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The WordPress dashboard website Setup

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6 Lessons (25m)
    • 1. Introduction to the Wordpress Dashboard themes within wordpress

    • 2. User interaction controls comments

    • 3. General Settings what you should update when you first setup your site

    • 4. Selecting a Theme customizing your website

    • 5. User friendly URLs SEO

    • 6. Setting Up User Accounts

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The Wordpress dashboard is the control center for your website.  This is where you can add content, edit web pages, and update your website.  Once you have your Wordpress website up and running on a server you can log in to your dashboard.  The path to the dashboard is http://[YOUR DOMAIN]/wp-admin/  Go ahead and log into your WordPress website.

The nice thing about Wordpress it’s always ready to lend a helping hand.  It comes with a menu in the dashboard that helps you get started right away.  You can click the links and start building your website content.

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1. Introduction to the Wordpress Dashboard themes within wordpress: Once you've installed WordPress, you can go over to your WordPress dashboard and log into WordPress, and this is where the power of WordPress really resides. This gives you the dashboard, gives you the ability to create posts to update your theme toe. Add in additional pages to really customize the way your wordpress website is presented, so the whole look and feel of your WordPress website can be really customized and updated just by accessing and logging into the dashboard. And the dashboard is where everything starts and what the only place you need to go in order to really control your website so you can even update themes by making selections. This is a lot of different themes that are available for WordPress. You can use the default installed themes. You can also search within WordPress for new themes as well as on the Internet in order to get even more themes. For WordPress, it's a lot of different themes, and what themes do is they allow you to control how your words press website is presented. So the let includes styling says a number of different files that come along with every theme, which includes different styling files and plug ins, and also depending on what your theme is capable of some of the different capabilities that are presented within the dashboard. So every theme is potentially different and could have its own set of controls just for that theme itself. And for the most part, themes within WordPress and now within WordPress themes there actually required to be able Teoh be changed within the dashboard, so you have the ability to change the color, the heading image, the background, image, menus, widgets and even what's presented on this front page. There's quite a bit you can dio with themes, thes days and WordPress, and I'm gonna show you how to access those themes and update themes within your website. 2. User interaction controls comments: in this lesson. I want to walk through some additional options that you might want to look through when you first set up your website. So going to settings, we've looked at general, we've looked at writing and then there's reading. So reading what this does is this allows you to make some options on how your website behaves, so it could behave differently depending on what your design is for your website. So if you wanna have a default static page, you can have your website defaulting to that static page and then we could have the posts on that static page. And of course, this is useful if you actually create a page eso we don't want to have them the same on when we have a default page. So I'm gonna quickly add in start page and maybe just do something like welcome. So if you don't wanna have a website that's always gonna be a blawg website, weaken default to a different page. So when I refresh it, we're defaulting to that default start page and I can set it up as a static page if I want . So my front page can be this the start page and then I can link in the menu to sample page . So now whenever someone comes into the website by default, we're starting out at that start page, so notice that we don't have all of those blawg posts there. And so this is how you can really customize your WordPress site. So it's important. Teoh. Note that this is where you can control your website from being indexed on search engines as well. Eso noticed that when we're setting up our website initially, we had the option to check off that we don't want search engines to into index the site. And here is where we can check that off or uncheck that if needed. We also have some options about how maney blood posts were showing per page, how many items were syndicating in our feeds. So some really useful stuff here, and also how much text and content were showing in the feed. So depending on if we just want to have a summary or not, this is what we can update here. There's also next is the discussion tab and there's a lot of information here to kind of go through, and this is all having to do with where users are able to comment and interact with your website. Eso. You can completely disable commenting if you want, you can enable. So here we've got some default settings that when somebody allow people to post comments on new articles and if you don't want any posts of comments, and I just want to warn you that you are going to get a lot of spam. Most WordPress blog's get a lot of spam in the comments, so sometimes you might see that this is completely disabled or that we've got some filtering on those comments as well. So it's it's good to prevent spam, but it's also you might want to have that interaction in that ability for users to be able to engage with you. So there's different different reasons in different rationale for what you want to do and check off here. So this all has to do with how comments are and how comments are set up, and we can automatically close comments and so on. So definitely worth going through this, how we can approve comments and comments or manually approved here. We've got a notification so going back to the settings where we had their email address. So anyone posts a comment, we're going to get notified. Weaken blacklist. You URLs names I p's from comments. Over here, we've got how users. So if we've set up that users that users have to log in to comment, we've got ability to set up those avatars and so on. So it's quite a lot of options here for users and users interacting with your website. 