What Is the WordPress Admin Page?
The WordPress Admin Page, commonly known as WP Admin login or WP Dashboard is basically the back end of your website from where you can control or operate your entire website with WordPress. It’s the password protected control panel or WordPress login, where you make and oversee content, add more functionality in it or add modifications.
If you are planning to run a website with WordPress, then WordPress dashboard will be just like your shadow as you are going to spend all the time with it.
That’s why it is very important to know how to use and master WP Admin panel for managing your website.
How to Access WP Admin?
Your website Admin panel is by default set to /wp-admin, unless you have not made changes deliberately.
After installing WordPress, you may access it by adding /wp-admin at end of your website address. For example, your website name is example.com, then your WordPress login for Admin panel is located at example.com/wp-admin
Since every website with WordPress by default, is using same WordPress admin URL for WordPress login, this makes it prone to hackers and it may compromise security. For beginners there is nothing to worry about but once a website starts growing and getting famous then we strongly suggest to change its URL from /wp-admin to some other URL.
Changing this URL is not difficult and we shall discuss how to change it in our article.
How to use Admin Panel?
Now since you have logged in with your WordPress username & password. Wait a minute! What username & password? I don’t have any!
No need to panic here. Just recall your WordPress installation steps where you have set a username “admin” and a password. Yes! Well, just log into WordPress site then.
Above is the first screen that appears after logging in. Here you will find a panel with black background on left side. It is actually a menu for this WordPress Admin panel. It includes many options likes settings, Posts, Pages and Plugins.
With passage of time, website demands more changes and modifications and hence options on this page will also increase.
Exploring the Admin Panel
Let’s walk through the major options available within WordPress Admin Panel.
To start operating your website, you need to first make some functional settings from Admin Panel. There is a tab on left panel called “settings”. From this option, you can make all general but important settings of your website like permalinks, settings up home page, discussions & others.
As obvious from name, here you can make all settings related to appearance of your website. For example, you may install themes, customize themes, setup menus, setup widgets and others.
This tab is used to manage users including administrators & visitors who have signed up on your website. You may restrict access or authorize WordPress login for your users.
Posts tab is used to make new posts on your blog. Remember that posts are different from pages, though it may look similar initially.
Tools tab includes options like import and export data from your WordPress website. These options can be used as backup/restore.
Like we discussed list of these options will grow with passage of time due to installation of plugins.
Plugins are installed to add a new functionality to your website. There are thousands of plugins available free of cost from WordPress depository and you do not need to hire any developer just to add extra features in your website. Just search and install it.
Would you like to explore each option in detail?