You have now finally access your WordPress account. What you are seeing right now is the WordPress Dashboard where you will start working every time you create, modify and publish your contents. This is where you organize the structure and the contents of your website.


Let's explore it and get familiar with what it's all about. The WordPress Dashboard acts like our kitchen where we will cook all the dishes here that we are going to serve to our guests.

Here, you will find two panels, the left panel is called the Main Navigation Menu, wherein you will find useful menus for building your website, and the Top Panel is called the Toolbar.

The large white panel is called the Work Area where you do all the tasks you want on your website with the selected menu you choose on the main navigation menu.

The Main Navigation Menu consists of the following tools:

  • Dashboard
  • Post
  • Media
  • Pages
  • Comments
  • Appearance
  • Plugins
  • Users
  • Tools
  • Settings
  • Collapse menu

A new menu will be added onto this panel when you add and activate a new WordPress Plugin that you want to use on your website. We will talk more about Plugins on Lesson 12 on this training.

The Toolbar is also called Admin Bar, it consists of the following items below:

  • About WordPress
  • Home / Your Website Link
  • Comments
  • Shortcut link to Add Post, Media, Page and User
  • Plug-ins
  • Notification of updates
  • Howdy, [user]

The Work Area is the place where you will write your articles either by posts or pages, the place where you will arrange the content of your website, where you will modify and edit the construction of your website. This serves as your playground for your website.

Tasks 0/2 completed
1. Click each item on main navigation menu and get familiar with its content.
2. Edit your Profile by clicking the Edit My Profile on your name at the Admin bar.


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RonaldT2 Premium
Thanks very much for this information, great work.
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GauravGaur Premium
“Display Location” on Main Menu is not showing “Header Menu” or “Footer Menu”, but there are another two options as – “Main Menu” and “Social Menu”. So how to create Navigation bar on TOP side of web page? Now there is only 01 window visible on top bar as – “Home”. Other Tabs are visible only on Side Bar ( which I do not want). I am confused. Please Help.
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DynamicDavid Premium
WP Dashboard
Appearance
Menus
Create new menu - name if MyMainMenu (and save)
Add options to your MyMainMenu (and save)
Make sure MyMainMenu has the Display Location value of Main Header Menu Ticked (and saved)
That should do it for you.
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DynamicDavid Premium
If you do not want a right sidebar, don't have any widgets in it might do the trick for you.

Also depending on your WP theme, you may be able to 'turn off the right sidebar'.
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GauravGaur Premium
In "Menu Settings" Display Location indicates only "Main Menu" and "Social Menu".There is no Main Header Menu to be ticked. How to find/create it?
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DynamicDavid Premium
Did you create your MyMainMenu ??
Did you follow the instructions I provided earlier ??
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GauravGaur Premium
I did exactly what you suggested, but "Menu Settings" Displays only "Main Menu" & "Social Menu" and not "Header Menu".
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DynamicDavid Premium
See attached images.

1) Create MyMainMenu - Which is what I explained earlier.

2) Where to display MyMainMenu

That should do the trick for you.
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Andrey57 Premium
Thank you very much Kyle.
How can I create a widget with only one page?
When I created a widget and clicked on page option, all pages appear in a widget and I even can`t see the way of deleting unwanted pages in the widget.
Thank you very much, indeed.
Kind regards,
Andrey
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terryg247 Premium
create a new menu, you can then pick individual pages to show
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Andrey57 Premium
Dear Terry
Thank you very much for your great help. It is very kind of you.
Kind regards,
Andrey
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Andrey57 Premium
Dear Terry. I am sorry to disturb you again. Unfortunately, my theme supports only one menu. I can create many menus but I can use only one. Any advise for my situation ?
Thank you very much, indeed.
Kind regards,
Andrey
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VSinatra Premium
You put alot into this training. I found it about training 8 doing a search and then went thru the remaining pages of training, then backed up reading backwards to the beginning. I think someone who has to refresh quickly will find this very helpful. I plan to look at it again when I forget a process of steps. Really you did a fantastic job!
Victoria
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sweetalmond Premium
I'm pretty new and I found I've had to retrace the steps a number of times.
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dksomers Premium
Your lesson was very clear and well-written, but I cannot find the answer to my question below.