3. General Settings what you should update when you first setup your site: Once you've set up your WordPress site, go ahead and take a look around your website. So you see that you've got a very basic type set up and you've got some default wording in here. So this is when we set up our WordPress site. We had this test wordpress that we entered in and by default. It's added in this tagline. So, ideally, when you first set up your website, there's a few things that you need to take care of and update in order to make your website look and feel the way that you intended it to. So go ahead and log in to your dashboard, go down Teoh in the left hand menu. Here there's a tab called Settings and we're just going to start with the general settings . So this is where you would start out, and at any time you can change what your website, what your site title is, so you can change this at any time, and typically we're gonna have a tagline. So this is a description of beef description about what your website is about. So this is a test website, of course, but you would explain briefly what your website is about. And the thing here is to realize that this is going to appear depending on your theme again , it may appear in different spots within your website, so this is visible to users both your title and your tagline. So give us some thought. Make sure that you have something that's explains and is descriptive. But enough about what your website is gonna be a bit next. You have the ability to change your URL and because I'm running on a local machine, a local website. This is my web address for my website. But if you do have a different you, Earl, if you've got it on your hosted site and you want to update what the u R l is, this is where you could make those changes. So sometimes you'll see that if you're running on a domain so you might have something like example dot com or something like that, and you're gonna want to update this if you want to run with the W w W Before that, you can update that here before as well. We'll just change this back to local host because for the most part, once you set up your website. This should be up and ready to go. This is something that you might want to update on Lee. If you're adding in that w w w as well as if you're looking to change your domains, you've brought in all of your settings from a different website and you want to update it. So this is where you would go to make those updates. So those are the two differences so usually don't have to make changes to it. And this is all installed within the directory. Eso you just need to point it, make sure it's pointed to the correct path and typically it does not need to be changed. Next is going to be your email address. So this is the four used for that men. So if you've lost your password or any communications so you can enable that it sends you emails when there's notifications and so on. So next we've got membership. So here, if this is checked off, this allows users to register for your website on. This is used for websites where you've gotten membership. But typically you're not gonna have this checked off because typically you're not gonna want people to come in and register for your website. The best thing if you wanna have other users have accounts, then you could set that up. And this also ties in line with that, that the different types of rules that get assigned to them. And as I said before, where press is very versatile. So you've got a lot of these features that may or may not be needed within your website. So again, this is depending on how you want to present your website. Over here, we've got time zone states and date formats and this is how it gets out. Put on your website when the days of the week start the site language and so on. And for the most part, these things don't need to be changed. The only thing that you probably are changing when you start out is your site title in your tagline. And just give that some thought. Next is the writing tab. There's a lot of information in here underneath the writing top that we need to take care of. And this is the spot where we set the default categories and where we get posted to you can also set up posts via e mails and just typically the defaults. So most, for the most part, these air good. And this is where you would typically be posting it. So unless you had categories set up where you always wanted the posts to go to, then your default category could be on categorized or you could set that. So these are the only two ones that you, for the most part, be updating here. And there's also the post format, so you could have different types of posts. Eso if you've got video posts or if you've got galleries or images, then you would select those. But for the most part again, you're going to be using standard eso This over here is where we can send emails. So, actually, with WordPress, we do have the ability to send emails and have that posted directly through the server. So this is a really neat feature with WordPress, and it really helps. So when you're waiting a blawg and if you want to get content up right away into your wordpress site, maybe you're writing it out. You've got your mobile phone and you want to quickly create a post that you can utilize this post via email. And again, there's just some settings that you have to configure there and then just below it, we've got what's called Ping Services and now what pings are whenever we update our WordPress site, then where it gets notified so we can have a number of