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NEW – 8. Navigating the WordPress back end: Admin menu – WordPress for beginners training

Hi, welcome back. In the previous video we saw the options there
are in the Administrator toolbar and in the Dashboard in your WordPress back end. In this video, we will explore the Admin menu. Well, first things first,
where can you find the Admin menu? Well, at the far left of your screen. You can either hover over the menu item,
to see the tabs, and then click on the one you need. Or you can click on a menu item itself, and then
click the tab you want to go to. Let’s now go into the menu items one by
one and see the options they have. At the top of the admin menu is the dashboard,
which we already discussed. By clicking the dashboard menu item, you can
also see the Updates tab. The Updates tab gives you access to the updates
screen from where you can get information on which version of WordPress you are using,
and if your plugins and themes are all up-to-date. You can also take actions and manually check
for updates, as well as re-install updates. Let’s move on to one of the most important
menu item of the admin menu: Posts. This is the command center for writing, and
managing your posts. You will probably spend a lot of time here
working on your content and perfecting your posts. And, of course, we will tell you all about
how to write a post in a later video. Now, let’s preview what exactly you can
do here. Click on the Posts menu item, and you will
see the posts screen open, under the All Posts tab. The most important is the Add New button and
the Add New tab. Both give you access to the same screen, where
you can add brilliant texts, beautiful images, and other media. If you go back, you will see the other options
that you have. The posts screen shows you all the posts you
have created so far. You can see who created them, the categories
and tags that they were assigned, the number of comments and the date of publishing. You can hover over the title of a post to
reveal more editing and managing options. Once you have a lot of posts, it will be difficult
to navigate all of them from a list. That’s why, you can filter your posts by
date or by category when searching for them. You can also take actions such as deleting
and editing more posts at once. And you can also search your posts via the
Search Posts button. As you can see the Post menu item also contains
the tabs Categories and Tags. Let’s keep it simple for now, because there’s
a whole video about categories and tags waiting for you in a later module. For now, it is enough to know that Categories
allow you to classify your posts into groups or subgroups. And this makes it easier for visitors
to navigate your site. If you click on the Categories tab in the
admin menu, you will see a screen where you can add, edit, assign and delete categories. Besides Categories, you can also add Tags
to your texts. As you can see, this screen is very similar. Just like categories, tags can help your visitors
navigate your site. Now, let’s explore the Media menu item, which
allows you to manage your media. Media can be anything: photos, videos, audio. Usually, you add your media when preparing
your post and while working in the posts screen. We will show you this in a later video
as well. But here, you can view, edit and delete media
that you have already uploaded. To navigate the library with more ease, you
can search for media items in the search box. You can also search, or sort, based on the
type of item, or the date. You can upload new media files by clicking
the button Add New – or by clicking the tab overhere. Now, let’s see what’s below
the Media menu item. This item is called Pages. What’s the difference between a post and
a page? Do you know? It’s vital information, so we’ll explain
the difference in a separate video later on. However, the All Pages tab – which takes you
to the overview of all your pages – is very similar to the All Posts tab. And the same goes for the Add New tab, where
you can create new pages. Moving on. Next in the admin menu is the Comments menu
item that takes you to the Comments screen. Here you can see and access the comments that
your readers leave on your posts. From here you can also approve comments
(or unapprove) provide replies, edit, mark as spam, or simply delete. You may have noticed by now that the menu
Items and their respective tabs and screens we went over are similar, and they all allow
you to control what you post, what your posts contain,
what comments appear on your site, and so on and so forth. Besides controlling the content of your website,
you also have a lot of options to edit its appearance through the
Appearance menu Item. First, there is the Themes tab, that lets you
control what your website looks like. You can see the default installed themes here. Only this one is activated. It’s important to know that your theme
influences the options you have in your Appearance menu Item. Another theme could provide more tabs here. You can find yourself a new theme, by clicking
the Add New button. You can further customize your website via
the Customize menu item. Here, you can change the active theme and you
can customize the site identity, colors, how the menus and widgets appear on your site,
and what is shown on the homepage. Again, the options you have here, are influenced
by the theme that is active on your site. If you’re able to code, you can also insert
your code via the Additional CSS option. Going back to the admin menu, under the Appearance
tab we have the Widgets. Widgets are simple, pre-built blocks that
you can add to your site, like a search bar, or a map to locate your store. You can manage them
through the Widgets screen. On the left, you’ll see the available widgets
and on the right, you’ll find the areas on your site, where you can place them. Which widgets and widget areas you see here,
again, depends on your theme. AND on the the plugins you’re using. Okay, next, the Menus tab. Here, you can create and edit the menus that
appear on your website. And finally, when it comes to appearance,
you can edit the themes in the Theme Editor. But, for this, you need to know how to code. If you are unfamiliar with coding, it’s
best to not touch this part. The next menu Item is called Plugins. Plugins make it possible for you to add some
extra features to your website. You can add a new plugin with this button
over here or by clicking the tab Add New. In the overview, you can manage the
plugins that you have installed. For us, this screen is empty, because we haven’t
installed any plugins yet. For the advanced user, there is also the Plugin
Editor, where you can make changes to the code of the plugin. You need coding skills for this, so, for now,
we will not go into that. Let’s move on, and see what the Users
menu item is about. I know, it’s a long video, but we’re almost
there. The All Users tab shows you all the users
of the website. Here, you can add users and edit the role
of each user on your website. What’s a user? Well, it really depends on the type of site
you have. There are user roles like “admin”, “subscriber”,
“author”, and much more. Depending on the roles you assign, the rights
of what a user can do, will differ. You can edit your own profile by clicking
the Your Profile tab. Here you can add information, change your
name, add a profile picture… In the admin menu, there is also the Tools
menu item. You can see the available tools here. If you migrated from a different platform
or system, you can import your posts and comments
via the Import tab. For example, if you want to import posts,
comments, and users from a Blogger blog, you can do it here. You can also import content from
another WordPress site. And you can import, but you can also export
your content. As you can see, you can download your posts,
pages, and media in an exportable file. Besides the content of your page, you can
also export or delete your personal data. And let’s not forget the Site Health check,
a really cool feature of WordPress 5.2. If you click it, you see two tabs: Status
and Info. And a percentage over here, which is an indication
of how “healthy” your site is. In our case, that’s 81%. And we have three recommendations
to improve this. If you click the arrow, you’ll get some
background information about the issue and an actionable advice. If you click “passed tests” you can see
the other items that were checked. The other tab – Info – shows you a lot of
information about the configuration of your WordPress site,
all in one place. Could be really handy if, for example, a support engineer or a developer wants
to know some technical details about your site and you don’t know what he/she means and where you can find it. You can now easily export this info and create
a list for them with this button. Really helpful. Finally, we have arrived at the last menu item
in the admin menu: the Settings. By the way, it’s very well possible that
more admin menu items will appear in your back end. Plugins, for example, can add more items. Okay, back to the settings. Yes, well, since this video is already quite
long, I’ll not discuss them here. We’ve created a separate lesson about the
settings in module 3. We’ll also dive a little bit deeper into
themes, widgets, plugins and other ways to customize your site. So, don’t worry if this is all a bit overwhelming. We will take you through all the different
options step by step in the following modules. It’s gonna be fun!

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