The Admin Panel

 

The Admin Panel is basically a collection of all the “backend” parts of your site. Depending on your role for the site and the theme you’re using, you may see more or less in the Admin Panel.

The parts of the Admin Panel an “editor” will see

WP Editor's view of the DashboardThe Dashboard

The Dashboard is basically an overview of your site, and the first thing you’ll see when you visit the Admin Panel. From here, you can see some basic info about your site, and can get to the other sections of your site, using the menu on the left.

Pages

This will probably be the most important section of your site, where all the most important information is published. In a typical WFU site you will spend quite a bit of time with Pages. Pages are essentially web pages (though they can include fancy WordPress features your site administrator has added, too!)

Posts and News Items

Posts (blog entries) and News Items may be used more by some departments than others. Typically Posts and News Items are geared towards items that aren’t going to be a permanent part of the site. Think of Posts as a “blog” and News Items as a “special purpose blog. .(NOTE: “News Items” is a feature programmed into the WF College One Pro theme.)
We won’t be getting into these much in the introductory class. Search the PDC site for WordPress classes for information on more advanced classes.

Media

The Media Library is the repository for anything that you might attach to a Page, Post or News Item like pictures, PDFs, or Office documents. There is more detail on Media on the Media Management page.

Links

This is a special section for a set of links that you might want to use repeatedly in your site. However, the method for using this special set of links is beyond the scope of this class. Search the PDC site for WordPress classes to see if we have an intermediate or advanced class on the schedule.

Comments

If comments are allowed on the site, this is where you go to manage them. (Most academic websites will have comments turned off, unless they are hosting a blog.) This is beyond the scope of the introductory class.

Profile

You can edit certain aspects of your account for the WordPress site here. You may want to change “Display name publicly as” to a more natural name (instead of your username), but otherwise, this won’t come into play in most sites.

Tools

This is beyond the scope of the introductory class. Search the PDC site for WordPress classes to see if we have an intermediate or advanced class on the schedule.

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