different services here that we can ping to eso. Generally, there are some ping lists out there that you could take and you could post them here so that whenever you update some of your content within your website, it automatically notifies all of those websites that that content has been updated. So depending on what how many different websites you want to notify, some people will include Google in here as well. On this allows Google and websites to be able to instantly know that there's been some updates to your website. But for the most part they're already going to be set up to pick it off of Ping dramatic. But again, if you want to really customize it and paying to certain websites when there's updates, this is the place to make that update. Okay, 4. Selecting a Theme customizing your website: in this lesson, I'm gonna show you how to log in to your WordPress dashboard. So here we've got a basic install of WordPress. So if I go over to the website, we see that this is just a plain wordpress website. It's just been installed and we don't have anything, any content, really in it. So just default content. And a lot of times, William, you set up your website, you're gonna have the ability to log in and by default, you're gonna be able to see that you've got this log in link. So sometimes with themes, you lose this log in link and orto work log in tow. WordPress. You can always go to whatever your domain is. Ford slash WP slash log in dot PHP And this gives you that log in panel re entering your user name or your email and then your password and you can click log in. So this is always gonna be the same access. And this once you've logged in your presented with the WordPress dashboard. So the dashboard initially starts out with welcome toe wordpress. You've got a bunch of options here to customize your website right off the bat, you can change your theme completely. You've got some options to write block posts about me pages. So these are just some suggestions for getting started with your website. We can also do like a quick draft here. So right off the bat, the home dashboard presents you with some really great options. And one of the options that people usually like to jump into when they've just created their website is to actually update the theme. So you have an option here to click that quick button, or you can go in that side menu here and under themes, you can customize your themes. You've got that same option over here to customize as you do over here. Or you could change your theme completely. So this is that same one that we go to under appearance themes, and we can see that the menu actually takes us here. So with WordPress, there's a lot of different options. Eso this essentially what a theme is is the the skin that's going to get presented that's gonna present that content so I can easily switch skins. When I go back up to my Web page and updated, it looks entirely different, and this is what gets presented to the user. So you could have some really simple themes. And these were the ones that came by default installed within WordPress. And you can also add in new themes. So a number of different ways to get new themes you can search for a theme. So if I wanted something Tech related, I could go to, I could go to add new theme and then from here I could actually search. So, sir, that was in the wrong box. So here I could do attack related eso if I wanted some specific type of theme. I can see featured ones. I can see popular latest favorites, and I've also got a filter here. So if I'm looking for a particular type of layout, I can make my selection here. Under the layout, I can look for particular features. I can look for a particular subject of the theme with a lot of different options, and it's always good to keep in mind when you are selecting a theme that not all themes air gonna have all of the same options. So the possibilities. There's a lot of different possibilities for different types of WordPress sites, and you've got to really plan that out and look at what you want within your sight. So we've got a total of 2215 websites here. And maybe let's just take a look at one quickly and maybe I want to see this one. I want to see what my website is gonna look like with this theme so we can get like a quick preview of what it's gonna look like in the theme and if want to go ahead and install it always to do is do that install where I could go back and do the install that way. So now when I do the install, we see it's doing install, it's doing its installation. And now when we go out to our website, and if I refresh it, it's just oh, I have to activate it first. So it's not only the installed, brings it into appearance under themes, and then once it's activated, then this is what the one that actually gets presented. So it's is easy is that to update the look and feel of your website, and of course, you can always switch back. So going to appearance themes and whichever ones you've got within your list here, whatever one's you've added in here, you can really quickly switch to activated and view those teams directly. And then for each theme, we have the option to customize. So this button that button and on the dashboard button it's all going to take you to the same place. And customization allows us to actually change our themes. Over here, we can go to a pro version. So this is a paid version of this theme, so generally paid versions will have a little bit more options, then the default version. Eso We've got some general settings, and all of this information is going to be different, depending on the theme that we're doing. Eso we might have some. We've got some options here for custom CSS and we see that this menu has actually changed compared to what we were presented with before. But for the most part, they're all gonna have the same ones where we have site identity where you can talk at in the title and custom tagline. We can also select a custom background color, although this one I believe has has a color, they aren't image. So we're not gonna have to see that weaken tile it weaken center the