The WordPress Admin Menu

The WordPress Admin Menu

Down the left hand side of the screen you’ll see your main admin navigation options. Here is where you’ll find all the options to edit and update your website.

Try hovering over some, you’ll see that some have flyout menus containing more options.

A standard WordPress site will have the following options;

Dashboard This displays the Dashboard homepage, this is the first screen that appears when you first log-in to your website. It usually contains a few stats about the number of post, pages, and comments.

Posts From here you can add new posts, edit existing posts, and add new categories and tags to help organise your posts.

Media This shows you all your files, images and documents that have been uploaded to your website. You can also upload new files and make adjustments to existing ones.

Pages This is where create and edit all your website pages.

Comments Here you’ll find all comments that have been made on your website, you can approve comments, delete them, or reply.

Appearance From here you can alter how your website looks and works, change themes, widgets and navigation menus.

Plugins Plugins are used to add new features and functions to your site, here you can add new plugins, activate, deactivate and delete plugins.

Users Use this to list all users on your website, and depending on your ‘role’, you can add new users, edit existing ones and assign them roles on your website.

Tools A few tools to help export and import data to and from your site.

Settings This is where you can control various aspects of how your site works. You can change the name of your website, set how many posts are displayed on each page, decide how to handle comments, set image sizes and set what the urls look like on your site.


WordPress has the above menu items as standard, but active plugins and your current theme can also add new options to menus to control how they work.


Every user in WordPress has a ‘role’ assigned to them, their role defines what they can and can’t do in the admin screens of WordPress. There are five standard roles in a default install of WordPress ranging from ‘Administrator’ (who has access to everything in the admin screens) to ‘Subscriber’ (who can only adjust their own profile). Learn more about WordPress user roles.

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