Step Five: Learn Your Dashboard
Before we get to how you build a post. I wanted to get a little more information to you about the Dashboard.
You will also want to access ” Settings” to confirm site title/tagline, site language, timezone and visibility.
I haven’t found much need to pay much attention to “Users”, “Plugins”, “Tools”, “Jetpack”, “Comments”, and “Feedback”, so I am not going to go over then in this training. I also ignore “Stats”. My purpose is not to drive visits, or raise money. I don’t care how many visits or where they are coming from.
“Media” is where any images you’ve uploaded to the website are stored. You can bring new images into a post, page or widget from your computer. They are automatically saved in “Media”. You will see the date images are added.
The image block can be sized down by dragging the side blue dot. You can also place the image to the side or center by the icon that is 3 stacked lines. Click it and you have placement options for align right/align center/align left.
The content of your website will be generated in basically 2 ways: Posts or Pages. Both posts and pages are searchable.
Posts, Pages and Menu (42 min)
When you hover over a section of the dashboard the corresponding section opens. Here you can see “Posts” is highlighted and showing are the posts you have on your website. These can be published posts, drafts, scheduled and/or trashed posts. You can open posts, edit, or get the post link from here. You also add “new” posts from here. A post works as the new part of your site’s story. When you add a new post, it appears at the top of your blog. Blogs show posts in reverse chronological order. (Need more? Dig deeper with this WordPress Tutorial.)
“Pages” are developed the same way as “Posts”, but a page is usually more static content. Pages can just be held within your website and linked to from other pages, post, and for widget content. This training is all pages that are not placed in the menu, just held on the website and linked for this training.
Your menu is primarily built from your “pages”. You have to add and place pages into the menu.
Here’s another look at building a “Page” by importing already developed material. Then adding some highlight color, checking spacing, sizing image, and how to list under a “Parent” page in the Menu. Then we head to the “menu” to add in a group of pages.
From Page to Your Menu (12 min)
You can do basic publishing now. So let’s go back and take a look at the sidebar and footer.
Let’s look at Widgets
The following links will provide additional support for you.
How to set up “Menu” – this post really walks you through all the working of customizing your menu. I do not use the “Automatic Update” option, as I do not have all my pages active on my website. At times, I use pages to hold material notes, old material I don’t want to lose, etc. I have also never used the “Unclickable” menu item when building a drop-down menu. I usually have information on the lead in menu page.