So you just got the keys to your new bright and shiny WordPress-based website. It’s feature-packed. It’s attractive. It’s got all kinds of spots to put valuable information about your area of specialty. And it’s all yours, baby! There’s just one thing you forgot to ask the geek who set it up for you to show you…
How do I manage this newfangled thing?!?
Fortunately for you, WordPress is actually user-friendly take on the once daunting process of building a website. The first step to adding new or modifying your existing material is getting logged in. So let’s get started – it’s going to be quick and easy.
Steps to Logging in to your WordPress Admin Dashboard
- Open your web browser of choice (for example, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Opera, Chrome or even -gasp- Internet Explorer). Your administrative login panel lives at a web address, or URL, and this is how we’re going to reach it.
- Type your admin login address into your browser’s address bar, then hit enter. If your website is purely WordPress-based (as opposed to a traditional HTML website that ALSO has a blog on it), your admin login address lives at http://www.yourwebaddress.com/wp-admin .
- Type your Username and Password into their respective fields and hit ‘Login’. If you did not build your WordPress site on your own, your web professional or helpful nephew Skip should have provided you with this.
- Lo and behold! You’ve made it! The very next screen you will see, provided that you entered the correct login credentials, will be the standard WordPress Dashboard.
Your Dashboard is the place from where you will accomplish tasks such as:
- Creating new static content Pages
- Creating new blog Posts
- Approving Comments left on your Posts and Pages by readers and subscribers
- Installing WordPress Plugins that help you to accomplish more advanced tasks on your site
- Creating new Users of various permission levels for collaborators who want to help you build your WordPress site
- and many more tasks from simple to advanced. The sky is the limit!
So now you’ve made into your WordPress Administrative Dashboard. For tutorials on how to accomplish specific tasks while logged in, check the WordPress Development page under Blog & Tutorials for more how-tos.