity you may have three and you may have 30. Here you edit content much the same you do in the posts section. Simply update the title and content and click update.

 

APPEARANCE > MENUS: CHANGE YOUR MENUS

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If you’d like to change the options on your main menu (usually at the top of your website) or perhaps alter a different menu on your website, this is the place to do it. It’s an incredibly simple interface. You’ll receive instruction specific to your site when it launches, but you just drag, drop and click “save menu,” and you’re done!

 

USERS: WHO HAS ACCESS TO EDIT YOUR WEBSITE

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This is pretty self-explanatory. Here you can add, delete, and modify the users who have access to your church’s website.

 

Well, that’s a brief walkthrough of your WordPress dashboard. We hope that helps familiarize you with the look and feel of it, so that you’ll have no problem updating and maintaining your website! You can always update your package if you need to or contact us with questions.

Nate Smith

Lead Developer and CEO

I am a web developer and designer, as well as a husband and father. I grew up in the Boston, MA area and will forever be a Bostonian. I'm passionate about building sites that look great, are easy to navigate, and that work really well on all devices. The languages I work with most are PHP and MySQL, Javascript, HTML5, and CSS--but I also have experience with Ruby, Linux and ASP. The applications I use on a regular basis are Adobe CC, Sublime Text, and PHPStorm.

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