Table of Contents:

Section 2a Dashboard
Section 2b Jetpack
Section 2c Posts
Section 2d Media Gallery
Section 2e Pages
Section 2f Comments
Section 2g Elementor

Section 2: Back End

The back end is the inward facing or private aspect of your website that you use to control the way you share content with the user.

The back end is how you shape the user’s experience, create content, and more importantly how you control your website.

In this section, we will be going over the important parts of the back end that you will need in order to get your website up and running.

* Important – you can only access the dashboard if you are logged into the site.

Section 2a Dashboard

Getting to the dashboard

The dashboard is what WordPress calls the back end interface that contains all the controls for your website.

To access the dashboard once you are logged in to the site, hover your cursor over the second icon in the admin bar at the top of the page to open a secondary drop down menu.

The new menu will contain the dashboard link.

Click the dashboard link.

dashboard Home Parts

The dashboard link will open the dashboard home screen.

This screen contains a lot of valuable information such as

  1. The quick draft area, which is an area to quickly draft a post
  2. The activity section that keeps you updated on the latest activity on the website
  3. The “at a glance” section that shows you the total of pages, posts, and comments on the site
  4. The WordPress events and news section that will keep you up to date about all things WordPress
  5. And at the top, the navigation area where any important information like licensing needing to be updated or processes that need to be completed will show up until they are resolved.

Section 2b Jetpack

Jetpack tab

In the left-hand dashboard menu bar is the category tab of Jetpack.

When selected, the Jetpack tab opens, revealing a sub-menu.

The sub-menu contains

  1. Dashboard
  2. Site Stats
  3. Akismet Anti-Span

If your website is connected to a WordPress.com account you can have access to the tools in Jetpack like Site Stats, Akismet, and many more tools designed to help you manage your website content.

Connecting to jetpack

To connect to Jetpack first we need to connect the website to the Jetpack service.

Click on the Set up Jetpack button to start the process.

Click this link to a step by step instruction on how to connect.

Setting up Jetpack

 

Section 2c Posts

Post tab

In the left-hand dashboard menu bar is the category tab of Posts.

When selected, the Posts tab opens, revealing a sub-menu.

The sub-menu contains

  1. All Posts
  2. Add New
  3. Categories
  4. Tags

Once the Posts tab is selected, the dashboard content area changes to reveal the All Posts content area.

The All Posts content area shows you all available posts and has a button to add a new post at the top.

Post edit

If you click on the title of an available post, the dashboard content area will change into the post edit screen.

This screen contains all the available content of the given post and will allow you to edit the post.

Important sections

  1. Post title
  2. Post permalink
  3. Elementor editor
  4. TinyMCE editor (the default WordPress editor)
  5. The Publish status and update section
  6. Categories
  7. Tags
  8. Featured Image

add new post

The other important sub-menu link is the Add New link.

This link will make the dashboard content area change to the Add New Post interface.

Difference

  1. Post title – no content
  2. Post permalink – not available until you publish the page for the first time
  3. Elementor editor – empty
  4. TinyMCE editor  – empty
  5. The Publish status – draft
  6. Categories – empty
  7. Tags – empty
  8. Featured Image – empty
 
Needed to start a post:
  1. Post title
  2. Category

Optional:

  1. Tag
  2. Featured image

Section 2d Media Gallery

Media tab

In the left-hand dashboard menu bar is the category tab of Media.

When selected, the Media tab opens, revealing a sub-menu.

The sub-menu contains

  1. Library
  2. Add New
  3. Categories
  4. Tags

Once the Media tab is selected the dashboard content area changes to reveal the Library content area.

The Library content area shows you all available media and has a button to add a new media item at the top.

add new media

If you click on the Add New link in the dashboard Media Library menu, the dashboard content area will change to the Upload New Media interface.

You can either drag files onto the gray box or click the Select Files button to upload files into the library.

media select

If you click the Select Files button, a new window will open allowing you to navigate to your computer to select and upload local files that are stored on your computer.

Media Resources

To save yourself headaches or legal problems, make sure all of your media files are either royalty free or owned by your group.

Here are some good free sites you can use.

When working with images, decide before hand what size width and height you want the images.

That way you will save a lot of time getting images ready

Section 2e Pages

Pages tab

In the left hand dashboard menu bar is the category tab of Pages.

When selected, the pages tab opens revealing a sub-menu.

The sub-menu contains

  1. All Pages
  2. Add New
  3. Categories
  4. Tags

Once the Pages tab is selected, the dashboard content area changes to reveal the All Page content area.

The All Pages content area shows you all available pages and has a button to add a new page at the top.

edit page

If you click on the title of an available page, the dashboard content area will change into the page edit screen.

This screen contains all the available content of the given page and will allow you to edit the page.

Important sections

  1. Page title
  2. Elementor editor
  3. TinyMCE editor (the default WordPress editor)
  4. Publish status
  5. Update page
  6. Categories
  7. Tags
  8. Featured Image

Add new page

The other important sub-menu is the Add New link.

This link will make the dashboard content area change to the Add New Page interface.

Differences

  1. Page title – no content
  2. Page permalink – not available until you publish the page for the first time
  3. Elementor editor – empty
  4. TinyMCE editor  – empty
  5. The Publish status – draft
  6. Categories -empty
  7. Tags – empty
  8. Featured Image – empty
 
Minimum needed to start a page
  1. Page title
  2. Category
  3. Tag

Section 2f Comments

Comments tab

In the left hand dashboard menu bar is the category tab of Comments.

When selected, the dashboard content area will change and become the comments interface.

Here you will see all available comments that your website guests have left on individual posts and pages where commenting is turned on.

Section 2g Elementor

Elementor tabs

Next in the left hand dashboard menu bar are the category tabs of Elementor and the Templates.

These two tabs go together.

The Elementor tab controls the settings for Elementor, and we are skipping it for now.

The Templates tab controls the custom templates and segments that you can use in the Elementor system.

When selected, the Templates tab opens, revealing a sub-menu.

The sub-menu contains

  1. Saved Templates
  2. Theme Builder
  3. Popups
  4. Add New
  5. Categories

When the Template tab is selected, the dashboard content area changes to the Saved Templates interface which allows you to add new templates by creating them or by importing them from a zip file.

 

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