The back-end admin pages of WordPress are known as “the Dashboard.” In the Dashboard you can create pages, news/blog posts, upload images and other files (PDF, Word documents, etc.), and select the theme (i.e. the overall look-and-feel of your site).
A very high-level overview of WordPress terminology is below:
- Posts: news/blog articles
- Media: Files that are uploaded to and hosted from your site. You can upload images and other common file types to your site in the Media section.
- Forms: You can create custom forms to collect information from users who visit your site. Users can complete a form, and that information will then be stored in your site’s database. Form responses can be downloaded in CSV format to be opened in Excel or another spreadsheet program.
- Pages: Pages will form the bulk of your site. Pages are easy to construct; editing them is similar to using a standard word processor.
- Themes: Control the look-and-feel of your site.
- Widgets: Small blocks of content that can be added to the sidebar of your site’s pages. Often times widgets are the same on every page.
- Plugins: Provide additional functionality for your site. Plugins may check for broken links, allow you to display equations using LaTeX, create an events calendar, or many other things.
Online Training Resources
A couple of useful online training resources for people unfamiliar with WordPress include:
More online training resources will be added to this page over time.