Typically the first thing you will see when logging into WordPress is your Dashboard. It’s a great way to get updates on your website’s statistics and more. In the main area of your website, you will find widgets that provide news and basic information about your site. You can drag and drop these widgets to position them however you would like. You can also roll them up by clicking the down arrow icon in the far right corner of the widget title. Some widgets have configuration options that you can access by hovering over the title bar and clicking on the Configure link that appears.

In the upper right hand corner of the screen, you will see a couple of pull down tabs labeled Screen Options and Help. Clicking on the Screen Options tab brings up customization options for your Dashboard. Here you can turn off and on the widgets you desire to have hidden or shown at any given time. The Help tab provides some information about these customizations as well as some helpful links to documentation and support.

In the side bar you will find buttons that provide easy access to different areas of your website. When the menu item is selected, a list of submenu items will appear below it. Hovering your mouse over any of these buttons will also display the submenu. You can click these to easily access any of the subsections of your site.

The main menu items include dashboard where you can receive updates and statistics regarding your website. Posts is where you create and manage the posts on your blog, as well as the tags and categories managing them.

The media button is for managing the media content library for things like images, video and audio. The Pages button is for creating and managing pages on your site. Comments is used to manage your visitor’s feedback.

Appearance is used to choose your theme, set up widgets, create custom navigation menus and more. Plugins gives you the power to extend the capabilities of your website and allows you to manage them, activate and deactivate them.

Users allows you to manage and view all of the site’s users. It also allows you to edit your own profile giving you options to change your password, e-mail address and screen name. Tools provide some powerful tools, plus options for importing and exporting content.

And the Settings option is where a bulk of your site’s options are maintained. Your website’s name, privacy and permalinks settings can all be configured to your liking here. And finally, at the top of the page, you will find the Admin Bar which provides access to commonly used features and information.