From the Dashboard's Home page, you can quickly access your site's content and get glimpses into other areas of the WordPress community.
The Dashboard Screen presents information in blocks called modules. By default, WordPress delivers five modules on this page: At a Glance, Activity, Quick Draft, WordPress News, and Welcome.
The following dashboard widgets are included by default with WordPress:
The At a Glance module provides a summary of the number of Posts, Pages, and Comments on your site. Each of these content types are displayed in the form of a link and, when clicked upon, direct you to the specific area to manage that content.
A statement at the bottom of this module tells you what WordPress Version you're running on and the current theme you have activated on your site.
Shows the upcoming scheduled posts, recently published posts, and the most recent comments on your posts and allows you to moderate them.
A list of the most Recent Comments on your blog is detailed in this module. Each comments that is listed has a link to the related post title and clicking that link allows you to edit the post. Hovering the mouse over each comment activates a menu of choices to Approve (or Unappove)the comment, Edit the comment, Reply to the comment author, Spam--mark the commas spam, or Delete the comment.
The QuickDraft module allows you to quickly and easily write a new draft. Enter a post title, upload/insert media, enter the post content, add tags, and click the Publish button or click the Save Draft button. It's that easy!
This Dashboard module lists "the latest news from the official WordPress blog".
Here you can find out what the WordPress developers have been up to recently and keep up with the latest WordPress related news. In addition to software developments, such as version announcements and security notices, news about the WordPress community in general is periodically posted.
The Welcome module shows links for some of the most common tasks when setting up a new site.
Note: Please see Screen Options for instructions on how to hide/show Dashboard modules.
The Screen Options allow you to choose which modules are displayed or not displayed. There are different module settings for each page. E.g. Posts Editor page, Page Editor page, Dashboard Home page, etc.
When you click on the Screen Options tab, the resulting screen shows the various Dashboard modules with a check-box next to each module. Check the box for each module you want displayed, or uncheck the box to not display that module.
Click the Screen Options tab again to close the Screen Options.
You don’t have to worry about saving any of your Screen Options. WordPress saves your configuration automatically for you in a cookie on your computer and in the database so that when you use another browser or a different computer, everything will look the same.
Your User Profile can be accessed via either Users » Your Profile from the main menu in your dashboard or by hovering over your name up at the to right of your screen and selecting Edit My Profile.
By default Username is selected for the Display name publicly as option. The name you choose for this option will also be the name displayed on your post under The Author section of the post as shown in the screenshot below.
The default biography text and avatar displayed in The Author section of a post can also be changed within Your Profile page.
To override the default biography text, enter information about yourself in the Biographical Info textfeild.
To change the default avatar, click on the browse button, select the image which you would like to upload, and click the upload button.
The information you enter will immeadiately be updated in The Author section of your post along with your new avatar.
To get started creating your first WordPress post, locate the Posts menu in the left-hand side of the WordPress Dashboard. You can either hover over the Posts link or click to expand it to reveal the submenu.
The Add New Posts page can also be found from the + New link in the WordPress Admin Bar, also.
Click the Add New link.
Now you’ll see the Add New Post page where you can create your first post.
The first box is where you’ll want to enter the title of your post.
Next is the Post formatting section or post editor. This is where you’ll actually type the content of your post.
If you look on the right side of the box, you’ll see two tabs. There are two modes of editing posts: Visual and Text.
The Visual tab will bring up the visual WYSIWYG editor. WYSIWYG just means “what you see is what you get.” Here you’ll see a formatting toolbar with lots of options for formatting your posts. If you’re familiar with Microsoft Word or any other word processing software, most of these icons should look familiar.
If you click the Text tab, this will reveal a plain-text HTML version of the post editor. This version of the post editor is for editing the HTML code of your post. For most users, the Visual editor is the easiest way to write posts.
At the top of the right column on this screen you’ll see the Publish box. Here, your can save your post as a draft if you’d like to save it for later. If you click the Preview button, you can get a preview of how the post will look once it’s published.
The Status of the post will show if the post has been published, saved as a draft, if it’s pending review of if it’s been scheduled.
The next two links show the visibility of the post — or what visitors will be able to see your post. The Publish line shows whether the post will be published immediately or at a later date.
If you’d like to change the screen options for your post editor, just click the Screen Options tab in the upper right hand corner. Expand this to reveal all the options that can be displayed on the post editor screen.
Note: The proceeding Post instructions require the following Screen Options to be enabled: Post Template, Format, Featured Image, and Title Options.
Again from the post editor, you can also drag or drop the order of these boxes to customize how we want them arranged on the page.
If you ever need help while you’re on the Add New Posts page, just click the Help tab in the upper right corner. From here, you’ll be able to get a reminder for how to customize your post display, tips for adding a post title and using the post editor, inserting media and settings for publishing and discussion.
