First Steps With WordPress

You’ve just completed the 5 Minute Installation of WordPress or one-click install from your web host. Now what?

Let’s take a step-by-step tour through your WordPress site and see how the different functions work and how to make your new site your own. During the first part of this tutorial, please don’t change anything within the program unless it is part of the tutorial. After following these steps, you’ll soon be changing everything.

Log In

Begin by logging into the “administration area” or theback end of your website. Visit your site’s login page by placing “wp-admin” after your domain name (e.g.http://example.com/wp-admin). You can also place “login” after your domain as of WordPress 3.4. Some themes provide a “log in” link or form on thefront end as well. Now log into WordPress using your username and password.

Start at the Top

After logging in you are on the main Administration Screen called the Dashboard. This is the brain behind your website, the place where you can let your creativity explode, writing brilliant prose and designing the best and most lovely website possible. This is where the organization of your site begins – and this is just the start.

At the top of the screen is the area called the “toolbar.” Click on the link that is your site name. This will take you to a view of your new WordPress site. Like it? Don’t like it? Doesn’t matter, just look at it. This is where you are going to be spending a lot of time over the next few minutes, hours, weeks, months….

Test Drive Your WordPress Site

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Take time to look at the site before you get into the changing of things and figuring out how all of this works; it’s important to see how the WordPress Twenty Fifteen theme is laid out and works. Consider this the test drive before you start adding on all the special features.