The WordPress dashboard, the website back office or backstage. Wealthy Affiliate as web host anchors it hosting with WordPress so that all website contents are formulated, edited, revised in WordPress dashboard.
In a presentation by any group whether it be in school, in barangays, in malls, in theater, there is always a stage for the performers. But behind the stage is called backstage where rooms serve for different purposes like dressing, putting on masks, retouching and makeup, and many others that happen out of the site of the audience.
So what are the things that are on the dashboard? We will cover it one by one.
Posts and Pages
While posts are separate from pages, one of them can become a page/s if you so desire to include it in the menu section which we will cover it in the next discussion.
While you are creating your content in both page and post you are supplied with the tools to use as you work:
the Add MediaTab–this is where you can add images and videos with the maximum size of 32mb.
the Font Tab–marked Paragraph, helps you to chose which font size you would use in your paragraph heading and text.
the Text Color helps you find a color you would want to use when you want to hyperlink a word or a phrase.
the Insert/edit Link and Remove Link, are also available for you to use in attaching the hyperlink to the text.
also included are, bulleted list, numbered list, paste as text, clear formatting, increase and decrease indent, toolbar toggle and undo. All of these are easily identified as you point your mouse pointer.
On this particular part of the dashboard, it is here where you can save your draft or publish your post and pages. It is also the place where you can edit, update, or remove any part of your articles.
An important reminder, if ever you edited the title of your post, be sure to edit your permalink. If you forget to do that, your post or article would possibly disappear in your website. When people will search the original title what will appear is nothing found.
Under this are the themes, customize, widgets, menus, header, background, theme options, install plugins, and editor.
There are hundreds available themes you can choose from. There are four categories where you can download, from featured, popular, latest, and favorites.
If you have chosen your theme, just install and activate it. If you are not satisfied you can change it to the one that suits your aesthetic sense.
If you press customize, your site appears and on the left side at the top, you will see you “are customizing” __________ title of your site. Below, you will see what theme you have installed, site identity, colors, header image, background image, menus, widgets, static front page, and additional CSS.
Your site identity is the title of your site. To cite an example my website is I Learned to Love Wealthy Affiliate University. In customizing it, you can do changes after you have established your site. You can change the title and everything will remain as it is. For example, I can change my site title to I Love Wealthy Affiliate, or Wealthy Affiliate Our Home for Success. Nothing will be changed except what you have edited.
Customizing the colors will allow you to change the header and the background colors. This is only when you are not satisfied with the readability of the text because some of the default customizations is not always appealing to the site owner.
The Header Image is also an option for you to install. It is your own choice to upload some images from your photos or from free images available from any source.
The Background Image is also customizable. You can upload or use images from your media library. If you have tested installing images for your background and it does not help in a compelling aesthetic sense, you can just change it or retain back the default image of the theme.
In the Menus, you will see pages, posts, custom links and categories. You can add pages by not necessarily creating a page on your page tab. You point to posts and check any post and check add to the menu. Any post you added to the menu will be added to the pages of your site. But it is not necessary to have more pages unless they belong to different categories.
If you want all your posts to be included in the menu but not all to appear as pages you have to make it a sub-menu. So in the Menu Structure, drag each item into the order you prefer. Click the arrow to the right of the item to reveal additional configuration options which are either to move up, move down or delete. After you have arranged in the order you want you may now put as a submenu by clicking the box on the post and slide it to the right to stay indented under the other post.
Here are the links to the training created by The Hammer and Kingdras for the WA community.
Static Front Page lets you customize which you want to be static on your website when visited by anyone. The static front page will remain the front of the website, it can be your latest post or one of the pages that you want to remain all the while when an audience visit your website.
Enable you to perform a function or access a service. Say, if you have installed plugins of Social Media and Share Icons, Email Subscribers, and Newsletters. These do not automatically appear and function as we expect but you have to go to Widgets and add it to the content sidebar or to the footer area.
The basic and primary plugins to be installed are Akismet Anti-Spam, All In One SEO Pack, Exclude Pages from Navigation.
However, as you progress in your content and you expand promotion through Social Media you have to add some like Social Media and Share Icons (Ultimate Social Media)-social media plugin which adds social media icons to your website with tons of customization features!.
Email Subscribers & Newsletters-Add subscription forms on the website, send HTML newsletters & automatically notify subscribers about new blog posts once it is published.
Google XML Sitemaps-This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing, and Ask.com to better index your blog.
There are more but the ideal number of plugins to be installed on your website should not exceed five (5). Here is the advice of Wealthy Affiliate, “Too many plugins can cause slower page load times and deter users from coming back to your site. Keep your plugins below 5 to maximize the health of your site.”
In summing up, you see a website so beautifully designed aesthetically and content-wise. These are all done at the backstage of a show, the dashboard as the back office where the secrets remain to the owner of the website and the benefit goes to the readers, the target audience.
This is what I learned by discovery and research with the help of Wealthy Affiliate as my Domain and Webhost. It is here where I learned to create this site which you are coming to.
I would invite you to increase your knowledge especially if you have the interest in online entrepreneurship. This is the best place for you.