Question: I have an item in the check list on the left under Pages, item #3 in your lesson--- it needs to be deleted, but I don't know how! It appears on my site as a menu item but it is not---and when I click on it, it throws a 404!

Keith Somers
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thriftymom Premium
Hi, Keith! Thank you for taking this training.

With your question, can you send me a screenshot of what you have got there. And may I know which lesson number you are refering to?

I will do my best to help you on that.

Ces
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thriftymom Premium
Good day, fellow WA members!

This training is already updated! If you have any questions and clarifications, just let me know by dropping them below or you can even send me a private message if you wish.

I hope this will help you a lot on your website creation journey. If you like this training, I appreciate a lot your little review about this on this page: Thank you so much for your support!

Ces
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thriftymom Premium
Hi, dear fellow WAers! Just got back now and will update this training to make it easier to understand and will update some photos that didn't show on this training. I will do my best to make it more helpful.

Thank you for the people who followed this training and I wish you learned a lot from this.
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vishnugreddy Premium
Hi I bought a new theme and trying to upload the theme to wordpress the way it says in this this training but it does not work. it keeps crashing. So is there another way to upload a new theme as I think the file is bigger than the normal theme file size
Thanks
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thriftymom Premium
Hi! Sorry for being out, just got back now. How are you doing now? Have you found what you need before? Let me know if you still need my help.

Ces
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Bizproz Premium
Hey we cant log in to our wordPress dashboard
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thriftymom Premium
Hi! I'm sorry for being out for quite some time. Just got back here now. Are your troubles solved by now? Let me know if you still need my assistance. Thanks for taking time learning my training.
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SylviaMG Premium
I created a second page. When I went to the different pages, and used the parent button - the pages are switched around. Is it supposed to be like that?

No, I have not created a sub-page yet as I do not have enough details to do that. I need specifics and if it's too simple - it doesn't have enough information. I've read the directions a bunch of times and I still don't get it.
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thriftymom Premium
Hi, Sylvia! I'm sorry for being out for quite some time. Just got back here and will be updating some parts of this training. Hope you found answers about the troubles you've been stuck about. If you still need my help, just let me know.
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thriftymom Premium
I appreciate your reviews about this training/tutorial on this page: You can also share this training on your websites using your affiliate links by copying the URL on the "affiliate" button.

Thanks a lot!

Ces
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Gunnertwist Premium
I follow everything you did but what happens the second file when your importing your backup. U said to select the "Media" file but said nothing about the "All Content" file. I am so I am learning, please bare with me. thanks. otherwise a great tutorial,very easy to follow. :)

carl
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thriftymom Premium
Thanks Carl for letting me know this, I stand corrected.

When importing the back-up files (.xml) start importing the "All Content" file. Tutorial updated now.

The "Media" file back-up is for emergency purposes only if in case the "All Media" file didn't show the media / pictures on your posts or pages. So, to make sure of that, you can import the "Media" file after importing the "All Content" file.

Thanks for having this tutorial, I'm glad it's becoming useful to my fellow members here.

Ces
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Gunnertwist Premium
Thanks so much for responding and clearing that up for me. I really appreciate it. I have backed up my website to my computer. Thanks again for the tutorial :)

carl
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thriftymom Premium
You're very much welcome! It's my pleasure. Nice meeting you Carl and have a great day!

Ces
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AnnieOakley8 Premium
Thank you so much for this tutorial. It answered my burning question about how to get tags to show up on my side bar!
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thriftymom Premium
You're welcome Annie. I'm happy this tutorial helped you!
- Ces
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SadieChan Premium
Great Training, Ces. Definitely helpful for the starters and those who want to revise the training.
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thriftymom Premium
Thank you Sadie for checking it out! Hope it could really help especially the beginners.
- Ces
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