Getting to know the WordPress Control Panel

Posted on Feb 24 2006 by in Tutorials WordPress 

Now that you have WordPress installed, you’ll want to get to know it a little bit. Specifically, you’ll need to find your way around the very extensive – yet easy to use – WordPress control panel. This is the backend of your blog. It’s accessible only to you. If, at some point in the future, you decide to have guest writers for your blog, you’ll be able to add them as a user very easily. More on that another time. For now, take a little time to explore.

1. Login to your control panel.

Open a browser and type Of course, if you installed WP in a subdirectory, you would type The other option is to simply go to your blog’s home page and find the “Login” link in the right sidebar, and click that. You should have gotten a username and password at the completion of the WP install. You’ll need that to login.

2. Change your password.

If you haven’t done so already, the first thing I’d suggest is to change your password to one that’s easy to remember. You can do this pretty easily. Once you login to the control panel, you’ll see a menu running along the top of the page. Click on the one that says “Users.”

On the page that follows, you can fill in any of the text fields you like, such as your name, nickname, email address, etc. In the bottom right corner, you’ll see the field for your new password. Go ahead and enter it twice, then click “Update Profile.” That’s it’s. The next time you login to your WP control panel, you’ll need to use this new password.

3. Create your first post.

Click on the “Write” tab at the top. You’ll be taken to the “Write a Post” page. Go ahead and write something. Write anything. Even a test post is fine for now. Just write “Test Post” in the Title field, and then write “test post” in the Post field. When that’s done, click the “Publish” button just beneath the Post field.

4. Delete the default “Hello world!” post.

Each new WP install comes with one post already in the database, so we want to get rid of that one. So, click on the “Manage” tab on the top menu (WordPress may ask you to login again here. If so, just go ahead and re-login). You’ll be taken to a page that says “Last 15 Posts.” Look for the post you just created, then just below that you’ll see the default post with the title “Hello world!” Then to the far right of that post, you’ll see a “Delete” link. Go ahead and click it, then click Okay when it asks if you are sure you want to delete the post.

5. Delete the default Blogroll links.

You new WordPress blog also comes with a built-in blogroll (i.e. links to other site). The only problem is you probably don’t know any of the people in that blogroll, so we want to delete them. So, click on the “Links” tab from the top menu. On the following page, you’ll see 7 links to osme folks who may be absolutely wonderfil people, but who probably don’t need to be in your blogroll, unless you want them there. To the far right of each link, you’ll see a “Delete” button. Go ahead and delete each of them.

6. Explore the control panel.

Now that we have all the default stuff cleaned out, go ahead and explore the copntrol panel a bit. Click on all the tabs along the top menu. Then click the sub-tabs under each of those areas. WordPress is loaded with a lot of cool features, and we’re just getting warned up with it.

That’s it for this lesson. Next, we’ll start Hacking the Kubrick theme to customize the look and feel of your blog. Start thinking about what colors you might want to use. Till then, keep blogging, keep hacking.

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