Do you want to know what is the WordPress Admin Dashboard? It is the main control panel of your WordPress website settings. So, you must have a good knowledge and a better understanding of this Admin Dashboard.
It is also called the WP admin panel or WP Admin. The WordPress Admin dashboard is the place that allows you to create and manage all the contents of your Website. When you need to change any styling, themes, plugin’s formats, etc., you have to do it in the WP panel.
To work with WordPress, you have to know the WordPress Admin Dashboard deeply. You have to know where to get access to this panel, how to change the Admin URL, how to use this panel wisely, what are the WordPress admin toolbars, how to use these toolbars, how to customize it etc.
So, let’s find the details of the WordPress Admin Dashboard. Where to get the WordPress Admin Dashboard. After installing WordPress with your Website’s domain name, you will quickly get into the WordPress Admin Dashboard.
You just have to log in to your WordPress account with your WP admin login URL. You can log in by using the URL like this- https://yourdomain.com/wp-admin. In this URL, you will automatically get the login screen. Input the username and password and get into the WP admin dashboard.
Note: You will find all options in the WordPress admin left side dashboard for blow giving steps.
How to change the URL of WP Admin
Sometimes, there are some errors shown when you try to login to your WordPress dashboard, even the username and the password is correct. It can happen for the brute-force attack from some hackers or malicious bots.
It is very easy to find the admin login URL as it reflects the name of your domain and the format is the same or similar for all the WordPress admin URL. So, in this case, you may have to change your WP admin URL after an interval.
To change the WP admin URL, follow steps below:
- You have to keep your cursor on the ‘Plugins’ option. You will see the ‘Add New’ option click on it.
- Now search the “WPS Hide Login” plugin through searching in the search bar. If it is not installed by now, then install it. If it is installed, then click on the “activate” bar.
Now, go to the Settings option and click on the General bar.
Now, you have to scroll down your mouse cursor, and then you will find the “WPS Hide Login” section as you have activated it previously. Here you will see the Login URL and Redirection URL option. You can now change your admin URL as you want here.
And type the same URL in both these bars. Then click on “Save Changes” below.
- After saving these things, you have changed your URL. You can now try to search in a browser with the previous URL. You will see that there is nothing found. If you search with the changed URL, you will get your WP admin dashboard.
This will boost the security of your WP Admin Panel. You will find it worth to change the admin URL after finishing your job. It is because now nobody will see or illegally enter your WordPress Admin Dashboard. Keep the URL save somewhere save as you may forget it.
Wisely Use WordPress Admin Dashboard Area and Use Toolbars
There is a massive abundance to work with the WordPress Admin Dashboard Area. You should check and see the details of the WP admin dashboard area. As this is the main panel to change and manage everything of your Website, you must be wise while using it.
But, for that, you should get detailed knowledge on the WordPress Admin home page and all the toolbars. So, let’s know how the home page of the WP admin area looks like.
Home Page of WP Admin Area
After signing in to the WordPress Admin panel, you will enter to the home page of it. Here, you will see a default screen several actions and widgets like Site Health Status, Quick draft, at a Glance More Actions, “Customize your Site” bar, etc. You will see an instant overview of your Website.
You will get a chance to work instantly with these options. All the updates of your site and sites’ plugins, themes, blog posts will be shown at the top side of this home page area so that you will find the recent activities and update options easily.
There are many other options to work on the left side of the page including “updates”. Though there are several chances to work with the options shown on the home page, we do most of our work with these toolbars.
It is because there are all the options serially with additional items. So, let’s look for the details of toolbars.
How WordPress Admin Dashboard Toolbars Look
Staying at the home page area, you will see the most necessary items on the left side and top-side. These sidebars are together called WordPress Toolbars. You should be familiar with these items descriptively as you are going to work with them more.
You can add more items in the sidebar too if you need it. This toolbar is also known as the Admin Bar. There is a toolbar also visible at the top side of your Website’s live screen. But the visitors will not see it.
Live Site Tool Menu
When you are logged in you will see the toolbar in the Live version of your site as the image shown below including a WordPress icon, My Blog icon, ‘Customize’ icon, Edit Post option, New post option, etc.
Under the WordPress icon, you will find documentation, support forums, and feedback. Under the ‘MY Blog’ icon, you will see Dashboard, Themes, Widgets, Menus. Under the section of ‘+ New’ icon, you will see post, media, page, user and it will show the number when some new post or media or page will be added.
By clicking on ‘Customize’, you will have a new toolbar on the left side, including all the options to customize your site or blog. By clicking on the ‘My Blog’ option, you will see your post including post-editing tools at the right side, and here you will be able to edit your post instantly.
Thus, these tools at the top menu of your live Website works.
Under the top menu bar of the live Website, the site can be seen as visitors see it. Now, let’s know the toolbars of the WP Admin Panel in detail.
