How to Set Your WordPress Blog's Format

You can manage the day-to-day maintenance of your WordPress blog. Here, you go through the links to these pages in the WordPress Dashboard navigation menus.

Posts navigation menu

Click the down arrow to the right of Posts on the navigation menu to open a drop-down list with four links: Posts, Add New, Tags, and Categories. Each link gives you the tools you need to publish content to your blog:

  • Posts: Opens the Posts page, where a listing appears of all the saved posts you’ve written on your blog. On this page, you can search for posts by date, category, or keyword. You can view all posts, only posts that have been published, or just posts that you’ve saved but haven’t published (drafts). You can also edit and delete posts from this page.

  • Add New: Opens the Add New Post page, where you can compose your blog posts, set the options for each post (such as assigning a post to a category, or making it a private or public post), and publish the post to your blog.

    You can also get to the Add New Post page by clicking the Add New button on the Posts page, or by clicking the +New link on the admin bar and selecting Post.

  • Categories: Opens the Categories page, where you can view, edit, add, and delete categories on your blog.

  • Tags: Opens the Tags page in your WordPress Dashboard, where you can view, add, edit, and delete tags on your blog.

Media navigation menu

Click Media to expand the drop-down list of links for this section:

  • Library: Opens the Media Library page. On this page, you can view, search, and manage all the media files you’ve ever uploaded to your WordPress blog.

  • Add New: Opens the Upload New Media page, where you can use the built-in uploader to transfer media files from your computer to the media directory in WordPress.

    You can also get to the Upload New Media page by clicking Add New button on the Media Library page, or by clicking the +New link on the admin bar and selecting Media.

Pages navigation menu

People use this feature to create pages on their sites such as an About Me or Contact Me page. Click Pages to reveal the drop-down list:

  • Pages: Opens the Pages page, where you can search, view, edit, and delete pages in your WordPress blog.

  • Add New: Opens the Add New Page page, where you can compose, save, and publish a new page on your blog. The difference is subtle, but posts and pages are very different from one another!

    You can also get to the Add New Page page by clicking the Add New button on the Pages page, or by clicking the +New link on the admin bar and selecting Page.

Comments navigation menu

Comments in the navigation menu don’t have a drop-down list of links. You simply click Comments to open the Comments page, where WordPress gives you the options to view the following:

  • All: Shows all comments that currently exist on your blog, including approved, pending, and spam comments

  • Pending: Shows comments that you haven’t yet approved but are pending in the moderation queue

  • Approved: Shows all comments that you previously approved

  • Spam: Shows all the comments that are marked as spam

  • Trash: Shows comments that you marked as Trash but haven’t deleted permanently from your blog

Appearance navigation menu

When you click Appearance on the navigation menu, a drop-down list opens, displaying the following links:

  • Themes: Opens the Manage Themes page, where you can manage the themes available on your blog.

  • Widgets: Opens the Widgets page, where you can add, delete, edit, and manage the widgets that you use on your blog.

  • Menus: Opens the Menus page, where you can build navigation menus that will appear on your site.

  • Header: Opens the Your Header Image page, where you can upload an image to use in the header (or top) of your WordPress blog; however, this menu item and page exist only if you are using a theme that has activated the Custom Header feature. Not all WordPress themes use the Custom Header feature, so you don’t see this menu item if your theme doesn’t take advantage of that feature.

  • Background: Opens the Custom Background page, where you can upload an image to use as the background of your WordPress blog design. Like the Custom Header option, the Custom Background option exists in the Appearances menu only if you have a theme that has activated the custom background feature.

  • Editor: Opens the Theme Editor page, where you can edit your theme templates.

Plugins navigation menu

The next item in the navigation menu is Plugins. Click Plugins to expand the drop-down list:

  • Plugins: Opens the Plugins page, where you can view all the plugins currently installed on your blog. On this page, you also have the ability to activate, deactivate, and delete plugins on your blog.

  • Add New: Opens the Install Plugins page, where you can search for plugins from the official WordPress Plugin Directory by keyword, author, or tag. You can also install plugins directly to your blog from the WordPress Plugin Directory.

  • Editor: Opens the Edit Plugins page, where you can edit the plugin files in a text editor. Don’t plan to edit plugin files unless you know what you’re doing.

Users

The Users drop-down list has three links:

  • All Users: Go to the Users page, where you can view, edit, and delete users on your WordPress blog. Each user has a unique login name and password, as well as an e-mail address assigned to his account. You can view and edit a user’s information on the Users page.

  • Add New: Opens the Add New User page, where you can add new users to your WordPress blog. Simply type the user’s username, first name, last name, e-mail (required), website, and a password in the fields provided and click the Add User button. You can also select whether you want WordPress to send login information to the new user by e-mail. If you want, you can also assign a new role for the new user.

  • Your Profile

Tools navigation menu

The last item on the navigation menu is Tools. Click Tools to open a drop-down list of links that includes

  • Available Tools: Opens the Tools page on your Dashboard. WordPress comes packaged with two extra features that you can use on your blog, if needed. The features are Press This and Category/Tag Conversion.

  • Import: Clicking this link opens the Import page on your Dashboard. WordPress gives you the ability to import from a different blog platform.

  • Export: Clicking this menu item opens the Export page on your Dashboard. WordPress allows you to export your content from WordPress so that you can import it into a different platform or to another WordPress blog.

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