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The WordPress Dashboard

With your initial site settings set under Appearance > Site Options, it’s time to walk you through the basics of the WordPress Dashboard. Using individual features will be covered throughout the rest of the documentation, but is important to familiarize yourself with the WordPress Dashboard itself before hand.

The key areas of interest will be the Site Options area you’ve already explored, as well as Appearance > Menus, and the Pages and Post areas. Let’s take a look at the dashboard overview:


When adding a new page or post, you will be presented with the same screen as seen below. In certain situations (see Adding PagesPeople Pages) you will be presented with a different screen specifically related to such a function.

In the page / post screen overview below, blue dots indicate boxes that will be relevant each time when creating a new page or post. Yellow dots indicate boxes that will only be used in particular instances (see Adding Pages).

Boxes above as follows:

  1. Title (post or page)
  2. Content area
  3. Page attributes (for selecting an alternative template when necessary)
  4. Custom sidebar (relevant only when using a three-column layout. Not likely to be used in most situations)
  5. People category (used for limiting a people page to one specific group)
  6. Custom archive category (used for limiting a custom archive template to one post category)
  7. Use page title (when selected, the title in #1 is used as the PAGE headline)
  8. People sorting (sort people by groups on a people page)

Note that not all boxes will appear in all situations.

Using the Editor

  • When you are in page or post view, you can use either Visual or HTML mode to add your content, whichever you’re more comfortable with.
  • Select either tab at the top right of the content box to toggle between the two modes.
  • Each mode has a unique toolbar to help you format your content

Creating your Home Page

When creating your home page, you have two options.

  1. Create a home page with the Home Page Builder (for college home pages).
  2. Create a custom home page.

No matter which you choose, start by clicking on Pages in the left menu. You will see a list view on the right, with a page titled “Home Page”. Hover over the title, and a menu will pop up below the page name. Click “edit”. Your home page text content will appear, ready for you to edit.

You will notice that on the right side of the page, there is a section called Page Attributes. The value for Parent should be (no parent). The value for Template can be Default Template or Two-Column template, if you’re creating a custom home page. Then you can begin adding content (Adding Pages)

To use the Home Page Builder, you should choose Department Home from the drop-down as your template. (You will create the left-side navigation menu in the next section, after the home page has been constructed – create your home page first.) Using the “Department Home” template requires you to use the Home Page Builder, explained below. If you’re not using the Home Page Builder, refer to Adding Pages.

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