WordPress interface for beginners

What you will learn in this article:

  • The main components of a WordPress interface.
  • Tips about what you should first perform.
  • Difference between pages and posts.

You bought your domain and installed WordPress and now you are excited to start building your awesome website. In this article, we will go through the différents components of a WordPress interface and their functions.

1. Interface WordPress

WordPress interface
  1. Settings: In the settings, you have several subcategories but we will elaborate on the ones you will use most of the time:
    1. General enables be for example to define the name of your website, the site language, the timezone, and the date. 
    2. Reading enables to define the homepage and the posts page. Since the homepage is in most of the themes a predefined page, you will have to select the page where you will be able to arrange the different features of the theme’s homepage.
    3. Permalinks subcategory enables to adapt to how your URLs will be displayed in the browser. Moreover, by changing the default URL format you generate a .htaccess file that will enable you to change URL display for HTTP to https for a more secure website. The number of subcategories varies in function of the extensions but we will not cover it in this article. 
  2. Tools: If you have posts or comments in another system you can import/export those. However, from our experience, we never use this category. 
  3. Pages and posts will help you to build and structure your content. Even though they look similar, in practice there are different.

2. Difference between posts & Pages

 

POSTS VS PAGES

POSTS

PAGES

  • Posts are listed in reverse chronological order
  • Time-sensitive
  • Can be sorted by categories, tags, dates, and authors
  • Can be accessed from multiple places within your website
  • Post can also be found in RSS Feeds
  • A blog post cannot be used as Homepage 
  • Pages are static and timeless.
  • Therefore are not sorted in chronological order
  • Pages are not sorted by categories or tags. Pages use a hierarchy system
  • Pages are only visible/accessible if you manually link to it
  • Pages do not appear in RSS feeds 
  • Pages can be used as a homepage

If you want to build a blog you will tend to use posts but if you built a restaurant website you will tend to use pages.

  1. Users: Here you can manage who has access to the dashboard. Hence, you can work on the website with several people at the same time. 
  2. Plugins: This is the place where you have access to your extensions that enable you to add additional features to your website. You can search for different plugins, then download, install and activate them or you could even upload your own self-made plugins.
  3. Appearance: Depending on the theme you downloaded the number of subcategories can vary. However, here are the main once: Themes, enables you to download your theme; customize enables you to get access to the live interface so that you can preview in real-time the changes you make; menu enables you to select pages that you want to display in the menu and their arrangement. Depending on the theme you can also have widgets, header, background, etc.
  4. Media: you can upload all your images in this category.

The interface of WordPress is user-friendly and can vary a little bit in the function of themes and extensions you download. Our best advice is to play around until you get used to it.