I have WordPress installed, what now?

Congratulations! You now have a fully functioning website! Now it’s time to learn the ins and outs of your brand new site and WordPress Dashboard so you can start building out your site content

Finding Your Website’s WordPress Dashboard

Step One

Locating WordPress in cPanel

The first step to exploring your site is finding the admin controls! Head over to cikeys.com and enter your cPanel or “Dashboard” option in the top right hand site navigation. Click on the “WordPress” app listed under the “Applications” panel at the top of your cPanel. This will take you to the WordPress Installatron page.

Animated Example of finding the WordPress Installatron on CiKeys Account

Step Two

My Applications

On the WordPress Installatron page, click on the “My Applications” Tab on the top right hand corner of the screen. This will take you to your site(s) admin controls.

Animated example of finding a WordPress site admin controls through cPanel

Step Three

/WP-Admin/

On the admin control page you will see three different links to choose from. Click on the middle link that ends in /wp-admin/ . This will finally take you to your site and it’s dashboard.

Illustration of the /wp-admin/ link on the WordPress admin control page

Finding Your WordPress Dashboard

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WordPress Dashboard Navigation Guide

The WordPress Dashboard is where you can access all of the administrative settings of your website. This is where you will go to create and edit site pages, posts, and other content, design the look and feel of your site, manage plugins, and more. The site Dashboard is broken up to navigation tabs on the left hand side of the screen. Let’s go through these tabs individually to better understand just how users can interact with their WordPress based websites.

  • Dashboard Tab
  • Posts Tab
  • Media Tab
  • Links Tab
  • Comments Tab
  • Appearance Tab
  • Plugins Tab
  • Users Tab
  • Tools Tab
  • Settings Tab
  • Custom  Tabs
  • Pages Tab
Dashboard Tab

The Dashboard Tab

The home for your admin view.

This tab will be the first thing you see every time you log into your admin view of the site. The Dashboard Tab is where you will be able to see the overview of your website, see recent activity and comments coming through the site, create quick post drafts, and WordPress related events and news that is happening in your area!

Posts Tab

The Posts Tab

Manage your site’s blog from one spot.

The post tab is where you can add new blog posts to your site and manage, categorize, and tags all the posts that you have created in the past.

This tab is only applicable to sites that have an active blog. To start a blog page for your site, just create a new post!

Media Tab

The Media Tab

Manage all of your site’s pictures, videos, documents, and more.

While you can add media content such as pictures from any page editor on a WordPress site, the media tab is where you can add, delete or manage media content across the entire WordPress site.

Links Tab

The Links Tab

Manage links directing away from your website.

The Links tab is where you can find the links to outside resources that you are using on you individual pages inside of WordPress. You will be automatically provided with a list of WordPress resource links when you access your new website, but these links can be easily added to or deleted if necessary.

Comments Tab

The Comments Tab

Mange comments from all of the comments sections on your website’s blog.

The Comments tab is where you can view and respond to any comments left on your website or blog.

Appearance Tab

The Appearance Tab

Theme and brand your website.

The appearance tab is where you can change the look or theme of your site. WordPress offers many different free and paid themes to choose from and that cater to different website styles such as blogs, information sites, or portfolios. Most of theses themes can also be customized by the user in a variety of different ways such as changing the site’s color scheme, fonts, and menus depending on the theme’s customization options found under “Customize” in the Appearance tab’s sub-menu.

Plugins Tab

The Plugins Tab

Enhance your website with third-party plugins developed for WordPress

The Plugins tab is where you can view and manage the custom application installed onto your WordPress site. You can add update, delete, deactivate, and add new plugins to your site from this tab.

Users Tab

The Users Tab

Manage the individual user permissions to your site.

The Users Tab is where you can manage all of the active users of your WordPress site. This can include site admins, contributors, and more. You can add, delete, or edit permissions for all users of the site from this tab.

Tools Tab

The Tools Tab

Manage installed tools and the importing and exporting of data between your website and outside applications.

The tools tab is a collection of tools that allow WordPress to perform certain tasks such as the import and export data to and from other content management systems. The average user will most likely never have to touch this tab since it handles non-routine management tasks.

Settings Tab

The Settings Tab

Manage overall site configuration settings.

The Settings tab is the central hub to configure settings for different sections of a WordPress website. It contains multiple sub-panels and many WordPress plugins also add their settings controls to this tab as well.

Custom  Tabs

Custom Plugins Tab

Certain plugins will add their own control tabs to your WordPress Dashboard

Some custom plugins installed onto your WordPress site will have their own tabs within your WordPress Dashboard. Their structure will vary from application to application.

Pages Tab

The Pages Tab

The main content areas of your site

Pages are the main content areas of your site that people will navigate through. For example, a page could be set up as a “Home” page, a page for class information, a “About Me” biography page or contact form.

Word Press Dashboard Navigation

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