WordPress – Admin Dashboard

So you’ve got a new WordPress site, now what?


  1. This post does not cover how to install or set up WordPress (WP). Instead this assumes your site is already set up, and you have full administrator privileges.
  2. There’s a big difference between WordPress.com websites (hosted for you = limitations) and a self-hosted site (platform downloaded from WordPress.org, installed, configured and run on your server  = complete freedom).
  3. This post series only covers information relating to self-hosted sites.
  4. This post series assumes you’re familiar working in a web browser and are familiar with basic web terms.


The Site view vs the Dashboard

There are two ways to view and interact with WordPress; the front-end (public) view of the site, and the back-end (administration) view called the Dashboard.

  • The front-end of your site can be accessed by going to “www.yoursite.com“.
  • The back-end can be accessed by adding “/wp-admin” to your website’s URL.

Before you can make any changes in the back-end site you’ll be prompted to log-in.


Logging into the Dashboard

At the Dashboard log-in screen, enter your username and password.

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Note: If you are planning to set up your own site, you should NEVER use the word “admin” or “administrator” as your login name. This makes your site vulnerable to hackers. Also, don’t use weak passwords. Over 20% of the world’s websites are powered by WordPress. This makes WP a popular target for brute force attacks which target common or simple login credentials.


Rapid tour of the Dashboard:



More to come in the next post…


Image Source: “WordPress Stickers Everywhere” by John Fischer is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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