WordPress Blog Dashboard Overview For Beginners

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This is a free video series, designed to walk through the basics of the WordPress dashboard, ideal for anyone just starting out on there blogging journey, or if you are looking to build your own website for your business or product.

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If you have not got your WordPress site live on the internet yet then follow my tutorial about how to do this at this link.

How to get your website / blog live on the internet...

​Wordpress is probably the number one platform used for blogging and other webpages, it is so versatile and almost anything is possible. WordPress plugins enable you to easily add in specific elements that enhance your visitors experience making every site unique.  

So once you have your site live follow these bite size videos and discover just some of what WordPress is all about.

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Creating and Editing Posts

This video shows you how to create posts, including changing the permalinks, and using the page toolbar. Hyperlinking text in your content is also covered.

Creating and Using Tags In Posts Or Pages

Tags are keywords and phrases that you have added into your posts and pages that you would like the search engines to rank your for. You can then add in these keywords as tags in the tags section for each post or page. If you have problems about what keywords to use we show you where you can go and find these words.

Google Keyword Planner

Media

Where to add media such as images, files and even videos, including adding titles and descriptions. You will be also shown where you can then go and upload into a post or page.

Pages

Creating your first page, including parent and child attributes

Comments

Firstly you need to decide whether you are going to have comments on your site, if being used as a website then probably you will want to turn off the comments, I show you how to do this at the end of the video. A lot of people find that WordPress comments can get a lot of spam and way of eleviating this is to add a plugin and use Facebook comments which seem to work better in this case.

Themes

There are hundreds of free themes you can use within the WordPress platform discover where you preview and install. A couple of really good free themes that I have used in the past one is Mantra and the other is Parabola, both have great options to customize most of the site. Try them out and let me know what you think. I have also included some links to sites where you can purchase paid themes. These may suit you better.

Here are some sites that I would recommend for paid themes

Thrive Themes (I am using Thrive's Luxe theme on this site)
Theme Forest
My Theme Shop
Elegant Themes

Menu

Create menus within your theme including custom menu tabs for external links

Plugins & Widgets

Widgets are elements that you can place into certain areas of your theme, you can also add in HTML code into a text widget so anything is possible. The plugin area is where all your plugins would sit whether paid or free.

Users

This is where you can add other users this could be a VA who would look after your site, or even subscribers to certain content. Once they are added in you can choose what role they have on your site.

Tools

Discover where you can in some useful tools 

Settings

Run through all the settings of your WordPress site

Contact Forms

Create contact forms in your Worpress website. The easiest way to do this is to upload a plugin and then create via these by using a shortcode. Watch the video walkthrough

Adding Media

Watch me adding in images, audios, videos and files.

Backing up WordPress

Learn how to back up your WordPress files, this is always good to do just in case anything happens to your site.

Static Pages

Creating a static page enables you to change your front page of the website, meaning when someone clicks on the URL this would be the page that shows up. 

Hide Links

Adding links to posts and pages using hyperlinking

Update WordPress

WordPress updates its platform on a regular basis, find out where you can do this 

Akismet Plugin

Akismet reduces the amount of spam that you get on your site, discover how to get your akismet key and activate it.

Video Players

Adding a video player so you can upload videos direct to your site and play to your visitors or members

Social Sharing

Being able to have your content shared across all the popular social network sites.

Breadcrumb Links

These help you navigate round any site.

Trust you found some or all of these video helpful when you are starting with WordPress. If you have any questions at all then fell free to post them below in the comments and I will try and answer them.