WordPress calls it the administration. as if it were somewhere between boring and disease. At ECO13.me we rather think of it as a sunny backyard. After all, it is where we grow our site, friends are welcome and privacy is appreciated.
Once finished, you catch a glimpse of your own site’s backyard when you explore the toolbar, which is one of the many elements of ‘wp-admin’ or ‘WordPress administration‘: a terrible word for something that powerful, creative, flexible and fun.
Let’s take a look!
Dashboardmodular view on site status and activity
The WordPress Dashboard is much like an observation post. It tends to give an overview of what is going on on a site. Stats and activity get published in modules. You can drag and drop, to rearrange them. On new sites, only two modules are active. You can add more with plugins. F.ex. you could add your Google Analytics stats.
01. admin notice
When you are the admin of a newly created ECO13.me website, you will find a notice on top with a request to upgrade. Obviously, you can click it to take a look at the upgrade screen, but ECO13.me is in a beta phase and testing is free. You do not need to upgrade.
02. screen options
Clicking on the ‘Screen Options’ tab opens the ‘Show on screen’ menu, where you can select or deselect the options to show or hide dashboard modules.
03. help menu
Next to the screen options you can find general information about the features on the current screen. The tab is available on most screens, however, this is a standard WordPress feature and the information does not take our backyard reconstructions into account.
04. module: at a glance
The ‘At a Glance‘ module shows a summary of the publications on your site. It displays the WordPress version, which theme you are using and your site’s privacy settings.
‘Search Engines Discouraged‘ is the setting for new sites. Once you start publishing, assuming public content, you should click the link and change the setting to ‘Allow search engines to index this site‘.
05. module: activity
Backyard menuaction menu
On the left side of the screen is the main navigation menu detailing each of the administrative functions you can perform. At the bottom of that section is a Collapse menu button that shrinks the menu into a set of icons.
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