WordPress functions for beginners – Part I

When you log into WordPress CMS, you are presented with it’s management menu placed on left side of page. There is quite a few options there, which can be a bit daunting to beginner web designer, but thankfully nothing really complicated.

WordPress Menu
WordPress Menu

Let’s go through the menu options:


Dashboard Menu, WordPress
Dashboard Menu, WordPress

Home – Here you can find information about WordPress version you are using, latest comments, trackbacks  etc.

Updates – Information about available updates, allows you to quickly update the blog.


Posts Menu, WordPress
Posts Menu, WordPress

All Posts – List of all published posts. We can quick edit them (without access to the body of the post – we can change the category, slug, date and title) or the full edition. There is also option to search posts. The information contained on this page may vary depending on plugins  installed.

Add New – This option is used to add new entries – we should set the title, choose the categories and enter content. We can also add tags and excerpt. When writing content, we can use the tinymce editor (which allows visual edition of content) or ordinary HTML editor display. It is worth remembering that visual editor sometimes adds extra tags to HTML code.

Categories – Allows us to view and edit categories, including their slugs and descriptions.

Tags – As above, but for tags.


Media Menu, WordPress
Media Menu, WordPress

Library – Allows viewing and basic editing of image files.  Media files can be inserted into our posts. On the edit page you can set the title, alternate text, caption and description.

Add New – We can add new files to the library of images with this option. When you add photos thumbnails are automatically generated. Note that on most servers, there are certain limitations of available resources (memory). So uploading huge hi-res images will probably fail. Additionally, the bigger our files are, the longer our site will load and more bandwidth it uses.


Links Menu, WordPress
Links Menu, WordPress

All Links – List of all links posted on our blog. We can change their names,target URLs, categories and options.

Add New – Using this option, we can add a new link to our blog.

Link Categories – This sub page is used to manage the categories of links – we can change their names, slugs and descriptions.


Pages Menu, WordPress
Pages Menu, WordPress

All Pages – List of all pages of your blog. Difference between pages and posts is that pages are not shown while viewing categories. Pages may use predefined templates.

Add New – We use it to add pages: we provide a title, content, and define options such as the parent page and page template.


It has only one entry:

Comments – List of our blog comments. We can edit, approve or deny comments. We can also mark them as spam. There’s very useful button in Spam category: Empty Spam. Pressing it will get rid of all spam comments.

Those were content related menus, in the next part we’re gonna take closer look at the rest of them – more related to WordPress visualization.

WordPress functions for beginners – Part II

WordPress functions for beginners – Part III

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