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Intro to WordPress

WordPress is a CMS (content management system) that allows you to quickly post content to the Web. You can use WordPress to publish both posts (chronological entries that can be tagged and categorized) and pages (static information that is not categorized). Using WordPress’s built-in text editing tools, you can post anything from a simple message to resource links to image galleries.

Logging in

To log in, look for the “login” link in the footer of your website. If you work for UGA CAES, log in with your MyID. If you do not work for CAES, look for the “Standard Login” link.

If you have problems logging in, please contact .


Interface overview

After you login, your landing page is your WordPress Dashboard.

The top bar is your administrative toolbar. Use this to switch from your dashboard to your live site, monitor comments, and quickly post articles, images, links etc. If you manage multiple WordPress sites under CAES or Extension, you’ll be able to switch between them here.

The central panel has helpful content to notify you of activity on your WordPress site, news of WordPress, and quick tools to publish posts.

  1. At a Glance: a quick overview of posts, pages, and comments on your WordPress site
  2. Activity: what has been posted recently, what is scheduled to post
  3. Quick Draft: a method to post a new WordPress site entry directly from your dashboard

The left-side panel is your main menu for using WordPress. You’ll use these publishing tools to edit and monitor content on your WordPress site:

  • Posts: write, delete, manage, categorize, and tag posts
  • Media: upload and manage images, videos, and documents
  • Links: enter and manage links for blogrolls and widget content
  • Pages: write and manage static pages
  • Comments: monitor, approve, and manage comments for posts

Take a look at Publishing posts and pages and Working with images and video to learn more about publishing content.

Depending on your role with the WordPress site, you may have access to the following administrative options. Use these options to configure settings, user access and other customizations for your WordPress site. These features affect the way your WordPress site works.

  • Appearance: manage widgets, menus, and customizations
  • Users: manage users and permissions, edit user profiles
  • Tools: import and export content
  • Settings: set general preferences for your WordPress site

Take a look at Customize settings to learn more about these features.