How to Log into the Dashboard - dummies

How to Log into the Dashboard

By Lisa Sabin-Wilson

When you blog with WordPress, you spend a lot of time on the Dashboard, which is where you make all the exciting, behind-the-scenes stuff happen. The direct approach (also known as jumping in) works best when you want to get familiar with a new software tool. To that end, follow these steps to log in to WordPress and take a look at the guts of the Dashboard:

  1. Open your web browser and type the WordPress login-page address (or URL) in the address box.

    The login-page address looks something like this (exchange that .com for a .org or a .net as needed):

    If you installed WordPress in its own folder, include that folder name in the login URL. If you installed WordPress in a folder ingeniously named wordpress, the login URL becomes
  2. Type your username in the Username text box and your password in the Password text box.

    In case you forget your password, WordPress has you covered. Click the Lost Your Password link (located near the bottom of the page), enter your username and e-mail address, and then click the Submit button. WordPress resets your password and e-mails the new password to you.

    After you request a password, you receive two e-mails from your WordPress blog. The first e-mail contains a link that you click to verify that you requested the password. After you verify your intentions, you receive a second e-mail containing your new password.

  3. Select the Remember Me check box if you want WordPress to place a cookie in your browser.

    The cookie tells WordPress to remember your login credentials the next time you show up. The cookie set by WordPress is harmless and stores your WordPress login on your computer. Because of the cookie, WordPress remembers you the next time you visit.

    Because this option tells the browser to remember your login, don’t select Remember Me when you’re using your work computer, other devices such as a tablet or mobile phone, or a computer at an Internet café.

    Note: Before you set this option, make sure that your browser is configured to allow cookies. (If you aren’t sure how to do this, check the help documentation of the Internet browser you’re using.)

  4. Click the Log In button.

    After you log in to WordPress, you see the Dashboard page.