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New Bloggers Guide

Simple enough, right? All you have to do on this screen is log in, entering the appropriate information into the Username and Password boxes. If you are the only person using WordPress on your computer, you can click Remember Me to store this information so you won’t have to enter it again later. Using this option will keep you from ever having to use the Lost Your Password? link at the bottom of the page. Also, note that whenever you are directed to “click on” something, I usually mean clicking the left mouse button. Don’t worry, I will tell you if that changes!

Assuming the Internet doesn’t experience a massive catastrophe somewhere along the line while you are logging in, the next thing page you will see is the WordPress Dashboard illustrated below. This is the screen that is going to help you manage your WordPress account. From here, it is possible to see the details on your overall number of Posts (a post is just a name for an individual blog entry), how many drafts you have waiting to be published, and a few recent comments that other people have made on your blog. The Dashboard is also the place where you can tweak various settings relating to the appearance of your blog, and the pages connected to it. But we’ll come back to that later.

You may also notice that you can scroll further down the page than what I have shown below. Don’t worry: you don’t need to know about any of those things right now. We will talk about them in another tutorial. For now, let’s just stick to the main Dashboard.


Fig #2

Voila, the Dashboard! Its job is to keep things nice and neat so you can begin your blogging with a minimum of fuss, and no muss whatsoever. Let’s do a quick breakdown of the most important things you need to know about on this page.

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