3: The WP Admin At 10,000′
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I’ve always thought of the WP Admin as the back side of a WordPress site. It’s where you will build and manage your site. It’s the heart of WordPress. It’s like a web site that lets you make your web site.
As you’ll see, with any WP site you will need a user name and password to login. Once you’re in you’ll be able to manage your site – add or edit pages and posts, change a theme, add or remove a plugin. All that and more is what the WP Admin is for.
The web address to find where to login is easy to remember. in almost all cases it will be
that takes you to the login screen.
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Transcript Of This Video
Here’s my prototype site that we just saw in the previous video, and I want to take a quick look here. Again I’ve got my pages and my blog “Posts,” and so forth. But “How did I get to this point? Where did I start from?” Is the question I’m looking for. Here’s where this site started from.
This site is using a theme called 2017, so it’s been out for a little while obviously. I like it because it’s a good teachable theme. It’s a free theme, and there are many free themes. I’ll certainly be getting into themes in the themes module. For this course, I’m going to use 2017. It’s got the starter content that all WordPress sites have to begin with.
The home page, interestingly, is actually where the blog is. It’s got the famous “Hello world” blog post. I also have a sample page right here, and so this content came with it. This text, and so forth. It came with WordPress when it was installed. Now, “How did it get here?” I’ll get into that when I talk about web hosting in another module, and installing a WordPress site.
But I was a little excited to get going, so I’m starting from the point that I already have a site online. I need to log in to see my WP admin, and so we can have that overview of how things work behind the scenes. I’m going to scroll down here, and this theme happens to have a login link right on the page. I don’t particularly like that kind of an idea. I will show you how to log into any WordPress site.
Basically, it’s the domain.something/WP-admin that will get you into this page right over here where you log in. Now I have a user name and password, I’ve already set that up. Like I said, I’m going to get to that when I show you about installing WordPress. If I click on that, it’ll take me to what everybody calls the WP admin.
It’s the back end of your site, and only I can see this. So here’s where I’m going to build my site, manage my site, set up my links, do styling. Everything is going to be done on this side of the site. I’m going to take you through some of this over here that’s important— Before I do, yes. You log into the dashboard, as you can see over here. I don’t spend a whole lot of time here because it’s not all that useful, at least in my opinion it isn’t.
You can see that I have one page, one post, one comment. It’s got some other information over here. If there’s anything teachable, it’s that you can drag and drop sections of this if you want. Some of the WordPress admin is drag and droppable like you just saw. Also, other parts of it are– You can fold things up if you find them to be a nuisance. I don’t want to spend a whole lot of time on this, but you just saw that you can drag and drop some of the interface.
Anyway, if I go over to “Posts–” Like I said, not all of these links over here are of equal importance, so I’m just going to hit the highlights here. If I go over to “Posts,” and then “All Posts,” it will take me to a list of all the posts on my site. There’s only one, that’s the standard WordPress installation. It comes with “Hello world.” If I click on “Edit,” it’ll take me to the page where I can edit this post.
I’m not going to do anything like that right now, but did you see I just hovered over it and a line went all the way around this block? It’s what they call a paragraph block, not surprisingly, as it says. But there’s no sense in getting any deeper into it right now than that because I’m going to be building pages and posts throughout the course.
I’m going to go over here to pages, speaking of which, and you’ll see the same idea. Only one page so far. If I had other pages, it would have a whole long list of them, but we only have this one. If you click on “Edit” it looks a lot like what we just saw with “Hello world,” except it’s just more content over here.
We’ve got the title, we’ve got some other kinds of content over here. Like I said, no more than that for now because that’s what this course is all about, is building all this. In terms of adding images and videos and stuff like that. If I skip down to over here, “Appearance,” I’m going to click over here to “Themes.”
The “Appearance” section of your admin deals with how your site looks, and one of the main factors of how the site looks will be the theme that you select. I have a whole module on themes, so it’s a pretty big subject. But as I said, I’m using the 2017 theme now. These other stock themes are just sitting off to the sideline, like 2015 and 2019. For every last couple of years, except for 2018, there is a theme. But we’re going to get into selecting themes and so forth.
Then there are other links here that deal with your menu and widgets and customization, again all dealing with the appearance of your site. I want to skip down to over here, “Plugins,” and we’ll see no plugins. Now plugins are like apps, you know when you buy a cell phone or a tablet, and you’ll say, “Is there an app for–?” Fill in the blank. Well, in WordPress– WordPress itself doesn’t do a whole lot. You have to add plugins to make it do what you want it to do.
It’s just like a cell phone. We don’t call them apps, we call them plugins, and the question will be, “Is there a plugin for that?” You’ll find when we do a whole section on plugins that there are about 50,000 plugins, and most of them are free that you can use for your site. Then the last thing over here is “Settings.” I’m not going to get too much into that except to show it to you this way, and that is settings are like preferences to an application, no matter what application you’re working with.
If you’re working with Photoshop, or Word, or whatever it is. There’s always application settings, but in WordPress, it’s just called “Settings.” Like I said, it’s like preferences. Of course, WordPress is an application, so of course, there would be settings. The last thing is if you want to see the site– Of course, we do.
I’m just going to click on that link over here, and it takes you back to the home page of the site. You can always tell if you’re logged in because you’re going to have this black bar at the top that tells you if you’re logged in. If you need to log out for whatever reason, you can always do this– There I am. Log out, and go back this way, and refresh. You’ll see that I’m now logged out.