Dashboard

In this knowledgebase article, we provide an introduction to and help you understand the backend WordPress dashboard.

We do so with curated content of select online articles, organizing and presenting them with our expert knowledge.

What is it?

The dashboard is the first screen you will see after you log in to your site and access the back end. 

Also known as the WordPress admin dashboard, WP Admin or WP admin panel, it is the control panel for your entire  website. Basically, it is where you create and manage content, extend functionality with plugins, change the look and feel with themes, and do much more.

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Here is our selection of 5 articles from third-party sites that provide a concise and complete understanding of the topic.

Start with this article from WordPress.org which provides a concise overview of the administration screen.

The administration screen has 5 sections: the toolbar (and header), the main navigation, the work area (dashboard), and the footer.

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Read this article from WordPress.org next to get a more detailed understanding of the dashboard part of the administration screen.

The Dashboard screen presents information in blocks called widgets. By default, WordPress delivers five widgets on this page: At a Glance, Activity, Quick Draft, WordPress Events and News, and Welcome.

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This deep-dive article provides a more complete understanding of the WordPress dashboard. You will learn the various tasks and functions that the admin could perform from here.

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This is another in-depth article helping you to understand settings, appearance, and content creation.

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The admin bar displays handy shortcuts for logged in users. It provides quick access to admin tasks even when viewing your website’s front-end.

Read this article to understand the WordPress admin bar and how to utilize or customize it to your own needs.

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Menus

In this knowledgebase article, we help you to understand WordPress Menus in depth.

We do so with curated content of select online articles, organizing and presenting them with our expert knowledge.

What are WordPress Menus?

WordPress Menus are the list of links usually displayed as the main navigation for your site.

The menu location can vary depending on your theme and some themes offer additional menus such as social links menus.

Top 10 Reference Articles

Here is our selection of 10 articles from third-party sites that provide an in-depth understanding of this important topic.

The Basics

Start with this basic article.

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This is another basic article telling you about the Primary Menu.

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Read the specific section, Category Pages and Menus, in this detailed article on Categories by WordPress.org.

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Read this short article from WordPress.org on how to add a social links menu.

    • How To Set Up the Social Links Menu
    • Supported Icons
    • If Your Theme Does Not Have a Social Links Menu

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The In-Depth

Read this comprehensive article from WordPress.org that tells you pretty much everything there is to the topic. It is organized into the following sections:

    • Create a Menu
    • Add Menu Items
    • Menu Display Location
    • Automatically Add Pages to your Menu
    • Reorder Menu Items
    • Create Drop-Down Menus
    • Make an Unclickable Menu Item
    • Delete Menu Items
    • Customize the Menu Item Text
    • Customize the Menu Design
    • Save your Changes
    • Frequently Asked Questions
    • Menus in WP Admin
    • Advanced Menu Settings

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This is another comprehensive article on the topic. It is organized into the following sections:

    • What is a Navigation Menu?
    • Creating Your First Custom Navigation Menu
    • Creating Drop-Down Menus
    • Adding Categories
    • Adding Custom Links
    • Editing or Removing a Menu Item
    • Adding WordPress Menus in Sidebars and Footers
    • Going Further with Navigation Menus
    • FAQs

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This is yet another comprehensive article on the topic, organized into the following sections:

    • What is a WordPress Menu? 
    • How Do Menus Work? 
    • Types of Menus
    • How to Create a Menu? 
    • Customizing your menu
    • How to Create a Social Menu?
    • Create Multi-Level Menus for your Website
    • Create your Menu in Live Preview
    • Creating Menus with Plugins

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This is another short article on how to add social media icons to a WordPress Menu.

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The Advanced

Read this in-depth article on how to change the colors and appearance of WordPress Menus.

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Read this in-depth article on how to create and add custom navigation menus in WordPress, which can be displayed anywhere on your theme

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Page Builders

In this knowledgebase article, we help you to understand WordPress WYSIWIG Page Builders.

We do so with curated content of select online articles, organizing and presenting them with our expert knowledge.

By default, WordPress includes a block editor, which is also known as Gutenberg. The  editor uses blocks, which are content elements for creating pages and posts.

However, if you want an easy way to create completely custom WordPress designs, you will need a drag and drop page builder plugin.

Top 6 Reference Articles

Here is our selection of 6 articles from third-party sites that provide a concise and complete understanding of the topic.

Start with this overview of the default WordPress editor.

You can use the editor to create media-rich pages and posts and control their layout with ease.

You need not worry about the alignment and organization of text, quotes, and images as every element on a post or page has its own block. So you can focus on creating.

