WordPress login and dashboard

The WordPress login and dashboard are the first pages you see before you can make any changes to your site.

You can usually find the login for your site at the following URL – http://your-wordpress-site.com/wp-admin. Of course, replace your-wordpress-site.com with your actual domain name.

Of course there are exceptions here too. For example, your WordPress setup may be installed in a subdirectory. However, for most standard installations, the URL above should work.

To log in, you must either enter your user name or your e-mail address and the associated password.

A little tip: you can click the “eye” icon in the password field to see the entered password if you want to make sure you’ve entered it correctly.

If you have forgotten your password, click the Forgot your password? link. You will be prompted to enter your username or email address. After you click the Request New Password button, you will receive an email with instructions on how to reset your password.

If you no longer have access to the stored e-mail address or have forgotten the user name or the e-mail address of the user account, then only an adjustment in the database will help.

The WordPress dashboard

Once you have logged in, the WordPress dashboard will appear. This is your main administration page. At the top of your dashboard (and on every page) you’ll see your site’s name. This name is also linked to your site’s home page. You will also see the name of the person who is currently logged in (e.g. Joe Blogg). Hover over your name to see the log out link and a link to edit your profile.

Whenever new or updated features are introduced to WordPress, you will see a new features notice. This is only to alert you to an added or updated feature within the dashboard. In the following dashboard image, the New Feature Pointer highlights the updated toolbar. Click Discard to hide the pointer.

WordPress Dashboard

Most pages have a couple of small flipped tabs just below your username. One is called Screen Options and another is Help. When you click either of these two links, a bar slides down from the top of the page. The help link obviously displays some help information. The Screen Options link displays various options that allow you to configure what is displayed on the current page. The details in this panel change depending on which page you are currently viewing. For example, on the dashboard’s main page, you can use the screen options to specify which panels to display on the page and in how many columns to display the panels.

The main navigation menu

On the left side of the WordPress dashboard and on every page, you’ll see your main navigation menu. Here you will find all the options to update and configure your website.

Hovering the mouse cursor over any of the main menu options will bring up a “fly out” menu with the different choices for that particular menu option. When you click on any of the main menu options, that particular menu will expand to show all available options within that section (if any).

WordPress fly out menu

The main menu options and their uses are:


This displays your home page in the WordPress admin interface. At the top left of the dashboard, you’ll see brief stats on the number of posts, pages, categories, and tags included on your site, as well as the total number of comments and comments approved. There is also an overview of the number of spam comments you currently have.


Here you can create a new blog post. You can also update your categories and post tags. The topic of posts is explained in more detail in the article “WordPress posts and pages”.


This is where all the images, documents, or files you upload are stored. You can browse through your media library, as well as edit and update the files.


Here you can create and manage all your pages. The topic of pages is explained in more detail in the article “WordPress Articles and Pages”.


In this area you can manage all your comments, including replying to comments or marking them as spam.


In this menu you determine how your website should look like. You can choose a new theme, manage your widgets and menus, and even edit your website’s theme files.


Plugins extend and supplement the functionality of WordPress. You can add or delete plugins here, as well as activate or deactivate them.


This screen lists all existing users for your site. Depending on the role, you can also add new users and manage their roles. In the article “Users and their administration in WordPress” we deal in detail with the topic of users.


In this section you have access to various useful tools such as: B. Options to import and export data to/from your WordPress site. You can also run a Site Health Check, which shows important information about your WordPress configuration and any items that need your attention.


Your website will be configured here. Among other things, here you can configure the name and URL of your website, where your posts appear, whether or not people can leave comments on posts, and numerous other settings. In most cases, once your website is set up, you won’t need to change any of the settings in this section.

At the bottom of the menu you will see a link called “Hide Menu”. If you click on it, the menu will disappear and only the icons will be shown instead. Click again on the small arrow symbol to expand the menu again.

Occasionally when you install a plugin they will have their own configuration or setup pages. Where to find these depends on the specific plugin, but in most cases these pages will appear either in the Tools section, in the Settings section, or in an entirely new menu section somewhere in the menu.

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