WordPress Admin Panel
Before discussing about in more of WordPress software let me tell you that WordPress has two sections first one is admin panel and second one is user panel. Let’s have a first look of WordPress after successful installation.
This is the default page which is visible at the first time. Now you can login by clicking the ‘Log In’ link in home.
The first page you see after logging in is called The Dashboard.
The Dashboard is a new feature in WordPress v1.5. It helps to keep you up to date on new and interesting bits of information from the many WordPress resources. In the left top corner it also features a list of the most recent activity you've done on your site.
Across the top of the Admin screen is the main menu, which says:
Let’s have seen a snapshot.
The Dashboard tells you about recent activity both at your site and in the WordPress community at large and provides access to updating WordPress, plugins, and themes. Dashboard has two items first one is ‘Home’ and second one is ‘Updates’, when user logged in then by default home page is opened.
The Dashboard ‘Home’ Screen provides you a number of links to start writing posts or pages, statistics and links on the number of posts, pages, categories, and post tags.
A Recent Comments box shows the number of Comments awaiting moderation and a list of the recent comments. Configurable boxes of incoming links and RSS feeds from the WordPress blog, the Plugins blog, and planet WordPress are also displayed. Let’s have seen snapshots on it.
In the above window ‘Home’ and ‘Screen Options’ are highlighted; Home option displays the many items such as Right Now, QuickPress, Recent Comments, Recent Drafts, WordPress blog, Other WordPress News, Incomings Links and plugins. Let’s have the brief description about it.
Right Now: Displays a summary of the content on your site and identifies which theme and version of WordPress you are using.
Quick Press: Allows you to create a new post and either publish it or save it as a draft.
Recent Comments: It shows the most recent comments on your posts and allows you to moderate them.
Recent Drafts: Displays links to the 5 most recent draft posts you’ve started.
WordPress Blog: Come here for the latest scoop.
Other WordPress News: Shows the feed from WordPress planet. You can configure it to show a different feed of your choosing.
Incomings Links: Shows links to your site found by Google Blog Search.
Plugins: Features the most popular, newest, and recently updated plugins from the WordPress.org Plugins Directory.
Screen Option shows the panel where you can select or deselect the above items such as Right Now, QuikPress etc. Here you can also select the number of columns which will be displayed on the home page.
The Dashboard ‘Updates’ Screen gives you an easy method to update WordPress, plugins, and themes. Note: Not all hosts will allow the automatic update process to work successfully and will require you to manually upgrade by following the Upgrading WordPress instructions. Let's see a look on it.
Here, three buttons are available ‘Check Again’, ‘Re-install Now’ and ‘Download 3.2.1’; ‘Check Again’ tells that when you checked for last update of WordPress software and if you want to check again then you can, ‘Re-install Now’ tells whether you want to re-install the WordPress software; if you want then first of all download the WordPress software and re-install it and last one is ‘Download 3.2.1’ helps to download the latest version of WordPress software.
Posts are the principal element (or content) of a blog. The Posts are the writings, compositions, discussions, discourses, musings etc. A post plays an important role in knowledge sharing. Via the All Posts Screen you can select the post or posts you wish to edit, delete, or view. Multiple posts can be selected for deletion and for editing. Let’s have a look on it.
There are three options in Posts ‘Add New’, ‘Categories’ and ‘Post Tags’.
Media is the images, video, recordings, and files, you upload and use in your blog. Media is typically uploaded and inserted into the content when writing a Post or Page. Note that the Uploading Files section in the Settings Media Screen describes the location and structure of the upload directory.
A Media menu has two items first one is ‘Library’ which is a display the number of added video, images, recordings etc into blog and second one is ‘Add New’ which is used for add new images, video or recording file etc into blog. Let’s see a snapshot of Media.
WordPress Links can be organized by category, have internal references about your relationship to their destinations, can be automatically associated with images, and can even be rated on a scale from zero to nine. The All Links Screen allows you to select the Links to edit or delete. Multiple Links can be selected for deletion. Various search and filtering options allow you to find the Links you want to edit or delete.
Links menu has three items first one is ‘All Links’ it is displays all the available links on your site; second one is ‘Add New’ which is used for create new link in your site; and third one is ‘Link Category’ through this you can create groups of links by using link categories. Link category names must be unique and link categories are separate from the categories you use for posts. Let’s see a look on it.
A Page is another tool to add content to a WordPress site and is often used to present "static" information about the site. A good example of a Page is the information contained in "About Us" or "Contact Us" Pages.
