The change in the WordPress Dashboard from version 2.3 to 2.5 is impressive. Right away I liked the clean look and the color choice was pleasing to the eyes. The style of the admin pages for managing the blog match the style of the wordpress website. Perhaps they went together on prior versions, but now they look like they belong together.
A few images of the dashboard will show you some of the features in this newest version of WordPress.
Once logged in you’ll be shown the Dashboard where you can reach all parts of your blog. Major menu items include Write, Manage, Design and Comments. At the very top right there are links for logging out, getting help and visiting the WordPress forum.
Clicking on your username, at the top right, brings up your profile page where you can modify personal options, such as your choice of color scheme and your contact info.
Probably the most helpful thing to know about your profile is that this is where you can re-set your own password. New here is the password strength checker – a nice touch. Remember to hit Update Profile at the bottom of the screen to make your changes stick.
Notice that the ‘Users’ tab is highlighted. Clicking on ‘Authors & Users’, on the top left, brings up a page where you can add a new user, enter their contact info and choose their role.
Roles specify the capabilities of a given user and range from administrator, who has all capabilities, down to subscriber, who can merely read and comment on your blog. Intermediate roles of editor, author and contributor have fewer capabilities than the administrator.
Going back to the Dashboard, notice the “Right Now” feature that is sort of in your face. Well, that’s its real purpose – to alert you to the latest of ongoings in your blog. The number of posts, pages, categories, tags, the current theme and version of WordPress are indicated with links to edit each one. Big buttons are here for easy access to write a page or to write a post.
Further down the Dashboard are sections for handling comments, incoming links and plugins. Also on the dashboard are links to the latest writings of some of the top WordPress developers. Scan through these posts for the most up-to-date news on WordPress.
Finally, you can always reach more info about WordPress by going to the footer and clicking on WordPress or Documentation. Keep reading and keep learning!
To make a blog entry click on ‘Write a New Post’ from the Dashboard, or select ‘Write’ from the main menu. Simply enter a title, some text in the ‘Post’ box and, at the right of your screen, click on ‘Save’ if you’re not ready to publish the post or click on ‘Publish’ if you are ready.
Even if you haven’t used a word processor before now, embellishing your post is easy. Just click on B and your words will be bold, click on I and they’re italicized, and so on. For a fast reminder of what each button at the top of the Post box does, just hover your mouse pointer over it and a tool tip will remind you.
Make lists, justify your text, add an image and even check your spelling with a single click. Check out the options for adding other media to your post.
Four buttons at the top of the Post box are ready to help you add images, video, audio or other media. The wait might not be worth it if you don’t have a broadband connection, but give it a try anyway.
Not enough options for you? Check this out…click on the button that looks kinda like a keyboard and you’ll get the kitchen sink!
Go ahead, hover around and see what else you can do easily by toggling features on and off.
If you’re into the code, click on HTML at the top right of the Post box and you’ll see a new set of buttons for the html tags that you can enter or close with a single click.
Click Publish and you’re done! Go and visit your blog to see your post.