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This section provides step by step documentation, with accompanying videos and graphics, regarding how to manage your website using WordPress. It is written for non-developers who are absolutely new to Wordpress. Developers should refer to this page for technical documentation.
If you do not find the answer to your question(s) here, you should post it in the WordPress Support Forum or speak with the developer (or development team) you hired to deploy your website. They may contribute your question and the answer to this codex.
Lastly, be sure to familiarize yourself with a few of the important glossary terms before continuing.
By the end of these instructions, you will be trained to add, remove and modify pages, posts, users and related media.
To log in, select the "Log In" link on the front end of your website. If you're unable to locate this link append /wp-admin to your website's URL as in the following example: www.MySite.com/wp-admin
Enter the username and password provided to you by the developer, or development team, you hired to deploy your website. If you know your username but have forgotten your password simply select the "Lost your password?" link on the log in page and follow the instructions it provides.
The "Dashboard" is the first page you come to upon logging in. Essentially, it is an overview of all of the activity on your website. Though it may not be especially beneficial to you as a new user, over time it's purpose and usefulness will become clearer.
WordPress emphasizes a separation between tools for developers and tools for non-developers. To accomplish this you can collapse and re-arrange the panels on any Wordpress page by simply selecting the title, or selecting and dragging the panel to a new location.
Additionally, you can select the "Screen Options" tab in the upper right of your screen to completely hide panels that are confusing or irrelevant to you and your needs. There is also a "Help" tab you can select which provides useful information that is contextual to the section of WordPress that you are in.
On the left of the screen will be a panel of buttons that link to the various sections of Wordpress. This is called your "WordPress navigation", not to be mistaken with your "website's navigation" which is accessible to those visiting your website on the front end. These will be individually explained later on, but it's important for you to know where this panel of buttons is located.
If still you're unsure of how you can put the Dashboard to use, read on for now and revisit this later and it may make more sense.
The first thing most new users want to know how to do is add, remove or edit pages. Because some developers customize their users editing experience, you may want to check with the developer, or development team, you hired to ask them "What areas are editable on my website?".
By navigating to the "Pages" section, located in the WordPress navigation, you'll come to a page that lists all of the pages that exist within your website. Some developers populate this with pages and content you have requested, or with content they feel is important to have there, but you should see at least one page listed either way.
If you move your mouse over the title of a page, several "quick options" will become available for you to selection. Note that these options are also accessible from other area's of the Page's section, and these are intended to be a sort of short cut to streamline your time while editing.
To add a new page, select the "Add New" button from beneath the "Pages" panel in the WordPress navigation, or from the button beside the "Pages" title towards the upper left of the screen. This will reload the page and take you to the editor section.
You may enter your title in the first field, which should have text that says "Enter title here". Below that is the main content area, here forth referred to as the "Visual Editor".
Here you may enter the whatever content you like into this section. You'll notice formatting options that are found in similar writing applications such as Apple's iWork, Google's Documents and Microsoft's Office.
There is a large blue button, usually saying "Update" or "Publish", in the upper right of the window within the "Publish" panel. Select this and your changes will be saved and published.
There are four icons you should know about that aren't always found in other common word processing applications. They are the insert image, video, audio and other media icons. They appear immediately above the visual editor and sometimes appear alongside all of the other buttons within the visual editor. If you hover your mouse over each icon, after a few seconds, a title will appear telling you what each icon represents (image, video, etc...)
At this point, you should see the image inserted into your page where you had previous placed your cursor. Of course, if you adjusted the alignment it may be in a different location approximate to where the cursor was.
To insert videos, audio clips and other files (such as PDF's) you may select the related icon and you'll be given similar prompts.
Quick Tip: If the visual editor is too small, you can resize it by selecting the lower right corner of it and dragging it down and to the right.
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From the navigation, select "Users". The page will reload and you will see a list of any existing users. From the navigation, again, beneath "Users" select "Add New".
The following are some terms that we feel are important for every new users of WordPress to know.