Course Content
What is WordPress?
History and Evolution WordPress.com vs WordPress.org
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Why WordPress?
Popularity and Community Versatility in Web Development Case Studies: Examples of WordPress Sites
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Setting Up a WordPress Site
Domain Registration and Hosting Solutions Installing WordPress
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Dashboard Overview
Navigating the WordPress Dashboard User Roles and Permissions
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Posts vs Pages
Creating and Editing Posts Adding and Managing Pages
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Media Management
Uploading and Managing Media Files Best Practices for Media Optimization
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Themes and Templates
Choosing the Right Theme Customizing Themes
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Plugins
Essential Plugins for Beginners Installing and Managing Plugins
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Basic SEO for WordPress
SEO Plugins and Tools On-Page SEO Best Practices
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Analytics and Performance
Integrating Google Analytics Monitoring Site Performance
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WordPress in the Medical Marketing Field
Tailoring WordPress for Client Needs Case Studies: Successful WordPress Sites in Medical Marketing
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Security and Maintenance
Keeping WordPress Secure Regular Maintenance Tasks
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Hands-On Session
Building a Simple WordPress Site Applying What We've Learned
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WordPress Essentials for Beginners
About Lesson

Introduction to the WordPress Dashboard

Upon logging into your WordPress site, you’re greeted by the dashboard. This is the control panel for your website, where you can access every aspect of your WordPress site’s content and settings.

Dashboard Home

  • Updates: Here, you’ll find notifications for WordPress core, theme, and plugin updates. Keeping your site updated is crucial for security and performance.
  • At a Glance: This section gives a quick overview of the number of posts, pages, comments, and the WordPress version your site is running.
  • Activity: This widget shows recent comments on your posts, allowing you to approve, reply to, or delete them directly from the dashboard.

The Sidebar Menu

The sidebar on the left side of your dashboard is your main navigation tool. Here’s a breakdown of some of the most important sections:

  • Posts: This is where you can add new posts, view and edit existing posts, and manage categories and tags.
  • Media: The Media Library is where all your uploaded images, videos, and files are stored. You can upload new files and manage existing ones here.
  • Pages: Similar to posts, but for your website’s pages like ‘Home’, ‘About’, and ‘Contact’.
  • Comments: Here you can manage the comments left by your website’s visitors.
  • Appearance: This section allows you to change your website’s theme, customize your theme, and manage widgets and menus.
  • Plugins: Install, activate, deactivate, and delete plugins here. Plugins add extra functionality to your WordPress site.
  • Users: Manage user accounts. You can add new users and edit the roles and permissions of existing users.
  • Tools: This section contains tools to perform some non-routine management tasks.
  • Settings: The most critical section where you can configure your website’s settings including general, writing, reading, discussion, media, and permalinks settings.

Customizing Your Dashboard

WordPress allows you to customize your dashboard:

  • Rearrange Widgets: Drag and drop to rearrange the dashboard widgets.
  • Screen Options: Located at the top right, ‘Screen Options’ allows you to show or hide widgets on your dashboard.

Tips for Effective Dashboard Management

  • Regularly Check for Updates: Keeping WordPress, themes, and plugins updated is crucial for security and performance.
  • Familiarize Yourself with Each Section: Spend some time exploring each section of the dashboard to understand its functionality.
  • Use Shortcuts: WordPress offers shortcuts to help you navigate and manage your site efficiently. For example, ‘Press This’ is a bookmarklet that lets you grab bits of the web.