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Next, read this in-depth tutorial on the default WordPress editor. It is organized into the following sections:

    • Using Gutenberg – The new WordPress block editor
    • Creating a new blog post or page
    • How to add a block in Gutenberg
    • Working with blocks in the new editor
    • Saving and reusing blocks in Gutenberg
    • Publishing and post settings in Gutenberg
    • Plugin settings in new editor
    • Adding some common blocks in Gutenberg
    • Exploring some new content blocks in Gutenberg
    • Bonus tips on using Gutenberg like a pro
    • Adding more blocks to Gutenberg Block Editor
    • FAQs about Gutenberg

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Know about this plugin,  one of the popular drag and drop WordPress Page Builders.

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Read this in-depth article and learn how to use the Beaver Builder page builder.

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Here is another plugin, one of the popular drag and drop WordPress Page Builders.

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Read this in-depth article and learn how to use the Elementor page builder.

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Blog and Posts

In this knowledgebase article, we tell you how to set up your own free WordPress blog and create your blog posts.

We do so with curated content of select online articles, organizing and presenting them with our expert knowledge.

Top 7 Reference Articles

Here is our selection of 7 articles from third-party sites that provide a concise and complete understanding of the topic.

Start with this overview article that covers the topic thoroughly. It is arranged in the following sections: 

    • Register a Domain Name for Free
    • Choose the Best Web Hosting
    • Install and Setup WordPress Blog
    • Change Your Blog Design Template
    • Write Your First Blog Post
    • Customize WordPress Blog with Plugins
    • Add a Contact Form
    • Setup Google Analytics Tracking
    • Optimize Your Website for SEO
    • Make Money From Your Blog

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Read this article to learn how to add featured images aka post thumbnails to posts in your free WordPress blog. They are the primary images for your posts and usually appear next to the heading on your home page and social media.

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Learn how you can easily add images at any time while creating or editing a blog post.

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Learn how to embed videos in your posts. Videos bring life to your website and are a great way to increase user engagement.

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An excerpt is a short snippet from your post that you can display in a list of posts or on other key pages of your website.

Read this article to learn how to customize your WordPress excerpts without writing any code.

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You can organize your posts into different categories and tags. You can even create subcategories for further organization.

It is important to use categories and subcategories correctly so you can help your readers find the content they are most interested in. Proper content categorization can improve your website’s SEO rankings as well.

Read this article to learn you how to add categories and subcategories.

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Read this article to know the differences between categories and tags for organizing your content. Know how they can impact SEO rankings.

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Pages

In this knowledgebase article, we tell you how to create pages in WordPress.

We do so with curated content of select online articles, organizing and presenting them with our expert knowledge.

Top 5 Reference Articles

Here is our selection of 5 articles from third-party sites that provide a concise and complete understanding of the topic.

Start with this basic article on the topic. Learn the difference between posts and pages in WordPress.

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Next, read this article on how to create or add a page to your website.

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Learn how you can easily add images at any time while creating or editing a page.

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Learn how to embed videos in your pages. Videos bring life to your website and are a great way to increase user engagement.

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Read this article to learn how to create a custom page in your website.

A custom page lets you use a different layout from your regular pages. For example, for your sales pages, landing pages, webinar pages, etc.

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Widgets

In this knowledgebase article, we help you understand all about WordPress widgets.

We do so with curated content of select online articles, organizing and presenting them with our expert knowledge.

What are WordPress Widgets?

Widgets are blocks of content that you can add to your WordPress site’s sidebars, footers, and other areas.

A widget can add a feature or function to your site, without having to write any code. Common widgets to add to your site are menus, popular post lists, calendars, banner ads, social icons, and more.

Where you can add these widgets on your site depends on your WordPress theme. Many themes have sidebar and footer widget areas. Some also allow you to place widgets in the header, homepage, or other areas of your site.

Reference Articles

Here is our selection of 2 articles from third-party sites that provide a complete understanding of the topic.

Read this basic article first.

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Read this article to learn about the 25 most useful widgets.

    1. WP Call Button
    2. WPForms
    3. RafflePress
    4. Recent Posts Widget with Thumbnails
    5. Astra Widgets
    6. Simple Social Icons
    7. Google Maps Widget
    8. Social Count Plus
    9. Compact Archives
    10. OptinMonster
    11. AdSanity
    12. Testimonials Rotator
    13. Feature a Page Widget
    14. Easy Table of Contents
    15. Widget Context
    16. Q2W3 Fixed Widget for WordPress
    17. WordPress Popular Posts
    18. WP-PostRatings
    19. Theme My Login
    20. Advanced AJAX Product Filters
    21. Google Language Translator
    22. Widget Importer & Exporter
    23. The Events Calendar
    24. Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARPP)
    25. Posts in Sidebar

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