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This is part one of a series of posts on WordPress Basics. The purpose is to explain how to use WordPress for a non-technical person who is busy and just needs to get a task done. I hope to cover all the main areas needs for maintaining, administrating and using WordPress.

This article will explore the WordPress admin area of the website and explain the different sections of the admin area.

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What is the WordPress Admin URL?

You can access the admin part of your website by typing /admin/ after your website name, e.g. www.mycompany.com/admin/.

Note: You can also use mycompany.com/wp-admin/

WordPress Admin Login

If you are not already logged in you will be taken to the login page first, after you have successfully logged in your will be redirected to the admin section.
WordPress Login Page

You can access the login page directly:

www.mycompany.com/login/

It’s important for the security of your website that you choose a strong password so hackers cannot easily guess your login. Don’t use the default admin username of “admin”. This is the first name a hacker will use to try to break into your website.

WordPress has a number of plugins that can help you secure your website. I recommend Wordfence.

See also: Recommended software for Small Businesses

If you don’t want users to be able to register on your website you can uncheck the “Anyone can register” checkbox from Settings->General.
WordPress Settings General Page

What is the Admin Area?

The admin area is used to maintain your WordPress website. The admin area allows you to perform the following actions (much more on these individual topics in later articles):

WordPress Dashboard

Two submenus: Home and Updates

Home submenu: Contains a quick overview of your website. Various widgets are shown by default and you can add and remove dashboard widgets. Plugins will add their own dashboard widgets.

Updates submenu: A quick way to update your WordPress installation and any themes, plugins or translations that need updating.

More information here: WordPress Dashboard

Posts

Manage your WordPress posts. Posts are typically blog articles you write for your website. Similar to WordPress pages but with associated categories and tags to help organise your posts and a date/time to organise your posts by date published.

Media

Upload photos or other files to your WordPress website. You can then include the media in your web pages or blog articles. It’s also possible to directly upload media from the WordPress page or WordPress post areas as well.

Pages

Your website is made up of a number of pages. Maintain your website pages from the Pages section.

Comments

Manage your website comments from this section. Important settings for website comments can be changed from the Settings->Discussion section. For instance, if you want to manually approve all comments you can do so from the Settings->Discussion.

Note: A number of WordPress plugins can help you with comments. Unfortunately, it’s possible to get a large number of spam comments on your website, a plugin will help you automatically detect them and assign them directly to your spam folder.

Appearance

Installing and changing your WordPress theme can be done from the section. Your existing theme can be customised and various widgets can be added to the header, footer or sidebars. Each theme will have different options and configuration settings.

Plugins

Manage your WordPress plugins from this section. The installed plugins submenu will display all currently installed plugins. You can easily update all out-of-date plugins from here.

Users

You may only have a single admin user for your website. Or you could have a number of users. You can manage them all from this section.

Tools

Import and export WordPress data from here. Other plugins can add submenus here.

Settings

General WordPress settings, including some important settings that you should review before going live with your website. Much more on this section in a later article.

Note: some plugins will add new menu options to the Admin area. Other plugins will add a sub-menu, usually to the Tools or Settings menu.

Conclusion

In later articles, I will be covering each section of the admin area in greater detail.