There are currently four Post Template options available for this theme: Default Template, Author Biography, Full Width + Sidebar, and No Sidebar. It is recomended that you use either Full Width + Sidebar or No Sidebar. To choose a template, select the dropdown arrow under the Post Template tab.
Using a visual element like an image or photo is a great way to spruce up your post or page content.
Determine where you’d like to insert your image in your post, and place your cursor in that place.
Above the Post editor toolbar, you’ll see an Add Media button. Click the Add Media button and you’ll see the Insert Media box.
Your WordPress site uses a media library to store all of your media like images and videos. From this box, you can choose to either upload a new file or use an existing file in from the media library. To upload an image, click the Select files button. Find the image you’d like to use and click open. Alternatively, you can drag and drop media files directly into the Insert Media window.
Make sure the image has a checkbox and click the Insert into post button. Now you’ll see your image has been added to your post.
If you click on this image, you should see two boxes appear in the upper lefthand corner of the image. The first is the image icon. If you click that icon, you’ll now see another box open for editing the details of the image. Here you can change the size of the image based on percentages (which can be a handy tool for resizing) or you can update the title, alternative text, the caption and link URL. You can also select this image to link nowhere, or to link to the actual image file.
Now that your image has been uploaded, you’ll see it has been added to the media library. On the right side of this box, you’ll see the attachment details for this page. The Attachment Details pane displays a small un-cropped thumbnail of the image, as well as important information such as the filename, date uploaded, and image dimensions in pixels.
There are also action links that allow you to Edit Image, which takes you to the Edit Image page, or to Delete Permanently to remove the image from your site.
In addition, you can edit the following media information:
The Attachment Display Settings pane controls how the image is displayed when viewed on the site.
You have options to set how you would like the image aligned on the page (in relation to the text and margins) and what the link behavior of the image will be. In addition you can set what size image you would like to display on your page.
The Alignment setting allows you to determine where you would like the image to appear in your content area and how it interacts with any text on the page. You have the following image alignment options to choose from:
The Link To settings determine the URL/web address to which the image will be linked when clicked on by a visitor to your site. You can specify the following image link settings:
The Link To option should be set to Media File, unless otherwise neccessary.
There are several Image Sizes available in the dropdown list. Listed beside each Image Size name, are its dimensions. It is best to choose an Image Size that is nearest your image's actual dimensions.
For full width images, choose Panoramic image size. This option automatically crops your image to fit the full width of the content column.
If you click the advanced settings tab, you’ll see the URL of where the image file is hosted on your site, the actual width and height of the image in pixels, the CSS Class, styles and image properties that add padding around the image.
Depending on the Post Template you are using, the way your featured image displays will vary. If you are using either the No Sidebar or Fill Width + Sidebar Post Templates, your featured image will display as the post heading's background image, stretching across the full width of the screen.
The No Sidebar and Full Width + Sidebar Post Templates also allow you to add custom text for both the heading and subheading overlayed on the featured image.
By default, the Post Templates grab the name of the post as its heading. This can easily be changed in the Title Options tab heading textfeild.
By default, the post Subheading is left blank. If your post requires a subheading, it can be added by editing the Title Options tab Subheading textfeild.
Before you can view the Post Format tab, you must have Format checked in Post Screen Options (see Screen Options). With this feature enabled, users can change how each post looks by choosing a Post Format from the Post Format radio-button list.
The Post Formats feature provides a standardized list of formats. The following Post Formats are available for users to choose from:
Standard format will not include any featured image, nor exclude any title – it will simply be a regular style post where you can insert content such as text, images, etc.
To use Audio Post Format, you copy and paste embed code, from sites such as Soundcloud, into the Audio Embed Code input textarea.
An aside format post basically only leaves out the title from the default format. You can still access the single page by clicking on the thumbnail or comment bubble. This format could be useful when you don’t want a title, just text.
This format displays a chat conversation.
Gallery Post Format will turn the images Uploaded to this post into a nice slider. It also smoothly resizes the slider height depending on each image’s size. Images will only show up if attached to the post (check marked) not inserted into post.
This is a single image post – the only difference to the gallery post is that it only shows one image, not multiple. Default size for featured images in this theme are 720×340, however smaller images will be upscaled and cropped too. This is a good format choice if you want to include several images further down on the page in the post.
The link format post displays custom fields, asking you for the title of the link, and the link itself. Then you can of course also add a description below, using the normal textfield.
This format allows you to quote someone and it will stand out and at the same time be a nice design element. It's a good idea to wrap each quote paragraph in p to get good spacing.
With the status format post you can write status updates similar to twitter and facebook, or simply use it for large text announcements.