background fixed. So a bunch of different options here we could upload our own background. We can also add in menus and really customize the way our website looks. So different themes will have different options here and all. Generally, these ones down here are going to be the same across all the different themes. And then whenever we've made our changes, we like it within our preview area. Then we can go ahead and say that and we can see that those changes now will propagate over to our Web site. 5. User friendly URLs SEO: looking at the general settings for your website. There's also some options to update your media settings, so media settings are what by default, your thumbnail size will be also what the medium size and the large size. So you have the option to have multiple sizes for images that get uploaded, and WordPress will automatically set these up and set them up within your media library and again, just like the other settings. Really, the defaults are pretty good. So most the time. You don't have to touch the media part of your settings. Now, next is Perma links and Perma links is actually something that is really important to take a look at because this is where we can set what the human readable both for it, what the human readable links are gonna be for your website. So notice that by default we've got the date and name. I can also change it to plane. And this is just to show you better give you a better idea of what we actually have being presented here. So actually need to refresh this because I've actually changed the way that we link. So notice here that when I click the link. We're going, Teoh. Just, uh, just the question Mark P equals one. So the first page s So it's not really s e o friendly. And this is where the Perma links come into place because we can customize how those Web pages are going to get output. And this is really important for S e O as well as user friendly ists friendliness. So visitors usually prefer you or else that are more readable, memorable, and they generally just lead to better user experience. So somebody is coming to your website. They might not want to necessarily remember that. It's question mark P equals one that doesn't really make a lot of sense. So you want typically have something maybe by the post name. If you've got a really simple website, if you want to have it in order by date, you can check the day in name and month and name. It's a lot of different options here, and this is where you really need to give it some thought. You can also customize that structure, but for the most part, when I'm setting up where press websites, I used to do it by the post name because this is short and makes the most sense for the type of content that I'm creating. We can also do it via the category base tag base and so on says a bunch of options here to customize the defaults. But for the most part, you don't really need to go past this, that this will just be the post name and we see when we refresh it. So I'm gonna go back Teoh this Web page, and instead of that, P equals one we actually have. Hello, Dash World, which is actually the name. So this is S E o friendly, and it's more memorable for users coming in. So May. Maybe if you whatever your domain name is slash Hello, world. And if that makes sense for the users, then that's gonna be more memorable for them. So always keep that in mind when you're setting up your WordPress site that you want to make sure that you're able to provide these s CEO friendly and memorable user friendly, you URLs 6. Setting Up User Accounts: in this lesson. I want to briefly run through users and how to set up users within your WordPress. So notice here in the dashboard. We've got this option called users. We can list out all the users. We get some general information, get the email, their rules as well. We can always go in. We can edit. We can update. So these are the color schemes s. So this is basically how the WordPress dashboard is going to get presented to them. So the number of different options we can enable some keyboard shortcuts. We've got the visual editor, and we can also update that those does user names and user informations. We can set a first name, last name. We can update the nickname S O that will update here. So essentially, the user names can't actually be changed, but we can actually change the nickname as it gets presented, and we can update how that name gets displayed publicly. So we've also got the email address, and this is here in case you've got a user driven system where people might want to register their website. They've got a biographical info. They've got a profile pic weaken generate passwords and so on. So there's quite a bit of information here. And for the most part, if you just got a regular standard website, the only reason that you might be using users is if you've got some additional people that you want to administer. So if you've got a business that you have set up a WordPress site, you can really easily add new people here and give them access to your Web site. You can also set roles. So we've got administrator, editor, author, contributor and depending on the roll, they're gonna be able to see an access different parts of the WordPress dashboard. So, for the most part, if where an editor, if we're only editing content than they're gonna have less access, such as the leading and so on that an administrator would have so administrator has the full control and then these ones have more specific control. We can. Also, every user has ability to update their profile, so an administrator would have all users access, but an editor wouldn't have it, so they'd only be able to see that your profile under here they wouldn't have added new and so on. It's a number of different options here and again, this is just how it gets displayed and presented. So you, as an administrator, have a lot of options. There were ableto update keyboard shortcuts to moderate content, and so on, says some little bit of information here to make it more usable and user friendly for different users within the WordPress system.