WordPress Tutorial
The toolbar and admin menus

How to use WordPress like a PRO!

In this tutorial, you will learn how to use WordPress. In particular, we will focus on the toolbar and left-hand admin menu. 

In the top menu or toolbar, you will find helpful links to plugins, WordPress modules and notifications from your WordPress website.

  • Notice in the top left-hand corner we have a WordPress logo: When we hover over the WordPress logo it provides us with documentation and information about WordPress.
  • Next, we have the Website Title: When we hover over this it provides us with a link called visit site.

Let’s click on it and see what happens!

We have been sent to the homepage of our website. However, the toolbar still remains. We still have access to the backend only we are now viewing it from the Front-end.

This is helpful especially when we are reviewing our content and configuration changes that we have made to our website. 

Notice what happens when we hover over our website title again? It now gives us quick access to our backend modules. 

Toolbar
& administration menu

Toolbar en administration menu

Let’s return to our dashboard!

As I have a theme installed I can also access all my themes settings from the toolbar.

A theme: is software created by a third party that helps create the look and feel of our website. In our video lessons, we will teach you how to use WordPress!

When we click on customize we are sent to the front-end and on the left-hand side we have our theme settings.

In realtime, we can see the adjustments we are making on our website. This click and preview style of building websites is becoming more prominent in WordPress allowing for an easy platform for building professional websites without knowing a line of code.

  • Next, we have the updates icon. If I hover over the icon it tells me how many plugins and themes I need to update. Now keep in mind that WordPress is constantly evolving and with each new version of WordPress third-party suppliers of plugins also update their software. This is part of the WordPress maintenance.

Returning to our toolbar In the top far right we have a drop-down menu with our profile link and a logout link.

Our profile page and the toolbar

Here we can set up the look and feel of the back-end. Let’s change the color scheme. One click and done…

Interestingly you can turn the toolbar on or off in your personal profile. This is handy when you don’t want members logging in to your website and gaining access to your back-end for example.

Depending on the plugins and the theme you will find that the icons displayed on the toolbar will vary depending on the software you have installed. It is definitely a quick way to navigate the back-end and the front-end.

The WordPress administration menu.

These are links to content modules and management modules in WordPress or what WordPress calls screens. To help you identify what they do most of these links are accompanied by an icon.

WordPress uses these icons as a quick visual reference.

Notice what happens when we click here on minimise. Only icons are displayed which gives us extra space to work in and we can still hover over each icon and access our sub menus. Great!

Most of these links will send you to a page or screen where you can either create, edit or add content or manage WordPress settings, themes and plugins.

How to use WordPress Content & Management Pages

As we move over each module you will notice that a submenu appears with links to specific areas within these modules. We will discuss these modules in detail in our following lessons. However, lets briefly run through some of these modules or screens.

  1. Posts: here we can either create a new post or edit a post. We can also provide a category and tag for our posts which is helpful for users on the front-end searching for specific information.
  2. Media: here we can upload photos or files that we will use on the front-end of our website.

Let’s click on pages and we will click on our homepage.

Now I just want to show you the difference between a management page such as the profile screen and a content page.

A content page such as posts and pages will provide you with a screen for adding content. Later we will use the new Gutenberg editor, however, for the most part, I will be using WordPress bakery page builder. It’s like Lego for your WordPress website.

Have you seen the difference already from the profile page?

Notice the right-hand side.

  • We have a column of widgets that provide settings for this page.
  • And let’s scroll further.
  • Under the editor, we also find blocks from plugins that provide us with extra additions to this page. Such as SEO and sliders and headings. We can minimise them or leave them open.
Application
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Okay, let’s make an application of the toolbar and administration screens.

These links or quick links in the toolbar and administration menu provide easy access to content management and WordPress settings.

To be honest I have programmed and worked in many different platforms. Neos, Typo3, Drupal Dreamweaver, Microsoft Frontpage, ASP, PHP, CSS, HTML5 to name a few and WordPress was by far the most user-friendly when it came to content creation and back-end management.

It’s simple I like simple ..simple works well for me.

  • Our first security tip: Always keep your WordPress version, your plugins and your themes up to date otherwise you could end up with a security leak or even a security breach. I usually update once a month. If you find this takes too much time you also have cloud-based software and hosting platforms that can do this for you.
  • Our second security tip: always logout when you have finished working on your website in the backend. This is especially important when you are working on a shared or public computer. If you don’t log out, someone may be able to access your account just by viewing the browser history and going back to your WordPress Dashboard.

You can protect your account by logging out when you are finished working.

In our next lesson, we will discuss the WordPress settings and how it helps us to configure our website.

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