Top-side Tools at WP Admin Dashboard
⦁ At the top side of the toolbar, you will see the “My Blog” option with the ‘Visit Site’ bar. On clicking on this bar, you will be directed to the live version of your site.
⦁ At the next-right side of the My Blog bar, you will see a comment bar where you will find a shortcut gateway to enter the comment section.
⦁ At the next-right side, you will see the “+New” option. Here, you can have some shortcuts to make new posts, new pages, or new Files to upload into your library.
⦁ At the top-left side, you will see an image bar in which you will find your username and “Edit My Profile” options. You can change the preferences of your profile here. It can be kept hidden if you want. You have to go to the profile settings and remove the tick marks from the toolbar section.
⦁ Under the Image bar, you will find two bars named “Screen Options” and “Help”.
⦁ By clicking on the ‘Screen Options’, you will get additional page settings as Site Health Status, At a Glance, Activity, Quick Draft, WordPress Events and News, and Welcome. On the ‘Help’ section, you will find a detailed instruction of the home page including overview, navigation, layout, content.
You will also see the more information on ‘Documentation on Dashboard’ and another Help tab that redirect you to a contextual help to WordPress.
At the left-side toolbars are called the Navigation Menu. Here, we can get a Dashboard, Updates, Posts, Media, Pages, Comments, Appearance, Plugins, Users, Tools, Settings, and Collapse Menu.
⦁ Updates: You will see an option “Updates” exactly under the ‘Home’ button. It will show the update on any theme, comments, or plugins when any update is available.
⦁ Posts: Under Update option, you will see ‘All posts’ which let you show all the posts, ‘Add New’ that let you add a new post, ‘Categories’ that let you add a new category of posts with other details, ‘tags’ that let you add a new tag to your posts.
⦁ Media: The next option is the Media. In this section, you will find ‘Library’ that lets you drop new media files here and ‘Add New’ that lets you add new media and also lets you see all the media items.
⦁ Pages: In this section, you will find ‘All Pages’ which show you all pages with their details and ‘Add New’ which will let you add or upload a new page. You have to add your site’s ‘contact’ page, ‘about us’ page and ‘policies’ here.
⦁ Comments: In the Comments bar, you will see all the comments from your visitors to your Website’s posts and contents. You have to approve all comments here. You can also mark or categorize comments as spam, and you can delete, edit or reply to comments.
⦁ Appearance: To change or set the visual look of the Website, you have to work with the Appearance. Here, you will find ‘themes’ in which you will preview, install, activate, remove, and customize any themes.
You will see ‘customize’ option in which you will get a lot of change settings options to change your Website view depending on the theme.
Here, you will find menus, widgets, background, and header options too. Widgets will let you add new widgets. Menus will let you set Home, Blog, and About tabs. The ‘Header’ will let you set the header images.
Background option will provide you with a chance to work with additional CSS styles to change the further look of your Website. ‘Install Plugins’ option will let you install necessary plugins related to your installed themes.
The ‘Editor’ will let you edit your theme for additional changes.
⦁ Plugins: The next option is the Plugins. Here, you will see ‘Installed Plugins’ page that will let you uninstall, deactivate, and change the settings of installed plugins. You will find the ‘Add New’ option that will let you search for the respiratory for the plugins and add this respiratory to your Website.
And the ‘Editor’ tab will let you edit the genuine code of the plugins.
Users: In the “All Users” tab, you will see the overview of all the users of your Website. In the “Add New” tab, you will add new users, and in the “Your Profile” tab, you can review your profile.
⦁ Tools: To migrate the Website to another host, these tools are being used. Generally, we do not use it randomly. The GDPR tools are found here that let us export or erase the personal data.
⦁ Settings: The last default option is this Settings bar. In the ‘General’ tab, you can change the Site title, Blog URL, Tagline, Time, Date format, etc. In the ‘Writing’ tab, you can set default post categories, email posts, etc.
In the ‘Reading’ tab, you can adjust the settings of the homepage, post reviews, followers, etc. In the ‘Discussion’ tab, you can change comments, users, etc. In the ‘Media’ tab, you will set the media library and thumbnail sizes.
In the ‘Permalinks’ tab, you will find the link to your live Website. In the ‘Privacy’ tab, you can change your site’s privacy settings. If you need other tools to use in your WP panel, you have to install those. These additional installed options will be added under the ‘Settings’ option.
If you want to work with the customization of your Website wisely, then check the article on how to customize the Website.
Knowing the WordPress Admin Dashboard is a must if you want to work with WordPress to set your new Business Website. That’s why we have created this article with all the details of the WP panel.
Check this article from top to bottom, and you will find every detail of all the tools of the WordPress Admin Dashboard and also the live Website. Learn from this article and follow while working with WordPress. We hope you will get to set an customize your new Website well.