WordPress Basics

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.