A Step-by-Step Guide to Your WordPress Website
This comprehensive tutorial will walk you through everything you need to know in order to update your WordPress site.
How to log in on your WordPress website
First let us log in to your WordPress website. Normally, once WordPress is installed, all you need to do is add /login/ or /admin/ at the end of your site URL to access your WordPress log in page.
If your WordPress login isn’t working with those URL, then you can try to access it by going to this URL:
Here is what WordPress dashboard will look like once you log in, more or less:
You may want to give the basic settings of your website a tweak. Even though you don’t need to customize settings in each category as the default settings in WordPress are fine as is, it’s always a good idea to go through each they also could use some slight improvements.
To access your site’s settings, go to the Settings tab in WordPress.
There are number of optons you’ll see in this tab.
1. General – in this tab you’ll fins settings to:
- The name and tagline of your site
- The URL
- Your contact information
- Time and date settings
- Default language preference
Make sure you have a Site Title. This will appear at the top of the site. Also, make sure the WordPress and Site Addresses match each other as well as your domain name. If one of these is incorrect, it can cause errors.
2. Writing – section in the Settings offers some advance options for posting to your blog via email.
3. Reading – On this page, you can update the following:
- Your homepage display
- The maximum number of blogs that will show on your blog
- Search Engine Visibility
Before you save your changes and move on, make sure that “Search Engine Visibility” remains unchecked. You definitely want Google and other search engines to find your website.
By far, these are the important tabs on Setting
How to Add User
This is where you can create new users and edit current users’ profiles, you can also access privileges and login information including your own.
1. Log In to your WordPress admin page, from the dashboard click on Users in the left sidebar.
2. On top of the screen, click Add New.
3. Enter a username and email address for the new user. First name, last name, and website are optional.
4. Enter a secure password for the new new user. You can use a random generated password, or create your own.
5. Choose a Role for your new user.
6. Click the Add New User button and you’re all done!
WordPress has six pre-defined user roles you can choose from when adding a new user. User roles allow you to assign different levels of permissions to users on your website, these user roles are defined as the following:
Super Admin – somebody with access to the site network administration features and all other features.
Administrator – somebody who has access to all the administration features within a single site.
Editor – somebody who can publish and manage posts including the posts of other users.
Author – somebody who can publish and manage their own posts.
Contributor – somebody who can write and manage their own posts but cannot publish them.
Subscriber – somebody who can only manage their profile.
Different Ways to change your WordPress Password
In WordPress, there is more than one way to reset your password. Here’s a list of different ways to reset a password. The method that you use depends on the type of access that you still have to your website.
This is the easiest way to change your WordPress password.
1. You need to do is login to your WordPress website.
2. Once you are logged in, find Users on the left sidebar.
3. Click on Your Profile
4. You will then go to the Profile Page. Scroll down under Account Management you will see New Password.
5. Click on Generate Password
WordPress will then generate a ramdom password for you.
6. Click on Update Profile to save changes.
How to Reset Your WordPress Password When You Forget it.
This method will reset your password if you forget it and cannot log in. This is an easy method to recover your lost password in Word Press.
1. Go to the WordPress login page.
2. Click on the ‘Lost your password?’ link
3. It will then take you to the password reset page. You will need to enter your username or email address to reset the password on your account.
WordPress will then send a password reset link to the email address associated with your user account.
WordPress Media Library
By default, WordPress stores all your images and media uploads in /wp-content/uploads/ folder on your server. As of now, WordPress does not allow you to add custom folders when uploading your images.
To add a new media:
1. From your WordPress dashboard. Click on Media on the left sidebar.
2. Then click on Add New.
3. You can Drop the files you want to upload or click on Select Files.
How to Customize your WordPress theme
There are thousands of themes to choose from so first you need to find the perfect theme for your website before you can customize a theme.
Here is how you can find and install the free themes in WordPress.
1. From your WordPress dashboard. Find Appearance on the left sidebar.
2. Click on Themes
3. Click on Add New
Hover on the theme card and click “Install”. The blue “Install” button will change to a “Activate” button. Click this when you see it. This will replace the default WordPress theme with your own.
You can also see a Live Preview to check on how this theme will look like on your website.