Pages menu has two items first one is ‘All Pages’ it displays all the pages created in your site and second one is ‘Add New’ whichis used for creating new page into the site. Let’s see a snapshot on it.
Comments are a feature of blogs or article which allows readers to respond to Posts. Typically readers simply provide their own thoughts regarding the content of the post, but users may also provide links to other resources, generate discussion, or simply compliment the author for a well-written post.
Comments can be controlled and regulated through the use of filters for language and content, and often times can be queued for approval before they are visible on the web site. This is useful in dealing with comment spam. Let’s see a snapshot of comments.
Appearance provides a way through which you can control how the content of your blog is displayed. WordPress allows you to easily style your site by either installing and activating new Themes or changing existing Themes. Let’s see snapshots on it.
Appearance menu has seven items which are as follows:
1. Themes: A theme is the overall design of a site and encompasses color, graphics, and text. A Theme is sometimes called the skin.
2. Widgets: Widgets are independent sections of content that can be placed into any widget are a provided by your theme (commonly called sidebars). To populate your sidebars/widget areas with individual widgets, drag and drop the title bars into the desired area. By default, only the first widget area is expanded. To populate additional widget areas, click on their title bars to expand them.
3. Menus: This feature allows you to use a custom menu in place of your theme’s default menus. If your theme does not support the custom menus feature yet (the new and old default themes, Twenty Eleven and Twenty Ten, do), you can learn about adding this support by following the Documentation link in this tab. You can still use the “Custom Menu” widget to add menus to a sidebar.
4. Theme Options: Some themes provide customization options that are grouped together on a Theme Options screen. If you change themes, options may change or disappear, as they are theme-specific.
5. Background: Background item provides a customization options through which you can customize the look of your site without touching any of your theme’s code by using a custom background image. Your background can be an image or a color.
6. Header: A Header option provides an efficient way through which you can set a custom image header for your site. Simply upload the image and crop it, and the new header will go live immediately.
7. Editor: An Editor option provides an efficient way through which you can use the Theme Editor to edit the individual CSS and PHP files which make up your theme. In other word you can say that with the help of this tool you can use customize CSS file for your theme or you can edit the default CSS file which is used in default theme.
Plugins extend and expand the functionality of WordPress. Once a plugins is installed, you may activate it or deactivate it here. Plugins allow you to add new features to your WordPress blog that don't come standard with the default installation. You can find additional plugins for your site by using the Plugins browser/installer functionality or by browsing the WordPress Plugins Directory directly and installing new plugins manually. Let’s have a snapshot on it.
In the left pane three items are highlighted first one is ‘Installed Plugins’ which is displaying all installed plugins in your website, second one is ‘Add New’; screen allows you to add new plugins and last one is ‘Editor’; Editor is using the Plugins Editor Screen, you can modify the source code of all your plugins and in the right pane all downloaded plugins is showing.
This screen lists all the existing users for your site. Each user has one of five defined roles as set by the site admin: Site Administrator, Editor, Author, Contributor, or Subscriber. Users with roles other than Administrator will see fewer options in the dashboard navigation when they are logged in, based on their role.
You can customize the display of information on this screen as you can on other screens, by using the Screen Options tab and the on-screen filters. Let’s see a snapshot on it.
Users menu has three items first one is ‘All Users’ which shows all type of users presents in your site second one is ‘Add New’ ; Add New screen allows to add new user in your site and last one is ‘Your Profile’ contains information about you (your “account”) as well as some personal options related to using WordPress.
The Tools function allows quick posting and publishing through the use of a special web browser. You can create a shortcut to allow use of "Press This" from the new post screen. You can activate the function when browsing by selecting the favorite from your web browser favorites list. Also links to the Categories and Tag converters are presented. Let’s see a snapshot on it.
‘Tools’ menu has three items first one is ‘Available Tools’ which is describe the ‘Press This’ functions second one is ‘Import’; list the software packages that WordPress can import and details what types of data from each of those platforms qualifies for import and last one is ‘Export’ screen guides you through the easy process of exporting your blog. Take note that the Exporting is a useful method to backup your WordPress data.
Settings screen allows you to determine some of the basics of your site setup. Here you can edit the general information which is used in your site such as Site Title, Tag Line and Date Format etc. You can also edit the default setting of Reading, Writing, Discussion, Media and privacy etc.
‘Settings’ is powerful tool of WordPress software which plays an important role in WordPress development. Let’s see a snapshot on it.
Setting s menu has seven important items which are as follows: