6. Configure

We have the content and styling part down, but WordPress offers more CMS features you may want to check out in the Configure section of the Dashboard.

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Sharing

Sharing allows you to connect your blog to social media platforms. This includes the ability to automatically push your posts to sites such as Facebook or Twitter to publicize your writing. You can also manage the sharing buttons displayed on your posts to enable users to easily link to your writing (or hide the buttons away!).

People

People allows you to add other users to your site so you can collaborate in producing a blog. Just make sure you understand the risks of giving admin access to other people.

It also has options for tracking and contacting your the followers of your blog.

Plugins

WordPress is famous for its plugins! These are handy little tools that add functionality to your site. Unfortunately, they are disabled for free accounts on wordpress.com. If you are excited about playing with plugins, consider self-hosting WordPress.

Domains

Domains allows you to change your web address or add a new custom domain (paid). In general, once you have your site established, you do not want to change your address. If you do, you will break links and set back your search indexing. But you still might want to do it sometimes, especially when you are just starting off and suddenly have a brilliant idea for a URL…

Settings

The Settings menu has many parameters to tweak and control your site. It is worth checking out the “Discussion” tag to ensure you are comfortable with the settings for comments. The web always has the chance for ugly misuse such as trolling and spam. These settings can limit some of it or turn off comments all together if it is a concern.

The Import / Export tab allows you to back up or migrate your blog using WordPress XML. This is handy for moving your blog to a different hosted version of WordPress, or getting all your content in a single portable file for backup or text analysis.

Old Admin Trick

So far we have been using the new Dashboard to manage our site. If you look at many tutorials out there, you will see a very different looking admin interface. The older version is usually called the WP Admin. It is not as slick or responsive as the new version, but it has some more powerful features for working on your Posts, Categories, and Tags in bulk batches. It can still be used by adding “/wp-admin” to the end of your site’s address. For example, demo.wordpress.com/wp-admin

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Using the old Admin is a good option if you find an older tutorial that doesn’t seem to work with the new Dashboard. It is also currently the only way to bulk edit the categories, tags, or post scheduled date.

You know all the basics! There is just one more mini-lesson, Next Steps.

 

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