Introduction to your WordPress Dashboard

Updated: July 2, 2021

Introduction to your WP dashboard:

At this point, you should have already crossed these off your list assuming you have been following the tutorial.

We will now proceed with familiarizing ourselves with the menus on WP. Below is a screenshot of the dashboard when you first register. The podcast goes through the function of each menu.

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The platform itself,  you will find very easy to use as it is intuitive. It’s really hard to screw anything up at this point, so make sure you click, see, and even set things to your own liking.

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There will be some menu items to avoid tampering with and I mention those. Unless you’re familiar with coding, you do not want to mess with things like the CSS function. It is a recipe for disaster and should be left to the experts 🙂 . The most important buttons, the ones that you will be using most often include your:

Dashboard Home – This is where you will get the stats for your blog. Visits and where the traffic came from.

Media – This is where you upload images, pdf files, and even video. As suggested on the podcast, link specific images to the post you’re working on. This will save time in the future when you have a lot of media files. One thing you need to be aware of is that images can be big and take up a lot of space. What this does is slow down your website considerably for your audience. You don’t want that. If your page loads too slowly, people will get turned off, click off and never return. You want to get the images a small as possible without loss of quality.


These are the pages that make up your blog. Pages are for example “posts” , “contact”, “disclosure” etc. This is the meat of the blog that makes things cohesive and helps people find what they are looking for without too much hunting.


This is the design of the blog itself and it is exactly what it sounds like, how you want the menu to look and how you want your landing page setup. It’s something that most people fool around with from time to time, but as a beginner, I would leave it as is until you are familiar with the blog.

Comments – If people take the time to comment on your posts, you owe it to them to reply. If you don’t, they will go away. If you would rather not have any comments on your blog, you can shut it off (not recommended).


These are people that have access to your blog. As the owner, you are automatically placed as an administrator. That means you have carte blanche on everything and can make any changes. If for example, you commission someone to write posts for you, you can give them limited access as an author for instance, and they will have limited ability. You definitely don’t want to add administrators to your blog unless you trust them explicitly.

The next post will touch on themes and the plugins you need to start with to give you a more cohesive blog. There are literally thousands of plugins and it can be overwhelming. You just need a few.

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26 thoughts on “Introduction to your WordPress Dashboard”

    • That’s interesting to hear. I find it easy to use. I’ve heard people talk about drag and drop platforms, but l actually find them a bit harder. Hopefully, l explained it in a cohesive way :-).

    • Thanks… Haha! Who knew? I had been thinking about it for a while because l was being asked and finally thought maybe put it somewhere all together for the others that come after us. Please share so we can spare others the pain… 🙂

    • I love the word you used. Stumbled! can be a bit intimidating when you see it, so hopefully, it will be less so for others. I needed plain language not over my head babble 😉 . Thanks for sharing.

  1. Do you know if embedding tweets and Instagram pictures also slow down your site? I have been experiencing a slower load time than usually and those are two changes I know that I started using.

    • The Instagram pictures will slow your website down a bit. It basically has to get the pictures from IG storage and then load them on to your page. I will assume the tweets embedded would do the same as most third party platforms will. They are what l call a necessary evils :-). What you might do is activate your “photon” in the jetpack setting. This will optimize your images, and hopefully speed up the load time. I don’t use it personally, but if you do, the next time your pictures look’s more than likely photon is the culprit and you need to turn it off. I wouldn’t worry unless your speed is wicked slow.


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