The WordPress Toolbar is a horizontal menu, used to navigate quickly between the front end and the back end. It is mostly useful to admins and authors.
On websites where you are a member, the WordPress Toolbar has only a few buttons. The quickest way to find out their use is to click the links and see where they lead to.
When you create a new site, however, and take a look, the toolbar there has quite a few features more. Most is pretty obvious and the illustration to the right might give you all the clues you may need. However, to erase all possible doubt, here is an in depth introduction.
Where to find?
The toolbar can be found on both the front end and the back end of WordPress websites, usually on top of all other content. However, themes can interfere. Our YET:13 theme, for example, which we use here, turns the toolbar into a hardly noticeable hover menu in the upper left corner.
The toolbar may be a little bit different, depending on the theme and plugins used. On new sites with the Twenty Fifteen theme, the WordPress Toolbar has the following bells and whistles.
01. ECO13.me menu
- Click on the logo to find the ECO13.me homepage.
- Every site has its own backyard. ‘Dashboard’ here leads to the ECO13.me dashboard.
- ‘Documentation’ brings you to the ECO13.me docs (front end)
- ‘Question and Answer’ is a shortcut to the question corner.
- ‘Support tickets’ is for when you need personal assistance.
- And ‘affiliates’ is where you should go in case you want to grow rich in no time. (j/k!)
02. my sites menu
The ‘My Sites’ menu gives you an overview of the ECO13.me sites where you are at least a member.
- Click on ‘My Sites’ to find an overview and a link to the site creation screen.
- Click on the site name to find the dashboard.
03. quick links to site
Besides a link to the dashboard, you find quick links in the submenu to create a new blog post, to manage comments and to visit the site’s front end.
04. current site menu
The current site menu is basically the same as ‘My Sites’, except that it refers only to the current site and that you find more quick links to different backyard sections.
05. comment counter
Next is a comment counter. It will not keep track of all comments, but it does alert when new ones roll in.
06. new publication menu
The “+ New” menu enables you to quickly create new ‘stuff’ from anywhere on your site. You can start new posts and pages, add new media and new users. If you have, f.ex. a forum and question corner, you will also find the option to add new topics and questions.
07. edit this
Click the edit button to edit the current publication. When you are on a page, you will see “edit page”, when you are reading a blog post, it will be “edit post”. And so on.
08. WordPress SEO menu
Search engine optimisation (SEO) is important for any public website. That is why the number one SEO plugin for WordPress, WordPress SEO by Yoast, is available and highly recommended. It is an amazing plugin and a great help.
We will discuss SEO later, but as you can see below, the plugin adds a rich toolbar menu with a bunch of useful tools.
09. e13.co – short URL menu
E13.co is our own short URL service, powered by YOURLS. For every page created, a short URL gets generated automatically. You can find it in the toolbar and you could integrate it in your site. F.ex. making sure Twitter uses it, or publishing the Short URL below posts.
Below the post you can find stats, however spamming monkeys forced us to close the gate. So, you would need to login to find the stats. Moreover, the integration is not flawless yet: when you create a page and change the URL later, the short URL will not be changed. That said: lots of room for improvement here!
10. profile menu
In the second to last toolbar item you can find both a link to your profile and the way out.
In case you do not want to see the toolbar in the front end, you can turn it off in your profile.
11. site search
The search function in the toolbar can be used for a search on the current site:
- Click on the search icon,
- Type your quest.
- And hit enter.