By logging into WordPress, you have back-end access to your website. Users with login credentials (username and password) have different levels, ranging from subscribers to administrators. Always ensure that you have an up-to-date antivirus running on your computer, mobile phone or other device before you log into your website. You could compromise the security of your website by logging into WordPress through an infected device.
Logging Into WordPress
- First go to the back end login of WordPress. You can find this at your domain name followed by /wp-admin. You should see text boxes for your username and password (refer to the picture below).
- Type in your username and password. Remember that both the username and password are case sensitive.
- Click the Log In button.
- If your username and password are correct then you will be redirected to the WordPress dashboard (refer to the picture below).
- You are now logged into the back-end of WordPress.
Navigating the Back-End of WordPress
It is important to be very careful when navigating the back-end of WordPress. Certain changes you make at the back-end of your website will reflect on the front-end which can be seen by the public.
Upon logging in, you will be redirected to the WordPress dashboard. Your dashboard will show you how many posts, pages and comments are currently published on your website. If you have an e-commerce website then it may also show you the number of sales and revenue you recently earned.
The dark grey menu on the left side of the screen is the navigation menu. It will allow you to access the different parts of our website through the back-end. The options that are available on this navigation menu will depend on your user access.
Administrator level access allows you to see all options and make any changes to your website. At the lowest end, subscriber access, shows you very few options and will not allow you to make any website changes. There are intermediate levels such as editor and author.
If you want to add, edit or delete pages or posts, then click on the Pages or Posts option on the left menu. If you want to change settings of the website, then click Settings on the left menu. The same applies to any changes you want to make to Plugins, the Appearance or Tools on your website.
Read more on Getting Started with WordPress in the WordPress Codex.