Configure your site

Before you jump into adding content to your site, it is helpful to have a look around the administrative back end and configure your basic site setting first.  WordPress Settings control some of the basic configuration settings for your site, including how it behaves and how you and rest of world interact with it.   While all settings play some role in determining how your site works, the information provided here represents a portion of the settings that are most relevant for NMSU departments using the NMSU Enterprise WordPress system.    This section will walk you through the steps of configuring your NMSU WordPress site and introduce you to the administrative back end.

The Dashboard

Whether your are a site administrator or a web editor, the Dashboard will be the first page you see when you log in to your WordPress site.  The Dashboard gives you a general overview of some of the key elements concerning your WordPress site.  You will be able to quickly access the most used areas to Administer your website and glimpses into other areas of the WordPress community.   The Dashboard view is customizable in terms of what modules you want to display.

Screen Options

You can use the Screen Options tab to choose which modules are displayed or not displayed, and how many columns are used to display those modules.  Many of screens that you will work on in the back end of your site will contain screen options.  When screen options exist, you will find the Screen Options tab in the upper-right hand corner of your screen.  Click on the tab to expand it and revel a menu that is specific to screen you are working on.


The Admin Menu and Toolbar

admin-menuWhen you are logged into WordPress, the black bar running across the top of screen is called the Toolbar.  The Toolbar contains links to information About WordPress, as well as quick-links to edit and create new posts and pages, review comments, and upload media to your media library.  The majority of tasks you will complete to add or edit content on your site can be done from the Toolbar.

Along the left hand side of the back-end to your site, you will find the Admin Menu bar. For every task you will complete to configure or add and edit content on your site is located in a top-level menu within the Admin Menu bar.   It you point your mouse cursor over the right hand side of each of the top-level menu labels, a drop down arrow will appear that a expands a submenu to the right.   You can think of the Admin Menu as an ever-expanding item in the Administrative back-end for your site.  Depending on which plug-ins you have installed, your Admin Menu may become more cluttered at the top level or within the submenu of the Settings and Tools menu labels.

Web editors, authors, contributors, and subscribers will have a condensed version of the Admin Menu, displaying only the relevant top-level menus for the specific user role type.

*You can decrease the width of the Admin Menu by clicking on the Collapse Menu link at the bottom of the Admin Menu bar.  This will force the display to only show icons opposed to the full menu labels.

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